Thin Ice

“In hardcore music and other heavy styles, the lyrics are often driven by hate, antipathy and anger towards a world who ‘Doesn’t understand me,’ or ‘Turned its back on me,’ or towards a friend who ‘Stabbed me in the back.’ We hope to transcend the cliché by writing more substantial lyrics and by bringing a more positive message. As it stands, hardcore reaches only a chosen few, but we believe the message of the Cross is powerful enough to break barriers and reach many.”

This is the vision of the Texas-based hardcore band Thin Ice. They recently signed to Blood & Ink Records by the label taking a look at their MySpace page. Blood & Ink were so blown away by their heavy sound that they immediately contacted the band.

Thin Ice started out from a previous band called Goldmill, which happened to be Blood & Ink’s first choice. Jake and Chris, the guitar players for Thin Ice, started writing hardcore riffs and then recruited Bruce and Drew from Goldmill. Jake’s brother Phil completed the line up by becoming the vocalist. The boys wanted Thin Ice to be a destructive band with a heavy and groundbreaking feel to it. Through hardcore they felt like this would complete their goal.

“We all have a history of being in various heavy bands whether metal or hardcore. We wanted to be extremely heavy and ruthless with this project musically speaking and hardcore is a great outlet for that since it’s energetic and abrasive. We draw different influences, so we can please metalheads and hardcore kids alike. There’s something for everyone who appreciates heavy music. For those who don’t … well … sorry.”

The band believes their mission is to speak the truth of Christ and His saving power. This is taken seriously in playing the kind of music that portrays hateful lyrics and negative mindsets. When deciding on a band name, Thin Ice sounded nice to the members’ ears, but then they went with the definition of it standing for the times when you’re extremely close to “going under” and they believe there is One who saves from such situations.

For their strong beliefs in the Holy Spirit, Thin Ice goes by this scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:25.

And every man who takes part in the sports has self-control in all things. Now they do it to get a crown which is of this world, but we for an eternal crown.”


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