ENSLAVED: Frost LP (ltd. edition blue 180g vinyl, gatefold sleeve with metallic logo & text)
ENSLAVED: Frost LP
Special reissue, blue 180g vinyl with gatefold sleeve and metallic embossed text, plus paper inner sleeve and PVC overbag. Superb edition from Osmose.
Frost was originally released in late 1994, making it the band’s second album release in that year, following debut full-length Vikingligr Veldi. Despite retaining the use of synths – immediately obvious thanks to the mood-building introduction – as well as some clean vocals and guitars, this is a much more stripped-down album, with a far rawer, guitar-focussed sound. There are definite nods back to Hordanes Land with some of the black thrash riffing and vitriol-soaked assault, and the passionate, high-paced percussion is pushed to the fore in some songs, making for an exhilarating and violent experience.
Indeed, given how sophisticated and civilised the band are today, it’s easy to forget just how much attitude they could spit out in their early days. Intentionally icy-sounding as a nod to the title and concept, the minimal but twisting songs aptly hint at harsh northern winters and battles in the snow, and the riffs are decidedly cold, harsh and direct. Obvious nods to Bathory inspirations and Viking themes periodically surface, with clean solemn vocals and acoustic guitars and lyrics deeply entrenched in Norse mythology. Nevertheless, this is high quality Scandinavian black metal played unashamedly straight, with few frills.
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[Item type: Black metal vinyl]