In the metal heyday of the mid-80s, with everyone energized by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, all kinds of new genres like power metal, thrash, even the beginnings of black metal were springing up across the world. In such metallically fruitful times, it was inevitable that many bands would get lost in the shuffle. However, Glacier, though they only released today’s self-titled EP and a demo, were one of the forgotten gems from that time back when it was kind of cool to be a power metal band.
To start, let’s address the Jesus in the room. That’s right, once again, I’ve found an album of mid-80s power metal that was most likely made by Christians. At least, these lyrics from the opening song “When Heaven’s at Hand” sure make it sound that way:
Satan’s for the weak of mind
With nothin’ better to do
So if inverted crosses
Tend to stimulate your mind
Then I’m afraid your ship has sailed
And left you miles behind
I don’t need your politics
And I don’t need no 666
So reach back in your bag of tricks
And you’ll see…
When heaven’s at hand
There’ll be hell to pay
Pretty harsh shit, especially for a guy whose mind gets very stimulated by inverted crosses like mine does! And, hell, the song isn’t even technically metal:[audio: https://isleyunruh.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/When-Heavens-at-Hand-clip.mp3|titles=When Heaven’s at Hand clip]
Still, that’s some great hard rock, with just enough of an edge that I feel quite comfortable banging my head along with it.
The second track picks up the metal pace with a significantly more epic and metal “Vendetta”:[audio:https://isleyunruh.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Vendetta-clip.mp3|titles=Vendetta clip]
If the vocalist sounds different, that is because THREE vocalists are credited on this 5 song EP. I like this guy best I think, he’s got a great, dramatic power metal voice–he even managed to work in a Dio rip off “look out!”
Not that the third vocalist is any slouch himself, he also delivers in the speed metal sounding “Ready for Battle”:[audio: https://isleyunruh.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Ready-for-Battle-clip.mp3|titles=Ready for Battle clip]
Though there are only five songs on this EP, the songwriting is quite varied, with each song sounding significantly different from the others while still maintaining a common sense of epic underground power metal to unify the EP’s sound.
Bottom line this is some really well done metal full of energetic and epic riffs. Just check out this clip from the album closer “Speak no Evil”:[audio: https://isleyunruh.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Speak-No-Evil-clip.mp3|titles=Speak No Evil clip]
What we have here is a forgotten album from a time when you could be a power metal band and not sound like Dragonforce. It’s just too bad about all those lyrics like “Get down to your knees and pray!”