Slave Vows - The Icarus Line

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
    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
    It is hardcore, a visceral distillation of fury that aims to wound.
  3. Jul 17, 2013
    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
    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
    What the album lacks in refinement and songwriting polish, it gains in the unflagging energy these tunes emanate.
User Score

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
    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 »