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Crossover Prog • Germany


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FREQUENCY DRIFT were formed in 2006 by some musicians living around Bayreuth/Germany. They soon began to develop a unique conception inspired by movies like 'Blade Runner, 'Lost' und 'Ghost In The Shell' and keyboard player Andreas Hack is mainly responsible for the composing part.

The band's debut album 'Personal Effects (part one)' from 2008 was released by the French MUSEA Records label telling the story of a girl named River living in 2046 and having problems with an imaginary association named 'Diomedeidae'.

Lyrics are in English and the band didn't include them into the booklet deliberately to enforce a special concentration on the visual component. They worked together with a graphic designer for that and the CD booklet is full of black-and-white pictures representing a darker atmospheric mood depending on the story.

Relying on Katja Huebner's impressive voice the music is basically turned out dreamy melancholic - cinematic prog as the band implies. The instrumental parts are blending some tricky effects with symphonic and heavier rocking elements pushed by a varied keyboard/guitar work.

The second part of 'Personal Effects', released by Cyclops in March 2010, is continuing River's story with new melodic atmospheric songs including a wider range of instruments and female vocal contributions. A follower CD is already in the making and announced for early 2011.

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3.81 | 61 ratings
Personal Effects (Part One)
2008
3.78 | 72 ratings
Personal Effects (Part Two)
2010
3.99 | 214 ratings
Ghosts
2011
3.99 | 182 ratings
Laid To Rest
2012
3.90 | 146 ratings
Over
2014
4.07 | 8 ratings
Summer
2014

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4.07 | 8 ratings

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Frequency Drift Crossover Prog

Review by Second Life Syndrome
Collaborator Post/Math Rock and Crossover Teams

4 stars Color me impressed. Frequency Drift has already given us a masterpiece this year in "Over", an album that represented true progression and that contains some of the best songs of the year. In fact, as I write this, "Over" is still my favorite album of 2014 thus far. So, leave it to Frequency Drift to release yet another album of sorts called "Summer". The stated purpose of this album is two-fold. First, this album is a fundraiser for the band so they can do some touring (always a good thing). Secondly, however, "Summer" represents the end of an era for the band. Though the band is being rather mysterious about it, their next album is assumed to be somewhat different in style, and so Frequency Drift has decided to give one last hurrah before they move on to other things.

So, is the swan song of this era any good? It certainly is. Quite appropriately, the six tracks on this album are reworked, previously unreleased songs that the band have upgraded and perfected. Because of this, most of the tracks will remind fans of earlier albums, such as "Personal Effects" or "Ghosts", albums with which I fell in love in the first place. This means the songs are dreamy, flitting, and extremely atmospheric. Take, for instance, the title track "Summer" and the laughing that is present or "Summer's End" and its water effects. This type of thing is common with this band, and I simply love it. It's so refreshing.

Yet, the band doesn't rely on effects for filler. They are accents to the brilliant music. They augment it and nothing else. Again, the title track "Summer" is simply killer. The guitar melody is a work of genius, and the finger work is deft. In fact, "Summer" may be one of the best songs the band has ever made, and it is worth the price of admission alone. Indeed, it even approaches the brilliance of "Memory" off of "Over", which is as high a compliment as I can give it. "Summer" is representative of the whole album, though. The rumbling, organic drumming, the impressive bass work, and the stunning, visceral keys are all present throughout the album. Amazing. This band has finally come together as a tight unit.

Isa's voice sounds wondrous and whimsical. She really matches the tone of some of the previous vocalists, but I feel her voice is richer and she nails the melodic hooks even better. It is a true joy to hear her exercise her vocal feats around the soaring guitars and satisfying thumping of the drums. I must say that the guitar solos are especially impressive on the album, very soulful and creative. The sounds of summer's end are certainly present here, too, as the waning light and the ominous cold of autumn seem very discernible. There is a certain sorrowful tone of resolution that pervades this album, but it's a sorrow that mourns for nostalgia, yet hopes for the future.

So, support this amazing band. Frequency Drift deserves more attention, and "Summer" proves that. "Summer", "Summer's End", "Distant", and "Siren" are my favorites here, but the entirety of the work needs to be heard. It's the end of an era, and it certainly feels like it. So, the band has ended this era with a splash---quite literally.

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3.90 | 146 ratings

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Frequency Drift Crossover Prog

Review by toilet_doctor

5 stars Crossover Prog at its best.

They raised bar again. Then, they jumped over it. That's why this album named "Over".

