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Neo-Prog • United Kingdom


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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* discography


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

3.79 | 386 ratings
Milliontown
2006
3.66 | 286 ratings
Experiments In Mass Appeal
2008
3.79 | 189 ratings
Falling Satellites
2016

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

4.23 | 56 ratings
The Philadelphia Experiment
2010

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

4.74 | 29 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)

2.61 | 12 ratings
Tour Sampler 2008
2008
4.78 | 18 ratings
Frost*Fest Live
2009

FROST* Reviews


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 Experiments In Mass Appeal by FROST* album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.66 | 286 ratings

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Experiments In Mass Appeal
Frost* Neo-Prog

Review by poito

5 stars If it wasn't because we may check it out easily by the credits or in videos, I would never say this is the same band that released a weird musical hodgepodge in their debut album Milliontown. The ingredients were obviously there in Godfrey's brains, but only merged rarely. Such disperse professional life he has around music. I think the line to follow was not clear to him in the first album, habituated he is to deal with Pops and wierd stuff like that, but he finally chose one that is both coherent and talented for this intermittent project. I wish he would have kept it long, but it took 8 more years to release a follow up, Falling Satellites, though it was worth the waiting. This EIMA album is full of Music, kind of seed for new prog, combining power dense sound precursor of djent with smooth passages, maybe insisting a bit too much with the sudden outbursts, but they work well, no doubt. After listening to this, I come up with the crazy idea why the debut album was so well rated; this one raised a passionate follow up audience that will kiss every step Godfey's Frost would make, even retrospectively. But the difference with the failed Milliontown is like night and day. Skip that one; it is common compared to this gem. This one has such a strength and virtuous composition that the best argument to take you there is Godfrey's own words defining what this album is about ant what inspired him (his father's death): Get out there and don't waste a moment of what you have left-
 Falling Satellites by FROST* album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.79 | 189 ratings

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Falling Satellites
Frost* Neo-Prog

Review by poito

4 stars When I reviewed the debut album by Frost I showed my disappointment for what I considered a medley of styles dominated by pop with high pretentions. And I still think so. Ten years later, this Falling Satellites came to me trying to vindicate the band. The album is far more compact, still with Pop-Prog or something (some call it Neo-Prog) as the main headline in the first half, but it changes for a much, much better in the second. The music is better executed (everybody skills). Eclecticism is a word that cannot be applied here. By virtue of insistence they are kind of crystalizing, but wouldn't dare to say what this band has shaped. In tracks 1 to 6, the music is interesting at times (Towerblock), but there still are some incongruences, for instance in final part of Signs the singing disagrees and spoils the assemblage. The next track Heartstrings opens with a kind of power-disco sound and it interposes fragments of at least three totally different unrelated styles. This cannot dwell in a single head; it rather looks an artificial copy and paste blending. Sorry, I need some coherence; I don't like to listen to the music in a continuous alert state in case a piece of junk sneaks in. And coherence begins from track 7 on. Themes such as Closer to the Sun, The Raging Against the Dying of the Light Blues in 7/8, Nice Day for It, Hypoventilate, Lantern and British Wintertime could have make a 4.5-5 stars album.
 Milliontown by FROST* album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.79 | 386 ratings

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Milliontown
Frost* Neo-Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant, Crossover & Neo Teams

4 stars "Milliontown" has been launched in 2006 as the debut creation of a UK Rick act FROST* and definitely considered as one of milestones not only in Neo-Prog society but also in Progressive Rock scene, let me say. The longest album-titled suite featuring drastic and dramatic melody appearances and charismatic and energetic impressions infiltrated deeply in the sound world might acclaim itself as one of Neo-Symphonic theaters. Their basal waves and vibes obviously inspired by British progressive rock vanguards (especially Genesis) and modestly seasoned with metallic hints are pretty comfortable for the audience regardless of such a complex rhythm ground. Exactly delightful and fruitful, till the end, a fragile keyboard lament.

Of course not only the masterpiece ... each track should have its own identity. The beginning kickin' titled "Hyperventilate" would be suitable to make us overbreathe under such a sound fantasia mainly created by Jem GODFREY's keyboard and John MITCHELL's guitar works unified together. This is another masterpiece to call a massive prediction they would aggressively run toward the top of the progressive mountain. In the middle part of this album we can enjoy Jem's vocal variation (partially dealt with effectors methinks) or catchy pop essence in their backyard (but this texture should not be their real essence but only kinda musical spice, in my humble opinion). Enthusiastic battles amongst keyboards, guitars, drums, or voices e.g. in "Back Light Machine", must ring the bell in our inner mind I'm sure.

Although not every track can be felt innovative but the first and the last are too impressive for the audience to ignore as progressive rock gems. Quite appropriate for beginners of Neo-Prog, beyond expression.

