Beginning with “Ignore Check Engine Lights”, we’re greeted immediately with the powerful vocals of Joey Rubenstein, delivering a strong melodic performance over some fine, intricate playing from guitarist A.J and drummer Rob, a great start.
“Dethroned” carries with it a more up-beat punk-pop feel. It still hints at the technical musicianship that the band are renowned for, but is an easier listen all round, more accessible for the casual rock fan, while “The Monster Within” starts with a flurry of intense drumming, before fleeting in and out of tempo’s and key changes.
“Flint And Steel” is quite a soft number in contrast to its name, lots or harmonious, lingering vocals, with the chorus only slightly picking up allowing for some fine pop-rock enjoyment. The drums driving this song forward yet feeling almost restrained at the same time, the occasional flurry breaking free from the subdued feel of the song, creating an interestingly layered listen. Finally then, we’re greeted with the last track on offer; the 8 minute + monster of a song “The Pharmacist”. It’s a slow builder, highly dramatic and full of intensity, but that doesn't last too long, as we soon find ITO playing around with tempo and pitch, taking full advantage of the length of time the song gives them to indulge in their unique preferences for key changes, it’s epic and artistic in equal measure.
Whereas it’s a bit of a given that you won’t find Icarus The Owl being played by many (if any) mainstream music outlets, you can’t deny the bands ability to turn seemingly complicatedly structured songs into catchy, heavy pop melodies. This new album is right to be self-titled, as it perfectly captures what Icarus The Owl are all about. It’s an album this four piece should be proud of, and it’s also an album that you really should listen to. 
Download: "Dethroned", "Flint And Steel"
"Icarus The Owl" is available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/icarus-the-owl/id797827090