CD REVIEW: Frostbite - Everything that I Crave
by: Cyrus Rhodes
"best Frostbite to date"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
Artist: Frostbite (Chris Compton)
CD: Everything that I Crave
Label: Independent Artist
Heavy Progressive Metal, Gothic Rock, Hard Rock, Electronica based Death Metal
The Name of Blasphemy, Lullaby, Until Your Tears, Death of a Freind
(ATLANTA, GA) Christopher Lee Compton is no stranger to the Gothic Rock movement. Writing and performing for more than two decades, the time has come to be heard again. Valentine and Other Stories of Hope drew its first breath in late 2009 with the mournful Valentine. As Valentine neared completion, an overwhelming desire to continue was born. This painful, dark and, at times, hauntingly beautiful compilation of tracks are the fruits of that desire. Clawing, tearing, screaming, scratching, ripping through my skin."More appropriate words could not have been written to describe the creation of this album.The dark inspirations that find their way into Christopher Lee Compton's songwriting ensure that Frostbite will turn heads in gothic rock, metal and industrial communities worldwide.
The CD methodically takes off with apocalyptic ”Nightmare” a striking low end prelude statement that sets the stage rather way for this catalogue of music and leads you by the hand into Track 2 ”The Name of Blasphemy” .This piece hits hard with its thrashing rock rhythm, thunderous guitar riffs/chords, amazing solo guitar and catchy metal core vocal delivery from Compton and company. Track 3 "Lullaby” delivers more of the same raw intensity that slams your ears into submission with its thought provoking lyrical content, impressive vocal ambience and overall apocalyptic melody line. The CD doesn’t let up - with Track 4 “Reach Out” is an interesting piece with melodic guitar, dynamic vocal intensity from Compton that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition via an amazing finale. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from Queensryche on steroids, Metallica, Sentenced, Charon, The Man Eating Tree, Type O’ Negative, Fields of the Nephilim and Entwine. I can also hear traces of Geoff Tate and Jonathan Davis (Korn) as a possible vocal influence. It definitely has the electro-metal feel to it. I will add that this is one composer that has carved out a unique niche for himself within their unique fusion of sound. The music has everything you would expect from a true gothic metal CD but sounds fresh and new. The musical style refuses to be pinned into submission. The predominantly Baritone vocals work surprisingly well, especially paired with harmonies. The guitar playing is dark, mysterious and hot to the touch. Some of the orchestral accents, harmonies and theatrical production touches are impressive and borderline brilliant. The songs themselves are reckless, progressive and packed to the hilt with raw intensity and lyrical content straight from the crypt keeper. Compton’s vocal style works with respect to this style of music with its stereotypical jagged edge delivery. What I like most about the music is its intensity, intellectualism and consistency. Compton also does a pretty good job at presenting intellectually stimulating visuals and thought provoking lyrics and subject matter throughout making this a thinking man’s Metal. A lot of behind the scenes work went into this production from Compton. Like a heavy weight boxer the songs keep coming at you one after the other - with no sign of letting up. All engineering aspects check out. CD has think low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity. From methodical “Everything I Crave” to hypnotic “Until Your Tears” to rocking “Lies” to heartfelt “Afterlife Mine” and “Death of a Friend” this CD pretty much has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with bonus Track 10 "Venus in Furs)" the perfect finale statements for a CD of this caliber.
All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. Compton needs to trim off say 15% of the fat from his songs and shorten some of intros a bit.
The latest CD "Everything that I Crave" from Frostbite (Chris Compton) is his best Frostbite to date. It's a rock solid and consistent musical statement from down in Atlanta. Its strength – the impressive songwriting, musical ambience and dark theatrics and overall dark theatrical intensity that keeps coming at you song for song. The messages are dark, though provoking, intense and may cause your ears, mind, body and soul to freeze solid. Prepare for the Freeze again.