Frozen Mist Review

Frozen Mist

The Tenalach Prophecy

10 Track Album

Capcoma Studios

To be released 2nd April 2016

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Frozen Mist – Montoursville, PA USA

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/frozenmist666

Genre: Pagan Black Metal

Biography:

“Hailing from the underground of Montoursville, Pennsylvania, Frozen Mist started as a solo project by Darkj in mid-February 2004. The name Frozen Mist came about from smoking a cigarette in the cold, grim, snowy weather. Throughout the years, Darkj has been changing the sound of his music with very unique extreme dark, death and pagan black metal attributes. To this day, Frozen Mist remains as the ONLY extreme metal band in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania!”

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The Echoes of Folklore is quite far reaching as the stringed accompaniment and pan pipes seem to struggle against the tide so to speak, with the strings drowning them out, whether or not intentional is anyone’s guess, however manifesting into a tumultuous frenzy of vocal slurry a bit later on, it sends one further into a deep void of extreme metal bleakness. Its presence is littered with a kind of devilry that holds an insatiable appetite for rebellious imagination.

 

BPHSP This track finds its comfort zone very easily and forges ahead with a rousing guitar riff that collide with a solid drum beat, turning into an irresistible swagger. The rasping vocals continue to steam through the aural with a roar of emotion.

 

Ancestral Heritage with dark black angst and ambiance this track sounds perpetually menacing throwing out anger in a vocal barrage of stirring madness.

 

Triquetra again plums for pan pipes that sound off kilter while the rest of the track ambles slowly through its dark paces. Its brooding temperament is quite infectious as it reveals a dreamy melodic caress of awareness.

 

The Tenalach Prophecy the title track sees an upbeat and aggressive electric arrangement that is accentuated with bristling and startling stamina. Vocally tenacious and chilling once more. Definitely my favourite track!

 

Psithurism starts with a solid drum beat and goes on to form a hypnotic rhythmic swagger. Its predatory stance is quite addictive and hosts a slither of pan pipes once more. As the vocals kick in the track sits nestled back in its comfort zone.

 

Visions of Trepidation Holds a sultry atmosphere that is contained within its striking notes and lures you into another dream-like state. The emotional involvement is captivating and once again introduces off kilter pan pipes that add to the mystery of the track.

 

Valkyrie is attention grabbing as it sows its seeds of aggression and increasingly gathers momentum. It simply snares the ears and beats them to death.

 

Passage to Valhalla shows a melodic start to proceedings and lights the way to something a little different with well-balanced strings, however it isn’t long before the menacing vocals kick in and intimidate the aural with a blistering hunger.

 

Viking Funeral simply meanders and possesses a serene landscape of seduction. It is also melancholic as the title would suggest but also gives out a strong message.

 

 

Summary:

The Pagan attributes are well and truly stamped all over this album, as well as its black metal drama. It can change direction quite easily which shows good diversity although mainly it prefers to stay in its comfort zone, which isn’t a bad thing at all.

 

Pagan Black Metal is quite a new breed with its raw production giving off the cold and primitive vibes one would associate with the genre. The themes are mystical and cover darkness, despair, death, horror and Pagan Ancestry.

 

 

9/10

Track List:

Echoes of Folklore

BPHSP

Ancestral Heritage

Triquetra

The Tenalach Prophecy

Psithurism

Visions of Trepidation

Valkyrie

Passage to Valhalla

Viking Funeral

 

 

Members:

Darkj – Lead Vocals, Drums, Rhythm Guitar, Bass, Pagan Instruments – 2004-2014, 2014-present

Salmar – Rhythm Guitar, Back Vocals – 2015-present

Originally formed on February 14, 2004 and split up on March 1, 2014 after the release of “Paganwinds”, then after 7 months, reformed on October 1, 2014.

Jamie Orodreth Stonge

New music video 

      FROZEN MIST – B.P.H.S.P. (Official Music Video)

From the upcoming new album entitled,

THE TENALACH PROPHECY.

Capcomia

Released 8th November 2015

Reviewed By: Pagan Hel

FM

B.P.H.S.P as wrapped around the Frozen Mist Logo

Frozen Mist – Montoursville, Pennsylvania, USA

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/frozenmist666

 

Genre: Pagan Black Metal

Biography:

“Hailing from the underground of Montoursville, Pennsylvania Frozen Mist started as a solo project by Orodreth in mid-February 2004. The name Frozen Mist came about from smoking a cigarette in the cold, grim, snowy weather. Throughout the years, Orodreth has been changing the sound of his music with very unique extreme dark, death and pagan black metal attributes. To this day, Frozen Mist remains as the ONLY extreme metal band in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania!”

 

Frozen Mist returns with their 21st full length studio album, THE TENALACH PROPHECY, to be released on the Capcomia Studios underground label in spring 2016.

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It must be absolutely fantastic for a band to be the only extreme metal band around, and in their home town too, which means they have full run of everything, but it must also have its drawbacks too!

 

It is pretty common place that extreme metal only seems to be heard in some places on the planet and not admired by many it seems, unless you live in places like Finland or Sweden where it does seem to have a larger following, however, thanks to the Internet, all corners of the globe can be reached and music can be enjoyed from an arm chair, so sit back and watch this!

 

Frozen Mist’s new video reminds me of a song that is the total opposite of Pagan Black Metal and it goes “If you go down to the woods today be sure of a big surprise!” and this isn’t a dig at the band either, before someone corrects me and has a go.

 

It must be amazing to just lose yourself in those woods and be at one with nature as well as having space to record a video, with no interruptions from passer-by’s. Although coming across these three guys in the woods if not into the more extreme type of music could scare you half to death, but for me I would be in my element! – However not much chance of it happening in Liverpool that’s for sure, with its concrete jungle and scally thugs galore!

 

Pagan Black Metal is without a doubt bleak and cold, as it is intended to be. The vocals most of the time, if not always, are incoherent and dismal, but never lacking in passion or emotion, even if it is hate fuelled, but it can be a thing of beauty too and can sometimes concentrate on the forests, runes, pagan ancestry, the night, the moon, the stars and indeed the Autumn and Winter months, which for Frozen Mist hold dear as influences of their music, along with heaps of Maxwell House Master Blend coffee and Warsteiner Dunkel beer!

 

Jamie Orodreth Stonge has worked extremely hard, putting a lot into the making of Frozen Mist along with his two companions Salmar and Daeron and together have created something so dark and evil it defies its own terms.

 

It epitomises raw and emotional imagination, gets under the skin and captivates with intimidating desolate scenery that is strongly outlined in this video. Transporting the listener to new minimalist territory with rousing vocals that plead guilty for instantly making the ears bleed!

 

Even with the sun shining its golden rays, Frozen Mist manage to make their video menacing and intimidating turning the colour into  black and white and their camera angles portray an eerie atmospheric presence, backed up with some raucously deep probing rhythms and mighty earth shattering vocals – the path is now clear cut, and it’s enough to wake all the witches of a bygone era!

 

 

8.5/10

 

 

Members:

Orodreth – Lead Vocals, Drums, Guitars (Rhythm), Bass,

Salmar – Guitars (Rhythm)
Daeron – Bass

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