I love "Laid to Rest" a lot. I thought it's hard to beat album. However, "Over" tops it in many ways. Cinematic elements gone for good, that makes album a solid piece of Crossover Prog. Compositions became more complex with new explorations. The song "Release" is an invasion into unique Sappor Aeternus territory, using whipping middle eastern vibes. Guest vocalist Agathe Labus was invited for this song (and for two more) to incarnate the idea as it meant to be.

Beside three more guests: Kalle Wallner (bass), Phil Paul Rissettio (drums) from RPWL and guitarist Martin Schnella (Flaming Row), line of instruments was largely expanded: flute, cello, violin, viola, acoustic & electric harp, tin whistle, marimba, gemshorn (similar to ocarina), and duclar (an ethnic kind of clarinet). Two more guys were taken to handle exotic stuff. All of that added multi-dimensionality and fullness to the sound.

Someone dislikes new vocalist Isa Fallenbacher. I'd say, I don't know what could be better. From the first notes I was defeated "Over" and "Over" again. In the opener it varies from very gentle to almost high intensity of Heather Thompson (Taping the Vein). Further - more, in the track 6 "Suspended" vocal is reaching ethereal highs, fallowing by flute extravaganza, cello and harp inclusions and solo guitar madness on a top of all of that and finishing with beautiful vocal again. Such a noticeable flute extravaganza, that Jon Anderson could be proud of, will appear once again on the track 11 "Memories" - epic song with similar to "Suspended" structure, where vocal gets soul-cleaning ability.

Here, I have to admit that "Over" had "Personal Effect" on me. After listening to it 3 times in a row, I felt like Isa took my soul somewhere very far into Heaven's Cleaners and brought it back absolutely clean. And, in the end, in the closer "Disappeared" my clean soul was finally "Laid to Rest".

It's hard to find the album, that would be so complex and so melodic, gentle and touching at the same time. Add to it nice Digipak cover with excellent sound quality disc, which is running ''Over" 75 min. - damn, it's a winner. 5 crossing "Over" stars.

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Frequency Drift Crossover Prog

Review by danproglover

5 stars Frequency Drift are back with a new album. To me "Over" is one of the highlights of 2014. Especially "Memory", an epic song that reminds me of the Genesis songs of the early 70s! An instant classic! But let's start with the first track "Run". To be honest I can't really understand why the band starts with this track. To me it is the weakest track on the album. The melody leaves me cold. Although I have to admit that I really love the guitar solo in the middle of the song. After this song, things only get better. It is hard for me to single out any songs other than the aforementioned ones. There is so much to find in these 12 songs! There are so many details that make the album such a terrific experience. You have great Jethro Tull like flute solo, Tony Banks' style keyboards and beautiful folk elements (harp, strings) that set this album apart from many other releases. The angelic voice of the new singer is really touching. Fans of band like Iona or Karnataka should take note! This album might very well right up their alley!

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Review by Mind_Drive

5 stars Wow! what a surprise! I am beginning to fall in love at our 10th date...

After a few listenings i was kind of disappointed, labelled this album as mediocre and was sure that we wonīt become very close friends. Maybe it was due to the fact that i didnīt give it too much attention while being busy but luckily i gave her another chance and we met again...

As if the deeper meaning and the real greatness of this album was hidden from me and had to be discovered one at a time. This is probably my 12th time i dive into this world of ambiental deepness and iīm still finding new places to go and new treasures to marvel at. I am totally falling in love with this band and it feels so good! because itīs not this shallow "butterflies-in-my-tommy"-love but a more mature, intimate love that takes itīs time to grow.

The music... (well, iīm lacking words as if i was asked to describe what i love most about her..)

..is subdued and complex but offering insight only to the most dedicated listeners. The compositions are of highest niveau and never try to represent something special as if humbleness was the key to real strengh and splendor. They just flow into each other being as they are: decent and beautiful, of unknown depth and full of harmony.

I still feel that there is even more to discover while i am alread totally lost in her spell...

4.8 / 5 Stars for an absolutely excellent and lovely masterpiece!

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Review by Aldebaran_Well

4 stars I was not familiar with this German band, so I have to count them as one of the most pleasant surprises of 2014, so far. Obviously, I cannot compare this album with the previous four ones yet but having listened to ''Over'' several times, I confidently believe I can comprehend their art well enough. Frequency Drift describe it as ''cinematic prog rock''. While this is not a false description, it can easily misguide you. The songwriting is quite straight and normal to be considered cinematic and prog elements are usually put very discretely. To my ears, this is an atmospheric metal/rock band in the late 90's style, reminding me in several moments of bands like The Gathering and The 3rd and the Mortal. What really makes their music different and absolutely lifts its quality is the amazing, delightful instrumentation. Rock, classical and ethnic instruments, along with digital and electronic sounds are perfectly and harmonically combined, providing many layers of musical enjoyment. From this aspect, every song hides its surprises and there is always something new to hear.

