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15th November 2017

ice age

It may come as a surprise to many Metallers that one of the most successful all female Thrash Metal bands of the last thirty years have never actually released an album... until now that is.

Ice Age, from Gothenburg in Sweden, formed in January 1985 by Sabrina Kihlstrand and Pia Nyström, met through an ad in a music store. The band line-up was completed with Sabrina’s sister, Helena (later replaced with bassist Viktoria Larsson), and Tina Strömberg behind the drums.

The bands early incarnation embraced a Power Metal sound, found on their first demo 'Rock Solid'.

Their sound became increasingly raw and more technical, with leanings towards the style of early Megadeth and Metallica, which can be heard in their demos 'General Alert' (1987) and 'Untitled' (1988).

Ice Age's next demo, 'Instant Justice', in 1989 saw them gain popularity, touring several countries and playing festivals, including the Open Air in Lamone Switzerland in front of 5,000 people as well as the UK's legendary Marquee Club.

ice age

Midway through a tour and fraught with management problems, line-up changes were followed by the eventual implosion of the band in in 1990, by which time they had sold thousands of copies of their demos.

Over the years the interest from fans worldwide has remained strong, their influence as far reaching as The Big 4 with Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax dedicating their national TV broadcast Gothenburg Stadium show to Ice Age.

In January 2015 Ice Age took to the stage for the first time in twenty-five years at the Gothenburg Sound festival to a rapturous welcome.

With a strong new line-up, which besides original members Sabrina and Viktoria, adds Linnea Landstedt from Tyranex on lead guitar, and André Holmquist (Manimal) on drums, Ice Age finally started the recording of their debut album, 'Breaking The Ice'.

With five classic songs from the original demos re-recorded and five brand new songs, this is the album that many thought would never happen. ‘Breaking the Ice’ is released by GMR Music Group/PHD.

MetalTalk has four CD's of 'Breaking The Ice' to give away in our exclusive competition. To be in with a chance of winning then correctly answer our ice breaking question.

What is the name given to the strip of land that once connected the British Isles to mainland Europe before the last Ice Age?

A) Daggerland
B) Diggerland
C) Doggerland

Competition closes at midnight 14th December and usual MetalTalk competition rules apply.



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