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Album Review

It's a perfect summation of Icarus Witch's inconspicuous career arc that, by the release of the Pittsburgh natives' third album, Draw Down the Moon, in early 2010, they'd been singled out among the leaders of the New Wave of Traditional Metal (N.W.O.T.M., for short), despite remaining a largely unknown quantity to mainstream music consumers. Wait a minute: leaders of the what…? Anyway, such is life in the heavy metal netherworld ("underground" bands account for 95-percent of the genre's yearly output), but that's not to say it's a bad life, or else Icarus Witch would be changing their ways instead of sticking steadfastly, and by all accounts happily, to their chosen rear view musical direction. That's why there's still a cottage-industry spirit pervading this album's intentionally flat production (which sounds anything but overpowering by contemporary metal standards) and occasionally clunky arrangements — as though too much finesse and professionalism would rob Icarus Witch of their authentic aesthetic. This requires the by-now customary aural/temporal "adjustment" by 21st century denizens wishing to travel back in time with the band, so as to experience the Spartan metallic memories imparted by highlights such as "Aquarius Rising," "Dying Eyes," and "Funeral Wine," in the right frame of mind…that being 1981, 1982 at the latest. Unfortunately, as competent and nostalgically satisfying as these songs may be, none of them will be entering the heavy metal canon as all-time classics. In part because Icarus Witch aren't exactly reinventing the wheel here — obviously — but also because growing internal strife also affected their songwriting focus this time around, yielding numerous forgettable, energy-deprived offerings like "Reap What You Sow," "Serpent in the Garden," and "Haunting Visions." Not surprisingly, Draw Down the Moon would prove to be the final Icarus Witch album for founding vocalist Matthew Bizilia, whose peculiar voice (reminiscent at times of Cirith Ungol's Tim Barker, but cleaner) was always something of an acquired taste to begin with. Now it remains to be seen whether the band's lone remaining founding member, bassist Jason Myers, can hold Icarus Witch together long enough to rebound with their next effort.

Customer Reviews


If you like Icarus Witch, you'll be happy with this one! It's not their best, but it's right up there with Capture the Magic, Songs/Lost, and my fav, Roses on White Lace. Great vox and guitar playin'! Check it out!

Better & Better!

Icarus Witch cast another spell, bringing the metal of new & metal of yesteryear into Draw Down The Moon.
A ++++++++


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Classic heavy metal is alive and well and living in Pittsburgh, PA, in the leather-and-steel-festooned shape of Icarus Witch. Founded in 2004 by local metal freaks Matthew Bizilia (vocals) and Jason "Sin" Myers (bass), Icarus Witch drew inspiration from American metal bands from the early '80s such as Queensrÿche, Dio, and Cirith Ungol when recording their first, four-song EP, entitled, dramatically enough, Roses on White Lace. Guitarist Steve Pollick was retained from these sessions (second six-stringer...
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Draw Down The Moon, Icarus Witch
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Feb 09, 2010

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