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Review: Frostfall - Dark Torments/Beyond the Dusk
Dark Torments/Beyond the Dusk

Label: Final Earthbeat Productions
Year released: 2010
Duration: 42:54
Tracks: 17
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: August 12, 2010
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
Dark Torments/Beyond the Dusk

Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (3 Votes)

Never trust your first impression, well, not always I should say! I was not impressed by this album at first, but with given time and spins, it sinks in quite nicely now. FrostFall is a one Frenchman act who appeared in the underground crypt way back in 1996. From 1998 FrostFall (cool name by the way) released a string of demos. Signed in 2009 to Italian label Final Earthbeat Productions, this act is officially releasing its demos.

You will have to tune in, so to speak, to FrostFall's sound, which is in pure demo style, in order to get the most of what was recorded. This is raw, distortion galore and fast black metal. The atmosphere is cold and somewhat depressive. The drumming is buried in the mix. The raspy vocals of this fellow are just great and ghostly, suiting very well the mood of the music. You can't understand anything he's saying, but it's ok. This haunted soundtrack came with clean guitar work and some keyboards too, so it is not simply pure hellish rawness and the harmonies are pleasantly present as well. A couple instrumentals add a calmer touch with clean arpeggios. On "An Oath to the Eternal Oath", a folksy tune is even showing up. Beyond the Dusk is nicely building from Dark Torment and has a better sound production. It contains more instrumentals with cleaner guitar work and the keyboards are more prominently haunting the sound structure. I noticed that the drums were more kicking (drum machines?) and the overall sound was crunchier. I personally preferred Beyond the Dusk with more haunting tunes like "Intro/A Dark Whisper", "My Soul is no More", "Winters...", "The Freezing Winds of Torments", "Nocturnal" and my favorite composition, "Beyond the Dusk". Dark Torments has also its dark moments with "To the Weirdness", "In Oath to Eternal Dusk" and "Enter Majesty".

I'm looking forward to listening more of FrostFall's hauntingness.

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