Wednesday 29 January 2020

ALBUM REVIEW: Frayle, "1692"

By: Andrew Davie

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 14/02/2020
Label: Aqualamb |
Lay Bare Recordings

1692” CD//DD//LP track listing:

1) Introduction (Arise)
2) 1692
3) Gods of No Faith
4) Monsters
5) Darker Than Black
6) Dead Inside
7) Burn
8) Godless
9) If You Stay
10.) Stab

The Review:

Frayle, from Cleveland, Ohio delivers an incredible doom album in “1692.” A two piece band, formed in 2017, they have released some singles and extended plays, but their first full length album is stellar. Even though we’re still in the beginning of the year, I’m predicting this album has the longevity to remain important throughout the entirety of 2020.

Frayle combines thick sludgy doom metal riffs with melodic vocals, which on paper might not necessarily seem to mesh well. However, they manage to compliment each other perfectly and make for a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience. While this combination of elements is not altogether unique, I have trouble coming up with other bands with whom to compare Frayle in terms of their style and sound.

This album has everything a doom metal enthusiast would want including excellent musicianship. If you are looking for insightful melodic lyrics, thick and unforgiving riffs, complex yet simple arrangements, this album has all of the above and more. They have managed to incorporate everything one might want in a doom metal record. They have found the proverbial sweet spot between the harshness of the instruments and the soothing melody of the vocals.

While the entire album is good, highlights for me included the tracks “Gods of No Faith”, “If You Stay”, and “Stab”. Fans of doom riffs and operatic vocals will be rewarded.  I’m looking forward to hearing more from Frayle in the future.

1692” is available HERE

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