ENSLAVED — Frost (review)

ENSLAVED — Frost album cover Album · 1994 · Black Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3/5 ·
bonnek
Frost is a step up from the debut. It still starts very symphonic with a typical orchestral intro, but on the remainder of the album, we find Enslaved experimenting with more progressive tendencies, meaning tempo changes, complex song structures and even a few quiet moments. On top of that the album is a huge blast of energy that is almost never lets down and is nevertheless varied enough to keep your attention throughout its entire course.

Unfortunately the production substandard and will crush all possible enjoyment out of this music. Luckily Enslaved would return to this formula with the more accomplished but equally furious Blodhemn. The only track of interest for the casual listener might be the morose pagan folk song Yggdrasil.

Full of potential but not entirely satisfying in execution, 3.5 stars will have to do.
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