|Review: Frozen - In Time|
Year released: 2007
Review online: January 2, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 5/5 (100%) (1 Vote)
Frozen brand themselves as "Technical Death/Black" and that's a rather accurate categorization. There's a hell of a lot going on on this release - maybe a little too much at times, but your mileage may vary. The vocals are mostly high-pitched Black Metal shrieks that rarely tone down, quite a good match for the overall very fast paced material on the album. There's a few rare clean vocal passages as well as equally rare more Death-ish growls. The Black Metal-style atmosphere and guitars share the stage with blasting drums that mostly inherit from Death Metal, and sometimes this almost goes into full Death Metal mode, guitars shredding and drums pounding like there's no tomorrow. Add to this a number of fast, precise and invigorating guitar solos that'll make you stop whatever it is you're doing and pay close attention. The album is not a complete speed fest, however, with a few slower songs that trade speed for a poignant dose of melody that's incredibly well delivered with some first class guitar work. Some passages are a little too diverse, going left and right in terms of style and bordering on the mindfuck - it sometimes feels a little like trying to look after an hyperactive kid (hmmm... some memories of my nephew here.)
The only way to do this album justice would be to do a detailed track-by-track review, but I like to keep things short. :) Like many Montreal-based bands, Frozen have taken a technical approach that you'll either love or hate. Personally, I found this much better than what I've heard from their contemporaries, most of which I can't stand for more than a couple of songs. "In Time" has something new to offer on every listen, and there's more diversity here than on some bands' entire catalogue. Definitely worth checking out.
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