Ice Ages

This Killing Emptiness

Ice Ages - This Killing Emptiness ©2000 Napalm Records
1. A Far Gone Light
2. Lifeless Sentiments
3. The Fiend
4. I Come For You
5. This Killing Emptiness
6. Heartbeat
7. Shades Of Former Light
8. The Last Time
9. My Eyes Refuse To See
10. Lost In Daze

Featuring Richard Lederer from Summoning and Die Verbannten Kinder Eva's, Ice Ages is yet another side project from the incredibly fertile Austrian scene. In this particular case, Ice Ages is a neo-industrial band that offers a sound that is similar to older Skinny Puppy met with the echoing, expansive atmosphere of Summoning. This Killing Emptiness is actually the second release from Ice Ages, although I suspect the first album is quite hard to find.

This Killing Emptiness is fairly minimalistic for an industrial flavored release. The programmed drums have a slightly distorted edge and feature a lot of reverb, quite similar to Summoning's percussion. Synth lines are fairly low key and occasionally staccatto or simply slowly played. Lederer's vocals are sort of chanted and slightly warped. The overall feel of the album is rather close to Skinny Puppy's Mind: the Perpetual Intercourse without the somewhat more "danceable" nature of that particular album or the samples. This Killing Emptiness unfortunately is nowhere near as compelling as either Summoning or promising as early Skinny Puppy. The songs are fairly humdrum and simply lack the ability to transport the listener to a musically induced world. Lederer has set a very high standard for himself considering how amazing his other projects are, so Ice Ages has quite a bit to live up to.

This Killing Emptiness shows some promise, but it often just makes me long for more Summoning rather than encourage multiple listens of this album.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 07/2001

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