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Author's Rating
Vocals 8.5
Musicianship 8.5
Lyrics 7.75
Production 8.5
Creativity 6.75
Lasting Value 7.75
Reviewer Tilt 9
Final Verdict: 81%
Member Ratings
Vocals 8.63
Musicianship 9.5
Lyrics 7.13
Production 8.25
Creativity 6.88
Lasting Value 8.13
Reviewer Tilt 8.75
Average: 82%

Kids Icarus - Kids Icarus EP

Reviewed by: Ryan Gardner (01/30/11)
Kids IcarusKids Icarus EP
Record Label: None
Release Date: January 9, 2011


Pop-punk has really hit a high note as of late. Acts such as Four Year Strong, Set Your Goals, Man Overboard, and Transit have proven that hardcore-influenced pop-punk music can be performed in grand fashion. Now, it looks like Kids Icarus, who recently signed to Creator-Destructor Records, are here to make their name in the genre, as well.

“It’s On Me” begins the self-titled EP with Brian Bellitto’s vocals taking control. Backed by backbreaking drumming (courtesy of Dave Woltmann) and shredding guitars (courtesy of Adam Sahlin and Marco Corsino), his style will suit fans of FYS and the like wonderfully. The singing of “I want to be forgotten / I want to fade away” nearly forces singing along. “Down and Out” is set at full speed, turning the dial to 10; as a result, the track is sure to please fans of raucous pop-punk tunes.

“Monster” simply sounds massive, as the guitars and drums open the track before Bellitto steals the show on the top executed tracks on Kids Icarus. The track proves how much potential these guys have. The closing “Firework” proves to be a paradox, beginning with the heaviest guitars heard on the EP but then quickly switching to the vocal pinnacle of the EP. Kids Icarus couldn’t have possibly have ended the EP on a higher note than “Firework.” True to its name, it’s explosively addictive and heavy hitting.

Short and sweet, fast and to the point, this EP will surely put Kids Icarus on the maps of many pop-punk fans. For such a new band, Kids Icarus seem to know exactly what they’re doing. With their new record deal, it’s shaping up to be a huge year for these Connecticut rookies.

Recommended If You Likepop-punk; Four Year Strong; Set Your Goals; Man Overboard

Additional Information
Track Listing:
1. It’s On Me
2. Down and Out
3. Monster
4. Firework

Kids Icarus are:
Brian Bellitto – Vocals
Dave Woltmann – Drums
Adam Sahlin – Guitars
Marco Corsino – Guitars
Derek Andersen – Bass

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05:43 PM on 01/30/11
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Krazycev13
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Couldn't agree more. Great review, bud. Short and sweet, just like the EP. Haha.
05:48 PM on 01/30/11
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Couldn't agree more. Great review, bud. Short and sweet, just like the EP. Haha.
Haha exactly
07:35 PM on 01/30/11
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this is a cool ep. these guys will have a big year.
08:03 PM on 01/30/11
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Haha, beat me to the review (I've been listening to it nonstop which is not a bad thing at all). Awesome for sure, though. I love these guys a lot.

I definitely heard A Wilhelm Scream influence in their songs, as well.
09:17 PM on 01/30/11
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I've been into a lot of pop-punk lately so I will have to check this out. Good review dude.
07:06 AM on 01/31/11
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I live in Connecticut :O.

Welp, one more band I need to go see.
08:09 AM on 01/31/11
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Band's name plus my undeniable love for pop-punk makes me want to check this out. Pit for the win!
01:50 PM on 01/31/11
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I thought I heard the lead singer of Make Do and Mend on "Down and Out"... but I could be wrong. Awesome EP.
01:51 PM on 01/31/11
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I thought I heard the lead singer of Make Do and Mend on "Down and Out"... but I could be wrong. Awesome EP.
You're right. He sings on the first track.
12:05 PM on 02/01/11
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Always a good choice with this band!
01:21 AM on 03/04/11
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I plan on hearing more about these gentleman in the future
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