Ikarass are a post metal band from Durange in Spain, and this is their debut album. Starting with gently strummed guitars on ‘Guided by Greed’ this soon explodes into life with mammoth percussion, soul bearing screamed vocals and truly titanic bass grooves. This continues until collapsing into itself around the 6-minute mark and the band let their gentler side of things take a front seat. Things continue in a similar vein with next song ‘Blood Heaven’ which starts with some downtuned bass before the music again ignites in furious fashion with a musical peak which invariably finds itself falling back down into calmer territory. This give and take, the push and pull of the music is what gives most of this album it’s power. The rest of the album follows the template laid down by the first couple of songs, in fact, if any criticism can be levelled at this album (and this really is nit picking) it is that things rarely deviate from the musical tapestry woven into the first few songs. This is no bad thing though when the songs are as expertly crafted and as powerful as this.
So, how does this album make me feel? Well, music like a lot of things depends on mood, time of day, company and indeed any number of myriad things which are hard to quantify. Saying that though, the sounds produced here throw me through the ringer. It shakes it’s fist in my face whilst spraying venom everywhere, and then, it sits me down over a drink and asks if I feel ok whilst still trying to process what has proceeded this act of benevolence. What it boils down to, basically, is that this album makes me feel alive!
Comparisons to post metal titans Amenra are bound to follow this band as they do sound quite similar, but they have enough about them to set themselves apart from their peers. The vocals are particularly pained, they sound tortured and fit the music perfectly. Ikarass do enough to stand out in a crowded field though and if you are a fan of post metal music or extreme music in general, you will find a LOT to like here, this is a fantastic album.