Release DetailsLABEL PsychoAcoustix Records
RELEASED ON 2/3/2007
Frost Like Ashes
posted on 6/2007 By:
The Christian Cradle of Filth? Maybe that’s oversimplifying things. But when Frost Like Ashes brandish a vocalist who shrieks like Dani Filth, litter their music with atmospheric keyboard, and settle for a thin production a la Cruelty and the Beast, it seems these Americans are intentionally copying the long-running Brits. Due to the symphonic nature of Tophet, comparisons to early Dimmu Borgir are warranted, too. However, because FLA replicate other bands and offer only a mediocre take on the style, Tophet can be deemed a weak outing that most black metallers should rightfully dismiss.
Opening number “A Terrible Visitation” utilizes a galloping pace off and on, but when the shrieks and synthesizers enter, the focal point shifts between the two in true Cradle of Filth fashion. Thankfully, deeper growls do indeed appear, as do spoken word vocals, and give the listener respite from the usual banshee wails. “Desecrator” and “Of Spirit and Power” are mere echoes of “A Terrible Visitation,” though the beginning of “Nightfall’s Cold Kiss” genuinely recalls Enthrone Darkness Triumphant-era Dimmu Borgir, which is attributable to the keyboard’s tone. If anything, Frost Like Ashes prove competent musicians. The drums often match the other instruments in a rhythmical sense, and those collaborative efforts make for a few well-played passages. Still, “Execution by Fire,” “Shattered Gods,” and “Lord of Darkness” don’t accomplish much in the way of saving grace, as each is a standard, mediocre affair.
Frost Like Ashes have certainly made it difficult on themselves by not only being affiliated with Christianity, but also by mirroring Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir too closely for the similarities to be labeled coincidental. Whether or not they’re attempting to ride the coattails of units that have traded street cred for commercial success, Tophet is simply an imitator that doesn’t achieve much of anything. While it won’t irk fans of the above-mentioned, it certainly won’t convince them to trade in their secular swag unless they’re looking for a moral alternative. Even so, no thanks.
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