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5 stars FROST * was formed in 2004 and released a musical UFO in 2006 when I discovered them. Modern prog rock with such sizes; reminiscences of ARENA, KINO and a bit of IQ, a bit of high; an innovative sound flirting with electronic then more synthetic limit Devin TOWNSEND; 3 drummers from CHAKA KHAN, THE DARKNESS and Martin BARRE and KING CRIMSON to give a singular style to this album composed in an improvised studio far from everything except nature and a nuclear power station. A cover worthy of an ALAN PARSONS and PINK FLOYD, a sound worthy of a modern, melodic and progressive GENESIS.

"Day and Age" for the big title, rhythmic prog intro to leave then sound to THE POLICE, syncopated drums by Kaz, typical voice of John, bewitching chorus, dancing, pop, on PORCUPINE TREE; atmosphere that flows with this scratched guitar riff, the icy, punchy, metallic crescendo, the cold, austere keyboards, a little on the OSI; the girl's voice in the intro ends up with a more sinister tune and a crunchy riff that hits the adventurous WILSON; the nervous breaks make you forget that time passes, the crescendo is effective, enjoyable. Synthetic "Terrestrial", voice of the archangel then very sharp which stretches, fast tune with different layers of synths, a drums which imposes some, a catching riff, the pop-rock-prog rhythm heavier, complex, syncopated, on POLICE and Joe JACKSON, proggy, inventive. "Waiting for the Lie" opens with a dark piano and the almost whispered voice; staccato strings, a bass drum, hypnotic muted bass, dreamlike keyboards reminiscent of ULTRAVOX or FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD; progressive variation on the voice of Ted LEONARD at once with ENCHANT or MUSE for the minimalist symphonic crescendo, Jem's sublime ballad; Are you asleep ?, the prog side returns with the girl waking you up for real. "The Boy Who Stood Still" and a slap: a pile of notes, genres, instruments starting from electronic synth-rock; a phrased voice of Jason from 'Star Trek', forward bass, FRIPP guitar torture; more metronomic break still eyeing pop, the new wave of DEPECHE MODE, SIMPLE MINDS, BOWIE or ENO ah that I love that, simple but worked, syncopated and dynamited, prog latency on mysterious synths and lamenting choirs, l electronic makes you forget the rest by the heavy range filled with madness; album title.

"Island Life" follows with 20 'of pure English beauty with its waves then a pop radio edit tune away from the sound of FROST *, a cascade of fresh and fast 80's sound with just the right amount of syncopated notes; I hear GABRIEL in its solo part, GENESIS last commercial release with a BANKS uh a thunderous Jem swinging a devilishly heady and singular pop tune, so as not to reflect on our current condition of life. "Skywards" la LEVIN, also from JAPAN, second title which does not look very much but which shows the inventiveness of the word prog in a few notes; Pat's percussion that makes you say ... it's prog; it's fresh, easy to get into your head; it's melodic, light and not that simple as it sounds with KYROS as a reference. The dark choppy sounds launch into wandering listening, a synth solo soothes this introspection. "Kill the Orchestra" piano for the second longest piece, THE BEATLES, GABRIEL for a crystalline and limpid tune then it goes slowly, ah a little riff djent to disturb you, I am listening to this fusion of genres and it stays at a nervous level by far now; the air of 'Day and Age' comes back here for a few moments, no but they even merge their titles the rascals?. Relax, ok they play on top of that and immerse you in a melancholy atmosphere filled with punchy colors and a black voice, losing you in dreamlike lands, wish GILMOUR comes at the end with lots of children; a cult piece. "Repeat to Fade" suite with Wallian female choirs, a moaning soprano in addition to John's singing, his martial la 'Intruder', rhythms with variations and repetitions, the infernal drums, the girl returns a time before the explosion and the choir, the voice of the court is still ringing in your ears with that deafening white noise.

For the luxury version, the instrumental album to surrender to the rhythm and pure tunes of this peerless group, choose.

FROST * released their prog album full of emotion and sensitivity; a real musical gem filled with rhythm, few solos, for that go on the instrumental version. The sound merges, uses the particularity of each drummer to vary the tune of the different titles, the sound represents the quintessence of modern prog rock, or prog synth or prog metal, musical art rock, an intense dreamlike journey and a major album.

alainPP | 5/5 |


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