on 8 December 2007
This is such a superb album.
Most fans of early Enslaved praise the debut or Eld.
I think this album is the best. It is so angry and hateful. The blastbeats and the buzzsaw guitars are among the best in Black metal.
Keyboards are kept to a minimum, along with other atmospheric elements, but they are still present and captivating, but embued with the energy of the onslaught of blastbeats.
There is one folky track to give one a brief rest before the machine-gun attack begins again.
The final track 'Isolders Droning' is absolutely haunting.
on 16 November 2002
For whatever reason, Frost has not been the easiest of Enslaved albums for me to appreciate. Of course, this isn't the sort of music that tends to allow for easy initial listens. On the first four tracks, the intensity level never lets up on iota, which means if you want a little breathing room in your music, you ain't getting it. "Yggdrasil" is the first track to let up and explore the band's infamous "Viking" metal leanings. Enslaved, however, does have a signature sound that sets them apart from nearly every other band that has ever emerged from Norway. The guitars have a certain chromatic edge to them, as well as having one of the better (read: faster) drummers of the scene in Trym Torson (who has gone off to bigger things with Emperor). Frost is something that has a lot going on within the chaotic assault of music, but give yourself a handful of listens before it will become comfortable.