‘Crowned In Frost’ is the new album from Frozen Crown, coming a year after the very successful debut ‘The Fallen King’, which gave the band huge media exposure (over one million views for the single ‘Kings’ and two and a half million views for the 4 singles collectively) and brought a deal with international booking agency Nine Lives Entertainment amongst many other accomplishments.
FROZEN CROWN - Forever (Official Lyric Video)
By minimizing the Symphonic Metal element of the band’s sound (which the first album displayed only partially), mastermind and songwriter Federico Mondelli amplified the Classic/Heavy and Power Metal components. ‘Crowned In Frost’ is in fact an aggressive and monolithic album from the very beginning, still keeping the listener engaged with its rich sound and wide variety of songs, including instrumental interludes and outstanding female vocals, brought to life by talented Giada “Jade” Etro.
FROZEN CROWN - Neverending (Official Video)
As with the first album, Federico wrote the music and recorded all guitars and keyboards (being an all-round artist he designed the beautiful artwork as well), whilst the drum parts were arranged by drummer Alberto Mezzanotte. Lyrics are once again the result of the joint efforts of Giada and Federico. Production duties have been handled by Andrea Fusini.
This past week I was giving Frozen Crown’s The Fallen King my dozenth or so spin as I was handling a particularly annoying clean-up report at my other office job. Typically, when faced with such an irksome task, I like to listen to fast music of either the aggressive or uplifting variety; either emotional response triggered by the conflicting styles will do the trick to kick my ass into work-mode. This particular go-round with Frozen Crown struck me, as it handily enabled both responses. And really, I don’t feel like this record’s duality should work. It’s roughly two-thirds power metal and one-third melodeath, and the two genres don’t blend so much as they co-exist awkwardly alongside each other. Yet work it fucking does as a varied, high-speed platter of melodic metal, and despite a couple of slight misfires, it’s one of the most exciting power metal debuts I’ve heard in the past couple of years.
Frozen Crown’s promo sheet compares them to Sonata Arctica and Wintersun, which I suppose is accurate insofar as there’s notable influence from Finnish power metal and melodic death metal acts. But this would hardly be telling half the story; FC also notably borrows from the heavy power metal sound of Unleash the Archers (“Kings”), Swedish melodeath acts such as Amon Amarth (“I Am the Tyrant”) and Skyfire (“Queen of Blades”), and accessible modern metal a la Nightwish (“To Infinity,” “Across the Sea”). These influences rarely fuse into a cohesive whole as a likely symptom of severe debut-itis, but Frozen Crown is so damn good at everything they try that I never once cared about the lack of internal consistency. The fantastic vocal hooks and reliably solid melodeath riffs tie together and sell the overall package so successfully that it’s hard to think of any metal fan who wouldn’t find at least one thing to love about The Fallen King.
That being said, a couple of tracks act as speed bumps that’ll likely bar most listeners from loving The Fallen King front to back. “Chasing Lights” works as a nice, atmospheric and baroque influenced interlude for its first couple of minutes, but as it stretches on to a full five minutes in length, it becomes quickly evident that this is merely a glorified intro to the excellent “Queen of Blades” that’s actually thirty seconds longer than the track proper. “Across the Sea,” meanwhile, is notably inferior to the other instance of Nightwish-core, sporting pretty vocals yet possessing the bare minimum required for a metal composition from an instrumental standpoint. Don’t let these cuts dissuade you if you’re even slightly interested in the rest of what Frozen Crown has to offer, but just know that they may result in a pair of frequently skipped tracks.
Power Metal will visit this summer Vigo, Salamanca and Jaén by the hand of the Italians FROZEN CROWN Frozen Crown arrives this summer in Spain to unload its modern Power Metal and with a female voice in various parts of the peninsula.
The origination of Frozen Crown is in Italy only a few years ago, in 2017. Since then they have not stopped growing by leaps and bounds and with two discs in the market they have already made it clear that you can count on them to champion Power MEtal of the next years.
His latest work is "Crowned In Frost", which has given them very good specialized reviews and they have also shown in their live shows, all over the world, what they can do.
This summer they will be participating in the Rock En Femenino Festival de Jaén, and taking advantage of their visit, they will also pass through the cities of Vigo and Salamanca. In these cities, will be accompanied by Prima Nocte, Galician band released in October last year, his new album "Oniric" and those who could speak a few months ago in a juicy interview .
Dates of FROZEN CROWN concerts in Spain in 2020
Thursday, August 27- Vigo- Transylvania Pub Friday, August 28- Salamanca- Nave Bunker Saturday, August 29- Torredonjimeno (Jaén)
Some footage I filmed during three concerts of Frozen Crown's first tour in Germany (Munich, Augsburg, Aschaffenburg). I hope it will serve as a great memory to the fans who were there. Anybody who missed the tour will make sure to come next time after watching this, I presume!
FAQ: "Why no complete songs?" Because you have the studio albums for that, and in better quality, and why should I leave some shaky crappy pics in just to make it longer? All the best material is in here from 3 memorable evenings :-)