New Brigade - Iceage
New Brigade Image
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 18 Critics What's this?

User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Band members: Dan, Elias, Johan, Jakob
  • Summary: This is the debut full-length album for the Danish punk rock band.
  • Record Label: What's Your Rupture?
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Experimental Rock, Hardcore Punk
  • More Details and Credits »
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Timez Are Weird These Days is the perfect example of what London is capable of, snatching elements of popular music from across the decades to create a sound that's both nostalgic and refreshing.
  2. Jun 27, 2011
    90
    This ambiguity is precisely what makes New Brigade so exciting--there's no dogged political agenda, nor a desire to sound wiser than their 17 to 19-age range. And even if it sounds like a slush of trebly clatter, Iceage manage to pack a wallop of melodic transitions in each measure.
  3. Nov 23, 2011
    90
    A record that's easily as good as any punk release you'll hear in 2011.
  4. Jun 27, 2011
    80
    It's a lot to wrap your head around, especially given the brief run time, but it also hits with a powerful immediacy, even on first listen. Justifies the hype.
  5. Jul 28, 2011
    80
    Not bad for four young men barely out of their teens playing rowdy, undiluted hardcore. That has a lot to do with the excellence of their debut album. [Jun 2011, p.85]
  6. Jul 19, 2011
    80
    So whether it's the enigmatic profile that got Iceage noticed or all the name-checking and cross-referencing, New Brigade is really about a group that's making a name for itself, now and in the future. Iceage, to riff off the band's own words, isn't going to fade any time soon, only grow and grow.
  7. 70
    The rest of the album sees the group continue to rip from the history of punk to make something decidedly fresh.

See all 18 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Apr 25, 2013
    9
    Makes me want to get up and do something! Whether I do something cruel or something "good", Iceage couldn't give less of a This is record isMakes me want to get up and do something! Whether I do something cruel or something "good", Iceage couldn't give less of a This is record is dirty and ear-shattering but surprisingly catchy. Listen to it loud, and act out your youth or remember it. Expand
  2. Aug 15, 2011
    8
    I really like the unique merging of punk-goth-metal in these guys' music. I wish the album was longer. I love the video for "White Runes" onI really like the unique merging of punk-goth-metal in these guys' music. I wish the album was longer. I love the video for "White Runes" on YouTube. Some say that the "fascist" tone in their lyrics are not politically correct or acceptable. Who cares? Who said that anyway? Some old hippy who gives everyone a peace sign? Wish I had a chance to see them while they were in Chicago last weekend. So much more authentic and better than The Strokes' debut. This is more on par with Sex Pistols' "Nevermind the Bullocks..." Expand
  3. Feb 14, 2013
    8
    New Brigade is a refreshing record. In a serious time of absolutely no punk bands around, Iceage manage to dish out twenty-four minutes ofNew Brigade is a refreshing record. In a serious time of absolutely no punk bands around, Iceage manage to dish out twenty-four minutes of high-energy, strong messaged tracks that are equally as catchy. All In All, Iceage are a great punk band and this is a very enjoyable record. B+ Expand
  4. Oct 25, 2011
    7
    Iceage have released a solid debut album, however the album could have done with a bit more diversity. The album is a raw mix of chaotic andIceage have released a solid debut album, however the album could have done with a bit more diversity. The album is a raw mix of chaotic and noisy punk, goth and post-punk. Standout track is "You're Blessed". Expand
  5. Jul 5, 2011
    7
    These guys are the definition of punk. If you were to look at the definition of "punk" in a dictionary, it will have a picture of these 18 andThese guys are the definition of punk. If you were to look at the definition of "punk" in a dictionary, it will have a picture of these 18 and 19 year olds with a caption saying "Iceage". The entire 24 minutes of noise and ruckus is very overwhelming but surprisingly good. When I don't like an album, I stop listening to it and move on. This album was different. I couldn't force myself to stop listening. As far as noise and chaos goes, these guys take the cake. If you can handle total chaos with no specific rhythm, take a listen. It's worth it. The best tracks are "New Brigade", "Remember", "Total Drench", "Broken Bone", "Collapse", and "You're Blessed". Expand

Related Articles

  1. The Best Albums of 2011

    The Best Albums of 2011 Image
    Published: December 30, 2011
    We reveal our official list of the best-reviewed albums of 2011. Plus, get links to stream virtually all of our top albums, find out which LPs our users preferred, and see which 2011 releases scored the lowest with critics.
  2. The Freshman 15: 2011's Best Debut Albums

    The Freshman 15: 2011's Best Debut Albums Image
    Published: December 6, 2011
    Which new artists impressed critics the most in 2011? Find out inside, where we rank the 15 best-reviewed debut albums of the year.
  3. June's Best New Music

    June's Best New Music Image
    Published: June 30, 2011
    The past month's best new albums include the sophomore set from Bon Iver and the debut from Sub Pop's first hip-hop signing. Find out more about June's best releases and listen to tracks from each one.