 Falling Satellites by FROST* album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.79 | 189 ratings

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Falling Satellites
Frost* Neo-Prog

Review by rollit2

5 stars This album touches something in me, it is long long time since I fall in love with some music, but I find myself listening it every day. Every. Day.

It could that it is such a strange misture, I would call it a mix of progressive rock and progressive pop. Yes, progressive pop. Some passages reminds me of the good thing that Genesis did in post-Hackett era, like Duke's travel/end.

I do not find this album perfect, but it sticks so much, the instrumental of British Wintertime, the climax of Closer to the Sun, the speedy of Numbers, that 5 is more adequate than 4. Anyway, you cannot love them, even if they only wrote Hyperventilate, it's enough to make a career and being remembered 100 years from now.

 Falling Satellites by FROST* album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.79 | 189 ratings

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Falling Satellites
Frost* Neo-Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars Frost - an on-again, off-again project of musical producer Jem Godfrey - mixes classical symphonic prog influences (through the dominant role of synthesizers) with modern electronic-based music and bombastic power pop. All prog bands overdo something - some the instrumental side, some the vocals - but Frost go over the top with production effects, making the music sound overwhelming at times. Still, the aim here is to create catchy pop music, not an experimental one. Out of the three (so far) Frost albums, I rate this for myself slightly lower, not for quality reasons, but for quantity - too much CD space is taken by interludes and forgettable quieter breathers - but the album does have a solid core of 5-6 keepable tracks.
 Falling Satellites by FROST* album cover Studio Album, 2016
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Falling Satellites
Frost* Neo-Prog

Review by MaskedCow

5 stars A huge step forward for a band with massive amounts of talent and potential. Much as I loved Milliontown, it was very much a Jem Godfrey album with contributions from other band members. Experiments in Mass Appeal followed in the same vein but suffered from a lack of focus and a blustery mix. After much futzing around their third album is much more of a real band effort. Jem's still front and center, in both songwriting and signature sound, but the album is full of the feeling that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

This, to me, is the essence of a truly great album, when a band pulls together to create that special alchemy. There's plenty of catchy melodies combined with stonking riffs, virtuoso displays all around, some risks taken and some well trodden paths revisited along the way. Frost* have always been weak lyrically, and this album is no huge step forward, but there are some signs of a more considered, thematic approach here, which is a welcome change from the slightly awkward thesaurus flipping of past efforts.

For me personally the only tracks that aren't a resounding 5 stars are the elementally poppy "Lights Out" (not that it isn't a good song with a nod and a wink to Paddy McAloon, it just doesn't quite fit in with the rest of the album) and the bonus track "Lantern" which could have happily stayed in Jem's vault, it's just not up to the high standards evident elsewhere.

Superb playing all around, excellent songwriting, this one is built to last. Take a deep breath, this one might even have a track or two that would make it onto my personal all-time top 10.

 Milliontown by FROST* album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.79 | 386 ratings

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Milliontown
Frost* Neo-Prog

Review by poito

2 stars This album will probably leave the name of the band on you. Normally I would have made a short-and-easy review for this album, but the high ratings and lengthy comments deserve a counterpoint and analysis. It seems a sort of for-the-task project, but the formula apparently worked rather well spite of the overall lack of novelty and spotty inspiration. The tracks are highly varied, different styles, different design... different muses. That makes one to stay alert while listening, and this is not what one seeks in music, isn't it? You may be listening peacefully and quite of a sudden you'll be shocked a few times with "what's this doing here?". After a good opener, Hyperventilate, an orthodox instrumental with a revival air and a few modern elements, it follows a series of three fillers that can be skipped: first a strange track mixing styles and good at none; then Snow, a slow two-notes piano song that proposes less than little, followed by an insipid Michael Jackson style tech-Pop song called The Other Me (is this neo-prog?). Then we get to the core of this artificial album. The first is a 10 min track called Black Light Machine that bores to death till a guitar riff begins at about 3 min from start, nothing serious anyway, and then you go to sleep again wandering who's that awful singer that ruins your nap, till three mins later when the track tries to do something but doesn`t get anywhere. Was this terrible track really voted in the top 10 of the year in a Ducth prog page? Indeed, Netherlander Proggers are in utter need of affection! The closing 26 min Milliontown track is worth no more than 10 mins. A few passages scattered over a never-ending track. Sorry for the meddling, I can't share the views of five-stars-throwers in this: there is an impressive amount of great music out there as to confound the prog fans that have little money and time to waste. We all know that some music bagatelles are designed in the factory for the gullible consumers and should not be disclosed as all-time masterpieces. Let's be serious, one track and a few moments in other, that's all. There is some talent in the album, but also shameless design and planning. And with talent they could have planned a masterpiece, but this isn't one. Keep the opener and mins 18-23 of the closing track. 3 stars, one down for the shake of cosmic balance.
 Falling Satellites by FROST* album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.79 | 189 ratings

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Falling Satellites
Frost* Neo-Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant, Crossover & Neo Teams

4 stars A dramatic and catchy theater between First Day and Last Day. In the spring of 2016, FROST* have given their first bark titled "Falling Satellites", where are full of highly qualified pop essence tinged mainly with a tad complex Neo-symphonic sauce. Grabbing minds of young progressive rock fan and dealing carefully with old proggers ... each might be different from another and simultaneously both should give extreme energy or power to all of progressive freaks without any doubt. This album notifies us of such a certification.