The opening track ''Run'' will perfectly enter you in the world of ''Over''. The violin of the intro softly gives its way to the very rhythmic and melodic basic verse. The female vocals of Isa Fallenbacher are warm and dreamy. Though you may feel like you've heard this kind of voice many times in the past, you won't mind because the melodies are sooo good! (I admit that I imagined Gathering's Anneke singing this and lifting it up to the heavens!) Anyway, the song's structure is great, there is a growing feeling and a beautiful crescendo that leads to a mellow and well balanced prog metal finale. ''Once'' is full of effects and guitar sounds quite similar to post rock aesthetics and when the fabulous solo part comes ? is this the instrument dulcar??- you realize that the band dedicates all its imagination and creativity to the arrangements, aiming to create a colorful musical palette. ''Adrift'' steps in with a darker mood, the almost jazzy drumming is well stretched (brought to mind ''Tears laid in earth'' of 3rd and the Mortal) and by the middle of the song harp and flute take over, leading to a very ethereal direction. The basic guitar part of ''Them'' is very prog-like, strings and samples appear at some time, before the first truly classical moment of the album, the magnificent and dramatic cello/violin theme that ends the song, leaving me thrilled. (I admit, I'm a sucker for string quartet stuff!) ''Sagittarius A'' is a good song, a bit up tempo but too pop for my taste. Pop orientation can be found elsewhere in the album ? no problem with that ? but this also mainstream and I can't relate very much to it, sorry.

On the other hand, the 8 minutes long ''Suspended'' is one of the album's best tracks and contains almost everything: a groovy progressive basic pattern, great chorus, super dynamic changes with fast heavy parts, flute solos, a jamming attitude, excellent! Absolutely a gem. ''Wave'' has a very delicate touch, harp is the protagonist and there is a '70's mood in the synths, a classic prog touch. ''Wander'' with its heavy piano, strings and wavedrum leads to seductive and a bit abstract composition, while ''Driven'' is all about drums! Tribal grooves at the start and the middle, soft electronica sounds and a classical part at the end which, very intelligently transforms the main vocal line into something completely different. ''Release'' is one of my favorites too, being dark and deep. There's a very atmospheric and theatrical spoken word intro ? I believe in Greek ? and at some time the song explodes into an eastern folk sonic journey which I found amazing. The 10 minutes long ''Memory'' is probably the heart of the album, summing up all the elements of Frequency Drift's art. It completely justifies the ''cinematic prog rock'' label, cannot be easily described and can only be conceived as a small odyssey. The album concludes melodically with ''Disappear'' and, yes, it's been quite an experience.

''Over'' demands from the listener to sit back relaxed and peaceful, enjoy the music and the emotions it has to offer. If you do that, you'll be delighted to lose yourself inside a truly very good record, which is masterfully composed and arranged. Frequency Drift offers not any great innovation or technical extremity but real music that is beautiful, creative and deep. If you feel like a good quality music lover who appreciates cleverness and good taste in music, expect a 4 star album. Andreas Hack and co can guarantee you the above, for sure. The only things I could ask for future albums is less duration (not fond of 75 minutes long cd's) and deeper dives into the sea of ethnic sounds. But anyway, thank you guys!

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Review by lazland
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4 stars I had not, I must be honest, heard of German outfit, Frequency Drift, until I happened to listen to this, their latest work, on the excellent website, Progstreaming, a couple of weeks ago. As has happened on more than one occasion, what I heard was so good, it was not long before the cd had arrived in the post. It will not be that long, I suspect, before I expand my collection with more of the band's work, because this is a special album.

From the belting riffs of opener Run, to the gorgeously expansive wall of sounds heard pretty much everywhere, with the magnificent use of the electric harp first heard on Once, but utilised throughout the album, with traditional harp, penny whistle, acoustic guitars, flutes, all combing with electrical rock instruments, this band produce a sound which is extremely difficult to categorise, and is, in reality, rather unique.

Them is the best example of a very catchy tune that is, also, a rather challenging listen, with lush harmonies against a backdrop of multiple instruments creating a very symphonic soundscape. The extended instrumental closure is thoroughly modern, perhaps reminiscent in parts of Radiohead, with added orchestration. A huge amount of change occurs in just under eight minutes, and this is a feature which is happily repeated throughout the entire work.

They are not adverse to giving us tunes which, in a world of musical justice, would be monster commercial hit singles. Sagittarius A* is, perhaps, the best example, being very catchy and a delight.

