I think we can all agree Icarus Fell is a great name. It’s pretty epic. The three members -Cameron Owden (bass/vocals), Sam Naylor (guitar/vocals) and Michael Bradley (drums) released Concrete Desert which is a four-song EP.
This is simply a straight up rock EP. The band isn’t reinventing the wheel by any stretch of the imagination but do rock out quite hard. It’s fair to say the most obvious comparison from the riffs and even on occasion to the vocal style are Queens Of The Stone Age.
The no frills style rock begins with “Fool.” Right away the band builds up the music to launch into a swampy, heavy verse. There is an undeniable energy to the sludge and it is usually best experienced really loud or live. The song is fairly predictable yet effective running verse/chorus/verse/chorus with a notable instrumental breakdown towards the end of the song.
“Burnt At Both Ends” is a bit more compact and catchy. The band's performance is tight and they do some sufficient rocking out. Don't miss the guitar solo towards the end. I thought “Gasoline” was the highlight. This song is especially heavy and sounds similar to Rage Against the Machine at times. A little after the two-minute mark the band brings some intense action to the table. If there is any part you should turn it up is right there.
They close with “Sticks and Stones.” It’s another solid effort by the end. Concrete Desert is a solid EP that showcases good songwriting and exceptional performances. I would say their sound is a little bit too close at times to Queens Of The Stone Age - “Burn At Both Ends” and “Gasoline” in particular. It might be in their best effort to consciously veer away at least in terms of aesthetic from that effort.
Overall there is a lot of potential here and with a little tweaking and narrowing in on a sound they should be well on their way.
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