CD review GALCIER ‘The Passing of Time’

A glacier doesn’t form just like that. It takes a lot of time for a glacier to grow, becoming a mighty landscape in ice. Translated to heavy metal means having a look at Glacier, the heavy metal outfit that started in 1979 in Portland.

As a glacier in its icy habitat also Glacier in metal needed time to grow. The band released a couple of demos and an EP in the second half of the eighties. Glacier was put to rest in 1990 and it was Devil In Disguise, a sort of tribute band, that started the second leg of Glacier as a band. Devil In Disguise was formed to play one tribute show in Chicago, which was cancelled. Luckily the band got a spot at the Keep It True festival in Germany, a spark that acted as an inspiration for re-starting Glacier.

And as it goes, new songs have been written, the idea of releasing an EP was born, which finally morphed into the ambition of releasing a full-length album. All in all a whopping 41 years have been needed to release the debut and now it happened. The first Glacier record is available at the record stores. ‘The Passing of Time’, a title very well chosen, is Glacier’s full-length debut, featuring eight songs.

Glacier is very much driven by frontman Michael Podrybau who joined the band in 1983. Together with a renewed line-up, Glacier started work on the debut, an effort manifested in excellently crafted heavy- / power metal songs. Riff power and cool melodies are essential ingredients for each of the songs to shine. ‘Eldest and Truest’, the opener, states all this very well. The next tune in line is named ‘Live for the Whip’ and has its roots in the early days. The track was penned in the ‘80s and the original band members Tim Proctor and Loren Bates play on this song. The same goes for ‘Sands in Time’.  

To conclude, if there would be an award for longest preparation for a debut, Glacier would be a nominee. These eight songs have been evolved in the course of time and the outcome is a first album that shows the entire greatness of powerfully performed heavy metal without frills. Traditionalists in metal should have this album on their radar.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Eldest and Truest 
  2. Live for the Whip 
  3. Ride Out 
  4. Sands of Time 
  5. Valor 
  6. Into the Night 
  7. Infidel 
  8. The Temple and the Tomb 

Label: No Remorse Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: October 30th, 2020

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