Suspended is the type of track Tull would almost certainly produce now if they were starting out as a young band. Very commercial at its outset, it has a magnificent flute interspersed with more crashing hard rock riffs, and morphs into a crashing wave of riffs and futuristic sound effects.

Release has an almost sinister edge to it, with sharp and biting female harmonies mingling with a deceptively simple piano lead, before the track once again morphs, now into a New World cornucopia of desert sounds that entrance and beguile you. When the pace picks up at the end with the introduction of a ghostly electric guitar riff, you lose all sense of doubt as to where this lot are coming from. They simply exist to create musical landscapes, and are utterly majestical in doing so.

This is truly confirmed by what I regard as one of the finest epic tracks I have had the pleasure of hearing, the incredible Memory, which is ten minutes of the lushest music you will ever hear. From the opening bars of Isa's descriptive and mournful vocals, to the orchestration, to more Tull-esque manoeuvrings, including riffs Barre would be proud of, to keys which do remind one of latter day Banks, to expressive guitar riffs, to the wonderfully expansive symphonic sounds that the band are so adept at, this is a track which simply brings joy to the listening soul, and they have also pinned down the key to such tracks, in my opinion; they know when to stop, they know that such tracks can continue simply for the sake of length, and this does not, and is all the better for it. Memory is, like the album as a whole, a track which will live in my memory, and be played many times, for a long time.

Over is an album which is a joy to listen to, from an outfit I am very pleased and proud to now have as part of my collection.

Four stars. Quite excellent and very highly recommended to those who like......well, intelligent music. I can put it no better than that.

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Review by tszirmay
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5 stars Music, what a beautiful world, never ceasing to amaze, stun and caress. This inherent capacity to medicate and involve the mind in a positive and pleasurable manner is what makes it so celestial and necessary, as I cannot imagine a day without prog, what a tepid penitentiary that would entail, condemned for evermore to wander in the din of modern life, aimlessly and soulless!

Both 'Ghosts' and 'Laid to Rest' were monumental recordings, laden with spectacular jewels that only enthuses further upon revisits, burrowing deep into the music starving psyche and staying the course. This is perhaps their dreamiest yet heaviest release yet, heavy not in metal terms but perhaps in 'ominousness'. The spectral quality has always been present, especially on the aptly indicative 'Ghosts' album, but here things go spiralling into the misty ether. This German band keeps continuously evolving, musical chairs filled by a stream of newcomers, especially when talking about the microphone stand. Firstly, RPWL's former drummer Phil Paul Rissettio and current guitarist Kalle Wallner are featured here as the rhythm section, with the latter providing the 4 string direction. After the incredible Katja Huebner, the sensational Antje Auer and now, new lead lung Isa Fallenbacher showcases her talent, all quite similar in style and range with slight variations. Isa is closer to Magenta's Christina Booth and she fits in perfectly with the spookier themes developed by the Hack brothers Andreas on keys and Christian, the guitarist. The instrumentation continues to be lush and grandiose, less drums and more percussion, brooding viola and cello adding emotional depth and strong classicism, as well as some Celtic harp tinges. There will be no unanimity with Frequency Drift prom the prog pundits, as it's a polarizing form of band proposing a highly cinematographic/soundtrack-ish backdrop for their intense craft, something that has to be accepted and acknowledged, in order to appeal. Some critics may find it a bit sedate and infused with a 'sameness', but it's their style! A very typically un-German style, by the way! These musicians rely on dense atmospheres, colliding organic sounds with modern twists, intoxicating sonic hypnosis that requires a willingness to be seduced. Fans of FD actually aspire to achieve that seduction throughout the recordings, as this music needs to be heard in its entirety, in order to permeate the melancholic soul.

Some pieces are immediately attractive, such as the whirlwind "Saggitarius A" with its repetitive chorus of "invincible and insatiable", but the glittering electric harp adds an intensity that just keeps giving. Then place the haunting "Suspended" right behind with its muted and magical guitar rasp, the screeching high vocal (hey there Kate!) dancing between the drum beats and veering into harsher domains, that's when you really get what FD is all about! The completely unexpected mixed in with their brooding spectral instrumentation. Christian lets a blistering solo fly through his fingers, giving this arrangement a lot of bravado and texture.

The vocal brilliance of "Wander" jumps right out from the speakers, offering a very Magenta feel , fused with FD trademark quirkiness (yeah, the harp again giving a tingling feel to the arrangement), as well as some marimba-like percussion played by Jesper Joris , bloody brilliant! Pause for reflection, a Japanese-style finale only befuddles further. Just plain incredible creativity.

