ICLASOB’s new album may be entitled The Sounds Of Dying, but one can only hope that their first studio album in some six years is actually the sounds of rebirth.
Many people who’ve followed Micheal Dean Damron’s solo career are probably gonna point at this and think it’s mostly just an ICLASOB version of Mike’s album Bad Days Ahead. Going by actual release date timeline they’d be accurate, but the reality is that Bad Days Ahead was essentially Mike’s efforts to re-record the last ICLASOB album which (at the time) wasn’t gonna ever see the light of day. That was, until now.
The bulk of The Sounds of Dying was written and recorded before ICLASOB called it quits years ago and the fact that it’s getting released is a testament to the sheer inability of good music to stay silenced forever. I’d like to think that I played a role in seeing this album get a proper release, since after hearing the recordings late last year I asked Mike if he’d be interested in releasing it digitally via ninebullets. Which, again, I’d like to think, was the spark the band needed to get this album out and into our grubby little hands some 4 years later.
The time on the shelf might have done The Sounds of Dying some favors. While I was a huge ICLASOB fan before they split, this album, in it’s current form, really isn’t an album they could have released back then. I mean, they could have, but I’m not sure it would have been as well received as it’ll be now. The album has the perfect mix of ICLASOB bravado and Micheal Den Damron’s sensitivity that pushes the whole band to a different level. Unknowingly, I said as much when I reviewed Damron’s Bad Days Ahead a few years ago when I wrote, “Bad Days Ahead doesn’t have the, ‘crank it to 11′ breakneck rock and roll feel of any of the ICLASOB releases and and it isn’t as tortured and personal as Michael’s solo cd, A Perfect Day For A Funeral, opting instead to play up against and in the wide gap between the two”
This cd is a must for any ninebullets reader and Essential Listening for any reader who also happens to be a fan of Two Cow Garage. The cd can currently be preordered over at Suburban Home and all preorders are given an immediate digital download. Check it out and thank me later.