REVIEWS - 2014

 

“Seriously catchy choruses that get stuck in your head like nothing else…. each song has something different to keep hooking you back in to play the whole EP.. their whole recording screams strength…..

 

I’m giving it a ….9.5/10″

 

"I can’t find the right words to explain how good this EP is… ‘Awesome’ would be an understatement. My favorite track has to be the first one on the EP, called “Revolver”. The track just sucks you in. It has amazing hooks, awesome sounding riffs and above all, you can hear the passion for music that drives this band. You can hear that they love music. It’s what they live for. This is definitely a track that you should crank up to 11.

I will be keeping my eyes on these guys, as they will definitely be putting SA on the musical map in the future. As for the EP, I recommend going out to secure your copy. Now. These guys get the big 5 out of 5"

 

“If you dig the heavier more aggressive side of Faith No More or bands like Life of Agony you will be right at home with this 5 track EP from Adelaide’s Ice on Mercury. The band’s sound takes a lot of different elements from the wide Alternative rock bracket, its all here, riffs, pounding drums and big chorus’s but what sets it a bit more left of Centre is vocalist Almir’s at times manic approach to the vocals, with powerhouse lead single “Revolver” perfectly displaying this”

 

“Everything you need to know about Adelaide boys Ice On Mercury and their self-titled EP is neatly summarised by opener and lead single Revolver. They rock, and they like to rock hard. To dig just a tad deeper, the band walks the line between a more straight-forward hard rock and heavy, almost thrash metal sound. It’s like a hard rock rhythm with a metal tone, and it sounds great.

There’s a solid sense of melody that carries throughout these five tracks that’s accomplished without sacrificing any of the impact from the big, meaty riffs from guitarist Nathan Willason and solid rhythm work from bassist Pat Murphy and drummer Michael Golding. The closest comparison to their sound I can think of is thrash greats Anthrax - vocalist Almir Djemailovic especially has a vocal tone and style quite similar to Anthrax’s Joey Belladonna, and the pipes to carry the big choruses well.

Occasionally, Ice On Mercury will also venture into Iron Maiden-esque moments, particularly during closer To Live Another Day, where the guitar tone seems to jump up an octave and Djemailovic’s vocals gain a Bruce Dickinson-like gravitas about them. When the riffs and vocals come together in the verses, it’s like something that didn’t quite make it onto The Number Of The Beast. It feels nostalgic yet new at the same time. There are glimpses of a more progressive side to the band, too, with some abrupt time signature changes on Clown Insane teasing something they should definitely experiment with further.

For a band that has their music so entrenched in the metal scene of the 80s, it’s remarkable that Ice On Mercury don’t necessarily feel or sound dated. These boys could possibly have been huge back then, and they should hopefully get bigger now. This stuff never goes out of fashion”

 

"You know that feeling when you discover a new band that you just know that you are going to love for years to come? Well I just had that experience when I took a listen to Ice On Mercury’s debut self-titled EP. Even better is the news that this new ‘must hear’ band hail from our shores… Adelaide to more precise.

 

The Ice On Mercury EP is the type of EP that you listen to and then throw it around and repeat and listen to for the next month or so, while telling your friends ‘they just have to have a listen’. The tracks are so damn catchy, raw and brilliant that the only thing that is going to leave you with a downer about the EP is that it isn’t a full album with more tracks.Ice On Mercury’s brilliance hits you from the opening track.

 

The gruff verse vocals and the melodic chorus of ‘Revolver’ instantly make you know that you are onto something special while the epic sounds produced by Ice On Mercury on ‘Diary Of Anne Frank’ takes you into another realm completely. The fact that the track also has some thought provoking lyrics thrown into the mix as well shows just how gifted these guys really are.

 

The remaining tracks ‘Clown Insane,’ ‘Notice To World’ and ‘Live Another Day’ just keep the brilliance going and by the end you wonder just how many bands in the world today find just the right mix of aggression and catchiness like Ice On Mercury do. You’ll also find out by listening to these tracks that leading man Almir Djemailovic may be one of the most exciting (and gifted) vocalists to come out of Australia for a long time as well.

 

A big congrats goes out to Ice On Mercury for delivering such a brilliant sounding EP, one so good that it must be a late challenge for album of the year"

 

"Ice On Mercury are a four piece rock/borderline metal band from Adelaide and their self-titled e.p. is the second for the band.  Hot on the heels of this release they will be embarking on a national tour to promote this sophomore release including shows in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide.

 

So is the E.P. any good? If you are a fan of older Faith No More, Foo Fighters, System Of A Down or even a bit of old fashioned metal the answer will be a big fat "YES!"

