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3 stars This EP is leavings from "Falling Satellites". One item lacking on this, keyboard dominated, release is the stellar guitar work of John Mitchell. In fact, I don't hear any. What a shame. He is a big part of this band and without his input, the music is not as strong.

Musically, "Exhibit A" is a highlight. Love the relentless pounding rhythm during the 'we own you' part. Is that the chorus? "Eat" is a bit different, incorporating a funky groove with some EDM beats. The other songs have moments, but not enough to keep my interest.

The production is not for me. Drums sound like a static distorted mess. Cymbals are completly lost in the mix. The effect Jem uses on his vocal is distracting. All instruments blend into over- processed sonic destruction for me. Each consecutive Frost* release sounds harsher and it takes away from my enjoyment of the music.

So overall, it's not the best Frost* I've heard. I still look forward to their next LP. Hopefully filled with John's guitar magic and a better mix.

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Posted Tuesday, June 30, 2020 | Review Permalink
A Crimson Mellotron
3 stars Frost* is back four years after the birth of the excellent album 'Falling Satellites', the band masterminded by Jem Godfrey has released an EP of re-worked leftovers from the sessions of this very album. At a running time of approximately 32 minutes, this could have easily been turned into an LP +/- one more track.

The six songs are obviously divided into two halves: the first three being fast, punchy, energetic and in-your-face, and the other three representing the more mellow and moody side of Frost*. Listening to them, I really can't see any of them sitting that well on 'Falling Satellites'. I would say they work well on their own, but not that comprehensive as a collection. So, good call by Jem to leave them out.

Still, the songs are decent, and moreover, the guys in Frost* are too talented and experienced to make something really bad , certainly memorable (most of them) but they don't really feel like a band effort. The EP is full of really cool keyboard sounds and techniques but one can hardly hear the guitars, the bass, or even real drums.

'Others' feels too much like a Jem Godfrey solo release. This EP is good for sure but doesn't have the same value as the studio albums. Still, I would say it would be enjoyable for Frost* fans.

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Posted Saturday, November 14, 2020 | Review Permalink

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