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4 stars Another brick in the wall.

It's true, Néo progressive bands sounds the same with their plastic keyboards and their fierce tendency to give hommage to their heroes, which means nothing really creative since 20 years. Is Frost* part of that whole circus?

Drum rolls...

No. Not a big 'no', but still no. To me, Frost* is part of a renouveau in the genre, but not in progressive music. Their approach is fresh enough to keep me interested, but in no way I'm flabbergasted by this record. Althought it's been heard before with Spock's Beard and Arena, the way it's processed is somewhat interesting to hear and refreshing. The pop issue is constant, each song has a 'prog' feel but done in a cute modern way, with lots of sampling, backward effects, enhanced voices and floaty keyboard textures.

The piece de resistance is the last song, to me it's a great kick in the backyard. The song shows how these guys were serious when they did this, it goes smoothly but does rock in many areas with bombastic lines and Dream Theater / Magic Pie approach. Great piano (reminding me Tori Amos) and crazy guitar parts, with layers and layers of texture. A very dense song with a lot to give. The other good bet is the instrumental song called Hyperventilate. And frankly, it could give you a nervous chill because it's pedal to the medal from start to finish. It's so good, you could almost see Dream Theater do kidding!

With lots of diversity for a Néo band (metal, pop and progressive), this band is already dead litteraly, but will be shot in the dark of 2006 for me.

Menswear | 4/5 |


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