FIRE + ICE have signed a comprehensive deal including their full catalogue with Auerbach Tonträger. The project formed by British neofolk veteran Ian Read, who is also well known for his work with DEATH IN JUNE, SOL INVICTUS, and CURRENT 93 will announce further news in due time.
FIRE + ICE comment: “I am pleased to have signed with Auerbach Tonträger and the Prophecy label family”, writes mastermind Ian Read. “I look forward to a fruitful collaboration with this forward looking company with much to offer any musical enterprise in the coming years.”
Martin Koller adds: “I am particularly excited to announce the signing of FIRE + ICE as a new signing for our re-launched label Auerberbach Tonträger as Ian Read represents neofolk in its most classic form”, tells thelabel’s founder. “I have been following Ian Read’s musical career for a long time and most gladly welcome this stalwart of the neofolk scene on the label.”
As a first step in this collaboration, original FIRE + ICE pressings as well as associated releases from Ian Read’s own imprint Fremdheit can now be obtained via Auerbach.
FIRE + ICE were created by Ian Read in 1992. Ian Read was a major contributor to the development of the neofolk genre. He performed on several of the scene’s formative albums such as DEATH IN JUNE’s “Brown Book” (1987), CURRENT 93’s “Swastikas for Noddy” (1988), and SOL INVICTUS’ “Against The Modern World” (1987). SOL INVICTUS he had even co-founded with Tony Wakeford in 1987, who continued the band after Ian Read left to start his own project FIRE + ICE. With his own creative outlet, the mastermind has ever since explored themes surrounding magick, myth, and mysteries, which are often associated with Germanic or Northern mythology, Odin, runes, and English history. FIRE + ICE consider themselves as a genuine continuation of the Britsh Folk music and to represent an original poetic expression of its traditions based on Ian Read’s own mystical vision and deep immersion in occult lore.