Ever felt an unbearable urge to abandon all social contracts and formalities that bind you to people ignorant of the massive agony you feel inside? If yes, "Frozen" might be the exact verbalization of your feelings. The album is a truly chilling, yet so melodic journey through fields of icy tears and burning hearts.
The opener, "Kaamos", acts as a countdown to suicide. Its doomy melancholy is soon followed by an outburst of apologetic rage, entitled "Farewell". Singer Ville Laihiala's declaration of regretting every day of his life echoes as a unifying theme throughout the rest of the record. "Dead Leaves", perhaps the album's catchiest tune, leads the listener away from the flame of hopes and dreams, all the way to the heart of a dying autumn. Being a prelude to winter frost, the song not only provokes suicidal thoughts, but also encourages one to seek peace in the last moments preceding the twist of a switchblade.
The following cavalcade of misery, mourning, and momentous melodies is a very balanced entity with a few highs ("The Suicider", "Drown Together") and a few lows ("Burn", "One With Misery").
In terms of lyrical content, "Frozen" brings a new aspect to the multi-dimensionality of SENTENCED's songs: subdued misery. The rage that was so dominant on "Amok" and "Down" has been suppressed into a humbler form, as if the boys of the north would have accepted a blank non-existence as their sinister fate.
Musical changes have also been made in comparison to the earlier albums. Ever since Taneli Jarva left the band, their music has become increasingly melodic. On "Frozen", Laihiala's haunting vocals are enhanced by Miika Tenkula's and Sami Lopakka's guitars that ring out brighter than a shot on a lonely winter morning.
This album is, not to over exaggerate, a fine piece of Finnish Heavy Metal. With a little more aggressiveness and a little less depressiveness this could be a perfect ten.
Guest Reviewer Daniel Sankala