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"Nothing against pop music, it's like a family car, reliable and safe. But now and then you want to rent a Ferrari and race it along the Nuerburgring to prove to yourself that you're still alive. PROG IS MY FERRARI." Words uttered by famed UK producer Jem Godfrey--the man behind ATOMIC KITTENS' "Whole Again", HOLLY VANCE'S "Kiss Kiss" and even movie soundtracks. In his quest for the high powered engine, he banded together two of neo progressive's most experienced and gifted musicians and anchored them with a drummer who is quickly making waves within the music community. What he gave us was FROST*.

Undoubtedly, Jem's mission statement for FROST* was to create new and exciting progressive music that blends the spirit of the old with the sonic onslaught of the new. This (in part) had to be achieved by throwing away the notion that progressive music has to sound like something from the 70's. Godfrey states, "Most prog bands sound as if the last thirty years never happened. How can that be progressive?" On the other hand, Jem's experience as a producer has taught him to hit hard and to hit quick. "It's much more difficult to write pop hits than most people think. You have to get to the point as quickly and as effectively as possible. When you can tell people something inspiring in three minutes, using a wonderful melody and wrapping it in great production, then you've got a hit. I don't see why it can't be the same with prog".

Diving in with reckless abandon, Godfrey purchased 40 CD's by the leading bands from the past several years, one being KINO'S Picture. This prompted him to e-mail John Mitchell (ARENA; THE URBANE; KINO) to invite him to play on his record. The same series of events led Godfrey to contact bassist John Jowitt and drummer Andy Edwards of IQ. Although Godfrey had already done some work on the album with John Boyes, a former band-mate of Jem's in Freefall, the acquisition of the remaining three meant that Jem's vision was now beaming with radiant clarity.

Milliontown was completed and released in the States on July 18, 2006 and in Europe on July 24. Check the reviews on Prog Archives yourself...Milliontown was an overwhelming success within the progressive community. Cygnus X-2 (who was the first to review Milliontown) states, "In the end, Milliontown is a great debut from this upcoming neo prog force. I can't wait for the next release from this group, as they seem to have a long, fruitful, and very high energy career ahead of them." By the end of 2006, FROST* had conquered. DPRP's year-end poll had them at #2 (behind THE FLOWER KINGS' and ahead of highly regarded bands like THE TANGENT, SPOCK'S BEARD, and TOOL). Additionally, 3 tracks off the debut were voted in the top 10 (1. "Milliontown", 6. "Black Light Machine" and 10. "Hyperventilate")-- a rare feat.

Hopes were quickly dashed, however, when Jem Godfrey announced on his MySpace blog that due to his increasing professional and personal commitments elsewhere, FROST* would be dissolved. This sent shockwaves throughout the progressive community; however, in early 2007, Godfrey had a change of heart and announced that FROST* was indeed destined to carry on. Added to the already rock solid lineup is guitarist Declan Burke of the band DARWIN'S RADIO and plans are to release Experiments in Mass Appeal sometime in 2008.

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FROST* top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.78 | 318 ratings
Milliontown
2006
3.63 | 230 ratings
Experiments in Mass Appeal
2008

FROST* Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.87 | 44 ratings
The Philadelphia Experiment
2010

FROST* Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.90 | 11 ratings
The Rockfield Files
2013

FROST* Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

FROST* Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.50 | 9 ratings
Tour Sampler 2008
2008
4.69 | 14 ratings
Frost*fest
2009

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 The Rockfield Files by FROST* album cover DVD/Video, 2013
4.90 | 11 ratings

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The Rockfield Files
Frost* Neo-Prog

Review by progpositivity
Prog Reviewer

5 stars If a tree falls while a band performs music in the desert without a gig or an audience, but there IS a camera present and a superb desert studio which is leveraged to immaculately record the performance for posterity, is the result a "live" DVD/album and do you want to hear it?

