CD review FROZEN SOUL ‘Crypt of Ice’

During the winter months, a fresh breeze from the North can certainly transport colder temperatures to Dallas. Whether these served as an inspiration for Frozen Soul’s debut album is unknown. However, what the quintet delivers on their first longplayer is certainly noteworthy and comes from and icy soul.

Frozen Soul began two years ago. It happened in 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas, that five metalheads got together to dedicate themselves to oldschool death metal. A demo and two split releases were the first musical achievements of the five-piece and caught the attention of Century Media under whose wings the debut album is now released.

Musically inspired by bands like Bolt Thrower and Obituary, Frozen Soul developed a sound that blows ferociously out of the loudspeakers. The songs, mostly kept in moderate tempo, have a solid groove factor built in. Both together evoke thoughts of slowly and threateningly moving icebergs. With songs like the merciless ‘Wraith of Death’ and the faster ‘Beat to Dust’ Frozen Soul certainly do not enter new musical territory. Nevertheless, the ten tracks on this album are fascinating, a force of nature that freezes the walls of any living room for 40 minutes.

To sum up, ‘Crypt of Ice’ is a very well done debut album. Oldschool death metal fans should definitely have this album on their radar.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Crypt of Ice
  2. Arcitc Stranglehold
  3. Hand of Vengeance
  4. Wraith of Death
  5. Merciless
  6. Encased in Ice
  7. Beat to Dust
  8. Twist the Knife
  9. Faceless Enemy
  10. Gravedigger

Label: Century Media

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: January 8th, 2021

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