Review from Concrete Web

March 5, 2020
From: Concrete Web
Published: March 5, 2020 

For some reason - do not ask me how - or when, where, whatever - I did not review Nur Ein Moment…, the predecessor of …In Stille. A pity, for this band deserves some (any) additional support and promotion. The same, evidently, goes for the label involved, Hypnotic Dirge Records (although, for this magnificent Saskatoon, Canada based label, I did several other reviews before, for this label deserves any additional attention whatsoever; but that is another story). Anyway, I have never been disappointed by Frigoris’ former releases, like Nur Ein Moment… (2016) or Wind (2013, also released via Hypnotic Dirge Records). And now these Germans have returned with their fourth full length in about twelve years of existence.

Frigoris were formed in 2007, but I have the impression that their early years were quite turbulent (line-up changes and so). So, founding member and vocalist / guitarist Dominik Winter permanently looked for a stable line-up to have his ideas translated into actual ‘songs’. To keep it short, line-up changes appeared, a couple of (great) albums appeared, and Frigoris never disappeared.

Enough about the past; what about this newest recording… Well, …In Stille is actually the last chapter in a conceptual (hi)story / trilogy, released once again via Hypnotic Dirge Records in an edition of 500 physical copies, digipack version (and digital ones, of course). The material was recorded in 2018 and clocks about sixty-five minutes (most songs last in between eight and ten minutes), and the fine cover artwork was done once again by Dominik’s wife Sara Wiedow, the general artwork by Hyems’ Dennis M. …In Stille was mixed by Waldgeflüster-spirit Jan ‘Winterherz’, and it got eventually mastered by Ereb Altor’s Jonas Lindström.

Continuing their characteristic approach, Frigoris bring very melancholic yet intense blackened Metal with lots of emotion in atmosphere and sound. Once again there is a huge variation in both structure and execution. Twin-led passages interfere with harsher outbursts, rhythmic chapters interact with acoustic interludes, introspective parts are nicely balanced to progressive ones, and Post-laden elements go well with pieces rooted in the tradition of this genre’s roots. …in a nutshell…

Every single composition is sort of divided into different chapters, organically canalised into one naturally sounding orchestration. The speed too, for example, varies a lot. From a general point of view, one might refer to that kind of stuff that might be labelled as Black Doom Metal, for the slower excerpts are like the spine of the whole sonic journey. Once in a while, those doomy parts trespass the (non-existent and futile) border with the funereal genre, and more than once even the DSBM scene might come to mind. At the other hand, the band often accelerates, with mid-tempo passages to quite fast and energetically intense ones. Especially when the general sound turns nastier (cf. some fragments in the monumental piece Funkenflug, to give an example), that up-tempo approach adds a certain lust for revenge on top of the melancholic, desperate attitude. Vengeance following pain, the law of a broken, tortured soul, let’s say…

Call it a fixed grid, yet each single epic comes with a comparable, yet at the same time distinctive, construction: an introduction, a reciprocity of faster and slower, heavier and more tranquil sections, a conclusion nicely referring to the next step in this story. That’s what makes this lengthy experience such absorbing, fascinating one. It’s like a movie that permanently arouses and discourages, provokes and appeases. A symphony of dualities, a whole concert of remarkable connected antitheses.

A surplus is the sound quality, for the production has been done with such craftsmanship and attention for detail. No matter whether it deals with a heavier or an acoustic excerpts, no matter if it’s a calmer yet then again a more overwhelming passage, the mix has always been executed with eye for detail, for equilibrium, for a fine-balanced elegance of all instruments (vocals included). None of them overpowers the other ones, none of them is subservient either. It is great to notice that not only the many tremolo and twin leads seek attention; the supportive rhythm guitars and rumbling bass lines are at least as important when referring to the strings. Remarkable too are the varied drum patterns, sometimes strengthening the melodic structure, then again taking a leading role for a while (like in Die Gleise An Denen Wir Starben II (…In Stille)).

And then I did not mention Dominik’s throat yet. His kind of screaming stands far away from hysteria – a way of ‘singing’ that often characterises this kind of atmo-melancho material. On the contrary, this voice is raspy and wretched, yet determined and combative at the same time. And not that unusual, for a couple of times, though quite sporadically as a matter of fact, there are some clean voices and choir chants too (by bassist Max (*) and guest vocalist Jan van Berkelom).

[(*) Maximilian Stiefermann, which is his full name, also performs some cello, which fits very well, evidently…]

Frigoris are such band that are able to assemble heaviness with integrity, grief with anger, smoothness with distortion, light with darkness. Within its specific genre, a highlight for sure!

