It’s right that bands change. Danish foursome Iceage achieved progression between albums one and two, with 2013’s ‘You’re Nothing’ all terrific energy and disorientating distortion.
‘Plowing Into The Field Of Love’ cleans the mix, providing space where once suffocation ruled – but with slower tempos comes time to appreciate how precariously these songs are assembled.
Frontman Elias Bender Rønnenfelt was a force when tearing through tracks of acid and antagonism, but here his atonal vocals are most politely assessed as an acquired taste.
There are some surprising hooks amongst predominantly ugly arrangements, and its ambition is admirable, but ‘Plowing…’ proves woefully lacking in coherency, and fails as its makers’ next evolution.
Words: Mike Diver
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