The next four tracks keep the pressure on unabashed, the foot firmly on the pedal, constantly introducing fun elements like the fluttering synths and the insane drumming on "Driven" or the neo-Arabic droning chorus on "Release" that features the use of a 'duclar' (a German wood clarinet), tin whistle and a chromatic harp (is it made out of chrome? Nah!). But the apotheosis is reached with the phenomenal epic 10 minute "Memory", a sultry and captivating slice of sheer beauty, crystalline perfection and complete capitulation. Isa really kills it here, showing us a voice that captures a musical moment perfectly, pushed along by a magical flute and kick-ass riffs that chug like some forgotten Tull album. This is perhaps FD's crowning achievement, a mesmerizing piece that has all the prog goods, in whole and in its parts, adorned with a whopping synth solo straight out of the Tony Banks academy. Bombastic, evocative and breath-taking, this is some music! Screeching guitar solos supplied by guest Martin Schnella, amid a mellotron-infested sonic jungle, I mean, can it get better than this? Me thinks Nein!

FD has a knack of leaving a glorious final impression and here they do not disappoint, with the shivering fragility of a voice, a piano and a harp. The medieval-tinged song is called "Disappeared" and I, along with many other fans hope that Frequency Drift never disappear from our collective minds and continue to offer such dazzling music.

5 heavenly terminations

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Frequency Drift Crossover Prog

Review by ProgShine
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2 stars There's a whole new Prog genre that began around 10 years ago that I like to call (for some weird reason) Alt Prog. It's characterized by almost no Rock, lots of Ambient music and loads of Pop. It's a genre that seems to be more and more popular but it simply doesn't click with me.

The German band Frequency Drift lies in this category and even more on their new album, the recently released, on the Gentle Art Of Music label (from RPWL), Over (2014).

There was a big fuzz over their last album, ? Laid To Rest (2012), with lots of great ratings and reviews, I gave it a try and it didn't click, it was good, but far away from being that awesome. The new album, Over (2014), seems to me to be part of the same path as Nosound Afterthoughts (2013) (review here: progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=954909). Everything's alright, everything's ok, everything's so? normal. Doesn't really go anywhere.

The instrumental seems to be the same medium tempo all the time, no clever bits, many background music. The female vocals are there, in the spot, but the voice, always the same melodic line, the same melodies, and too much on Gothic Pop Metal for my taste. A couple of tracks ('Sagittarius A*' and 'Memory') have some interesting and more Rock moments, but that's all. On top of that the album is too long (over 75 minutes) and it seems it'll never end. Sure it's a good album, especially if you like bands like Anathema or Nosound. For me?. Just one more ok record that doesn't really progress.

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Review by emperorken

3 stars Frequency Drift is back again. They are becoming one of the more prolific prog artists around, with this being their 5th album in just the last 6 years. Well, I think it's time for the band to take a break.

I really like most of their prior albums, and I even had their last album, "Laid to Rest", in my top 10 for 2012. But this new album just doesn't do it for me. I mean, it's OK, but to me the songwriting is ordinary compared to their prior work. The new vocalist, Isa Fallenbacher, is competent enough, but pales next to the great vocals of Antje Auer. And the addition of the occasional heavy guitars also detracts.

I had to really concentrate while listening to this album, because about half way through, I felt my mind drifting. I'm feeling generous in giving this 3 stars. But overall, I consider this album a disappointment.

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Review by sean_y

5 stars Frequency Drift's fifth album in six years and the sixth new vocalist if I counted correctly. Now what is to be expected from the album? What is different from their previous efforts? A lot has changed compared to Laid to Rest. While the album only had long songs, this time there are also some shorter songs like Wave and Dissappeared. These songs also showcase Frequency Drift's new singer Isa Fallenbacher who is in my opinion by far the best vocalist the band ever had. Her voice is crystal clear, but also very smooth and she can carry a lot of emotions. I always love melodies and I think on this album they are particularly strong. I can't get the melody of Sagittarius A* out of my head. But not only are the melodies fantastic, the arrangements are also quite stunning. Even the shorter tracks are full of surprises and interesting little bits like the percussion in the song Driven. The short tracks are really great, but the three long songs Suspended, Them and Memory are even better. Them is a dark and brooding piece with soundscapes and beautiful strings at the end. Suspended has a quite catchy chorus and some fabulous flute and guitar solos. But I think the best of the three is Memory. It starts with interesting and evocative soundscapes, continues with a beautiful folky tune and ends in an amazing instrumental. Each and every of the twelve songs is special in its own way. The album is quite long, but I can promise you that there is no boring minute on the CD. In fact I don't think that there will be a more interesting release this year. To me it is an early contender for the album of the year!

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