Kurt Vereecke's Frozen Project has been on the market for several months now. After listening to the tracks on his web site, I knew I had to secure a copy of it somehow. Mr. Vereecke's history in the AOR and melodic rock genre goes back nearly 25 years. I won't attempt to summarize his history here; it's been covered by other review sites and you can learn more on the Frozen Rain web site. Suffice to say that Vereecke is steeped in 80's AOR/melodic rock being influenced by Journey, Toto, Loverboy and a host of others. So, the Frozen Rain project is the fruit of his history and influence though the actual formation only began in 2001. His project was picked up by the fledgling German label Avenue Of Allies Music.
To say that Vereecke is a master of all things AOR and melodic is a huge understatement. The whole album oozes with great melodies, terrific vocal arrangements, and talented guitar and keyboard work. A host of talent contributed to the project, more than 20 players are found in the credits. The music easily moves back and forth between melodic rockers ('On The Run' and 'Waiting For You'), smooth AOR ('Wire Of Love') and stirring ballads ('My Heart Believes It's True'). There's no single lead vocalist on this work, many people fill the role. Unfortunately, this adds a bit of inconsistency to the work and so it's only flaw. Otherwise, the whole album is a pleasing rush of melodic rock. My favorite songs were 'On The Run,' 'Your Love (I Want It All),' and 'Waiting For You,' all which turn to the more melodic rock side.
Kurt Vereecke's Frozen Rain has been well received by many as it should be. It's the culmination of a vision by a man who knows his craft. Lovers of melodic rock and AOR should pick this album up immediately. Very recommended.
- Craig Hartranft
Kurt Vereecke's Frozen Rain project is result of more than 25 years of inspiration and experience in melodic rock. The work is dynamic and fulfilling and so this has been too long a time to wait for this compelling project. Let's hope for more.