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3.45 | 51 ratings | 6 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Frost (2:52)
2. Loke (4:21)
3. Fenris (7:16)
4. Svarte Vidder (8:43)
5. Yggdrasil (5:23)
6. Jotunblod (4:07)
7. Gylfaginning (5:31)
8. Wotan (4:12)
9. Isцders dronning (7:45)

Total Time: 50:16

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Line-up / Musicians

- Grutle Kjellson / bass, vocals and mouthharp
- Trym Torson / drums, percussion
- Ivar Bjшrnson / guitars, electronics

Guest musician:
- Eirik "Pytten" Hundvin / fretless bass (5)

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CD Osmose (August 1994)

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ENSLAVED Frost ratings distribution


3.45
(51 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
20%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(27%)
27%
Good, but non-essential (33%)
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Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Frost is Norwegian viking black metal band Enslavedīs second album. Enslaved have with their last couple of releases produced some really essential albums in the hybrid genre between black metal and progressive rock and thatīs obviously why they are represented here on Prog Archives because their early albums are more fit for a metal site and this includes Frost. Thatīs not to say that there arenīt any progressive elements on Frost but they are few and far between.

The music is raw and generally primitive black metal with viking and Norse mythology lyrics and the raspy vocals from Grutle Kjellson. Enslaved have clearly progressed since their debut album Vikingligr Veldi which I found enjoyable but a bit too trivial. One of the things I enjoy about Frost is that Enslaved play in varied tempi. Thereīs everything from intense blast beats to more slow acoutic sections and mid tempo metal riffing. Most songs are pretty straight but very powerful black metal songs. Two songs stand out from the rest though: Yggdrasil is the most progressive song here and Grutle Kjellson even sings some clean vocals here. Well not very clean as he canīt seem to hit the notes, but the effect is great anyway. Isöders dronning is the ending song on Frost and probably the one along with Yggdrasil that prog heads will have most interest in on Frost. Itīs a good song with acoustic parts and itīs a sign of things to come IMO.

The musicianship is much better than it was on Vikingligr Veldi and especially the drumming from Trym Torson is much tighter and well played.

The production is pretty enjoyable even though it is the typical thin black metal sound where you almost canīt hear the bass. I really enjoy the great drum sound and especially the sound on the bassdrums which is really well produced in my opinion. The guitar sound is very thin but nice and sharp. Ivar Björnson plays lots of open chords to create an atmosphere in the music and succeeds IMO.

Frost is a much more enjoyable album than what I had expected after listening to Vikingligr Veldi. Enslaved have really improved and become a force to reckon with. On a prog site Frost should probably be rewarded with 2 stars but I will put an extra star on that rating as I really think it is a good album. 3 stars for this extreme metal album.

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Review by Bonnek
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Metal Team
3 stars Frost is a step up from the debut. It still starts very symphonic with a typical orchestral intro, but on the remainder of the album, we find Enslaved experimenting with more progressive tendencies, meaning tempo changes, complex song structures and even a few quiet moments. On top of that the album is a huge blast of energy that is almost never lets down and is nevertheless varied enough to keep your attention throughout its entire course.

Unfortunately the production substandard and will crush all possible enjoyment out of this music. Luckily Enslaved would return to this formula with the more accomplished but equally furious Blodhemn. The only track of interest for the casual listener might be the morose pagan folk song Yggdrasil. More traditionally progressive then the debut but less accomplished in execution, 3 stars will have to do.

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Review by Conor Fynes
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars 'Frost' - Enslaved (7/10)

Although Enslaved has greatly shifted their sound over the course of their career, I am of the belief that they have maintained a relatively consistent flow of music, with no albums truly passing me as being 'weak'. Although I first was introduced to the music of this Norwegian black metal band through their later, progressive work, I have recently found myself more drawn towards their primitive early side. A fan and appreciator of black metal in most of its respects, I can say that even though Enslaved has clearly progressed far beyond the sound heard on early albums like 'Vikingligr Veldi' and 'Frost', they were already beyond many of their contemporaries from the start. Although taking quite a different approach to their sound than did the more drawn out debut, 'Frost' maintains a magical quality, infusing their intelligence as musicians with a rawer black metal vibe to create an album that is much closer to mainstream black metal than I am used to with Enslaved, but is every bit as enjoyable and atmospheric as the progressive material.

