First Signs Of Frost
Atlantic


3.5
great

Review

by Nu Metal USER (28 Reviews)
November 28th, 2010 | 59 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An impressive debut.

Every once in a while I catch wind of a band getting a lot of hype and praise in the community. I heard UK quintet First Signs Of Frost through a dear friend of mine and she recommended that I listened to them, so I picked up their debut album titled Atlantic. Does the praise about this band really match their musicianship? Yes and No.

FSOF bring a ton of freshness to the table with this release. The vocalist shows a ton of competence and strength in the opening song titled “Through The Exterior” which blows open the door of the album with medial progressive chugging done right matched with the soothing voice of Dan Tompkins. This goes straight into a melodic interlude towards the middle of the song for a bit but then goes right back into the driving guitars. The drumming is consistent and on time displaying a ton of avidity on this side. This combination of explosive progression hooking into interludes then hooking back into explosive progression and/or vice versa is a recurring theme in the album, but remains fresh with every song. I only had one question lingering in my head at some parts “where’s the bass?”

The album completely stops its progressive pace at a piano ballad that shares the title of the album. Overall, this song is quite pleasant, its piano interlude is done to perfection while Tompkins provides a soothing and quite chilling vocal accompaniment reciting “We’d wait for hell to freeze over before we even try to make a change,” this song for some may feel out of place.

Following the softest songs comes one of the heaviest and the best titled “Sing Sing Ain’t My Style” which opens with a chaotic blend of blast beats, tapping guitars, and shouting displaying a rawness comparable to that of The Chariot. This chaos continues throughout the song and ends once again with a melodic interlude. The final song concludes with the same pattern as all the songs.

Overall, this prog-Post Hardcore quintet absolutely displays a ton of promise, but could do with a bit of work. One thing in particular would to stray away from the heavy to melodic to back to heavy pattern in every song as this can become quite monotonous, and add a little bit more variety to the songs. With time, this band can become better and better if they work from this impressive debut.

Pros
Great voice
Great guitar work
Great song structures

Cons
Would love to hear more bass
Would love to hear more screams
The heavy to interlude to heavy changes can be quite tiring after a few listens.

Best Songs
Sing Sing Aint My Style
Through The Exterior
The Saviour



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EyeForAnEye
November 28th 2010


1705 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

6th review, be nice fellows.

chiggles
November 28th 2010


76 Comments


So... is this another run of the mill post-hardcore group.. or am I expecting something different?

EyeForAnEye
November 28th 2010


1705 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A little bit of both.

Kevbot56
November 28th 2010


8 Comments


This band is pretty cool. Was hoping someone would review this eventually

MassiveAttack
November 28th 2010


2688 Comments


Congratulations on the feature buddy

fr33convict
November 28th 2010


11703 Comments


I read the second sentence a few times before i realized it said "dear" not "deaf". Great review. Pos'd. Will listen.

EyeForAnEye
November 28th 2010


1705 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks guys.

As I read more about these guys I learned their frontman departed with them a few months back and have been sort of inactive with facebook/myspace updates but they're promising new material despite the member departure.

I really hope they keep going through with it.

chiggles
November 28th 2010


76 Comments


I agree with you on the needs more screams part. I definitely think these guys need more exposure. Pos'd.

chiggles
November 28th 2010


76 Comments


I agree with you on the needs more screams part. I definitely think these guys need more exposure. Pos'd.

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
November 28th 2010


6201 Comments


EyeForAnEye what show is that picture from

EyeForAnEye
November 28th 2010


1705 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Its from lil' bill hahaha

EyeForAnEye
November 28th 2010


1705 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I agree Chiggles, it needs more screams and on top of that much more Bass.

But I seriously am intrigued by these guys.

fabzn
November 28th 2010


86 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

some of the songs i like, but they do remind me of other bands. still given em a chance

Josh D.
November 29th 2010


13972 Comments


Sampled some tracks; sounds slightly run of the mill as far as their style goes.

Apollo
November 29th 2010


10373 Comments


congrats on the feature

MrSenior
November 29th 2010


212 Comments


^ What Apollo said.

Good review. I'm really digging the stuff on their myspace, def has an old FFAF or lostprophets vibe with a dash of proggy goodness.

Blind
November 29th 2010


427 Comments


1.) Is this the same Dan Tompkins as TesseracT?
2.) If yes, do you know if he's a full time member of both bands?

Lempard
November 29th 2010


26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

1.) Is this the same Dan Tompkins as TesseracT?
2.) If yes, do you know if he's a full time member of both bands?


Yes, no.


Kevbot56
November 29th 2010


8 Comments


I kinda get the feeling that this is what Bullet For My Valentine would sound like if they didn't have vaginas

Desolator
November 29th 2010


191 Comments


From what I've heard, this is going to be my favourite album for a while if I get my hands on it



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