If your answer to the former more philosophical question was an emphatic "no", please allow me to recommend the more conventional Frost live recording "The Philadelphia Experiment".

Even so, If you appreciate skillful performances of fresh modern melodic progressive rock, you may not know it yet, but I can't help believing that when all is said and done, the answer to the second question will still be 'yes'! You DO want to hear The Rockfield Files. You want to hear it very much!!

For anyone new to Frost, although Jem Godfrey's keyboard skills are formidable, his approach is distinctly modern. Truth be told, a few of the percussive keyboard introductory lines would fit in fairly well as an integral part of a pop hit sung by some 'diva of the month'. Soon enough, however, they get interwoven into a tapestry of symphonic and metallic neo-prog elements before launching into virtuosic prog rock territory and never looking back. Such sonic appropriation may risk stretching the ears of conventional old-school proggers a bit farther outside their comfort zones than some would prefer. But it is also precisely the kind of 'neo-prog' that is essential if the genre is to retain any reasonable claim to the pretense of being even remotely 'progressive'.

Buyer beware. This is neither a 'live' DVD nor a 'live' CD in the conventional senses of the terms. It is essentially a studio album with some new compositions and a few side recordings of previously released pieces. Much - if not all - of it, however, appears to have been recorded simultaneously in single takes, hence the 'live' conceit (which admittedly somehow succeeds in making the recycling of material more palatable.)

For longtime Frost fans, this release's appeal is two-fold: 1) finally getting new tracks from one of the most fresh, unique, and accomplished modern USA prog bands and 2) getting to see them create such immaculate sonic perfection (dare I say it?) 'live in the studio'.

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 The Rockfield Files by FROST* album cover DVD/Video, 2013
4.90 | 11 ratings

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Frost* Neo-Prog

Review by richardh
Prog Reviewer

5 stars I only own the debut album of this band Milliontown which at the time I found a bit too harsh for my delicate ears. That was 2006 and perhaps 7 years later I am finding my taste moving more towards a heavier sound. Frost, lead by keyboard player and occasional singer Jem Godfrey, attempt to get away from the normal prog formulas ignoring the memo from prog central of how epic tracks should be structured (see the the interviews on the DVD and you will understand my comment!). In fact at times its hard to actually hard to discern any structure and it feels like a Dream Theater album with some muscular instrument work outs very apparent. John Mitchell is undoubtedly a brilliant guitarist and when you add the excellent drumming of Craig Blundell and rock solid basswork of Nathan King you have an impressive lineup of musicians feeling very much like a supergroup to me.

This was recorded at Rockfield studios and features probably the best two tracks from Milliontown including the very long title track and Black Light Machine which I love. There is also some fresh material for a proposed new album. Pocket Sun sounds a bit like Muse at times which is a good thing! The music is at times warm and at times very heavy with lots of dynamics.The production is immaculate and honestly I haven't heard a better sounding album and DVD in a long time. The DVD is the superbly edited record of the tracks being played in the studio. They have a lot of fun and that is evident. The DVD features interviews with John Mitchell and Jem Godfrey in the back of a Rolls Royce. This is lot of fun. Jem also introduces the songs on the DVD and gives you some fascinating insights into his writing as well as his feelings and observations about modern prog.

This is just so good it begs to be listened to.Prog needs this band and we as prog fans need this band. An essential part of modern progressive rock.

nb please see the thead on the forum under prog news. This gives details of how you can buy this.

