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5 out of 5

150 Ratings

Wampa Stompa

Wompa, the original Ice Monster,

I don't write reviews. This is my first one. I just had to give this record some love because it has given so much to me. I could listen to this album over and over never get tired of it. It is a cliche thing to say, I know, but so true. Listening to it from beginning to end is the way to go; it feels like you are on this 'Planet of Ice' and the music just seeps from the frozen surface and melts in to your ear canal. A lot of effort is put into the progression from one track to the next. Especially between 'Ice Monster' and 'Knights.' Being a fellow musician, I just have the utmost respect for these guys. The drums are well-conceived and appropriately applied to the song: start-stop kind of stuff, not the full-on crash cymbal-happy stuff that has consumed rock and roll. The guitar is perfect and maybe my favorite part: the riffs fly around your speakers like rare insects, swarming and stinging. The effects they use are interesting and not excessive. Lots of delay, which I love. And then the vocals are just ethereal: the kind of suff that makes you want to fall in love, get your heart broken, and do it all over again. Not quite a concept album, but almost. A song for every mood: intense, introspective deep-thought ('Part 2' and 'Lotus'), acheing love and infatuation ('Ice Monster'), amped-up ready to go downtown ('Knights' and 'Burying Luck"), and of course there is a good make-out song or two on there ('When We Escape' and 'White Mystery'). Please buy this record. I implore you; you will not regret it. Best purchase I have ever made on iTunes.

great album.


how are they not huge?? i love every song from this band... i can't even chose a favorite! i'm always searching for bands that's music can keep my interest and shake up my ears the way minus the bear does, but few succeed.

About Minus the Bear

With catchy song titles like "Hey, Wanna Throw Up? Get Me Naked," "Monkey!!! Knife!!! Fight!!!," and "Lemurs, Man, Lemurs," it's hard not to be at least a little bit curious about this Seattle-based quintet. Featuring members of Botch, Kill Sadie, and Sharks Keep Moving, Minus the Bear emerged on Seattle's music scene in 2001 with the release of their six-song EP This Is What I Know About Being Gigantic. The band comprised guitarist Dave Knudson, vocalist/guitarist Jake Snider, drummer Erin Tate, and bassist Cory Murchy. Though the bandmembers entered the studio before they ever played a show, they toured aggressively in support of the EP, then returned to the studio to record 2002's Highly Refined Pirates, their first full-length album. Both the EP and LP were released by Seattle-based Suicide Squeeze Records.

Though the song titles may lead one to believe that they're a novelty act, Minus the Bear provide polished, shrewdly arranged songs. Finger-tapped guitar riffs mixed with catchy melodies and unexpected time changes keep listeners interested and entertained. Minus the Bear issued two EPs in 2004: Bands Like It When You Yell "Yar!" at Them on Suicide Squeeze and They Make Beer Commercials Like This on Arena Rock. Their next full-length, the self-produced Menos el Oso (Spanish for Minus the Bear), appeared in August 2005; the remix album Interpretaciones del Oso followed in early 2007. The full-length Planet of Ice arrived later that year. In 2009 the band went into the studio with My Morning Jacket producer Joe Chiccarelli, and the following year released the album Omni through Dangerbird Records. Their fifth album, Infinity Overhead, followed on the label in 2012. Two years later, Minus the Bear returned with Lost Loves, a B-sides and rarities collection featuring songs culled from the recording sessions of their previous three studio albums. Voids, the group's much-anticipated sixth studio album, dropped in 2017. ~ Laurel Greenidge

    Seattle, WA

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