Potential is something that often struggles to be recognised, but it is certainly something that shines through in Stand Aside, the debut album from Training Icarus. Originating from Plumstead but drawing inspiration from the Scandinavian end of the epic melodic metal spectrum, Training Icarus certainly tick all the requisite boxes.
We’re suckers for a good female vocal delivery here at CackBlabbath, and vocalist Leigh has the range of to deliver everything from hushed and breathless to full on Anette Olzon-esque highs with equal power and passion. That’s not to say that the rest of the band are any slouches either, delivering a crisp polished performance full of soaring guitars, emotional solos and all built on the foundation of a tight, precise rhythm section.
Areas for improvement… Well sometimes they do seem to be trying to squeeze too much in and on occasion the polish of the delivery can’t quite hide some iffy lyrics, not letting rhyme or flow get in the way of telling the story. It’s not a major issue though, and it certainly doesn’t get in the way of enjoying the music.
It’s unusual for a CB Spotlight band to find a permanent place on my iPod, but i think it’s safe to say that Training Icarus have made themselves right at home there.
Band Name : Training Icarus
Home Town : Plumstead
Year Formed : 2007
Current Lineup :
Leigh Turner – Vocals
Martin Eldon – Guitar
Jayson Turner – Bass
Richard Eldon – Drums
Brief History :
TI went through a few line up changes until 2009, when Richard (who was then the rhythm guitarist) decided to take over on the drums and created the Training Icarus that exists today. Since then we have gone from strength to strength first playing Main Stage at Danson festival, then supporting ex Iron Maiden frontman, Blaze Bayley and in 2011, we got to play at Bloodstock festival.
Career Highlight :
Hmm…got to be playing Bloodstock festival.
Future Plans :
We’re working hard this year to finish writing and then recording our debut album, ‘Stand Aside’.
Tell us something interesting / amusing / stupid about the band
The band is made up of two sets of siblings, the Eldons and the Turners. Is that interesting? I guess so.
Who would be your ideal tour-mates ?
I think we would get on well with Iron Maiden
And what would be on the rider ?
What’s a rider? Sorry