|Review: Frozen Hell - Rise!|
Year released: 2013
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: October 16, 2013
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Rated 3/5 (60%) (4 Votes)
Frozen Hell are a melodic death metal act hailing from Italy, and up for inspection today is their debut EP, Rise! Their sound is firmly rooted in the Gothenburg style of melodic death metal, although I'd say more in touch with the scene in its early days as opposed to the modern processed sound it would later spawn. Think earlier At The Gates and In Flames, with slivers of Children Of Bodom and even Synestesia.
Being an independent debut release the production here is, as expected, flawed. The drum sound is particularly dominant in the mix - especially the snare and kick – which whilst highlighting a good performance takes away from the guitars. Speaking of which, the guitar work is fairly good in places, and when Frozen Hell actually bust out the riffs, they're decent. The tone is unfortunately lacking, an indistinct, dime-a-dozen distortion channel. Lead guitars feature prominently here, and are certainly one of the finer aspects of the guitar work, although definitely a little indulgent and particularly weak in the vibrato department. Andrea Bertazzo's vocals are pretty good (with the exception of the last track "Until Daybreak" where he drops the ball), and he kind of reminds me of Eero Kuusisto from Finland's sadly defunct Synestesia, or even Fredrik Schälin from Anata.
I'd say the best track across the four served up here would be "Interrupted" which features some decent, bouncy riffing throughout. The vocals are good in this one, and on the whole it evokes the most reaction from me as a listener. Opener "Useless Memories" is alright too, with some blast beats and fancy riffing, nothing spectacular though. Frozen Hell aren't really on to anything new or exciting. You can find this material done better by plenty of bands, and I can assure this is nothing you haven't heard before. As such I can't really find anything else to say, or any reason to recommend this one. It's an alright EP, but unless you're a fucking big time melodic DM connoisseur you can happily look past this one.
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