Much time and attention has been spent debating the merits of the revived thrash metal scene, spearheaded not only by a group of promising young contenders, but also the perseverance and/or reunification of some of its elder statesmen. One of those long-running bands who have not only survived but thrived have been Germany's own Dew-Scented, who this year mark their 20-year anniversary as a band and prepare to unleash their ninth studio album, 'Icarus'. Dew-Scented is rare indeed. The thrash ideology carried on with 'Icarus' has nearly become one of a collective, and none other than death/prog mastermind Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Bloodbath) lends his distinct voice to 'Reawakening', while sacrifice vocalist Rob Urbinati contributes guest vocals to 'Gleaming Like Silver', both of which couldn't have made Dew-Scented's frontman any happier, as both have been tremendous vocal influences on his aggressive style. Furthermore, Dennis Schneider (Retaliation, Final Breath) performs two guitar leads on Icarus and the formidable artwork was once again provided by Björn Goosses / Killustrations who has been working with Dew-Scented since 2003's 'Impact' release.Produced by Jörg Uken at Soundlodge Studios, who has already worked on the bands last few albums, the 11 tracks on 'Icarus' are sure to please both long-time supporters but the new crop of thrash fans everywhere. Dew-Scented still show no sign of relenting and with 'Icarus' at hand, they effortlessly live up to their hard-earned reputation of being one of the most determined and deadly thrash metal acts of our times.