Frigoris
Wind


5.0
classic

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (198 Reviews)
May 28th, 2013 | 91 replies


Release Date: 06/06/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sometimes, there comes a record that will just blow you away...

There comes a time where those who perceive must question the idealism found in “beauty”. Is it a rose, a glistening sunrise on a picturesque beach or the deep rumble of an American muscle car? Everybody has an opinion that will differ from the next. This extends into, “how is it beautiful?” Rather than focusing on the simpler but unjustified, “yes it is a work of beauty”. More often than not, people are going to see things in completely different ways which in turn transcends the norm of a yes or no subject matter. As time moves on and those making these choices have seen more, it becomes harder to pick the single perfect rose in a vibrant and well-kept rose garden, but the search goes on because of its simple existence. There is not much to achieve by continuing a search for perfection, it’s hard to come by, but once found – well, it’s perfect. Take the example of nature; green, tranquil, harsh, lush a whole host of adjectives will come to mind. Enter Frigoris’ Wind mid-way through 2013 and all of those same adjectives play a part in describing just what the album is.

Wind is a swirling contrast of elegance and intensity, culminating in a spectacular display of musical ingenuity combined with a higher sense of melancholy, which gives life to the atmospheric black metal genre by relying on the genre’s most natural elements. If there was one album released in a modern setting that would surpass the genre’s fathers, Frigoris have created it. Crafting folk-y melodies and acoustic sections with crushing chords and furious, yet even paced double bass drum work might not seem that much out of the ordinary these days, yet Frigoris’ 2013 record pushes past the stereotypes, giving life to these ‘apparently’ done before soundscapes. In fact, it’s the layering of the album that allows each and every part from the clean female croons to the dark, screeching male shrieks to take hold, but the vocals are far from the only interesting aspect of this release. It may take more than a single listen to hear all the “background” of sounds. Underneath the tremolo notes and ringing chords, lies a distinct but subtle melody, harmonising with both the instrumental aspect of the album and of the vocals which weave and float towards the next passage. Wind fails to drag at any point. At just under a fair fifty minutes, each track holds the interest of the listener without dulling the effect Wind will have. Then again, this may not be for your ‘conventional, casual listener’. The lyrics often cross languages and the track lengths are a little longer than your radio hit, but music like this wasn’t made for the radio, it’s too rich and too vibrant, not to be watered down. It is unfair however that only a certain amount of people will be graced with the chance to listen to this, not because of its availability, but its quality. It’s intimidating to think that this sort of melancholy can be tied together so well with intensely, aggressive themes and at the same time not forcing any of the elements.

Frigoris is a long way from the band’s pagan metal beginnings found in the debut, (Dominik Winter in 2007). Wind is a culmination of sorts for an act that is not about to stop growing. It takes a lot of work to be perfect; however Wind remains a true form of “beauty”. It may not be the elusive perfect “rose” or the sense of satisfaction when something goes right when you really need it to. Instead, Frigoris’ beauty comes in the form of a musical dominance that exceeds the expectations of the listener and the rest of the genre. If the listener doesn’t fully understand all the layering and the deep lyricism, you should only listen again or risk missing out completely. Wind is more than worth the time to sit, enjoy and be swept away in this melancholic display of intense natural beauty. Sure there may be enough of the stereotypical soundscapes to please the genre’s die-hard fans, but look further and experience one of modern metal’s finest offerings. This album is an expansive display of talent, and has every right to be.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 27th 2013


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Originally here: http://wp.me/p3pYpS-BG

Forgive the wordplay

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 27th 2013


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks dude, good luck getting your hands on the album until June tho

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 27th 2013


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Chances are you won't find it, HDR gifted me with a gift

pizzamachine
May 27th 2013


12572 Comments


Why are you so good at reviewing? Stop it!

RenegaDrifter
May 27th 2013


203 Comments


Neat! A late B-Day gift to myself :D

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 27th 2013


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It honestly almost took me three whole weeks to even begin the words for this. I think HDR is my second fave label.

Gyromania
May 27th 2013


16116 Comments


lol that summary.

all right, so... this review. not going to lie, this was kind of pretentious and nonsensical.

There comes a time where those who perceive must question the idealism found in “beauty”.

