November 2018 Album of the Month – Icarus Witch’s Goodbye Cruel WorldSunday, 9th December 2018
Prolonged absences in the music realm often can prove to be the right shift necessary to rejuvenate that creative spark. Six years removed from their last album, Pittsburgh, PA’s Icarus Witch dig deep into their wide array of melodic hard rock/metal influences to release an incredible comeback with Goodbye Cruel World. It’s the little details that create hypnotic, life-altering moments throughout this recording – the extra harmony, the unforgettable melody, the right mood and atmosphere make these future classics.
An excerpt from Matt Coe’s 9.5/10 review, which posted on November 11, 2018:
Only bassist Jason Myers and guitarist Quinn Lucas remain from the last incarnation – lining up seasoned drummer Jon Rice (ex-Job for a Cowboy) and new vocalist Andrew D’Cagna (Ironflame, Brimstone Coven) for this recording. Surrounding themselves with veteran support behind the scenes with Neil Kernon and Erik Martennson for production/mastering duties, it’s clearly evident that the time away has sharpened the heavy metal output – accentuating elements of straightforward hooks and engaging, AOR-ish vocal harmonies that feel robust even as the music gravitates towards primal 70’s/80’s tones.
The layers of vocal harmonies shine top to bottom – Kansas and Styx fans would be proud of “Misfortune Teller” all the way to the conclusion of “Until the Bitter End”. As great as Icarus Witch has been in the past, Goodbye Cruel World charts a treasure trove of songs that resonate well in an era clamoring for some new ‘classics’ to add to the metal fire.
Read the entire review HERE
Check out our recent interview with Jason Myers HERE