Reviewed by: Ivan Tibos


Review from Ave Noctum

February 19, 2020
From: Ave Noctum
Published: February 17, 2020

‘In Stille’ is atmospheric beyond belief. The black metal soldiers of Frigoris have created a magnificent beast, entwining and deep, multi-layered atmospheres with beauty and grace a plenty.

Each track on the release is a complete journey in itself and each offers elegance and refinement in waves of polish and harmony. The penultimate track on the album, ‘Die Gleise An Denen Wir Starben I’ is an instrumental of beautiful proporti...

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Review from The Sound Not The Word

February 4, 2020
From: The Sound Not The Word
Published: February 3, 2020

The role of artwork in putting across an album’s intentions can be taken for granted. It surely seems obvious that, as the most visible part of a record, the cover art should act as a kind of summary of what the musicians want to express; yet so often it feels as if the artwork was an after-thought. But in the case of …In Stille (“In Silence”) by Frigoris, the cover feels like a fine summation of the themes of the alb...

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Review from Everything is Noise

January 28, 2020
From: Everything is Noise
Published: January 22, 2020 

I’ve dug pretty deep through the tunnels of melodic black metal, and Frigoris serves to remind me that discovering more acts of high quality in this field prevents the process from getting tiresome. Stumbling upon a good one is among my favourite cathartic moments in experiencing music. The substance, the moods, and the careful balance between tranquil and monstrous is what this emotionally charged offshoot of bleak heaviness...

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Review from Crossfire Metal

January 28, 2020
From: Crossfire Metal
Published: January 22, 2020 
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Frigoris aus Essen kenne ich noch aus meiner Zeit bei Black Horizonz, da wir damals mit ihnen ein paar Gigs gespielt hatten. Damals waren sie noch eine Pagan-/Black Metal-Band, heute geht es mehr in Richtung Post-Black Metal. Ich finde ja nach wie vor, dass „Post“ im Black Metal-Bereich immer noch eine Art Schimpfwort ist. Dennoch machen Frigoris ihre Sache richtig gut, denn sie haben immer noch viel Atmosphäre in ihrer Musik,...

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Review from Games, Brrraaains, and Head-banging Life

January 28, 2020
From: Games, Brrraaains, and a Head-banging Life
Published: January 22, 2020 

Emotionally draining, emotionally harrowing and emotionally horrifying, Firgoris’ understand atmospheric black metal. They have clear grasp on how to be both ugly and beautiful and the same time. We have mellow passages of melody that eases the pain and suffering caused by the ugliness of the black metal. Scarring heaviness that pours from troubled souls, the chaotic rhythm is saved by the sadness cover...

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Review from ZWaremetalen

January 21, 2020
From: ZWare Metalen
Published: Janaury 21, 2020

Eén momentje, stil zijn. In dit eenvoudig zinnetje, weliswaar in het Duits te vertalen dan, zitten de twee laatste platen vervat van het ijskoude post-blackmetalgezelschap Frigoris. Via het Canadese Hypnotic Dirge records bereikt … In Stille mij. En om met de deur in huis te vallen, heerlijk plaatje! Je zou direct een heleboel lawaai willen maken, maar dat past niet echt. Vrolijkheid, uitbundigheid en blijdschap zijn niet direct de...

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Review from Metal Pit

January 21, 2020
From: Metal Pit
Published: Janaury 21, 2020

I tedeschi Frigoris ritornano con il loro quarto album “…In Stille” concludendo il concept cominciato nel 2016 con “Nur Ein Moment…”. La nuova fatica in studio uscirà il 24 gennaio per Hypnotic Dirge Records, e il risultato è di buona fattura. Autori di un post-black metal a volte descritto come atmospheric, a volte come melodic, in verità unisce tantissime diverse influenze che andremo ad analizzare in seguito. I Frigoris ...

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Review from Astral Noize

January 21, 2020
From: Astral Noize
Published: Janaury 21, 2020

Frigoris’ brand of black metal doesn’t really bite in the way you expect black metal to. On their fourth album, …In Stille, the german outfit continue to hone their sound so that it’s not one of jagged edges, but a fine, carefully worked blade. It’s well produced, trading in that traditional harsh, trebly coating for a warm, full low end and smooth guitar tones. It washes over you gently, it doesn’t bowl you over. That’s ...

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Review from Wonderbox Metal

January 19, 2020
From: Wonderbox Metal
Published: January 17, 2020

This is the fourth album from Frigoris, an atmospheric post-black metal band from Germany.

Frigoris’ post-black metal is atmospheric and immersive, and as you journey across this 65-minute album, you’ll also discover aspects of doom, progressive metal, and post-rock that are incorporated into the music’s textured tapestry.

The well-crafted songs are dark and filled with a sense of melancholy and sorrow. These are long songs stee...

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 Released: January 24, 2020
Genre: Post-Black Metal