Album of the Week: Frozen Soul – Crypt of Ice (2021)

I don’t know what’s up with Texas, y’all, but it has produced so many great metal acts over the decades that one can only assume it’s in the DNA! From the Old School likes of D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles) King’s X and Rigor Mortis, to classic acts like ZZ Top; giants like Drowning Pool, Power Trip, Texas Hippie Coalition, and (my Metalcore boys) Upon A Burning Body and, of course Damageplan and Hellyeah! because… PANTERA, the titans of extreme metal! 

Well, there is a new(er) band that must, now, be added to this list – Frozen Soul, formed in 2016 but cranked it up in 2018, covering a lot of ground in just three years. Frozen Soul is a classic stylized Death Metal outfit from Dallas. And when I say “classic,” I mean that slow, grinding, crunchy, archaic beating you get from the likes of Obituary, Creeping Death, Gatecreeper, Mortician, and Bolt Thrower. They definitely have their own sound, like an arctic blast or a polar vortex, Frozen Soul creeps in and pummels you, crushing you under a wall of sound. And just when you think the groove can’t break down anymore, they slow it down to a glacial pace! Its just beautiful! 

Frozen Soul is Chad Green (vocals), Michael Munday (guitars), Sam Mobley (bass), Chris Bonner (guitars), and Matt Dennard (drums). The band is signed to Century Media, who describes them as having “blue light…no heat…and a denser-than-dense sound.” “Isolation and suffering permeate the…massive sonic missives.” In three years, Frozen Soul has covered ground, on tour with Incantation, Necrot, Plague Years, Gatecreeper, Exhumed, Vader, Obituary, and Steel Bearing Hand. The live show is very theatrical, giving one a sense of FEELING the crushing weight of Frozen Soul. They even incorporate a snow machine! Icy blue lights and a snow storm, while being suffocated by sound! Awesome!

Crypt of Ice, Frozen Soul’s debut album (Century Media) was released on January 8, 2021. 

Track Listing:

Crypt of Ice

Arctic Stranglehold 

Hand of Vengeance 

Wraith of Death

Merciless

Encased in Ice

Beat to Dust

Twist the Knife

Faceless Enemy

Gravedigger 

Favorite Songs: Crypt of Ice ; Wraith of Death ; Beat to Dust 

Rating: 10/10!! Great riffs; groovy, simple, and crunchy! Excellent European Death Metal-style vocals!

What is your favorite song off of Crypt of Ice?

Stay Metal,

THE SAW

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