Review by Jack on October 16, 2002.
For such an aptly named band, how could one possibly conceive Frost to play anything but the cold, dark and heathenous black metal that Darkthrone and Burzum are famous for? Well if you guessed that “Cursed Again” is the sort of album that you would enjoy if you were a bit partial to Khold’s “Phantom” and Darkthrone’s “Plaguewielder” then you are pretty much on the money.
This is an album steeped in the icy ridden peaks of dark humanity and is void of any vibrant emotions closely associated with power metal. Frost’s many demos were called "Filthy Black Shit", and this is completely and perfect reflection of the music they play; not to mean ‘shit’ as in a derogatory term, but more useful in likening ‘shit’ to ‘stuff’. So one should read "Filthy Black Shit" as ‘Filthy Black Stuff’ for the purposes of this paragraph.
Raw drums constantly playing ‘something’ bpm backed by undecipherable vocals atop murky guitars forms the basis for “Cursed Again”. Fans of the bands Anaal Nathrakh, Aborym and Mistress will find solace that Irrumator mans the skins for Frost.
In essence my critique of “Cursed Again” is that this is the sort of album that will find instant appeals for the ‘true black metal fans’, but what is most applauding about this record is that Frost, I feel will be able to successfully deliver this brand of black metal to new metal markets. If you couldn’t abide the shit awful production of Darkthrone, but thought they had some good musical vision, then perhaps Frost is the ticket for you.
Bottom Line: Dark, frosty black metal from Frost. If you like it grim and foreboding then “Cursed Again” is an album for you. If you have an inclination towards checking out the ‘true black metal’, this is one of the best starts you could make.
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Rating: 7 out of 10