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Ice Blue - 2002 Ice Blue

Salva Insa - vocals
Miguel Bravo - guitars, vocals
Carolos Agustin - keyboards, vocals
Sergio Camin - bass, vocals
Sergio Garcia - drums (the drummer not the golfer!)

Another of the new brigade of Spanish bands making their presence known throughout the melodic rock world are this interesting bunch from Zaragoza called Ice Blue. These days many of the Spanish bands are now recognised worldwide, as the previous barrier of bands singing entirely in their native tongue have diminished over time. Far from getting a chilly reception from interested spectators as their name might suggest, these guys are very likely to warm the hearts of those fans into late eighties European style AOR, from the likes of Bad Habit, Treat, Renegade - and of course throw in some copy-cat stylings from the big boys of the time - Bon Jovi. Though it's late (by a good 14 years as a matter of fact) to be playing this style, one could say that Ice Blue are 'late bloomers', or, they don't give a toss about what the mainstream industry thinks these days. I'd say that the band are true to the genre and would have put out an album in this style anyway, whether it's 14 years late or 34 years late.. so good on them.

The Songs
There are lots of chugging guitars and keyboard layers and some change-up arrangements, but admittedly to my ears, much of it is 'play-by numbers'. The singer Salva Insa in some ways has a similar style to Jeff 'Lox' Limbo from Fate, who as listeners will remember, was quite distinctive. Yes, 'we've heard it all before' may very well be the catch-cry, but tracks such as the opener 'Sweet Dreams' and 'You Just Wait' both feature strong choruses and catchy lead-ins on ther verses. The Treat sounding 'No More' has some excellent guitar/keyboard interplay, as does the mini-bombast of 'You'll Never Die'. 'Its The Time' starts out all mean and menacing with some growling guitar but the bridges and chorus are so weak, they really should have built on the momentum. The stabbing piano intro of 'I Live For You' has Bad Habit stamped all over it, and then we've got 'I Still Breathe', with it's cascading melodies operating between lilting and layers.

In Summary
Ice Blue have a certain charm about them, some would interpret as youth and energy - perhaps both of them rolled into one. Musically though, these guys are talented, the musicianship unquestionably superb, and there are some lovely moments throughout. But to really stand out from the rest, the material needs to be less predictable. However, as a first attempt, it is very good, and now that they've got some runs on the board, they can move on from here.

Track Listing:
01 Sweet Dreams
02 I Live For You
03 Vampire
04 You Just Wait
05 Angel Of The Night
06 No More
07 You'll Never Die
08 I Still Breathe
09 It's The Time
10 Don't Close Your Eyes
11 One More Time (Bonus)

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#1 | george_the_jack on July 05 2008 15:46:53
Average stuff! Why this album met commercial success, still remains a question with no answer for me...
#2 | jeffduran on July 06 2008 01:34:56
Agree george but fortunately didn't do anything in the states...
#3 | george_the_jack on July 06 2008 11:10:46
Jeff, If I recall correctly, they were back then considered as the new generation of AOR in Europe and especially South Europe...Apparently, the never managed to cross the Atlantic Ocean....
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