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Frost: Experiments In Mass Appeal

Frost: Experiments In Mass Appeal

Progressive Rock
Rating: 4.0/5.0

'Experiments In Mass Appeal' is an interesting new release from English prog rockers Frost. Although this is the band's third release, it is the first Frost for me. The band is most usually likened to Dream Theatre, probably for the way their songs are structured, but they aren't nearly as technical as Dream Theatre. I'd put them somewhere between DT and their fellow countrymen Threshold.

The usual progressive compliments can be made about 'Experiments In Mass Appeal' - blistering fretwork, complicated song structures, thought provoking lyrics, etc, etc. Frost also manages to pushes the bar a bit by experimenting with fresh and different sounds and effects, such as what can be heard on 'Welcome To The Family.'

While this one scores big points for musicianship, songwriting, and originality, it has to loose points for production. I found myself adjusting the equalizer mid-song as some of these tracks (especially the first two) switch back and forth between the intricate, delicate moments and the heavy rocking parts. I might not have the best stereo equipment available, but I tried it on multiple systems with the same result. Call me lazy, but I'd rather not have to put forth that effort while listening to music. Even so, these are all good songs that I'd love to see performed live and I'd recommend 'Experiments In Mass Appeal' to all prog lovers.

In Short

While this one scores big points for musicianship, songwriting, and originality, it has to loose points for production ... Even so, these are all good songs that I'd love to see performed live and I'd recommend 'Experiments In Mass Appeal' to all prog lovers.

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