Rumors have been circulating on the web about Frost Work, and speculations were numerous as to who was behind this mysterious project. The music was already on MySpace before the identity of the solitary UK composer was revealed.
Well, the man who founded Heathen Deity in 1999 is the man to look for. Dagon took the recovery time following an accident to create music that would reflect his feelings about that kvlt season known as winter. The result: a five tracks demo of freezing and ghostly atmospheric Black Metal. The Rites of Winter is a pretty addictive album, and the demo sound fits perfectly with the coldness of the subject matter. I would not want this music to sound overproduced, thus breaking the spooky ambience. There are samplings reappearing on every track such as wolves and thunder, as well as frequent use of rain and stormy winds. The frosty tonalities of distorted tremolo picking are everywhere on the frozen scenery to accompany the sick rasps of Dagon. The pace remains moderate throughout the demo, while some calmer / hauntingly atmospheric moments are present on a few songs like: "The Storm" and "Eyes of the Forest". The compositions show similarities without being redundant, and even if they are rather simple in structure, they are far from boring.
Five good atmospheric Black Metal tracks, making you look forward to a full freezing/ ghostly release in a near future.
1 - Into the Woods (intro)
2 - Shades of Grey
3 - The Storm
4 - The Rites of Winter
5 - Eyes of the Forest