Review FROST* ‘Day and Age’

Progressive rock outfit Frost* finished work on their newest release ‘Day and Age’, an album that in the meantime arrived at the record stores. ‘Day and Age’ is the forth longplayer, Jem Godfrey and bandmates release over the span of 15 years. The outfit is the brainchild of the keyboarder and singer, that started the Frost* in 2004 with a debut album that hit the shelves in 2006.

It was in 2019 when drummer Craig Bundell left the band and Frost* decided to go ahead as a trio. What could have been a break in the creative flow was the opposite since new situations also always offer new opportunities too. In Frost*s case the trio discovered new possibilities with adding different drummers to the mix, depending on the song. Fascinate by the idea the trio started to work in such a direction and found with Kaz Rodriguez (Chaka Khan, Josh Groban), Darby Todd (The Darkness, Martin Barre) and Pat Mastelotto (Mister Mister, King Crimson) three dummers, that contributed to ‘Day and Age’.

‘Day and Age’ is a product that was crafted and recorded in the pre-pandemic times. Work started in September 2019 and gained speed in January 2020. ‘Day and Age’ reflects the sophisticated sounds, prog fans appreciate from Frost* albums. The longplayer is a bit darker though which is also due to the location where the album was recorded. Close to the sea and squeezed in between a lighthouse and nuclear power-station, Frost* had to face the grey and dark season and they couldn’t cut themselves off from these circumstances. Some of these impressions found a way into the vibe of some of the songs on the album. On the other hand, these situations outside the usual can help to get creativity flowing. When it comes to ‘Day and Age’, we can state that it had a good effect.

Songs like ‘Terrestrial’ and the brisk ‘Island Life’ are excellently forged progressive rock songs. The title track and ‘Kill the Orchestra’, the latter clocking in at nine minutes, are the compositorial highlights of this album, showing the music bandwidth of Frost*. Also the heavy outbreaks in ‘Kill the Orchestra’, breaking the harmonic pattern, are well placed and create attention with the listener.

‘Day and Age’ is a record with songs, reflecting creativity and a musical vision. These eight tracks are fueled by passion for well crafted progressive rock songs that are melodic and song-focussed, with layers and twists that ensure surprises and a musical suspense.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Day And Age
  2. Terrestrial
  3. Waiting For The Lie
  4. The Boy Who Stood Still
  5. Island Life
  6. Skywards
  7. Kill The Orchestra
  8. Repeat To Fade

Label: Inside Out Music

Genre: Progressive Rock

Release Date EU: May 14th, 2021

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