Ice Age

Ice Age was a progressive band from New York, USA.

The band released their debut album The Great Divide in 1999 and from  my point of view this is the most interesting release of theirs. Very playful, with funny song names like Spare Chicken Parts (I love this kind of nomenclature). 

In later releases their music tends to become less metal and more rock, which is ok of course but doesn’t interest me that much. Still, people who like Yes, ELP and such will like this very much.

In 2006, the band officially changed their name to Soulfractured. This was accompanied by a shift in the band’s music – less overt progressive experimentation, with closer attention paid to melodic structure and songcraft. The band released the Soulfractured EP. They had previously released the Little Bird EP as Ice Age. Shortly after the second EP’s release, the group disbanded.

Releases:

The Great Divide (1999)

  1. Perpetual Child – 10:29
  2. Sleepwalker – 5:24
  3. Join – 5:55
  4. Spare Chicken Parts (Instrumental) – 8:50
  5. Because of You – 5:32
  6. The Bottom Line – 4:44
  7. Ice Age – 11:08
  8. One Look Away – 5:40
  9. Miles To Go – 5:01
  10. To Say Goodbye, Part I: Worthless Words (Instrumental) – 3:13
  11. To Say Goodbye, Part II: On Our Way – 8:18

Liberation (2001)
Little Bird EP (2004)
Soulfractured EP (2006) (Released under band name Soulfractured)

Line-Up:

Josh Pincus – vocals and keyboards
Jimmy Pappas – guitars
Hal Aponte – drums and percussion
Arron DiCesare – bass

Dali’s Dilemma

Dali’s Dilemma was a progressive metal band from California started in 1994 and split up sometime after their only album release. Their music is played on a high level of technical skill while somewhat lacking in emotional appeal.  I enjoy this album very much still after all those years.

News of what the members are doing now can’t be found, except that the keyboardist Matt Guillory worked with james LaBrie of Dream Theater on some of his solo albums and also was part of Explorers Club, a kind of Supergroup featuring, among others, LaBrie and Petrucci, D.C. Cooper (Royal Hunt), Terry Bozzio, Billy Sheehan and Steve Howe (Yes).

Their label Magna Carta is home of Shadow Gallery, Age Of Nemesis, Liquid Tension Experience and other famous bands.
Manifesto for Futurism 1999
1.Within a Stare
2.Miracles in Yesteryear
3.Despite the Waves
4.Whispers
5.Ashen Days
6.Andromeda Sunrise
7.This Time Around
8.Hills of Memory
9.Can’t You See
10.Living in Fear