Acid Ice Flows
is the solo electro-industrial/darkwave project of Gollum. Right away
this CD has a somewhat amateurish sound to it. That's not to say there
isn't potential here, because there is. But while there are good ideas,
I can't deny the fact that this sounds like music from someone just
learning how to make it.
There's a rather empty and muffled sound to everything giving it a low
budget sound. The electronic programming and background melodies are
cookie cutter, and the vocals are slightly high in tone and could use
improvement. There are also occasions where the vocals are so distorted
that not one word of the lyrics can be made out.
For the most part all of the songs sound the same offering mid-tempo
sound layering, dreary beats, dark melodies and slightly altered high
pitched male vocals. The sound is a mix of industrial and gothic coming
off mostly as darkwave.
Overall this is decent music with a lot of interesting elements, but
its low budget amateurish sound brings it down. There's really nothing
about this CD that makes it recommendable. But this is definitely an
act to keep an eye on as I feel with more practice Gollum will obtain
the skills to really make some impressive music.