|Sweden is proving the vitality of its music scene by evolving out of its national Kyuss clone stereotype into something new and stronger. Groups like Sparzanza and Frame are leading the way. Frame has applied the lessons of stoner onto its collective metal background to produce a solid, blues-based teutonic-sounding metal with a non-desert, bong n' booze driven overlay, and the results are gratifying. And the colorful 'Predator-' inspired cover is a cool way to wrap it all up.|
Frame is a group full of talented individuals coalescing into a groovin' whole. Kristian Kallio's guitar riffs are as thick and smooth as a fresh case of Bitburger pils and his leads are far too infrequent. Bassist Fredrik Olsson and drummer Andreas Ragnarsson provide a rhythm section beyond reproach, with some mean 'effin cowbell to boot. Robert Westin writes excellent vocal melodies and belts it out straight from the gut with plenty of applied echo. Cool. 'Forever Train' starts it all out with a rolling (heh heh) groove with Bobby's vocals up-front and echoing like a ping pong ball around your brain cavity. 'Daydreamer has a brilliant (though too short) guitar solo and some evil aggressive right-handed guitar attack at the end. My personal fave is 'Psychedelica Magnitude,' due to the brilliant combination of aggression and melody, led by Bobby's vox. 'At the End of a Rope' is the doomiest cut, slow n' heavy, and the rumors are that the new Frame material is marching more in that direction, more so than the material on 'Closer to the Myth...'.
As it is, Frame have mixed in some 80s and 90s feeling and some 'Sabbath as filtered through the guitars of Zakk Wylde and Pepper Keenan. They're principally a guitar and drum-driven group that are well on the road to developing their own sound, and I'm grooving to it bigtime. If you're looking for some constructive criticism, I could do without the train sounds on the first song and the rather militaristic "heys" on the second. But that's just me. Oh yeah, and lets have MORE guitar solos, OK? Otherwise, this is a damned fine effort and its assuming an honored place in my collection.
1. Forever Train
4. Psychedelica Magnitude
5. 1000 Cigarettes
6. At the End of a Rope
8. The King is Dead
9. Without You (Streets of Gothenburg)
10. What the Hell
Duration : Approx. 46 minutes
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