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 Milliontown by FROST* album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.78 | 318 ratings

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Frost* Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
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4 stars This is a new band that has been put together by Jem Godfrey, and while this may appear to many to be his first foray into progressive music he has actually been around for quite a while. He formed Freefall back in 1986, and only eight weeks later they opened for IQ. Over the years they supported the likes of Galahad, Ark and Geoff Mann, but although they had three independent releases they never hit the heights and they called it a day in 1991. That didn't stop his interest in music and more recently has been working on more profitable areas. So far he has successfully co-composed and co-produced pop hits, e.g. for Atomic Kitten, whose number one hit sold over two million copies alone. Apart from that he worked for Blue, Ronan Keating, Lulu and Samantha Mumba as well as scoring further chart success with Holly Vallance ("Kiss Kiss"), Atomic Kitten and Shane Ward (winner of the talent show "X-Factor"). When he decided that he needed something a little more stretching he bought a load of prog CDs and started looking for musicians. The result is that Andy Edwards and John Jowitt of IQ provide the hard hitting rhythm section, with guitarist John Mitchell (Arena, Kino etc) also in tow. JJ and John have always enjoyed playing together, reliving their Arena days, and it shows. Jem must have opened for JJ, either in Ark or IQ (or both), and has relived some of those Freefall days by asking John Boyes to also guest on guitars.

What I didn't expect at all was the complexity and sheer brilliance of opener "Hyperventilate". It starts almost dreamily, with sounds evocative of native American flutes before the piano tinkles in gently. Gradually Jem expands the music, playing up and down the keyboards in a gentle introduction, until a repeated sequence starts to take prominence. This builds until John comes crashing in with guitars following the same pattern then all hell breaks loose and it is off and devil take the hindmost. This is a soaring climatic instrumental with guitars and keyboards swapping roles while Andy and JJ provide total rock support. Just when you think that there can't be anymore the songs lifts, turns and then implodes on itself and falls back to piano and then it is off again. At the end of this song I was already in awe ? could this be the best prog debut since Spock's Beard? The other songs show a more structured side to the band, but one that is very hard hitting and riff hungry. This is a style of music that could probably be called prog metal, but it is far removed from Threshold as the melodies are stronger and this is packed full of hooks and is totally infectious. Jem may have written all of the material but he has surrounded himself with guys that know how to deliver, and the result is an album that may only be six songs long but this is sheer quality. If ever you doubted that the British prog scene could kick out something new and exciting then you should know that this is just incredible.

Feedback #89 2006

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 Experiments in Mass Appeal by FROST* album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.63 | 230 ratings

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Experiments in Mass Appeal
Frost* Neo-Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Others have already noted that Experiments In Mass Appeal sounds a little like an attempt by Frost* to clamber onto the back of the New Prog bandwagon, as pioneered by the likes of Muse and The Mars Volta - trouble is, by this point even Muse and the Volta themselves were beginning to lose their lustre, and this stab at the New Prog quiet/loud sound by Frost* doesn't really convince me. There's decent performances on here, but I'm not sure the songwriting approach is as polished as that on Milliontown. The attempt to create music which is distinctly proggy and yet at the same time quite accessible is an admirable, but I don't really think it succeeds at doing either.

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 Milliontown by FROST* album cover Studio Album, 2006
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Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Frost* is Jem Godfrey's baby; having established a lucrative career as a songwriter for major pop stars, Godfrey wanted an outlet through which he could perform some of his own songs and develop material with a different artistic direction than his day job. Luckily, various veterans of IQ and Arena decided to help out, and the end result is the Milliontown album. It's a rather poppy sort of neo-prog album, with Godfrey's ear for a good hook benefitting the songwriting; to be honest, it feels a little lightweight and insubstantial for my tastes, but fans of the poppier end of neo-prog may find a lot to like here.

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 Experiments in Mass Appeal by FROST* album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.63 | 230 ratings

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Review by 1791 Overture

2 stars As the title suggests, this is something of a "nu prog album," sharing elements with the likes of Muse and The Mars Volta. These influences now override the neo-prog foundation of Milliontown (already slightly stretched) to such an extent that I wouldn't call this neo-prog as a whole, though certainly some sections remain so. This isn't a bad thing - allegiance to a genre isn't commendable in itself.

