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The Icemen

hardcore nyhc metalcore punk metal

There are two bands called The Icemen:
1) THE ICEMEN - Metal/Hardcore from Downtown New York City (Bio Directly Below).
2) The Icemen - Soul/RnB duo from the 60's (Bio Follows).

1)THE ICEMEN - Metal/Hardcore from Downtown New York City:
The Icemen was founded by Guitarist and Songwriter Marco Abularach who was joined by Noah Evans on Bass and Drummer Mackie Jayson (Bad Brains, Cro-Mags, Madball).

The Icemen played their first show at CBGB's 11th of April 1983, a benefit for the late Patrick Mack of the Stimulators. For that one show they had Miles Kelly on vocals.

Next The Icemen turned to John Gamble on vocals. In 1984 they recorded a pair of songs "The Iceman" & "You Let It Go To Your Head" and at the time had planned to release it as a 7" although that never happened. These tracks ended up being used primarily to get gigs and featured vocal takes by both John and Marco. With this lineup (Marco, Noah, Mackie, John) The Icemen played shows through '84 and '85 in NYC mostly at CBGB's and Pyramid Club. By the end of '85 Gamble was released from the band.

A two year period followed with the band unable to find a vocalist they would accept. It was 1987 when they finally settled for Carl Demola (aka Carl Griffin) and this would be the lineup best known to most.

The Icemen would perform live shows through the next five years, often at CBGB, their "Home Base".

In 1991 The Icemen released the "R.I.P." EP on Blackout! Records. This 4 song EP contained the following tracks: Rest in Peace, Shadow Out of Time, The Harsh Truth, No Guts No Glory. It was released on both CD and Cassette, in addition Rest in Peace & The Harsh Truth were released on 7" including a limited edition in blue or red vinyl.

All of The Icemen's Music & Lyrics were written by Marco who in addition created all band related Artwork (Album Cover, Posters/Flyers, T-Shirts).

R.I.P. was The Icemen's only official release, no other material written and performed by original members Marco, Noah, Mackie has ever been released.

While the band continued to perform through 1992, frustration at lack of musical growth continued to mount and it would not be much longer before The Icemen would dismiss Carl from their band.

They continued to search for a new vocalist and to write and record in their studio. During 1993 vocalist Gary Lee tracked on several of The Icemen's last recordings.

By the late 1993 the Official Icemen's activity had come to an end…
Until now.

From out of the shadows of long silent years The Icemen have returned. Having painstakingly transferred all of their many original tape recordings from analog to digital, they rise from the grave with two formerly unreleased tracks. Reaper Records releases their colored vinyl 7" featuring "The Iceman" - the first ever recording by The Icemen (1984 @ Nola Studios New York) and "It'll Be Your Grave" - another of their earliest recordings, one of several sessions they recorded at Nola Studios from 1984-1986.

2) The Icemen from the 1960's
The Icemen - Soul/RnB duo from the 60's. No information whatsoever seems to be available of The Icemen themselves, who were Gino Armstrong and James Stokes. The group seems to mainly have been a vehicle for songwriters / producers Robert and Richard Poindexter. The Poindexters did release records themselves as the Poindexter Brothers. The Icemen are mostly remembered because of their 1966 tracks (My Girl) She's a Fox and (I wonder) What it takes (Win Your Love) wich feature a young and yet unknown Jimi Hendrix on guitar.

The Icemen has published photos.