Wind is a swirling contrast of elegance and intensity, culminating in a spectacular display of musical ingenuity combined with a higher sense of melancholy

longer than your radio hit, but music like this wasn’t made for the radio, it’s too rich and too vibrant, not to be watered down.


that last one in particular is just such a random and irrelevant jab at radio music. it's a tangent but it also doesn't make a lot of sense. there's PLENTY of good music on the radio.



NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 28th 2013


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

there's PLENTY of good music on the radio.


Sorry Matt, you must be blessed with decent radio stations and more importantly quality artists on the air. Me, I'm not so lucky - the jab was intentional.

What issue are you pointing out in the bold dude?


fireaboveicebelow
May 28th 2013


6837 Comments


Sometimes, there comes a review that will just blow you away... like a bad fart, and this is one of them.

There comes a time where those who perceive must question the idealism found in “beauty”.


Those who perceive? You mean conscious beings? Like, any human? Also, pretty sure the time to question such things has been perpetual for a long while now. The whole first paragraph is inutile; a person who is actually in touch with nature sees the beauty in all the roses, there is not one perfect rose which attains a million adjectives.

higher sense of melancholy
Melancholy doesn't deal with high places, and tacking on 'sense' doesn't make it sound like the somberness of enlightenment.

It may take more than a single listen to hear all the “background” of sounds.
Is it background or isn't it? And why is there an 'of' here? The sounds don't have their own background.

Then again, this may not be for your ‘conventional, casual listener’. The lyrics often cross languages and the track lengths are a little longer than your radio hit, but music like this wasn’t made for the radio, it’s too rich and too vibrant, not to be watered down. It is unfair however that only a certain amount of people will be graced with the chance to listen to this, not because of its availability, but its quality. It’s intimidating...
Look up intimidating for one. The rest of this sounds extremely haughty; I hate the radio but you make it sound like professional assholery.

however Wind remains a true form of “beauty”. It may not be the elusive perfect “rose” or the sense of satisfaction when something goes right when you really need it to.
Stop putting things in quotes, especially after using the phrase "true form," which was never defined in the first place. And if it isn't your perfect rose then why is it a 5/5? Perfectly flawed? C'mon.

Sure there may be enough of the stereotypical soundscapes
Stereotypical now? I think you're trying to say familiar atmosphere, but using the word stereotypical heavily conflicts with the rest of your rhetoric.

This album is an expansive display of talent, and has every right to be.
These two clauses have absolutely no relation to one another.

Gyromania
May 28th 2013


16116 Comments


dude the radio plays everything. sounds like you're just tuning in to top 40. trust me, the radio plays a lot of your favourite bands.

as for the 'higher sense of melancholy,' it sounds kind of lame.

Eclecticist
May 28th 2013


3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

do they even have radio stations in Timmins? lol hey matt

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 28th 2013


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Those who perceive? You mean conscious beings? Like, any human? Also, pretty sure the time to question such things has been perpetual for a long while now.


Sigh, how hard is it for people to read something just that little bit different? Or we could just change it to "the listener will hear this section, and it will make them feel good about the album".

Melancholy doesn't deal with high places,


Fair enough, but melancholy is subject to quality (like, in a review) where higher = positive and lower = negative. It's simple, really.

Stereotypical now? I think you're trying to say familiar atmosphere


Nup,

These two clauses have absolutely no relation to one another.


They do, but it's probably a little vague at this point.


Eclecticist
May 28th 2013


3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I thought this review was well written pos... oh wait, right you're a contributor now.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 28th 2013


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Lol thanks Josh, how's the weather?

Eclecticist
May 28th 2013


3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Windy m/

bakkermaarten007
May 28th 2013


3692 Comments


It's quite nice.

MO
May 28th 2013


19086 Comments


fireabove laying it down

mikeoldboy
May 28th 2013


4 Comments


Album is up for NYP on the record labels band camp, good stuff.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 28th 2013


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fireabove laying it down


And missing completely...

Album is up for NYP on the record labels band camp, good stuff.


Shouldn't be, unless HDR is running some sort of promo stunt lol

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
May 28th 2013


20166 Comments


"there's PLENTY of good music on the radio"

ummmmm..........

Digging: Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050



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