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Frost - 2006 Milliontown



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ARTIST: Frost
ALBUM: Milliontown
LABEL: Inside Out
SERIAL: IOMCD 252
YEAR: 2006

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LINEUP: Jem Godfrey - vocals, keyboards * John Mitchell - guitars, vocals * Jon Jowitt - bass * Andy Edwards - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hyperventilate * 02 No Me No You * 03 Snowman * 04 The Other Me * 05 Black Light Machine * 06 Milliontown

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WEBLINKS: frost.life


Background
Could this be the prog album of the 2006 year? Hmm.. have to think hard about that, as there have been some great albums thus far. But Inside Out Records have discovered a huge talent in Jeremy 'Jem' Godfrey. Well actually, Godfrey wasn't discovered.. he's been in the British scene for a wee while, both as a member of 90's melodic rockers Freefall,who then became Kick (UK) if I recall. Jem's biggest claim to fame is as a producer though, involved with the likes of Atomic Kitten (oh god, I hope the Google search engines don't find this page.. lol!), Australian Holly Valance and Shayne Ward. Yes, a pop background in a professional sense, But Jem is a huge prog rock fan, but is keen to point out that he hasn't wound the clock back to the 70's and dragged an old Mellotron, Mini-moog or Prophet 5 out of the closet. Calling in prog maestro John Mitchell (Arena, John Wetton, Kino) and the IQ pairing of Jon Jowitt and Andy Edwards, this is quite a bit different to any of the outfits those guys have been associated with. For a start, it's heavier, and Jem did ask Mitchell in particular, to play things he doesn't normally play. The result - a staggering weighty affair that is 'Milliontown'. Frost land their sound somewhere between clever Saga esque passages and Kino like progressia.. if there's such a word.. ( I don't like the term 'neo-prog' - mainly because after 25 years it ain't neo anymore.. but try telling a hardened prog rock fan that!)


The Songs
The opener 'Hyperventilate' is a chameleon of sorts. Quite piano intro that speaks Saga, before letting loose with a cannon-spread of instrument fire that Dream Theater would be proud of. The keyboard solo beyond the five minute mark is killer! Second track 'No Me No You' is more pronounced as hard rock/metal, with guitars that threaten the camp of prog metallers. 'Snowman' borders on 60's whimsical pop (Eric, this is your sort of tune..), while Jem brings the listener into the here and now with the industrial flavoured 'The Other Me' - the track includes all manner of studio gimmickry and tricks. It's funky, modern, but not very prog, in the context of the rest of the album. Taking us back from the future is the retro-vision of 'Black Light Machine' - a mainly sweeping but undulating 10 minute piece which is broken into four distinct parts. A terrific tune, one of my faves on the album. In typical epic fashion, the title track is a whopping 26 and half minutes. It is loosely based on a book called 'The Apprentice', a story about a zombie. Err yeah.. ok.. Harry Potter meets Monty Python meets Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy? Quite possibly.. you'll have to endure nearly half an hour of your time to get acquainted with it - does it border on soundtrack/cinematic music? Not quite, but knowing Godfrey, that is where he could be headed in future.


In Summary
Just under an hours listening time, and enough variety to keep you on your toes. As a keyboardist and arranger, Godfrey's name can certainly be thrown into the same hat as Martin Orford and others.. a talent for sure, with a knack for creating interesting music and keeping it real and in the 21st century. Oh, and talking of chronologically challenged entities, is that a picture of The Tardis on the cover?


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#1 | Jez on January 09 2009 02:03:50
There are 3 real standout tracks for me on here, those being 'Hyperventilate', the awesome 'Black Light Machine' and the 26 minute title track. I hear lots of the band members other projects mixed into this (Arena, Kino, IQ, Jadis etc) but there is also some tougher sounding material on show (Dream Theater springs to mind in certain sections) as well lot of other influences floating around in there. The whole thing is produced to superb standards throughout and special mention must go to ALL the players on here. Of all the side projects tha band members are involved in, this is definately the best I have heard from John Mitchell and especially Jowitt the bass man extraordinaire - superb throughout.

Also check out their new 'Experiments In Mass Appeal' disc which, whilst alot more modern in direction (i.e Porcupine Tree, Muse) is also a superb album
 
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