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In der Online-Edition (April 2009) von WAHRSCHAUER Magazin für Gegenkultur, schreibt Jo Neujahr:
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THE ICECOLD ARCHBISHOP ist das Projekt des Amerikaners Flynn Picardal und seines Kompagnons Steve Myers. Mit ihrem Debut „The Sun Dies Too“ liefern die Beiden ein exzentrisches Werk ab, dass man wohl am ehesten dem Bereich Darkwave zuordnen könnte. Düstere Texte, 80er-Jahre-Wave-Synthies und eine, mit metallisch-schneidender Gitarre vorantreibende Rhythmik lassen den Hörer die Musik von THE ICECOLD ARCHBISHOP mit Darkwave der frühen 80er Jahre assoziieren, einer Zeit in der das Genre noch innovativ und spannend war. Die Musik ist melodisch, ohne richtig poppig zu sein und hat - vor allem durch die verhalten-aggressiven Stromgitarren - eine Spannung unterdrückter Härte. Für Genre-Fans, etwa Fans der frühen Low-Fi-Produktionen der SISTERS OF MERCY oder von Synthie-Exzentriker FAD GADGET, absolut interessant. Ansonsten ist „The Sun Dies Too“ über die zwölf Tracks des Albums für meinen Geschmack vielleicht doch etwas zu monochrom.



In der Ausgabe 25 (Sept/Okt 2008) von DARK SPY Magazin, schreibt Verena Pichler:

Schon im ersten Track „The Sun Dies Too“ spürt man den powervollen Pop gemischt mit knarrenden Gitarrenriffs. Obwohl sie in meinen augen Ähnlichkeiten mit Cinema Strange aufweisen, schaffen sie es immer wieder, den Songs ihren eigenen Stiefel anzuziehen. Im fortlauf der Tracks fällt eindeutig auf, das die 2 Jungs uas bloomington, Indiana im harmonischen Einklang mit Metal, Pop, Elecktro und einer gewissen Prise Sarkasmus musizieren. Dabei wirken sie melodisch, jedoch nicht zu süß. Sie singen über den Tod und Themen wie Krieg, Entropie, Apathie oder über Wollust.


March 27, 2008....Dan Coleman wrote in 'The Scene'
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Ever so often, a CD will show up in my mailbox that leaves me speechless. Sometimes it’s the latest disc from Miami’s self-professed drug dealer turned hustler MC Rick Ross that turns out to be 1000x better than I thought it would be. Sometimes it’s some major label tripe from the latest underage or overly emotive concoction to steal young girls’ or disgruntled suburbanites’ unearned dollars.

And sometimes it’s the Icecold Archbishop.

The Icecold Archbishop ..............is recording music that rides the line between genius and insanity. “The Sun Dies Too” is a not what one would call an optimistic album. The songs weave tales of life in a post-apocalyptic world in which we need to horde guns, food and gold tempered with lighter ditties about soldiers’ experiences in Iraq and alien abductions resulting in mild brain damage.

While the subject matter is either depressing or confusing, Picardal has a lighthearted approach to his subject matter in content and musical accompaniment. He has a voice reminiscent of Talking Heads-era David Byrne with a Devo-esque blend of synth-pop and hard rock. The songs are amateurish and mildly sophomoric, but are handled with such aplomb that I am overwhelmed by the oddity of it all.

Picardal has a firm grasp on writing pop hooks and melodies and his musical sense of humor is a treat. Without a hint of irony, he takes all that was great about the early ‘80s new-wave/synth-rock almost revolution and adapts it to modern fears of a man-made apocalypse, pick-up lines and the friendly nature of bacteria.


May 27, 2008....Maurizio Pustianaz wrote on 'Chain D.L.K.'
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The Icecold Archbishop are a duo coming from the Indiana, U.S. Their music is a particular blend of B-52's, Three Jones, Devo and Talking Heads (these are the names that I find could fit better their music). They mix new wave, rock and whatever they have in their mind with fun but also ironic lyrics. Take "Packages", for example. Musically it remembers a little The Devo and the lyrics talk about the need of a good package, because "Everything's in packages / who needs a damned excuse? / We don't like things loose / Eveyone's in packages... / The Christians and the Jew / Eveyone's in packages / My girlgriend's in there, too...". Also "Buy guns, buy food, buy gold" is another good one which takes under a different point of view a post nuclear situation with an upbeat rhythm and cool melodies. P.s. Another similarity I found is about Flynn Picardal vocals as it remembered me Daniel Ash of Bauhaus, Tones On Tail and Love and Rockets fame.


June 1, 2008....Tyler Perry wrote in 'Cultureweek'
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By day he is a professor, by night he is a heavy metal musician who sings of bacteria escaping from laboratories and alien abductions.

The Icecold Archbishop is the pseudonym of..........Flynn Picardal. His new album, The Sun Dies Too, is like a science experiment in its own right, mixing the chemicals of new wave and heavy metal; bizarre and alluring.

One of the finer songs on the album is “The Young Lieutenants,” that has a unique guitar riff as the driving hook. The sound is reminiscent of Devo, only with heavier guitars and little or no synthesizers. The verses have semi-tribal drum beats playing along with the new wave/punk-esque guitar and vocal rhythm. The chorus creeps up quickly and then explodes with the drums and guitar changing to a steadier pace.

“The Aces In My Deck” is more straightforward, hard rock and devoid of pop or new wave sounds. The driving force behind this piece is the riff-heavy guitar work that is reminiscent of early Ted Nugent with even a hint of Megadeth thrown in. The lyrics of the song are every bit as powerful as the force behind the guitar riffs. The song is about the deck of cards given to troops after 9/11 that showed the faces of the government’s “Most Wanted” list. According to a press release from the band, one sergeant said he had his own “Most Wanted” list. On it were Paul Bremer, Donald Rumsfeld, George Bush and Paul Wolfowitz — the four men that were running U.S. policy in Iraq. If “The Young Lieutenants” could be the catchy hit-like song of the album, “The Aces In My Deck” is the aggressive, in-your-face counter-punch.

The fusion of new wave and metal is continued with the two-parts new wave, one-part metal song “No Values.” This upbeat rocker provides another bright spot on the album with crunchy, muted guitars and a sugary Moog synthesizer. One of the potential influences on this song seems to be from ‘80s pop/rock power house The Cars, given the guitar and vocal sound.

There is never a shortage of hooks and memorable melodies on this release. The hooks themselves are usually accomplished through layers of synthesizers or all out guitar riffs. While there is a clear Devo influence on nearly every song, the Archbishop is not lacking in originality.

Those not used to music that resides far from the mainstream might be quick to write off The Sun Dies Too and not give it the multiple plays that it deserves. That would be a shame, as this CD is one that can attach itself to you much like the bacteria Icecold writes about – but it takes time.