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The Passing Of Time

Glacier are a heavy/power metal band from the USA formed in 1979 by guitarist Sam Easley, releasing their five song, self titled E.P. in 1985. Glacier disbanded in 1990, reforming twenty five years later, and releasing three digital singles. In 2016, founding member Easley sadly passed away. In 2017, a band by the name of Devil In Disguise performed at the Keep It True metal festival in Germany - this band was a tribute band to Glacier, led by Glacier's original vocalist Michael Podrybau. Accolades came flooding in, and Devil In Disguise performed further - changing their name to Glacier the following year, but only with the consent of the surviving members of the original Glacier. Continuing to perform over the next two years at various shows and festivals, Glacier are now set to release their debut album, an incredible forty years after the bands initial formation...    
...with 'The Passing Of Time' a 2020 release. And what a release it is! The classic sound of American power metal is blended with the glorious sound of traditional heavy metal, and from start to finish 'The Passing Of Time' is a heavy hitting album that's gonna cause tremors right around the globe. Eight songs across forty minutes is brought to life with the barn storming 'Eldest And Truest'. Powering forth like all true American power metallers, Glacier are gonna send shivers down the spines of power metal lovers everywhere. 'Eldest And Truest' is fast paced, infectious, and a cracking start to the bands debut album. 'Live For The Whip' ups the ante, the power, the pace, hell it ups everything. Taking on a slight influence from the traditional heavy metal sound, Glacier stretch their legs and gallop furiously. 'Live For The Whip' is infectious and addictive, and is simply a glorious effort.    
Forty years is a long time to wait for a debut album - and it has been well worth the wait. 'The Passing Of Time' is shaping up to be a great album, an album that canters on with the more mid tempo 'Ride Out'. Glacier still retain their beefy signature sound, but show prowess at delivering a slant on the all out, balls out American power metal sound. 'Sands Of Time' is a mellower offering, taking a quick peek over the border into ballad country, and after a long look - actually about a minute and a half - comes to life with a classic NWOBHM riff. Back in their stride, Glacier power forth as only they know how, 'Sands Of Time' now a thumping torrent of heavy metal. And the torrent just keeps coming, with the Saxon-esque 'Valor'. All mighty and bombastic, 'Valor' is heavy anthemic metal at it's heaviest, and to be honest, 'Valor' would not be out of place on a Saxon album.    
Scorching pace lights up the album with the ferocious 'Into The Night' zooming in and rocketing off at high velocity. With the pedal firmly to the metal, Glacier show their prowess at delivering a bit o' speed metal with 'Into The Night', yet all the while maintaining the infectious streak that runs right through the album. Glorious stuff. 'Infidel' has the kinda short intro that could easily appear on an Iron Maiden album, but as soon as the song launches proper, it's definitely a Glacier effort. The swagger, the stride, the sheer pomp of 'Infidel' is majestic. And as for sing a long ability, 'Infidel' is off the charts. The crowd are gonna love this one should the band play it live. And to the final song, the six and a half minute long epic 'The Temple And The Tomb'. With just a hint of 'Powerslave' era Iron Maiden, Glacier adopt the glory and epic styles of heavy metal, blending them with their own sound to create a mouth watering, and quite frankly jaw dropping finale.    
Overall, a bombastic album of heavy/power metal, chock full of infectious and catchy songs to plant smiles on the faces of fans all over the world.    
Review By Iron Mathew Collins    
Reviewed For Metal Gods TV