That said, I don't feel that the songwriting has improved from the last record. There's a new vocalist, but he isn't any more impressive than the previous, and again we scarcely hear his voice without being somehow distorted, which comes off more as a crutch than anything. The entire record is in fact over-produced, a criticism that's especially biting in this genre where squeaky-clean production is already the norm. There's just a constant wall of studio-filtered sound that gets tiring. Quickly. The melodies are also not spectacular, and don't justify all the energy and WILD DYNAMIC CHANGES shoved onto them - we get sudden shifts from soft to loud, but why? They don't service the songs, and they aren't particularly interesting. It should also be noted that the record's "loud mode" doesn't come off as crushing or energetic or anything like that - it's just loud, with a wall of power chords perpetually muddying it.

I actually want to like this record, as it has many of the surface elements I enjoy - neo-prog with pop influences that's hard hitting with lots of "modern" elements. But it's just not good, and repeated listens haven't allowed me to warm up to it. The worst of the record is probably Toys, which is unbelievably uninspired - listen to that if you want to hear the brunt of my criticism, and if you can stomach that without hating it, then maybe the rest of the record won't seem as bad to you. As for me, I'm giving this two stars, if only because I feel that one star is too extreme for such a professional record performed by such competent musicians.

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 Milliontown by FROST* album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.78 | 318 ratings

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Frost* Neo-Prog

Review by Richens

5 stars This is the album that reintroduced me to modern prog a couple of years ago. To my ears, this is one of the greatest albums of the 21st century so far, along with Big Big Train's 2009 album 'The Underfall Yard'. However, don't misunderstand me. These two albums are very different from one another. The songs on 'The Underfall Yard' gradually burrow into your consciousness and stay there forever. The music on 'Milliontown' takes a very different approach. Metaphorically speaking, Jem Godfrey picks up a sledgehammer etched with the words POP, scratches the words POP out until they are barely legible and then scrapes the word PROG! over the top of the word POP. He then proceeds to bash you around the ears with said sledgehammer. Yes it's PROG but you can still see the POP underneath it. And it is good! In fact it is so good it switched me on to the whole prog scene again after years of disillusionment with music as a whole. I like melody and the melodies in this beauty just kick ass. I like harmony and luckily, so does Jem. It has got everything that I look for in my music and more. I cannot fault it. I refuse to fault it. Every song is superb, brilliantly produced and executed.

The opening track 'Hyperventilate' gives an indication of what is to come. Fantastic track. I just adore 'Snowman' for its quirkiness. I haven't heard quirkiness like this in years and it works brilliantly.

The last two tracks 'Black Light Machine' and Milliontown are masterpieces of music of any genre. I cannot even put into words how brilliant I think the track 'Milliontown' is. I have to say that I am massive fan of this album. I can't admit to being a fan of all of Jem Godfrey's work (yes I'm talking about Jem's daytime job!) but Frost* changed my life and I can only thank him for that. A classic. A masterpiece. Great prog or great pop, whatever it is, to me it is an essential part of any music collection. I think I said the same thing about 'The Underfall Yard'. But it's true! God, I hope Jem gets his health back and resurrects Frost*. I really miss them!

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 Experiments in Mass Appeal by FROST* album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.63 | 230 ratings

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Experiments in Mass Appeal
Frost* Neo-Prog

Review by UMUR
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3 stars "Experiments in Mass Appeal" is the 2nd full-length studio album by UK progressive rock act Frost*. The album was released in November 2008 by InsideOut. I wasnīt necessarily expecting a follow up album to "Milliontown (2006)", as I was under the impression that Frost* was a project more than an actual band, but as the lineup is more or less the same as the one that recorded the debut album (except for the new lead vocalist Declan Burke), I guess I was wrong in that assumption. In addition to bandleader/ keyboard player/ vocalist Jem Godfrey, Frost* consists of members from IQ, Arena, Kino...etc.

