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Jack Frost : Gloom Rock Asylum

Neatly and minimalistically designed and packaged, this album offers a little more than I bargained for. Its own label describes it as "a melancholy brew of sinister doom metal and tough stoner rock". Being their fourth album, Jack Frost has progressed into the realms of combining 80s gothic with 70s psychedelic rock, and numerous influences in between, leaving their self-professed classic doom roots.

As far as influences are concerned, bands such as My Dying Bride and Type O-Negative are, in my opinion, clearly distinguishable. MDB.'s influence manifests itself particularly in track 1 'Sober' with its heavy riffs and prominent, steady drum beats, not to mention the use of strings in the form of the cello. However, track 2 'You Are The Cancer' launches right into a rockish lilt, so being more reminiscent of "gothic-rock" bands such as Vasaria and perhaps even Joy Division and Bauhaus, only with a "unique sinister groove". In track 4 'In Gloom' it is worth noting for all those The Gathering fans, that the riff used comes very close to those used in 'Nighttime Birds'. Yet somehow, this album cannot be considered truly "heavy" despite its slow rhythms and heavy riffs. This is achieved through the use of lighter intervals, some of which utilise pure acoustic guitar.

The vocals throughout remain clear and despite the monotony of the style, very listenable. They lie somewhere in the crossover between those of Vasaria's vocalist, and Pete Steele's of Type O-Negative. If none of this has caught your attention yet, the album is probably worth getting hold of for the novelty value of hearing the Beach Boys' 'California Dreaming' done doom style. Yes, you read that correctly. Should you wish to get in contact with them, you can do so at fuckers@jackfrost.at.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Sober
2. You Are The Cancer
3. How Will I Sleep
4. In Gloom
5. Psychodrome
6. Sink
7. California Dreamin'
8. Beyond The Rubicon

Duration : Approx. 39 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Keti Tano
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