New England metalcore outfit Saving Vice premiere the music video for “Black Ice” on Tattoo. The song is from the band’s Colder Than Dark EP.
Founded by Robbie Litchfield (bass), Saving Vice rapidly added Zach Raciot (guitar), and Chase Papariello (vocals). Later, after including Tyler Small (vocals), Cody Grant (guitar), and Sam Whelton (drums), the band’s lineup was established and ready to ignite.
In 2017, Saving Vice rebranded its sound with new, muscular material, releasing their stand-alone debut single “Exhale,” followed by “Euthanasia,” featuring Rory Rodriguez of Dayseeker. “Euthanasia” was the first single off Colder Than Dark, which dropped in May 2018. The EP hit the number six spot on iTunes’ Metal chart, followed by attaining the Top 10 on Billboard’s Heatseeker’s Northeast chart. With over 100,000 streams on Spotify and Apple Music, the band’s impact was significant.
Saving Vice appeared on the Vans Warped Tour and played the iMatter Festival, as well as sharing the stage with Fit For A King, Underoath, August Burns Red, Born Of Osiris, Volumes, Secrets, Currents, and The Devil Wears Prada.
Litchfield explains “Black Ice,” saying, “’Black Ice’ has very obvious meanings like addiction and obsession, but it also carries a lot of metaphors and subliminal messages. The song is meant to have different meanings to whoever hears it or relates to it. The video has a lot of references to the lyrics if you look for them, but it’s meant to be left open to interpretation.”
“Black Ice” opens with opaque reverberating effects flowing into hypertrophic guitar riffs propelling deliciously demon-like vocals, visceral and potent. A pummeling drum fill forms the bridge to melodic vocals, followed by the raging pulse of rampant guitar energy. A scintillating break makes up the solo, shimmering with dreamy, wafting colors.
Whelton’s Jovian drumming surges with Thor-like oomph, giving the rhythm staggering ferocity, as the guitars stutter with raw waves of tsunami-like force.
“Black Ice” packs a monstrous sonic punch, akin to an atomic hurricane. Saving Vice pumps out music so buff it hurts. Saving Vice puts the ‘core’ in metalcore!