The beginnings of Finland's Jack The Frost go back to 2009 when members of Requiem and Silent Voices performed live the entirety of Helloween's Keeper Of The Seven Keys part II. And that will give you a clue to the band's musical direction.
Fool To Be Cool, a four song EP, is basically European melodic power metal in the tradition of Helloween, Gammaray, and others. Typically fast and bristling along, JtF keeps the pace brisk, enlarging it with hefty amounts of riffage and some nice guitar solos from Timo Kauppinen and Arto Räisälä, though I'm not sure which one or both do the solos. These could actually be the best part of the album as, generally, the band isn't offering anything new or novel to the genre. Vocalist and bass player, Jouni Nikula, is bit of a screamer, singing clean, he sounds nearly the same throughout, which makes him ordinary.
While not dismissing their enthusiasm or skill in crafting power metal, which is good, 'ordinary' or 'expected' may best describe Jack The Frost. Expectations for improvement on a full-length album will be high. Until then, for most, you might want to revisit Helloween's Keeper Of The Seven Keys part II instead.
While not dismissing their enthusiasm or skill in crafting power metal, which is good, 'ordinary' or 'expected' may best describe Jack The Frost.
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