Frostagrath are a 1 man band from Egypt that has been featured before in this zine with a musical style I would describe as being depressive black metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "Extinguishing The Flame Of Life" which was released by Rigorism Productions.
"A Gate Of Inner Haze'' begins with some soft synth playing which also utilizes some ambient and atmospheric elements and a minute later slow and heavy guitar riffs along with some drum beats and depressive black metal screams make their way into the song while also keeping some atmospheric elements in the background and towards thee end the music starts and you can hear sounds of thunder before the synths make a return and you a different sounding key than the beginning parts along with some spoken word parts.
"Drowning In A Maze Of Mirrors" begins with some dark sounding ambient black metal guitar riffs and a minuter later the programmed drum beats, synths and depressive screams start kicking in and after awhile some clean parts are mixed in with the heavier parts.
"Questioning A Disharmonic Existence" begins with some melancholic sounding dark ambient synths and a few seconds later heavy guitar riffs, programmed drum beats and depressive black metal screams start kicking in and as the song moves on it goes into a more atmospheric direction with the synths getting even more powerful sounding and towards the end a brief use of melodic guitar leads are added into the song.
'Existence" begins with thunder and rain sounds before the classical guitars kick in which utilize both finger picking and full chords and a minute later heavy guitar riffs, drum beats, synths and deep demonic vocals kick in and you can hear some elements of doom metal in the song and after awhile t he music goes into a soft and clean direction for a few seconds before getting heavy again along with a brief use of grim spoken word parts that evolve into more black metal style vocals and towards their is a brief use of melodic guitar leads and the song closes with the classical guitars.
"Extinguishing The Flame Of Life" begins with some dark sounding synths and depressive screams and then the heavy and melodic ambient black metal riffs and drum beats start kicking in and the music starts getting a lot heavier and halfway through the song the guitars stop for awhile and the synths take over along wit h some classical guitars getting added into the mix while also keeping around the black metal vocals and adding in some melodic guitar leads which after awhile leads up to the music getting heavy again and towards the end there is a brief use of guitar leads.
"Escape Farewell Life !" begins with some clean guitar playing and synths before getting heavy and adding heavy guitar riffs, drum beats and depressive black metal screams and halfway throughout the song melodic guitar leads start coming in and out and the song closes with the clean guitars.
"And Finally The Death Caverns Will Carry Out My Soul" which is a re-mastered version begins with some sound effects and a few seconds later dark ambient synths and black metal screams start kicking in and after a couple of minutes heavy guitar riffs start making their way into the song along with some drum beats, bass guitars and melodic guitar leads and after awhile deep growls are added into the song before the music goes into a more soft and ambient direction for awhile but keeping the leads and vocals which leads up to the music getting heavy again and a few minutes later t here is a brief use of spoken word parts being utilized and towards the end the music returns to a softer direction along with some thunder sounds.
'The Prison Of Mirrors" which is an Xasthur cover as well as a bonus track begins with heavy and dark guitar riffs along with some programmed drum beats and after awhile the grim black metal screams start kicking in and after awhile synths are added into the song along with some dark sounding melodies and the music goes into a more atmospheric and depressive direction and as time goes on by the riffing gets a lot more diverse.
Song lyrics cover Negativity, Sorrow, Depression and Anti Life themes, while the production has a very dark, raw and primitive sound along with most of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Frostagrath and if you are a fan of depressive black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "A Gate Of Inner Haze" ''Extinguishing The Flame Of Life" and "And Finally The Death Caverns Will Carry Out My Soul". RECOMMENDED BUY.