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"Insistent melodies & memorable choruses"
"This is a band that will be making a lot of noise in the future and Rise is the catapult to put them over the top."
"Although often labeled as a 'traditional' metal band, Icarus Witch’s new album, RISE, shows a much broader scope of musical ability."
"RISE is the best album Icarus Witch have released so far, and they’ve made the right career move!" 9/10 -Metal Assault
"On the cusp of stardom, Icarus Witch offers their best album yet with RISE"
"RISE could be their breakthrough album." -4.5/5
"Could this be the release that breaks this band? It definitely could. The songwriting is strong enough, and the musicianship is stronger than they've ever shown. Icarus Witch is definitely on the rise with this release." - 92/100
"Rise is not just a good album, but an anthem...Horns up!"
"Packs quite an arena-rock punch, channeling elements of '80s glam-metal acts akin to Mötley Crüe and modern metal acts like Bullet for My Valentine."
"This new vocalist was one of the best kept Metal secrets in the U.S.A.!!! He freaking dominates!!!" -Fire and Salads
"Icarus Witch has shed the 'power metal' label for a more modern approach and now the possibilities are endless...Rise will be kicking down some doors -- and that is exciting!"
"New vocalist Christopher Shaner possesses a sharp, AOR-like glide to his voice...a cross between modern rock singers like Myles Kennedy and the emotional explosiveness of Tom Englund of Evergrey." - 9/10
"An excellent balance between emotional authenticity and enjoyable catchiness, a rare mix."
"Points of the album evoke 70s doomy occult hard rock."
"Metallic rock that is heavy on the harmonies and easy on the ears."
"Edgy Melodic Hard Rock of the best craft"
"Icarus Witch is not trying to revive the '80s or rip off the Euro metal sound, they have developed their own sound throughout their discography."
"It´s not every day you get to hear an album in the same vein of hard rock and heavy metal as Crimson Glory and early Queensryche but the new album "Rise" sure does put a smile on my face."
"KILLER! A great sign of things to come."
"For a band whose influences stretch decades back, IW have always delivered exciting songs without prediction. The lineup changes have always worked to their advantage, and with RISE their convictions are at a peak. Easily their strongest release, and one the rest of the melodic metal world will hold in very high regards"
"An epic hybrid of Black Veil Brides hooks, Black Tide's intensity & vintage Iron Maiden's harmony!"
"While ICARUS WITCH are fully aware of the younger generation they occupy, they’ll proudly carry the torch for a bygone era...disregard the ‘90s altogether"
"Icarus Witch is the soundtrack for our modern era of classic metal."
"Expect this band to take a leading role in the American melodic metal scene."
"Proudly making a stand for classic styled, epic Heavy Metal!"
"Timeless old school metal with the best production of the '00s thus far."
"Vocals, songwriting, craftsmanship, this band has it all."
"Nice to hear there are still bands out there that remember the muscular frame work of stadium metal."
"Tight, focused, & aggressive metal that has a nostalgic feel without sounding contrived or even retro."
"For once, the hype is completely, absolutely, 100% dead on target."
"This band shows that true metal isn't dead…melodic and sweeping, with a neo-classical touch…catchy and memorable."
"ICARUS WITCH work their metal magic by playing classy, traditional style/power metal, melodic but heavy, and with a dark aura to it. These guys have what it takes!
"If you want to relive the ‘80s one more time, but want a much better production, you must possess IW's CD. They aren’t following a trend of any kind."
"Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, and Iron Maiden – Pittsburgh’s Icarus Witch takes us back to those glory days...a welcome tribute to metal in its original form."
“AOR class, balladry, doom riffs & sorrowful melodies blended into their brand of classic metal”
"One of the best NWOTM bands to carry the standard triumphantly into the future"
“Dio-Sabbath crashing a Priest gig”