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The Face of the New Wave of American Death Metal - 95%

GreogianChant, January 12th, 2021
Written based on this version: 2021, CD, Century Media Records (Digipak)

The year of our lord 2021 has been quite a year already. With the current rise in political tension, many may need to break away from the madness with some music. Many metal fans like you and I were pleasantly awaiting that break away with Frozen Soul's "Crypt of Ice', which is a thirty-nine minute onslaught of some of the best death metal to come out in the last few years, and dare I say these guys may in fact be the face of this new wave of American death metal.

Frozen Soul brings a flavor of death metal that is very reminiscent of Bolt Thrower, but also calls back to other scenes within the genre. The track Merciless is a prime example a track that pays homage to the early slam death metal bands out of New York like Internal Bleeding, and while it isn't a full on slam death metal song per say, there are notable elements like the slam riff at the half way point in the song that call back to that type of style from the 90's. Even the intro song Crypt of Ice starts off with a proto-slam riff before nose diving into these monstrous old school Bolt Thrower-style riffs.

Another notable aspect is while this all may seem familiar to the ear, the atmosphere the album offers up is definitely one that is unique and cold as hell. The riffs all around have this icey tone to them that you wouldn't be able to find on any other release. The vocals as well compliment these riffs as well by being drenched in this reverb that makes it feel like Chad Green is belting out the lyrics from an Antarctic cave. The drumming is also extremely tight as well and isn't just an onslaught of blast beats. There are sections throughout the album that give the atmosphere a death/doom feel that call back to early Paradise Lost and Rippikoulu demos. And when they aren't going insane on the blasts or melancholic with the slow tempos, the drums go back and forth at points between skank beats and awesome fills and drum solos that don't feel out of place. The only problem may be that on certain tracks that the drums and the instrumentals may become a little one note as you get deeper and deeper into the track list.

Despite the issues that are miniscule in nature, Frozen Soul offers up a helping of reasons as to why they're a band to keep looking out for in this era of death metal that brings back older sounds and styles. You can't get any better than this.