iCE KiNG, solo project of Bas L.G. Verdin, is not an easy thing to present, however definite it is. Who has an ear for pure music and something unique at the same time, has come to the right place at last. This pioneer is ‘kicking ice’ since 2003(!), and has been attributed no less than 18 titles so far, from Belgium’s Bravest Bard over Avalon’s Avant-Garde Bard to Victorian Viking Virtuoso. No less than 9 full-length iCE KiNG CD’s have been released so far, while about 2 more are already composed. This and far over 100 concerts later, he ever so passionately delivers his very own style of extremely versatile singing & baritone tuned guitar playing – occasionally keyboard – full of epicism, melody and variety. We daresay: the electric sequel to Romanticism. It is not because he actually transcribes nearly forgotten poems from that era into lyrics, that the music would be from the past or just an accompaniment. Not only is iCE KiNG’s music entirely new, it also evolves beyond the different genres of music as art; and not only is his music an absolute end in itself, it also explores the boundaries of what is expressively and therefore technically possible live by one man. While all this may sound complex, and certainly would be hard to repeat adequately, catchiness and goosebumps are at the very heart of iCE KiNG. If it has to be filed at all, we recommend Bardrock for the Brave and Free. The others? They simply do not know what they are missing… Defying all rules of marketing and mass consumption, iCE KiNG has probably the most diverse audience in the world. Most performances take place in homeland Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. Sung languages include mainly age-old English, but also evenly archaic Dutch, French, German, Swedish, Latin and ancient Greek, knowing that the abundant instrumental & vocal tunes are as universal as they can be. Much more is to be found on the truly extensive ‘Castlepage’ for computer: http://iceking.be or http://iceking.uk .