Ice War – Manifest Destiny

Ice War – Manifest Destiny
Label: Dissonant Death
Released: 2018
Reviewed: December, 2018
Rating:  3/5
Reviewer: JP

The Kings of Kanadian Karnage!- The Frozen North Rides Forth!

This feature is so good, I had to name it twice!   About once a year I indulge my patriotism and review a bunch of Canadian Metal releases.  There has been a whole pile of albums recently released in the past few months and I want to help bring some exposure to these bands. There are bands of all styles and all genres from across the country in this feature. The bands covered in this feature are… (listed alphabetically)

Anvil (Toronto, ON)

Apprentice (Vancouver, BC)

Arctic Circle (Brandon, Manitoba)

Assault (Vancouver, BC)

Black Rat (Calgary, AB)

Cauldron (Toronto, ON)

Codex:Factoria (Vancouver, BC)

Dethgod (Calgary, AB)

Fractal Cypher (Montreal,Quebec)

Haiduk (Calgary, AB)

Iomair (Scarborough, ON)

Ice War (Ottawa, ON)

Leah (Vancouver, BC)

Lee Aaron (Vancouver, BC)

Malacoda (Oakville, ON)

Mongol (Edmonton, AB)

Ominous Eclipse (Ottawa, ON)

Skullfist (Toronto, ON)

Solborn (Edmonton, AB)

Thor (Vancouver, BC)

Trollwar (Alma, PQ)

Untimely Demise (Saskatoon, SK)

W.M.D (Calgary, AB)

Ye Goat-Herd Gods (Calgary, AB)

Please enjoy all the albums in this feature and check out all the talent Canada has to offer!

Jo Capitalicide seem to want to capitalize on the momentum generated by last years self-titled debut album as Ice War return with MANIFEST DESTINY.

I’ve always found one-man bands to be a bit of an odd proposition, but at the same time they seem to have a purity of vision that can’t be matched by a democratic band scenario.  Accordingly, there is little or no progression from the debut album, but I don’t suppose there should be because Ice War have defined their signature style.

MANIFEST DESTINY is another short, simple album, eight cuts, just barely half an hour but loaded with the spirit of the late 70’s and early 80’s and totally lacking in pretention.  Straight-up, no frills Metal with good ‘verse, chorus, verse chorus’ songs that thunder along.  His voice is in the lower register and all of these factors recall bands like Slough Feg or Manilla Road and this is a total compliment.  Tempos are quick but never too fast although ‘too fast’ is an oxymoron in my book. The production is competent, warm and well recorded but not too slick either.

Ice War will never pretend to be something they are not and Jo is bravely keeping a sound alive that so many bands will never understand. MANIFEST DESTINY is another solid example of pure old school Metal.

Track Listing:

1.No Way of Turning Back
2. Manifest Destiny
3. I Would Die for You
4. Edge of the World
5. Light Shine On
6. Ride Alone
7. I Have No Name
8. The Labyrinth

Line Up:

Jo Capitalicide-Everything

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