Hot Ice and Wondrous Strange Snow (1999)
"When a band uses its album credits to thank William Shakespeare, you know you're in for a theatrical listening experience. And Stealing The Fire, a trio from the Crude Apache Theatre Company in Norwich, England, doesn't disappoint. Hot Ice and Wondrous Strange Snow, quite simply, is stunning in its dramatic effect. Stormwing, an instrumental with complex, synthesized textures, sets the stage for these seven majestic songs, which owe a nod to the elaborateness of
early-70s Yes. Sirius Rising introduces the angelic vocals of Saff Edye, who could out-sing Sarah McLachlan, Annie Lennox or even John Anderson any day. Her aggressive performance on Unknowing Angel elevates that song from highly listenable to sublime. Meanwhile, bandmates Chris Bond (keyboards, drums) and Tim Lane (guitar, keyboards, bass, percussion) shine on three more instrumentals before they and Edye throw themselves into Spitfire Eros the disc's 17-minute
finale. Loaded with guitars and synthesizers, as well as Edye's mystical vocals, Spitfire Eros brings down the curtain on this satisfying release that's well worth seeking out. The old bard would be proud."
Michael Popke, Progression Magazine
"...this is a near 60 minute album of '90's prog-rock, mixing traditional and modern elements into a distinctive sound with clear influences within the three vocal tracks and four instrumentals. 'Storming' bears similarities to Peter Banks' 'Instinct', while 'Cumulo Nimbus 101' seems to lift a riff from John Wetton's 'Arkangel' album and throughout the keyboard sound of Genesis (circa 'Fading Lights') is used to good effect. That said, there is plenty of power and a progressive feel to this album. The instrumentals, in particular, provide complex listening, utilising excellent guitar and keyboard in intense, driving prog that develops intricate melody. The more listens, the more impressive the themed tracks (flight and strange weather) become. This deserves high praise and greater availability."
The Classic Rock Society
"The album "Hot ice and wondrous strange snow" of STEALING THE FIRE offers great neoprog, highly suitable for fans of PENDRAGON and early MARILLION. The sound is dominated by beautiful keyboard-sounds and melodic guitar-playing. The good voice of singer Saff Edye goes with the sound very well. If you like neoprog and melodic progrock, you'll like this disc ! 7 points"
Gunther Eisenhofer, DURP.com