I always liked Ichabod. It had been years and years since I last saw them when I was fortunate enough to catch their set at Stoner Hands of Doom XII, but still, my impression going into their set was favorable. However, even with some relative idea of what I was getting, I was taken aback by the force of the current lineup that founding guitarist Dave Iverson has assembled, particularly vocalist John Fadden, who made short work of tradeoffs between cleaner melodic singing and throat-ripping screams.
All the better to lead into their new album, Dreamscapes from Dead Space. Some info went up on the forum late last month, but the PR wire sent over particulars, and I couldn’t help but include the stream from the Ichabod Bandcamp page:
ICHABOD: Boston Psyche/Sludge Act Drop Most Expansive Album To Date
Entire Record Streaming Now
Following more than a decade of perpetually mutating and expanding their unique style of rock/metal, Boston-based ICHABOD release their most progressive album to date with Dreamscapes From Dead Space this month.
Conceived and founded in 1998, ICHABOD quickly formed an immediately diehard audience with several awesome demos before the turn of the century. Sporadic but steady live shows have constantly helped the band retain a solid fanbase, and since 2000 they’ve summoned forth four massive and ever-expanding studio full-lengths, culminating with the diversified 2012, released by Rootsucker Records in 2008.
Amidst praise of 2012 from internationally-based media outlets, vocalist Ken MacKay decided to part ways with ICHABOD. Remaining members Greg Delaria (bass), Dave Iverson (guitar), and Phil MacKay (drums) inducted longtime friend John Fadden as new throat to help them finalize their newest material, what was then penned as the band’s swansong. Fadden’s style brought on newfound inspiration for the entire unit, and the band recruited friend Jay Adam on second guitar. Instead of disbanding, ICHABOD forged an entirely new path of musical exploration.
ICHABOD’s fifth full-length, Dreamscapes From Dead Space, visits new territory for the band’s already expansive sound, melding elements of their sludge/doom metal roots with a more prog/psyche ‘70s vibe, adding a lot more rock to how they already triumphantly roll. Featuring nearly fifty minutes worth of otherworldly, free-flow, heavy-ass rock, recorded, co-produced and mixed by Glenn Smith at Amps vs. Ohms Studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with final mastering done by Nick and Rob at New Alliance East Mastering. The artwork bears original paintings by Mike Kent and layout but Aaron D. C. Edge.
Dreamscapes From Dead Space showcases the broad range of a proficient musical force in a renaissance era.
The digital download of Dreamscapes From Dead Space is on sale now, the album to see a proper CD release via Rootsucker Records/Black Lotus Entertainment on October 30th, 2012. Official info on even more new ICHABOD material pending release, and new gigs being booked now and through the New Year, will be announced over the months ahead.
Dreamscapes From Dead Space is streaming now via the ICHABOD Bandcamp page.
11/01/2012 Ralphs Rock Diner – Worcester, MA w/ Witch Mountain, Castle, Second Grave
Dreamscapes From Dead Space Track Listing:
2. Looking Glass
3. Baba Yaga
5. Hollow God
6. All Your Love
8. Return of the Hag
Tags: Boston, Ichabod, Ichabod Dreamscapes from Dead Space, Massachusetts, Unsigned bands