Storming out of the gates of Jotunheimr and stomping through your land is Frost Giant and their upcoming offering The Harlot Star. This effort is packed with eleven total tracks that combine the likes of folk metal, heavy metal, death metal and some hardcore elements to provide you with a unique and incredibly addicting sound. Frost Giant has an innate ability to suck you in to their album and captivate you for an eternity. Each of the eleven tracks that appear on this release are just as good as the others and just as memorable and intoxicating as the others as well. Even the interlude tracks are well done and help progress the album and sew everything together nicely.
The likes of each of the genres that Frost Giant has sewn together work so well together all throughout this release. Never does a track stumble over itself and never does one particular genre or element take control as each genre works in harmony to provide you with a wonderfully crafted and unforgettable sound. Frost Giant balances each unique piece that they draw from each genre they incorporate in to their brand of heavy metal so well. Each track is a seamless sonic display of powerful and incredibly memorable heavy metal. Through and through, The Harlot Star is an album to behold as you are presented with eleven frost bitten tracks that stick to you much like frost bite.
As a whole, The Harlot Star is a melodic, catchy and highly memorable record that won’t soon leave your mind. Before you know it, each track is imprinted on your brain and before you realize it you will be singing along belting out each track as they roll along. Through each track the musicianship is on point and the vocals that transition between troll like growls and wonderful clean vocals are well, wonderful. The atmosphere that accompanies each track is frosty, inviting and oh so well incorporated providing you with an ambient, atmospheric and incredibly captivating listen. Once you press play you will have a hard time pulling yourself away from your speakers.
Even when Frost Giant wanders in to the longer passages at the end of their release, they never overstay their welcome and they never feel longer than they should be. Tracks eight, nine and ten are ten, six and eight minutes respectively, and throughout their run times you are mystified and captivated. Frost Giant weaves these tracks together so well never making you feel as though you are listening to lengthier tracks. For their run times all you can do is fall straight in to the songs and let Frost Giant take your mind on wondrous atmospheric trips through frost covered forests where giants roam and wander.
The Harlot Star is a great release, one that will please the ears of death metal and folk metal fans alike. Each track on this release is really solid and even if your listen count gets up in to the double digits, this album still holds fast and steady and never gets boring or old. This is a beast of a record, and a great one at that.
The Harlot Star will be released January 19. 2018 through Transcending Records.
Check out the official music video for Prisoner of the Past below!
Links to follow:
Frost Giant Facebook
Frost Giant Bandcamp
Transcending Records Official Website