Slave Vows, the latest from Los Angeles hellions The Icarus
Line, is quite possibly their best yet. A fearsome, vitriolic
rock ’n’ roll outpouring of Stoogian glory, the album
draws on the fury of Mono, the fire of Penance Soirée
and the swagger of Black Lives at the Golden Coast and
Wildlife. In one fell swoop, the band evokes the spirit of
Funhouse, Everything Went Black, Goats Head Soup and
Maggot Brain. This is not for the faint of heart!
Slave Vows features new drummer Ben Hallett and original
bassist Lance Arnao, the tightest rhythm section in the
group’s history, underpinning the white-hot guitar flow
from frontman Joe Cardamone. Some of these songs were
blooded on the group’s 2012 European tour supporting
Killing Joke. The Icarus Line is pure rock ’n’ roll hellfire,
ebbing and flowing, slashing and burning, cauterizing anything
that stands in its way.