Suffice to say, Enslaved's debut 'Vikingligr Veldi' greatly impressed me, and went far beyond my expectations with its folky interludes, epic scope of songwriting and symphonic undertones. Although all of these things had been hinted at in the earliest demos of Enslaved, they never came close to being realized. Coming as yet another surprise to me, Enslaved has not necessarily improved their sound with the sophomore 'Frost', but rather changed it up. Instead of ten minute plus bouts of fury and synths aplenty, 'Frost' takes a more orthodox approach to the style, using more concise songwriting formats in general, and exchanging many of the beautiful acoustic interludes for more intense metal buildups. While I would generally be opposed to a band supposedly 'dumbing down' their sound in this respect, Enslaved do manage to largely pull it off, saving just enough of their distinctive qualities to set them aside from their contemporaries.

The production and execution of the music here is fairly standard for black metal of the time; low fidelity, somewhat unpolished and what most outsiders to black metal would consider weak production and mixing. 'Frost' is however, quite a bit clearer a listen than much other black metal of its time, and especially with the lighter folky elements (that are still present here), the dreamy quality that the low fidelity studio grants works really well. Many of these tracks flow together as streams of blastbeats, speedy and simplistic riffs, and rather generic snarls and rasps from Grutle Kjellson. What has always set Enslaved apart however is their ability to throw extra things into this formula. Enter an atmospheric symphonic intro track, a brooding pagan folk song with 'Yggdrasil', and 'Isuder's Dronning', a short epic of sorts with some beautiful acoustic guitars mixed in with atmospheric metal guitars, much in the style that Opeth would adopt for their careers. To top things off, Grutle experiments with clean vocals throughout the album, which usually amounts to a deep pagan chant of somewhat mixed quality. The fact alone that the band adopts these sounds into their style however is enough to distinguish Enslaved, regardless whether or not all of them are done necessarily well.

'Frost' may not stir the same excitement in me as did the debut, but the quality and enjoyment after time is more or less the same. Although Enslaved shifted their style to what some may consider to be the opposite direction of where their career has taken them, it's clear that they never let go of their inventiveness.

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars For the most part, on their sophomore album Enslaved scaled back the use of synthesisers to concentrate on mastering the black metal bedrock of their sound. More aggressive than the preceding album, with lyrical themes revolving around the coming of Ragnarok at the hands of Loki and the Fenris-wolf, the album sees them playing in a somewhat more diverse style than many black metal bands of their generation, with the opening all-acoustic section of Yggdrasil proving that they hadn't turned their back on the experimental approach of the debut, so on the whole I'd say it's another good early release from the band.

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Review by siLLy puPPy
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4 stars Right from the getgo ENSLAVED were reinventing their sound as evidenced by the extreme change from their debut "Vikingligr Veldi" with its long and hypnotic black metal synthesized fury into the more standard second wave black metal on FROST that encompasses a more traditional aggressive sound that can be heard in the likes of Darkthrone and Emperor. The music here has also taken a leap in the progressiveness. Although the tracks are more aggressive and attempt to blend into the second wave of black metal more, it is also a step up from the debut album in how ENSLAVED can simultaneously blend in and blend out. Once again this unique band is proving that it is anything but the norm.

On FROST we get a more furious black metal approach with the inclusion of synthesized interludes and folk offerings to boot. The chord progressions are upped on the progometer as is the enjoyment factor. This second offering took me a little longer than most to appreciate because of the fact i got into ENSLAVED well after this was released, but as a rabid fan of the black metal scene i am quite enthralled by the prowess of delivery on this one. True it may not have hit me upon first listen and actually took longer than any ENSLAVED release to leave its impression but one day i suddenly found myself really in admiration of the musical delivery heard here.

Although ENSLAVED have been more known and appreciated for their prog adventures in the black metal world, it is here on FROST where the full fury of black metal can be heard with Trym Torson who is better known with Emperor is on full display with his percussive fury adding the depth of bombast that makes this album oh so satisfying. At this stage ENSLAVED were still very much into their primeval Viking metal that even then set them apart from other Viking metal bands that tended to dwell in the death metal camp. Any way you slice it, this is a decent and satisfying black metal release that early on proved that ENSLAVED were quite capable of delivering a new approach on every single album, albeit not fully realized until the 2000s. Perhaps one of my lesser favorite releases but it seems to me that every release in this prolific band's discography is essential.

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2 stars I remember being a fan of their Vikingligr Veldi album. Frost therefore came as a shock with it's back-to-basic black metal sound. Enslaved has always claimed that they were never a black metal band. But this album is very much down that alley. After a long, boring intro, that is. It is pretty ... (read more)

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