Ice Nine Kills are very compelling in their new album Every Trick in The Book with mastery in the art of storytelling. This is the fourth release for the metalcore quartet which incorporates the very essence of musical theatre with the combination of compelling stories, and Spencer Charnas’ astounding vocals making him the perfect narrator of these dark and twisted tales. Ice Nine Kills have reconstructed fairy tales to be told in a way that is infused with beautiful melodies descending to a darker place within seconds as well as portraying a symphonic aura.
Titled Every Trick in The Book, Ice Nine Kills definitely know how to use the tricks they know in their favour. These tricks are evident from the opening track ‘The Nature of The beast,’ the quartets vocalist is heard as an eccentric storyteller with a compelling theatrical a tuned voice accompanied with brilliantly dramatic orchestral accompaniment before ruthless drum rhythms break through the light texture opening a gateway to the denser sound that the band are also capable of.
There are many beautiful moments within this album including ‘Tess-Timony’ which opens with an airy piano accompaniment which provides the delicate backbone of the whole song. Despite the lightness for the majority of the song, violins used as a highlight in the right moments, there is an element of power and is deceivingly dark theme for this wonderful ballad.
Ice Nine Kills have created a story like no other in Every Trick In The Book. Symphonic elements reoccurring throughout the album compliment the theatrical style vocals incredibly well. Symphonic moments also create a brilliant build up for the entry of the band themselves with relentless drum rhythms which are effective in the way that it is very skillful and not just a wall of sound. Deep Shrill screams become a very strong contrast with the soft theatrical vocals but with a surrounding of instruments the sound naturally becomes alot heavier like in ‘Me Myself Hyde’ which aptly fits the nature of split personalities in the story of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde.
Overall the album has a great concept and the portrayal of each story is executed brilliantly. Excellent musicianship and production when including symphonic sections. Also the screaming is not over done but adds a great flavour to the tracks it’s used in and enhances the tone of the song. If you’re looking for a hardcore theatrical musical this is your album.