From the moment the opening riff belted through my speakers my interest was piqued, the song “Revolver” starts off with an “Appetite For Destruction” Slash-like riff before launching full steam ahead into a Jim Martin era Faith No More verse. For those that remember FNM back from the days when they still had a metal edge to their music.  The track beckons the listener to sit down, strap themselves in and hold on for dear life. The pace is frantic and relentless but it is always held in check by strong a strong sense of melody and a catchy chorus, this is something the band does extremely well throughout all the tracks. It doesn’t matter how heavy or erratic the music gets it is all held firmly in check by a beautiful sense of melody and before I have even reached the half way mark of this track I am already a convert.

 

Each song is uniquely different and incorporates a lot of different music and vocal styles, never leaving the listener with a sense that tracks are repeating themselves. The second track “Diary Of Anne Frank” reminds me of a really cool L.A. band “London” (who were prominent in the 80’s), and really gives singer Almir the opportunity to showcase his ability. This is one very talented vocalist who is well supported by the musicians in the band who compliment his voice perfectly. Guitarist Nath understands when to pick up the pace and when to back off and let the vocals shine through, he is very well backed up in the engine room by Patrick (bass) and Michael (drums). These are very well written and superbly executed tracks that will remain in my playlist long after this review is completed.


The bottom line is this E.P. has a classic feel about it, the type that you know will never date as each track pays homage to classic bands of the 80’s and 90’s but still retains a modern originality about it. What you have here is five tracks that give you a tantalising taste of what the band are all about and leave you wanting to hear more. Stand out tracks for me are the above mentioned impressive opener “Revolver” and the grand finale “To Live Another Day”, but the remaining three tracks aren’t far behind. Do yourself a favour if you are a fan of good, solid rock/metal pick up a copy of this e.p. and catch the boys on their Clown Insane tour"

 

"It’s not every day that a local band attempts to conquer hard rock and succeeds. That’s not to say that Ice On Mercury’s self-titled EP is revolutionary, but they have tackled the genre with flair. Their latest EP creates an enjoyable, edgy experience that doesn’t let you drool for a second.

 

The EP opens with the gargantuan ‘Revolver’ which is packed with jumpy riffs and a hardcore rapidity. Though nit-picking makes the comment that its vocals could have been louder in production admissible, the song is, overall, killer. ‘Diary Of Anne Frank’ is a track of depth – it’s a marriage of classic rock and metal, with soaring vocals and a haunting overlap of lyrics towards its end: ‘why won’t you stay/they killed all my friends’.

 

‘Clown Insane’ additionally takes advantage of the certain charm that dark lyrics possess. Each song exploits the ability of Ice On Mercury’s vocalist to stretch his voice almost to the extreme of wearing it out. Listen out for the point in this track when the instrumentals make way for a mental circle pit to go down (and keep an eye out at your next show).

 

It’s not all about headbanging, though. ‘Notice To World’ shifts the EP into a political realm, proving thatIce On Mercury, amid their jamming, actually have something to say: ‘it’s not about all the money you make in this world.’

Closer ‘To Live Another Day’ changes up its tempos and subsequently shifts the EP from political to sentimental with the lyrics, ‘don’t look into the light/you’re not losing the fight’. Though slightly cheesy, the song is empowering, jarring and intense, deriving its sonic influence from huge hard rock.

Undeniably, the appropriateness of ending the EP with the line ‘it’s over’ imbues it with a swagger that can’t go unmentioned.

 

In the grand scheme of things, Ice On Mercury are dedicated, which means that they’ll continue to reel in fans as time goes on. This self-titled EP just arms the band with a set of songs that proves that they deserve them.

 

"No... they are not an Arcade Fire Cover Band, they're this band. One that could only be described as an erect thrusting peen and three throbbing testicles, re-enacting the meatier scenes from Frank Millers "300", (in interpretative pantomime), to a soundtrack that kinda resembles Metallica's "Kill Em All"....kinda, if it was dosed with the same gamma-ray radiation that spawned the Incredible Hulk,... then shat through an energy drink commercial at double the ferocity; only with slightly MORE vein popping testosterone. And weirdly is not an unpleasant experience....Once you get passed Almir Djemailovic and his raging 12' enthusiasm, I'd possibly even highly recommend them. No seriously! Loved it. Mad energetic, gunning as fuck. A little bit rock, punk, hard-core, nitro-glycerine and the sound of pigs squealing. You might feel a bit sore afterwards....bring a poncho? WINNER!......."