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Wheel - Icarus


Released:
CD - August 2013
LP - February 2014

Format:
A5-Digi CD
LP

Limitation:
A5-Digi CD - 1000
LP
50x orange/black splatter vinyl + CD
100x orange/black splatter vinyl
350x orange vinyl


Additional Information:

In 2010 Wheel released their self-titled debut album to high acclaim from both fans and press. Their melancholic, traditional style was appreciated by followers of both contemporary Doom Metal acts as well as the old school faction favouring classic 80s material.

On their much anticipated sophomore album "Icarus" the band - while keeping the poetic style of their lyrics about death, dreams, love and loss - fine-tuned their songwriting and empasized their unique qualities without neglecting to pay tribute to those great bands that came before them.

Thus, fans of Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Saint Vitus, Solitude Aeturnus, Count Raven, Reverend Bizarre, Pentagram, Lamented Souls or Tristitia are encouraged to check out "Icarus" - in all probability one of this year's traditional Doom Metal highlights with which Wheel further consolidate their place in the upper ranks of Germany's Doom scene.

The CD comes in A5-Digipack (ltd. 1000).
The LP comes in gatefold cover, incl. A2 poster and coloured vinyl, 50 copies also include a CD listening copy.

Tracklist:

I. Oblivion (There is no Alternative) 7:47

II. They do for us 7:45
III. Icarus 6:46
IV. Eclipse 6:49
V. A Daughter’s Song 5:53
VI. The Misinterpretation of Kadar 4:47
VII. Frozen Sun 8:50


Limited album shirt:


 

Official Facebook Page

Youtube clip of "Icarus"




Reviews:

"Ein wechselmütiges Monument, welches für sich selbst steht."
(8/10 -
www.crossfire-metal.de)

"Germany’s Wheel are a prime example the European strain of doom. Their latest release, Icarus, is a triumphal, well-sung record that embraces the bombast of hard rock while at the same time making plenty of room for doom metal’s crushing heaviness. On seven tracks, the boys in Wheel keep alive the flame that Ronnie James Dio first ignited in the mid-1970s. Indeed, songs such as “They do for us” and “Icarus” sound like they could have been originally penned by Rainbow-era Ritchie Blackmore. [...] Icarus is an enjoyable record that not only rocks hard, but also manages the quieter moments well. For over forty-six minutes, Icarus charts a mid tempo path of pleasurable doom that rarely becomes gloomy or morose. Like the pagan heroes of old, Icarus has its eyes set upon the sun and its music tuned to grandeur."
(
www.doommantia.com)

"Von schleppend heavy über mystisch verwoben, vom ergreifenden Trauermodus gepackt bis ins Pathos beladene Epicmuster wechselnd, dabei trotz allem Trauerflor satte Groovelines beinhaltend [...] Kraftvolle Gitarrengrundriffs, elegischer Pathosgesang, majestätisch getragene Melancholieteppiche und wechselweise zwischen mystisch, gequält leidensmelancholisch über schleppend rockend bis fett groovend pendelnde Rhythmus/Stimmungswechsel sowie das beständig vorhandene Gefühl purer Unberechenbarkeit [...] es [gelingt] der Band auf ihrem Zweitling, die Messlatte für den traditionellen Doom-Sektor enorm hoch anzulegen, das sie auf ihrem speziell eingeschlagenen Weg nur von wenigen erreicht werden. [...] Fazit: Gelungenes Zweitwerk, das vor allem der Epic-Doomfraktion runterlaufen sollte, wie Öl! Dicke 8,5 Punkte sind Lohn für eine traditionell gestaltete Doom-Orgie, die permanent fesselt."
(8.5/10 -
www.ffm-rock.de)

(4/5 -
www.funeralwedding.com)

(8.7/10 -
metalimperium.blogspot.de)

"With “Icarus” the band seems to have taken one step deeper into Progressive waters, enhancing the mellow psych-ed parts as well, bringing to mind bands like WHILE HEAVEN WEPT and LAMENTED SOULS in a hearty blend, combining the traditional with the modern school of Doom Metal. You may consider “Oblivion (There Is No Alternative)” as too ANATHEMA-esque for your Doom-y palate, but truth is that once “They Do For Us” has hit the speakers, you’ll be discovering the SAINT VITUS guitar melodies, the COUNT RAVEN rites and the SABBATH-esque virtues these Germans deliver under a thin yet Prog layer carefully placed, carving at the same time their own unique path of Doom."
(8/10 -
www.metalkaoz.com)

"Just like I said last time, the fans of Epicus Doomicus Metallicus-era Candlemass and Count Raven need to be getting themselves Wheel albums right away. [...] While there is no question I enjoyed Icarus tremendously, I still prefer Wheel slightly. Icarus has its moments with Oblivion and the “I found myself in the passionate eclipse” Eclipse. The prowling bear gait of the riffs in that song coupled with a memorable chorus line is a signature Wheel, the band I can strongly recommend."
(80/100 -
www.metalreviews.com)

"Was "Icarus" nun von den unzähligen anderen Doom-Bands der Moderne abhebt, ist die Tatsache, dass man beim Songwriting ein Händchen für verschiedenste Stimmungen beweist und diese stets mit prägnanten und wuchtigen Riffs verknüpft. Mal traurig, resignierend und schleppend, mal euphorisiert und jugendlich dröhnen die Gitarren aus den Boxen. Dabei orientiert man sich zwar im Allgemeinen an den klassischen Attributen des Doom Metals und diverse Assoziationen mit Bands wie "Saint Vitus" oder "Solitude Aeturnus" drängen sich natürlich auf, doch sind bei weitem nicht alle Riffs einfach von der Stange. […] So reiht sich das neuste Werk der Dortmunder in die Alben der ersten Liga des Doom-Revivals ein. Was "Wheel" aber vielleicht ein wenig von den Kollegen abhebt ist die Tatsache, dass man hier alle Bereiche des Genres ausgelotet hat und somit nicht in der Eintönigkeit versickert. Man fühlt sich nie gelangweilt und hat stets das Gefühl, dass jeder Song seine eigenen Charakteristiken hat."
(8/10 -
www.rottinghill.at)