Ikon (Australian band)
|Genres||Darkwave, post-punk, gothic rock|
Death in the Dark|
The Seventh Dawn
Chris McCarter (vocals, guitar, programming) and Dino Molinaro (bass) began to write songs as high school students in 1988, inspired by their love of alternative music. In 1991, the original band name Death in the Dark was replaced by IKON. The band’s original singer Michael Carrodus joined them in creating the first two albums In the Shadow of the Angel (1994) and Flowers for the Gathering (1996), which drew IKON to the attention of goth music fans in Europe and America through their signing to Apollyon and Metropolis. Music journalist Mick Mercer called them "pioneers in the Gothic genre".
The band continued to evolve in musical style after the departure of Carrodus in 1997. This Quiet Earth (1998) heralded a development in McCarter’s musical composition, spawning popular singles Subversion and Ghost in My Head. While the inclusion of electronic elements on the album shook up some fans of the band’s earlier Joy Division-influenced sound, IKON’s blend of traditional rock with electronics proved original and distinguished them from bands of the era who imitated the first wave of gothic bands.
On the Edge of Forever (2001) ushered in a return to live performance. Drummer David Burns and guitarist Anthony Griffiths (both of whom joined the band in late-1998) were integral to the development of the album, which abandoned the electronic experimentation of This Quiet Earth and returned to IKON’s rock roots. Nevertheless, DAC charting singles such as The Shallow Sea revealed further nuances to the band’s musical capacities, with its acoustic, dreamy melody.
The rejuvenated IKON set out on its first European tour in August 2001, the first of eight tours to come, which included a slot at Eurorock and a glimpse of how greatly their music had made an impact on the other side of the world. After this successful tour, the band was invited to play at the M'era Luna festival in 2002, with billing alongside The Sisters of Mercy, HIM, Soft Cell and London After Midnight and then their first of three appearances at Wave Gotik Treffen in 2003.
After this extremely successful period of live international performances, IKON was once again back to original members McCarter and Molinaro, with Clifford Ennis joining the band for the first time. The band released the highly acclaimed Psychic Vampire EP (2004), which became the biggest-selling IKON single to date and marked a transition to a powerful, aggressive rock sound and is a testament to the growth in McCarter’s evolving songwriting, honed during years of touring the world.
The EP proved to be the perfect training run for the composition of one of IKON’s most striking albums, Destroying the World to Save It (2005), which produced chart successes on both the Native 25 (number 21 Best Album of 2005, debut at number 8, May 2005) and DAC (Rome number 10 on the singles chart). The album cemented IKON’s reputation as not only pioneers in the genre but as a potent and current force in a scene in which EBM/Industrial had become predominant.
Love, Hate and Sorrow, IKON’s sixth studio album was released in 2009 and spawned four singles, a DVD single and two video clips. Black Magazin (issue 49) named the first single A Line on a Dark Day the second-best track of 2008 and the song was also named a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition.
In 2010, IKON welcomed back Ennis and Burns. To celebrate the band’s 20th anniversary, this line-up is touring Europe in 2011, with another scheduled appearance at Wave Gotik Treffen. The band has reissued the sought-after original albums In the Shadow of the Angel and Flowers for the Gathering in 4-disc sets (3 CD + DVD), with a LP of the debut album available on coloured vinyl. Echozone also released 2-CD sets of each album.
The future for IKON promises a new recording with its current energetic and creative 4-piece line-up jamming and developing demos. The band will also continue its suite of album re-issues with This Quiet Earth and On the Edge of Forever to be remastered in 2012. Fans can look forward, then, to a perfect blend of old and new, the classics of IKON’s past and the possibilities of its future.
- Everyone Everything Everywhere Ends (2014)
- Love, Hate and Sorrow (2009)
- Destroying the World to Save It (2005)
- On the Edge of Forever (2001)
- This Quiet Earth (1998)
- Flowers for the Gathering (1996) (Reissued 2011)
- In the Shadow of the Angel (1994) (Reissued 2011)
- Like Sounds Through the Hour Glass 1991-2017 (2016)
- As Time Goes By (The Original IKON) (2007)
- The Burden of History the Singles 1992-2007 2CD (2007)
- From Angels to Ashes (2003)
- Dawn of the Ikonoclast 1991-1997 2CD (1999)
- The Final Experience (1997 limited edition 1500 copies)
- A Moment in Time (1995)
- Torn Apart 2CD (2010)
- Driftwood (2010)
- Amongst the Runes (2008)
- League of Nations (2007)
- Psychic Vampire (2004)
- Ghost in My Head (1998)
- The Echoes of Silence (1994)
- "A Line on a Dark Day" (2010)
- "I Never Wanted You" (7"/CD single 2016)
- "Psychic Vampire" (7"/CD single 2016)
- "Gruss Vom Krampus" (7" single 2015)
- "Black Noise" (7"/CD single 2015,12" single 2016 )
- "Blood of Love" (7"/CD single 2015)
- "Stolen" (7"/CD single 2014)
- "I Burn For You" (7"/CD single 2014)
- "Subversion" (7"/CD single 2013)
- "Azkadelia" (7"/CD single 2012)
- "Where Do I Go from Here" (CD single 2011)
- "Broken Windows" (12" single/CD single 2011)
- "Without Shadows" (2006)
- "Rome" (2005)
- "Death by Dawn" (7" Single 2005)
- "I Never Wanted You" (2004)
- "Psychic Vampire" (2004)
- "Ceremony" (2003)
- "Afterlife" (2002)
- "Afterlife" (7" Single 2002)
- "Blue Snow Red Rain" (10" Single 2001)
- "The Shallow Sea Pt. 2" (2000)
- "The Shallow Sea Pt. 1" (2000)
- "Lifeless" (1999)
- "Reality Is Lost" (1999)
- "Subversion" (1998)
- "Life Without End" (1996)
- "In a Lonely Place" (1995)
- "Condemnation" (7" Single 1995)
- "The Echoes of Silence" (7" Single 1994)
- "Why" (7" Single 1992)
- Black Friday (Live at the Blackout Club, Rome, Italy) (2003)
- Twilight Zone (Live at Eurorock Belgium 2001) (7" Single/2003)
- Tyranny of Distance (Live in Australia 2002) (2002)
- A Tale from the Darkside (Live in Berlin 2001) (2001)
- Black Radio (Live at Esplanade Hotel, Melbourne 1994) (2001)
- The Trial of Destiny (live in Melbourne 1999) (2000)
- Secrets Within (rare tracks) (1999)
- Black Radio (Live at Esplanade Hotel, Melbourne 1994) (12" vinyl LP/1995)
- Thank You Very Much, Goodnight (Live in Melbourne 1994) (1994)
- Out of Balance, Out of Tune (Live in Melbourne 92/93) (1993)
- Chris McCarter (vocals/guitars/programming)
- Dino Molinaro (bass)
- David Burns (drums)
- Clifford Ennis (vocals/guitar)
- Michael Aliani (aka Carrodus) (vocals)
- Anthony Griffiths (guitars/vocals)
- Valerios Calocerinos (bass)
- Maurice Molella (drums)
- Anthony Cornish (guitar)
- Mercer, Mick (27 March 2009). "Ikon: Amongst the Runes". LiveJournal. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
- "Hochinteressante Wiederveröffentlichungen zum Jubiläum von Ikon" [Highly interesting re-release on the occasion of Ikon's anniversary]. Sonic Seducer (in German). 26 April 2011. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
- Echozone news. Retrieved 2011-05-24 Archived 2 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine.