Kamlath - Stronger Than Frost review


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Band: Kamlath
Album: Stronger Than Frost
Release date: March 2011

01. Ishger
02. Seven Thousand Winters
03. Thy Revelation
04. Stronger Than Frost
05. One Tired Wise
06. Dawn Of Credence
07. From Siberian Deeps

Kamlath are a "Dark-Metal" (Solitude Productions tag) band that hail from Russia. Several band members have impressive CVs, including vocalist Marco Benevento from Foreshadowing, Dennis Leeflang, formerly of Within Temptation, and Mike Wead, who has done guitar work for Candlemass, Mercyful Fate, and King Diamond. So while they aren't an "All-Star" band, Kamlath still possess a line-up of respectable, established musicians.

The band delivers a professional album. Kamlath set out to capture a "dark" mood - with melodic, primarily mid-paced tunes. Wead manages to show off some chops with the occasional flashy solos.

They succeed in casting about a slightly ominous vibe, but one that is far more dusk than midnight. It is a "rub your hands together" slight chill, not enough to worry the listener about hypothermia, let alone freezing to death.

Marco's vocals are probably the single greatest contributor to the even slight chill. I found his style more reminiscent of Sisters Of Mercy or other darkwave/gothic rock stuff more than most metal… His approach was perhaps the stand out element of the album.

The biggest issue I have is that while the songs are decently crafted, the album feels a bit too slick, polished, and sterile. The chill is perhaps the combination of the vocals and rather clinical production.

So while the musicians are skilled and capable of crafting structurally sound songs, they just lack any form of edge with which to really grab my attention. Well crafted doesn't necessarily mean entertaining… and that's the biggest flaw of the album.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 6
Originality: 6
Production: 6


Written on 24.05.2011 by BitterCOld has been officially reviewing albums for MetalStorm since 2009.


Comments: 6   Visited by: 214 users
24.05.2011 - 01:20
Ag Fox
Angel No More
Review sounds interesting. After going to myspace, I think I would have given originality a higher mark.
loves 小巫
24.05.2011 - 01:48
Written by Ag Fox on 24.05.2011 at 01:20

Review sounds interesting. After going to myspace, I think I would have given originality a higher mark.

i might have been heavyhanded with the scoring on it. i just have such a BLAH feeling to the album.
get the fuck off my lawn.
24.05.2011 - 01:49
Troy Killjoy
Mike Wead? Call it a coincidence, but I don't think I've ever enjoyed anything he's been a part of with the exception of Nightfall. The curse continues.
Prettier than BloodTears.
24.05.2011 - 09:17
Mhm it does nothing for me.
No vibe no tingling nothing.
"The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful."
24.05.2011 - 10:25
Such a boring album. The reviewer has been too good imho. Another point of view
25.05.2011 - 11:12
Merchant of Doom
Pretty inconsistent stuff. Some tracks are ok and Benevento's voice is always great, but it really lacks inspiration this one...

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