The music on the album is hook oriented progressive rock. Frost* very successfully combine hard rocking progressive rock (bordering metal at times) with clever pop melody hooks. The most pop oriented tracks like "Falling Down" and "Toys" come off a bit banale to me, while the more progressive tracks like the opening title track, "Welcome to Nowhere", "Pocket Sun" and "Dear Dead Days" are pretty impressive. The very pop oriented ballad type track "Saline" is a very well composed song and while itīs bordering sirupy, Frost* pull it off. The vocals and the vocal harmonies are pleasant and well sounding and the musicianship on the album is generally very impressive. But the professional sound production (clean, synth driven and powerful) and the way the songs are composed also deserve respect. "Experiments in Mass Appeal" is through and through a very professional sounding quality release. Itīs up to debate if the pop elements are a bit too dominant, but Iīm sure thatīs an aquired taste. Personally I like Frost* the most when they rock out or play their progressive stuff.

Compared to "Milliontown" I find "Experiments in Mass Appeal" slightly less interesting, but I still have great respect for how well produced, well written and well played the album is. Iīd say a 3.5 star rating is warranted. If Frost* were ever to make a fully progressive rock oriented album and skip a couple of the most banale pop elements, I think my interest in the band would increase significantly. They certainly have the right tools to succeed in a mission like that.

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 The Philadelphia Experiment by FROST* album cover Live, 2010
3.87 | 44 ratings

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The Philadelphia Experiment
Frost* Neo-Prog

Review by prog4ever

4 stars This album is fitting final chapter to the career of a band that started as as Jem put it "gently self-mocking studio project " in 2004 . Frost ( Jem) never took themselves seriously. and the DVD that come with the package shows all that.

the lineup is strong with John Mitchell from It Bites and Kino, John Jowitt from Arena,and IQ, Dec Burke from the underrated Darwin's Radio and the last minute replacement Nick D'Virgilio from Spock Beard, the musicanship is great, the songs excellent and we even have a new song the wonderful "The Dividing Line".

Order it and enjoy it . It's worth every penny and the 3 to 5 weeks for delivery .

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 Experiments in Mass Appeal by FROST* album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.63 | 230 ratings

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Experiments in Mass Appeal
Frost* Neo-Prog

Review by BrufordFreak

3 stars This album caused quite a stir when it came out because it's predecessor, Jem Godfrey's band's debut, Milliontown had garnered a lot of attention and hope. Experiments in Mass Appeal is a collection of songs that are proggy but amped up and condensed to the point of being guilty of packaging for the masses. Where Milliontown had long, slower developing and more typically prog-paced songs, Experiments has created two- to five-minute monsters that would/could have been seven to twelve minutes long. Godfrey's experience as well-known pop producer has led him to this experiment--one that, in my opinion, he pulls off surprisingly well. To be sure, one of the album's songs, "Falling Down" (5:49) (10/10), is one of the most power-packed songs I've heard--and one of the best songs of 2008. Between Godfrey's keyboard/synth work and JOHN MITCHELL (ARENA, KINO)'s blistering guitar work the album is filled with highlights. The vocals are to my liking, though I've often wished to know what Declan Burke's voice would sound like without going so many treatments. Though there are many soft parts ("Experiments in Mass Appeal," "Welcome to Nowhere," "Saline"), it's the fast-paced, incredibly full parts that are so breathtaking.

Best songs: "Pocket Sun" (4:29) (9/10), "Experiments in Mass Appeal" (7:57) 8/10), "Toys" (3:06) (8/10), and of course, the masterful "Falling Down."

The "sixteen minute" epic, "Wonderland," is worth mentioning for its first six minutes--which are top-notch prog rock--but then the song just disappears. It just stops. After about a minute's silence another totally different (and, frankly, much blander) song returns. What's up with that?!

A good album--one that I don't listen to all that often (I think cuz it all kind of blends together, homogenized, if you know what I mean, in one sitting), though I listen to "Falling Down" and the song "Milliontown" quite a lot.

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