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The Metal Review
God of War album review
by Andy Phelps

Ire Clad hail from Ithaca New York and have been smashing out their ultra heavy tunes since 2010. The quartet have a distinctive sound that I can’t quite explain in words, but I shall try and sum it up as best I can. Imagine Prong, Crowbar, and Black Sabbath in a huge cauldron, add some Tool and an extra pinch of Doom and the final result is Ire Clad. An interesting blend of Metal that I have never heard before, which is a good thing!

Gods Of War is Ire Clad’s second album, and what an album it is. 10 tracks of doom-laden eargasms. The album kicks off with a rather gruesome intro, Pray For Thee, God Of War before the wall of ultra heavy riffs rip through the speakers. The overall vibe I’m getting from this track is leaning towards Down/Pantera, casually battering the eardrums with no letting up. Each drum beat makes the floorboards move (I’m sure my neighbours love me right now haha). Feeds On Them has another form of brutality, it is more up-tempo, more aggressive, grabs you by the back of the neck and thrusts your head forward banging it against any object in the process. Piece Of Life has a really deep meaning to the lyrics, it tackles the daily struggles of life and suicidal thoughts. This is a topic that doesn’t get enough attention, I’m sure a lot of people from all walks of life can relate to this subject in one way or another. It is evident in the vocals, and in the music that this track has a heart felt true message behind it. There are so many tracks I could write about from Gods Of War, but I’ll pick out one more which I find mindblowing. The track is called Do What I Say, this is an absolute head-crusher! Don’t let the acoustic intro fool you, the heaviness in this track is totally neck-wrenching! The track has a slightly different vibe, it reminisces Machine Head meets Crowbar in an epic manner. The varying tempos and degrees of heaviness fracture every part of the skull, one sledgehammer blow after the next, relentlessly pummelling your skull into mush.

TO sum this album up Ire Clad have created an album that will appeal to most fans of Crowbar, Down, Pantera, Sabbath and many other bands from the 90’s with a touch of classic Metal influences thrown in for good measure. It is quite apparent that Ire Clad are huge Metal fans first and foremost and have funnelled this into an insane for of heaviness.

Thanks to Jim Catalano for including our new album, God of War, in his best of 2014 list!

“Ire Clad, “God of War”: After an impressive debut two years ago, Ire Clad returned with an even stronger second album, one that’s full of crushing guitar riffs, growling vocals and topical lyrics. Some of the songs are pretty catchy, too, especially “Piece of Life.” ”

http://www.ithacajournal.com/story/entertainment/2014/12/31/return-jimmies-top-local-cds/21091515/

“Wow great heavy rock band with an awesome old school heavy metal sound mixed with modern day hard rock. Vocally fantastic, Lyrically supreme and the music is pure rock.”  Scotty D. – Rock Bandom Radio

For the past couple of years, Ire Clad has been giving the regional heavy rock scene a major kick in the butt. Led by towering singer-guitarist Harrison Rumsey, the band has built a reputation for its crushing riffs and powerhouse vocals.

Now Ire Clad has just completed its second album, titled “God of War,” and will play a CD release show Saturday night at the Haunt.

The band, which also includes drummer Pete Schlough, guitarist Jerrod Prevost and bassist Eric Rodriguez, has evolved since its beginnings a few years ago. “We now all contribute more to writing the songs, in general,” Rumsey said. “The songs have become more complex and eclectic, but we seem to be able to bang them out quicker.”

“Typically, Jerrod brings an arsenal of riffs to the table and we construct them into complete songs where everyone has a hand in their shaping,” he added. While Rumsey usually writes all the melody lines for the vocals, he and Prevost collaborated on lyrics for a number of songs on this album; Schlough also contributed lyrical concepts for a few songs, and he suggested solutions to structural and arrangement challenges.

There are a few themes running throughout the album: war, death and destruction, with a few mythological concepts thrown in for good measure. “The album is book-ended with ‘God of War’ and ‘Brothers in Arms,’ another song about war, but more specifically modern ‘sanitized’ warfare,” Rumsey noted.

The band is looking forward to continuing to add to its string of memorable gigs, including the Finger Lakes Metal Fest, big Halloween shows at the Eagle Hotel in Lodi and recently sharing the stage with the Anvil at the Lost Horizon in Syracuse

Visit www.ireclad.com to learn more.

Ruination, a Binghamton hardcore band, and Age of Shadows, a Rochester power-metal band, will round out the bill for Saturday’s show, which kicks off at 9 p.m. and has a cover charge.

Jim Catalano
Ithaca Journal
11-20-14

“Ire Clad have plans on recording and releasing new music this year and if any of this is a prelude to that madness it shall be nothing less than incredible. This band is on my ‘ones to watch in 2014″ list.” –Axes Leftovers

So, we started getting prepared for our next DIY album. Taking some time off from playing shows this winter to get it done. We practice in a room off of Harrison’s garage and had to clean it out as well as a good portion of his garage. We decided to put our guitar and bass cabs in the garage and run cables to them from our amps in our practice room. Enclosed them with sound panels and mattresses. Since we had to clear everything out we took the time to finally put up insulation board on walls and ceiling. This should make it a lot toastier in the winter. We’ll also be putting up foam to cut down on the sound bouncing all over. Got the drum room set up too. Just need to get the recording computer and equipment set up and run cables. Then we’ll be able to start checking mics and setting levels. The first goal is to get the drums done. We all play along with Pete though and if any of us get a good take as well then that’s all the better. Having gone through the process before we’re hoping it will take less time. Hopefully by summer or fall we can have the finished product. We still need to write two or three more songs too. We have plenty of riffs it’s just putting them together and writing lyrics that’s going to take some time. Our song writing process has definitely become streamlined as well so it shouldn’t take too long. Recording can be trying but enjoyable at the same time. Here’s to another killer Ire Clad album!

“Ire Clad. Killer in your face metal and a killer video that made it onto Heavy Metal Television. ‘Nuff said.”
David Garlow – Examiner

J & H 6“Hailing from upstate Ithaca, New York comes the heavy metal styling and deep sounds of Ire Clad. While I have known the bands name for some time now; I just recently had a moment to dive in and immerse myself in the sounds. And oh what thunder emanated from these speakers.”
David Garlow – Examiner

“The song is a demonstration of how the new bloods style combined with the elder statesmen of metals influence confluence perfectly into the here and now. Plenty of in your gut deep chunk riffage with several guitar acrobatics thrown with powerful precision drum and bass work. The band rocks. Period.”
David Garlow – Examiner

“If, just hearing these two songs and watching the one video caught my attention that much; it stands to reason that a full set would only further establish the facts presented. Ire Clad rocks and rocks hard, are a band on the rise, and any heavy metal fan that gets the chance must take notice and see them.”
David Garlow – Examiner

“Ire Clad, “Empowher.” Named one of the best local songs for 2012!”
Jim Catalano – Ithaca Journal

“Ire Clad, “Ire Clad” — Harrison Rumsey and company gave the local metal scene a kick in the butt with their self-titled debut, which featured massive guitar riffs, roaring vocals and lots of energy.”
Jim Catalano – Ithaca Journal

“But we are hoping to revive THIS area’s metal following to a new level, a new age… an Ire Age!”
Jim Catalano – Ithaca Journal