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Frequency Drift

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4 stars This album is the second part of the band's epos 'Personal Effects'. FREQUENCY DRIFT started in 2008 with songs inspired by movies and dominated by an impressive female voice, stylistically appointed as cinematic prog. The fantasy story is about protagonist River, a young woman who is forced to fight against an imaginary association. Representing the dark side of the whole story, Part 1 is provided with a more depressive attitude whilst showing a dark presentation and corresponding illustrations. Part 2 though appears with a new entity in a more pleasant outfit. As before you won't find lyrics given within the booklet. So when listening you have to concentrate on the vocals ... and the correlating pictures of course.

Mastermind Andreas Hack has refined concept und instrumentation. Once again the focus is on expressive female vocals which are very present. This time even three different, each representing one character depending on the story. Sound effects and spoken word samples are interspersed all over. Altogether 12 musicians are involved, especially to name White Willow guitarist Jacob Holm-Lupo here. The album starts ambient, they provide a nice sci-fi atmosphere - cosmic synth patterns are backing samples with voices and seagull cries. String arrangements are preparing for the album's first symphonic highlight Deceit which shows alternating impressions - chamber music, ambient and finally rocking parts dominated by a playful piano plus heavy riffing guitars.

The following groovy Conflict continues more accessible with a catchy melody and psychedelic guitars which are also crossing the next song Inside - even somewhat gilmouresque - developing to something really charming later by the way. Vocals and electric piano surely have a large share. The band follows these paths with more intriguing compositions and melodies furthermore which is really convincing - worked out with passion for detail, sometimes groovy rocking, sometimes relaxed and emotive. As for the latter I just want to notice the closing Lasting Effect which is so smooth - just listen to this before you go to bed and a peaceful night (missing out any nightmares) is guaranteed.

Well done! This goes for all who are involved here. Although not really hailing from the experimental fields of prog FREQUENCY DRIFT's songs appear matured, all in all the album sounds more rounded compared to Part 1. Stylistically based on symphonic and ambient respectively psychedelic impressions. This may even appeal to some mainstream oriented rock music fans too. Îf you're keen on atmospheric songs and excellent female vocals you can't go wrong with this.

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Posted Friday, April 2, 2010 | Review Permalink
Marty McFly
Errors and Omissions Team
4 stars When I finished listening Part One, I was left with mixed feelings. I didn't know what to think. Therefore, I expected some kind of revelation from this album. Let's see.

Certainly distinct, emotional and unique female vocals that cooperates perfectly. That's harmony how I like it, that's the right way I like it. Deceit is prime example of how good Prog song should be done. Great guitar solos, multi-instrumental performance, graduating, complexity and also melody. The fact that this is enjoyable, accessible and makes good model for appreciating proves that "Personal Effects p. 2" starts as good as possible.

Bunch of ambient / electronic sounds to accompany this sci-fi like story (or how I like concept albums), even they get tiresome at times (second half of Inside) However, it all changes with Awake where there is not so pleasant, in fact quite annoying rhythm and singing. Put It Down shows neat drum solo and we're slowly closing towards the end of album, end of story that I still doesn't understand so well.

4(+), atmosphere, that's what's going on here dear readers.

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Posted Sunday, May 9, 2010 | Review Permalink
Honorary Collaborator
4 stars For Frequency Drift's main composer Andreas Hack things were clear already from the start.His sci-fi concept, started with ''Personal effects'', would be too long to be condensed in a single CD.So a second release would be sooner or later in the workings.It would be sooner as proven by the fact that ''Personal effects (part two)'' was launched less than two years after the release of Frequency Drift's debut, this time on Cyclops.Hack had invited three new singers to perform on the concept's storyline, Nicole Scharnagl, Christine Mettner and Kerstin Leidner, he added Christian Hack as a second guitarist plus he invited a few guests to help out during the sessions, most notably White Willow's leader Jacob Holm-Lupo.

Modern Progressive Rock with occasional heavy bursts and blinks to the principles of Neo Prog would be the best elements for the musical exhibition of such a concept according to the tastes of Andreas Hack and the band draws parallel lines with other contemporary bands such as IOEARTH or DELUSION SQUARED.The music is based on the typical formation of drums/keys/bass/guitar, but the instrumental and stylistical diversity in here are things to be admired by any prog fan.''Personal effects (part two)'' has a genuine approach on atmospheric soundscapes and beautiful melodies, retaining a rich and energetic profile throughout, propably the combination of soaring keyboards, dark piano lines and heavy guitars with the angelic female vocals and the notable string sections is the reason for such a well-crafted, detailed and impressive sound, offering quite a few grandiose moments with orchestral backgrounds, Floyd-ian textures, but also links to Heavy/Neo Prog acts.There are certain references to a less retro-styled and more atmospheric version of MAGENTA with all these nice effects, guitar distortions and spacious themes applied.And there are still a couple of instant, monster pieces, which show an even greater potential, like the 9-min. ''8.33 a.m. Inside'', sounding like a heavier version of PINK FLOYD, or the powerful ''2.33 p.m. Essence'' with its majestic guitar leads over the cinematic keyboards.

This band was maturing really fast.From a nice, little debut to what sounds like a pretty great definition of modern atmospheric Prog Rock.Highly recommended, solid, cinematic and bombastic music with excellent female vocals.

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