Slave Vows - The Icarus Line
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Aug 1, 2013
    100
    Slave Vows, then, is a masterpiece, its black-hearted explosions and sordid vibes coming from a darker place than most of those pantomiming their way through rock & roll. But while there’s bleakness here, there’s also that sulphurous sound of resistance, of high drama at very real stakes.
  2. Aug 16, 2013
    90
    It is hardcore, a visceral distillation of fury that aims to wound.
  3. Jul 17, 2013
    90
    An eminently powerful work of rock ‘n’ roll from start to finish, Slave Vows hasn’t saved the soul of rock music, but it sure as hell has revitalized it.
  4. Jul 15, 2013
    90
    Slave Vows is--easily the finest guitar album The Icarus Line have produced since Aaron North precariously sprinted across a row of trembling amps to crash out the window and join Nine Inch Nails in 2005.
  5. Jul 24, 2013
    82
    What the album lacks in refinement and songwriting polish, it gains in the unflagging energy these tunes emanate.
  6. Sep 5, 2013
    80
    Six albums in and The Icarus Line remain terrifying, riding a tsunami of malevolent noise, sweat and havoc while producing some of the most intense and exceptional rock music around. [Oct 2013, p.70]
  7. Aug 14, 2013
    80
    An album which walks the wild side with instinctive ease and righteous fury. [13 Jul 2013, p.54]
  8. Aug 14, 2013
    80
    The Icarus Line’s sixth album is scarred, clandestine and alluring, much like meeting a stranger who has the capabilities to turn you on--or turn you off, dead.
  9. Jul 17, 2013
    80
    It is what it is: a passionate, purposeful and wonderfully presented collection of combustive rock songs.
  10. Jul 15, 2013
    80
    There’s too much spirit in this cocktail for the mixer to spoil it.
  11. 80
    Cardamone’s crew are at their peak when moving between the simmering heat and the fireball, and these drawn-out song structures give them more space than ever to explore the tension between nervy build-up and cathartic release.
  12. Jul 15, 2013
    80
    Heroic riffing and Joe Cardamone's raw yodel ensure they never disappoint. [Aug 2013, p.98]
  13. 70
    They’ve kept those colours nailed firmly to the mast, and never more so than on ‘No Money Music’, an aptly named track that adopts the aural scare tactics of Suicide’s ‘Frankie Teardrop’.
  14. Aug 30, 2013
    69
    At 45 minutes it's shorter than Penance Soiree, but lacks its concision and punch, at times wading a little too deeply into the indulgent waters of burdened, discordant blooze.
  15. Aug 27, 2013
    60
    Opening the door of your mind’s eye to the psychedelic sludge and acid punk hooks of Slave Vows will gain you a lot of decadent pleasure, little insight and even less mercy.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 20, 2013
    7
    If technical complexity in rock instrumentation is your thing, then you should check out the band The Icarus Line. These guys steep their take on alternative metal into the depths of progressive classic rock. Guitars and bass are riffing the crap out your ears throughout this record. The vocalist does not hold back either, belting out at the top his lungs in a style reminiscent of post-punk genius Mark E. Smith. Slave Vows, as an album, struggles at times to get out of its entrenchment into it’s own sound. There simply isn’t enough variety within tracks to justify the track lengths, and the songs themselves are a bit too similar to keep the album from feeling stale at times. Still, this record is a testament to rock music and easily worth a few listens. Full Review »