And let me say they've discharged various elements here and there. Their sound strategy might look toward pop melody line with hard-edged eccentric rhythm basis for the sake of digging a cool novelty out and be constructed elaborately with massive influence by not only plenty of progressive rock pioneers but also pop / rock legends. Electric confusion like Discipline-Era Crimson, speedy rock chasing into comfort, technical complicated plays (killer ones), sound effects often used nowadays, fantastic sincere chorus, explosive sound virtuality under rockin spiritual clear sky ... lots of musical expression methods are around them indeed.

Kinda tough call to find a novelty or an innovative attention via such a soundscape / subgenre like theirs actually but the "pop / rock" composition quality and their brilliant play and technique can be felt awesome. No suspicion. And personally "Hypoventilate", flooded with drastically deep mental deflation, is my love. ;)

 Falling Satellites by FROST* album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.79 | 189 ratings

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Falling Satellites
Frost* Neo-Prog

Review by Ier

5 stars Finally, Frost* is back after eight years? And what a comeback it is!!! Wow! This album immediately grabbed my full attention the first time I listened to it! I can hardly contain myself when listening to this album, I can't sit still when I'm listening to it behind my desk. What can you expect? For the people who never heard Frost* before; think about Spock's Beard with balls! The music is energetic, fast and contains so much power! It's also a real mixture of different music styles, from dance to metal. Is this 'prog'? I don't care if this is prog, this is some splendid music! The band consists of wonderful, talented musicians; Jem Godfrey on keyboards and Chapman Railboard (never heard of that instrument before, but I'm sure it has something to do with Chapman Stick), John Mitchell (It Bites, Arena) on guitar, Nathan King (Level 42) on bass guitar and Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson) on drums & percussion. Jem and John are good lead vocalists who provide most of the lead vocals on the album.

First Day is a very good intro for the album, and is also the shortest track. The atmosphere evokes a certain feeling that this album is something very special? Which is absolutely true! Numbers is a great track, a mixture of 'Discipline era King Crimson meets The Police'. Towerblock is my favourite track of the album. It starts calm, but suddenly an unexpected, euphoric instrumental dubstep-like section kicks in. Signs has John Mitchell on lead vocals, and I love the lyrics of this track. Lights Out has guest vocalist Tori Beaumont singing along with Jem. This slow and magical track gives me goosebumps. A pop ballad, but somehow it reminds me of XTC. Heartstrings is in contrast to Lights Out a very up tempo track. The dual vocal parts are neatly done by Jem and John. The song slowly becomes a transition into Closer To The Sun, a very dance-like track. The Raging Against The Dying Of The Light Blues In 7/8 (what a short title, isn't it?) is the longest track on the album, which starts very furious and pushing. It's full of energy outbursts and soft moments. Nice Day For It is a real progressive rock track which contains certain musical elements you also hear in Heartstrings and First Day. Hypoventilate is like First Day a short track, like some sort of outro. Last Day is a soft and lovely piece of music, only containing vocals and piano. A stranger in our midst according to the style of the rest of the album.

This is music you will put on in your car and makes you exceed the speed limit, and you don't care when you're exceeding the speed limit anyway, because you're so caught up in the music. I'm sure that this album is going to be in my top ten albums of 2016, and I'm almost very sure it will be in my top three. This is a masterpiece. I actually want to give it ten stars, but five out of five is the highest score I can give. Well done, Frost*! Very well done!

 Experiments In Mass Appeal by FROST* album cover Studio Album, 2008
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Frost* Neo-Prog

Review by Progrussia

4 stars On their second album (there would be quite a pause before the third), Frosty the snowmen largely drop the neo-prog and concentrate on dissolving prog in modern rock sounds - heavy guitars, catchy melodies and lots of electronic effects. While being shorter, at the same time songs are pretty complex, full of rapid tempo changes and layers of instrumentation. Some of these songs are so dense, that you might be thinking that the song is almost over, but then you check the clock and see that only two minutes have passed! The first two tracks are mostly about quiet/loud dynamics, but the rest gets more interesting. One thing I've wondered, though. Frost's mastermind, Jem Godfrey, as a producer worked on some songs from the now forgotten girl band Atomic Kitten. Did he name Frost in honor of one of the girls, Jenny Frost?
Thanks to Cygnus X-2; Eric Walker for the artist addition. and to E&O Team for the last updates

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