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Tophet

by Frost Like Ashes

Frost Like Ashes is Death Metal at it's heaviest; Black Metal at it's most glorious; and melds it all together into a cacophony both beautiful and cruel.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Black Metal
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1. A Terrible Visitation
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2. Desecrator
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3. Of Spirit and Power
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4. Nightfall's Cold Kiss
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5. A Cruel Verse
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6. Crucifixion
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7. Execution By Fire
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8. Shattered Gods
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9. Lord Of Darkness
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10. Bonus Track
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Spring of 2001 saw the birth of a vision and a band. The keeper of the vision, Sebat. the band, Frost Like Ashes. Though Sebat had experience in bands such as World Funeral and Coven as vocalist, he would begin this musical manifestation on guitar. Joining forces with Syntyche on Bass, Azahel (formerly of Possession) on Vocals, and eventually, Adonijah (formerly of Possession and Steadfast) on Drums and Keys, Sebat and crew had recorded 4 songs by 2002. "Immortals" had more than 1100 downloads in the first few months of its release. "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" was featured on the compilation entitled "A Brutal Christmas". "Adorers of Blood" was released on a British compilation called "Arachnid Terror" and the final song, "A Cruel Verse" was added to the three songs that were recorded in the Fall of 2002 to create Frost Like Ashes' first CD entitled "Pure As The Blood Covered Snow".

2002 also saw Frost Like Ashes join with Sounds Of The Dead Records for the release of "Pure As...". Though "Pure As..." was a critical success, Frost Like Ashes and SOTD parted ways in 2003. Several songs had been completed for the planned full-length, "Tophet". Due to the folding of SOTD, "Tophet" was put on hold as another label was sought. In the interim, one of the songs that was already complete, "Nightfall's Cold Kiss" was released on the internet, a compilation "A Treasury of Sorrows, and for radio play. The song garnered very good response. In the summer of 2004, things finally came together with Frost Like Ashes signing to PsychoAcoustix Records. They also solidified the line up with Qoheleth on the Keys and Ruach on Bass, after Syntyche's untimely departure from the band. Regardless of these personnel changes, Frost Like Ashes went ahead with the scheduled recording of "Tophet" in the winter of 2004. "Tophet" is now complete and with its release, Frost Like Ashes is moving ahead to vastly greater heights.

Frost Like Ashes has chosen a different path from that of most of their counterparts. While the songs are steeped in cruelty and war, it's the lifeless forms of pagan gods that lay scattered on the battlefield in the end. With many years of experience in the Death and Black Metal scenes, this new power in the metal wold is gearing up to be a shattering force that can lift American Metal back to glory. Frost Like Ashes is Death Metal at it's heaviest; Black Metal at it's most glorious; and melds it all together into a cacophony both beautiful and cruel at its very heart. Let the hammering begin.


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Back in 2003, Frost Like Ashes released their demo, Pure As the Blood Covered Snow. This was absolutely one very potential band, bringing Death/Black metal with extreme lyrics, more extreme than what I'm used to. But after this demo, it remained kind of silent. A full-length was on its way, but it never came. They were on Sounds of the Dead Records, but that disappeared. They were on Psycho Acoustix Records, but that went down, due to the passing away of its owner. He did bring the release to the printer, and eventually the band released the CD themselves, although the Pyscho Acoustix Records logo is still on the back. But here it finally is, Tophet, the long awaited album by Frost Like Ashes. Expectations are high, so I was rather curious if they could fulfill the expectations.
"I have seen the future... and you die". The guitars kick in and after a few seconds the Death/Black metal furiously blasts. That is how Tophet starts, and it couldn't have been a more fitting start. The sound is more towards Black metal than on the demo, probably also due to the extensive use of keys. The drums are awesome, Adonijah has become a lot better and delivers some very nice and quick drumming. Azahel's vocals are unique, to say the least. Even I, a huge fan of Death and Black metal, had to get used to them. But after a few plays, I started to dig them and realised they just really fit the music; the shrieking, screaming and grunting vocals, all by Azahel. The extensive use of keys really does add to the music. At some moments it makes the music sound more haunting, at other moments it adds a little melodic influence to an otherwise totally extreme and brutal song. Also the lyrics do not disappoint, as they are as extreme and harsh as I expected them to be.
My favorite song from Pure As the Blood Covered Snow, A Cruel Verse, is also to be found on this CD. And even though this version is way better than the original (the original actually sounds boring now), it still is one of the weaker songs on Tophet. Frost Like Ashes have grown a lot better, improved on everything a band could improve on and deliver one of the most interesting Death/Black metal albums in years. The vocals, overall up-tempo music and harsh lyrics make them one of the most extreme bands of the scene. A recommendation for fans of the extreme metal-subgenres.
Review by Max (February 06 - 2006)

metalman

Angry Black/Death Metal
Tophet is the first full-length release from FLA and it does not disappoint! A nearly perfect hybrid of both death & black metal style and written & played with enough anger to go around. Track after track of aggressive and pulverizing metal that rivals some of their big-name influences. Lyrics that are well-written, and are confrontational and challenging. The whole package makes you want to just play it again and again. I recommend playing it-LOUD! Fave tracks for me are "A Terrible Visitation", "Nightfall" and "Execution by Fire". Get this CD!!!