What do you want from your music? I suppose a lot depends on your mood at the time. Sometimes we want to be challenged, perhaps made to feel uncomfortable. Often we just want to be entertained. With “Extreme Loneliness – Fragments” you can safely sit back and enjoy the experience.
Originally released in 2001 and now presented in re-mastered form with a clutch of bonus tracks, FROST provide an engaging listen that should bring a grin to any of you who sip from the cup of atmospheric Black Metal. Guitars and keyboards lead a merry dance around the solid rhythm section and despite the chilly moniker there is a warmth to the FROST sound, principally thanks to the synths.
The album tends towards the epic without resorting to bombast. It has a Hungarian feel to it that you might not notice if you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing bands like SEAR BLISS. Tempo-wise this is like galloping through the foot hills, as the band races along one minute before slowing as they approach the next musical brow. Each track is an event in itself, you find yourself soothed at times and punished at others. At all times though, you are rocked.
Tracks like “Awaken” follow a more reflective path than the likes of stormers such as “Unholy Land” and “My Black Metal” the latter being nothing like as naff as the title suggests. There is no such thing as a linear ride on “Extreme Loneliness- Fragments” though and where ever pace is brisk it is punctuated with more measured moments. FROST seem adept at adding layers to there sound and for every simple phrase a more complex one is sat on a rock poised to leap and sink its teeth into any hint of staleness.
Dependent on your view of keyboards, you may find some parts a little twee, however I personally find them uplifting to the point where I am battle ready. As the guitars are suitably biting then the juxtaposition is what makes this form of Black Metal worth lending your ear to. That regular complaint of no audible bass won’t be given the time of day here either as it rumbles along fat and heavy throughout the album. You can’t complain of constant blasting either as the drums are played at tempos that compliment the general ambience, though they still emphatically make their point.
The five bonus tracks are a rawer proposition but still enjoyable despite / because of it. As a package they do compliment the whole rather than detract as some bonus material is known to do. No one could accuse FROST of being a snowflake short of a blizzard and though this is no avalanche it still packs a Yeti’s punch. (Online September 28, 2005)