Icon For Hire – Scripted

By Shawn H on March-26-2012 | Filed under Reviews | Tags : , , , , | Share

Icon For Hire – Scripted
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3.9 (14 votes)

Band: Icon For Hire
Title: Scripted
Label: Tooth & Nail
Release Date: August 23rd, 2011
Reviewer: Shawn H.

Tracklisting

  1. Overture
  2. Theater
  3. Make A Move
  4. Get Well
  5. The Grey
  6. Off With Her Head
  7. Fight
  8. Up In Flames
  9. Iodine
  10. Only A Memory
  11. Pieces

Female fronted bands are not something that’s new or will be going away anytime soon. With Paramore’s recent rise to fame, any artist with mere resemblances has been compared to Hayley Williams. Out of respect for Icon For Hire, I will give them an unbiased review that isn’t compared to the former. I’ve been interested in this American hard rock oufit hailing from Decatur, Illinois since their early beginnings in 2007. Vocalist Ariel Bloomer brings a one-two punch of up in your face lyrical content with every change of track. Some may say her vocal style is reminiscent of labelmate The Letter Black vocalist Sarah Anthony, but with a less overdone vocal sound. It’s a relief to see an artist who is upfront & honest with their lyrics.

We are welcomed with a quick opening intro “Overture”, filled with instruments & beginning the overall theatrical vibe found within the album. I must say I was slightly dissapointed with the introduction to the first track “Theater”, as it seems very similar to a certain track from Thousand Foot Krutch, but that disappointment was short lived. We then move on the album’s first single “Make A Move”, a great track to check out for those who want an overall feel for what this album has to offer. As if they wanted to continue the emotions found within the previous track, the band’s 2nd single “Get Well” is the next track to blast through your speakers. Slowing things down, we are serenaded with a piano-driven track “The Grey”, filled with raw emotional lyrics:

In your deepest pain
In your weakest hour
In you darkest night
You are lovely

I was surprised to find out that this was an old track from their previous EP, with an altered arrangements & new lyrical content. But what is even more surprising was the fact that “Off With Her Head” & “Only A Memory” (previously known as “Pernilla”) were also re-released tracks.

Overall:

Like i mentioned in my introduction, there is an overload of female fronted bands in the industry right now. Icon For Hire is one of the surprising few acts that doesn’t fall under the cookie cutter/copycat namesake, especially coming from a record label that often copies the popularity of the mainstream genres. This album does show hints of similarity with acts like Flyleaf & The Letter Black, but at the core this album genuine. It’s safe to say we can expect bigger & better things from Icon For Hire within the next year!

Icon For Hire - Scripted, 3.9 out of 5 based on 14 ratings

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15 Responses to 'Icon For Hire – Scripted'

  1. DT says:

    What? This released last August? Yikes, I missed it. Thanks for the reminder to pick this one up, ha. From the review it sounds like it’s solid throughout.

    Also, I must share, there’s no such thing as an overload of female fronted bands. Women can front as many rock/metal/punk/hardcore bands as they want. I don’t ever hear anyone say there’s too many male fronted bands and that despite there being a lack of balance that favors an abundance of male fronted bands.
    The more you know. End PSA.

  2. Jamos41 says:

    Just can’t get into this band. Girls got a good voice, but I just don’t feel they really do anything to stand out from any other female-fronted pop/rock bands out there

  3. Logan Flaming says:

    Short review…

  4. Dave says:

    I like this band and I am looking forward to seeing their live show for the first time on the P.O.D./Red tour!!!

  5. Steve says:

    love this album

  6. Sam says:

    For those who can’t get into this album, I’m curious what you would think of some of the band’s older songs, like “Sno” and “Call Me Alive”. If nothing else, they sound very little like this album.

    • Sam says:

      As in, screaming, breakdowns, darker and more desperate feel. Anyone interested?

    • DT says:

      I just looked up their older songs. Those sound like the only two that are a little different and Sno is the only one that’s genuinely different. Being two songs and that the screams aren’t her–merely backing vocals… it’s not really worth it to be into their old sound. I have to say Sno sounds like dated heavy alt rock from the 90s, but with a breakdown. Not bad cause I like old deftones, but a little awkward still.

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