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AFM Records, AFM Records
Patricia Thomas Band Management
BYFROST. FOUNDED IN BERGEN(NORWAY) IN 2007 AND DELIVERS BLACK TRASH WITH A MELODIC TOUCH THAT PRODUCES SERIOUS NECK INJURIES.
BYFROST WILL HIT THE PARTSAN OPEN AIR FESTIVAL IN GERMANY 11TH OF AUGUST !
“'Black Earth' is one of the most impressive and strongest debut albums to ever land on this reviewers desk and if you thought Norway had thoroughly mined out its extreme music resources then best think again.
Byfrost will bury any foolish notions like that deep in the ground.”
“The Bergen based three piece (comprised of HeavyHarms-vocals and guitar, R.I.P Meister-bass and Alkolust-drums) have delivered the goods with a killer debut album, the riff loaded skull cracking eight track 'Black Earth' and with only one EP under their belts (prior to Alkolust joining the crew) Byfrost have pulled off one hell of a first full length.
“The sound has a punch that will flatten your skull. Think TRASH at its finest.”
“This is music with great riffs, awesome drumming and a clear solid production.”
“This band are pure METAL and the richness of the music here is quite astounding”
“the result is more than satisfactory, BYFROST is definitely worth it. If you're fed up with "the majority" or Black Death, or thrash, play BYFROST!”
“Actually everybody should check it out, because it's awesome!”
“BYFROST delivers a solid, epic and powerful release that I really enjoyed listening”
“The technical capacity and instrumentation is absolutely awesome and tight as hell”
“Black Earth finally is sweeping away all considerations concerning missing independence to gleam as pitch-black, mighty colossus with a lot of energy!”
“the songs’ presentation as well as the mighty instrumentation demand respect”
“the compositions meander in elegant, powerful and melodic style through the auditory canals and find their way to the listener’s heart”
“BYFROST avoid all too irritating experiments and let the monumental grooves speak for themselves”
“Mads Lilletvedt (“Alkolust”) mainly resists whatever temptation there might have been to get flashy on the drums — though it’s clear he’s certainly capable of percussive pyrotechnics — and instead creates a solid anchoring for those riffs. The fused blast-beats and double-bass so strongly associated with traditional black-metal are mostly absent on Black Earth, but Lilletvedt plays with tremendous feel for the songs. For the particular design of this music, he has just the right touch.”
“Roy Pettersen (“R.I.P.Meister”) has to shine on bass, because in this stripped-down 3-piece approach to the music, it’s prominent in the mix — and shine he does”
“Kenneth Harms (“HeavyHarms”) provides the cracked-ice vocals that give the music a blackened flavor, in addition to serving up all those awesome guitar riffs”
“The remorseless martial stomp of the music is relieved by guitar solos that vary from soulful arpeggios to heated gouts of pure shred and by down-shifted variations in the pacing. But throughout is the sensation of being shaken like a rag doll by giant, clawed hands in time to a hellish beat”
“Byfrost builds their songs in a verse-chorus-verse structure around deceptively simple chords and rhythms, and then propels them forward in massively powerful repeating loops. The hooks are so sharp and deep that it’s easy to get caught up by them”
“It lives and dies by the almighty riff, and Black Earth is loaded with them, from both guitar and bass”
“Black Earth is mainly about the inexorable stomp, the headlong charge, the baring of oily teeth, the spiked maces held high. Or at least, those are the images that come to our orc-brained minds as we listen to this riff-tastic new release”
“Dette var faktisk en konsert jeg hadde blitt sur hvis jeg ikke hadde fått sett. De leverte flere gode låter og dro fram smilene på folket nede i kjelleren på Garage.”
“This is an album with no superfluous tracks, all songs fit together like a glove with studs and yet they all have a character of their own, all compact and powerful. This is the way an album should be done!”
“A song-writing aptitude which combines straight-out assaults on your neck muscles with a cunning and mature ability to re-invent themes and twist expected directions is one of the band’s key assets, and they don’t lack for ambition”
“The sound has a punch that will flatten your skull. Think TRASH at its finest”
“it’s the sheer quality of all of the guitar work on “Black Earth” that makes it so vital; the riffs are full of flair, performed with supreme confidence, and the fast-becoming producer of choice Bjørnar E. Nilsen has afforded them a fabulous sound”
“there’s a real warmth of melody that breaks through, particularly on “Desire”, an outstanding track with a heroic, meaningful guitar lead courtesy of a guest appearance from Arve Isdal, and an irresistible lyrical hook”
“on the one hand it’s very listenable, the riffs rollick and you can get thoroughly stuck into a chorus or two, but on the other there’s actually a lot of depth and texture here that rewards a more thoughtful listen. It’s a very impressive and assured debut album, and should certainly win the band new ranks of fans”
“The sound that Byfrost present so convincingly and with such conviction is an invigorating meld of all manner of good things; Heavyharms vocals are gloriously throaty and black, but the immensely catchy, stomping rhythms that make the album such an aural steamroller are part-thrash, part classic metal”
“Goddamn what a bombshell of an album this is, my god. I can only conclude this review with the only fitting words for a great album from a band from Bergen: ALLRIGHT!!!”
“To say that “Black Earth” is a stunningly constructed piece of blackened thrash is true, but it’s too abstract – to grasp the immediacy and bite of this beast, you’re going to have to experience it for yourselves, preferably at window-shaking volume”
““Wings of the Angel of Death” coming on like some kind of demonic, Bergen-born Iron Maiden, and the closing piece, “Skull of God”, opening up a whole new world of moody, reflective possibilities”
“Byfrost er så bredbente at de kunne skremt den mest garvede sjømann”
“it’s pretty damn exciting to be spinning a full-length carved out and battered into shape by these harder-than-granite Bergen marauders”
“Resultatet blir ugjennomtrengelig og iskald ekstremmetall, men arrangert slik at det blir gjenkjennelig for flere enn bare den harde kjernen”
“this one has got an energy that burst out of my speakers like smoke from an Icelandic volcano”
“Det er mye klassisk heavy i gitarene, mens låtstrukturene har mye til felles med klassisk hardrock”
“As soon as opening song ‘Horns To The Sky’ is unleashed with a drive I have hardly heard lately, with epic thrash riffs about the size of the Bergen mountains!”
“Melodilinjene er faktisk så rå at bandet klarer å dra moduleringer i land”
“they even managed to have Arve “Icedale” Isdal as guest guitarist for the moody lead of the song ‘Desire’”
“Bandet kverner frem det ene fengende riffet etter det andre, og riffene utvikles stadig og krydres med effektive overganger og hylende soloer”
“the album sounds massive as a death clock, also because they used producer Bjørnar Nilssen and Herbrand Larsen for mastering the album, and if there is one duo that knows how a Bergen-band should sound like, I think this is the team for it.”
“mighty powerful headbangers that hit like a hammer”
“Black Earth» er en av de råeste debutene siden Tor svingte hammeren for første gang”
““Blackened Bergen Epic Thrash” in the best way possible, and a superb debut.”
“BYFROST FULL LENGTH `BLACK EARTH` RELEASED TODAY 13TH OF APRIL 2010”
“BLACK EARTH COVER ART REVEALED”
“BYFROST REVEALS COVER ART”
“PAINKILLER RECORDS TO SIGN BYFROST”
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