“Out In The Cold” by Frost

Artist: Frost
Title: “Out In The Cold”
Label: Screaming Ferret Wreckords
Release Date: 8/29/2006
Genre: Hard Rock/Metal
Rating: 3/5

In the world of Heavy Metal, you will find that Jack Frost is one of those very busy guitar players. I don’t mean this in his playing style but in all the aspects of his career. Over the years we have followed his work in Savatage, Metalium, The Bronx Casket Company and of course his main band of focus Seven Witches. Somehow during all of this work he manages to take part in the numerous tributes to legendary bands like Iron Maiden and Dio and still have time to release solo albums. With “Out In The Cold”, his second solo effort, Frost puts together a veritable cornucopia of vocalists and musicians to give his fans a solid dose of Traditional Metal that I think will be right up their alley. Among the vocal powers present he has Ted Poley (Danger, Danger) and Paul Dianno (Iron Maiden) belting it out and they make songs like “Hell Or High Water” and “Crucifixation” great additions. The playing throughout is rather solid and should definitely appeal to any who enjoy Frost’s playing. Most of the songs fall into the same line and style of what he does with Seven Witches, but given its place as a solo effort he does bring different ideas to the table. The album delivers some metalized covers of classic rock numbers such as Foreigner’s “Cold As Ice”, 38 Special’s “Hold On Loosely”, and April Wine’s “Sign Of The Gipsy Queen”. I loved the April Wine track the most since it had the most drive, and I found that Frost did a good vocal job on the 38 Special track. “Cold As Ice” lost me, as while I like the bluesy rasp of Shortino, it’s just one of those tunes that is fine as it is and needs no real Metal treatment.

The CD comes with lyrics and a clever cartoon that features everyone involved in this project. The lyrics also break down who performs on which track and that was a good idea for better understanding of who is present where. It’s a satisfying CD from a musician who really seems to enjoy being as busy as he is.

Track Listing:
1. Wasting Your Love
2. Hell Or High Water
3. Crucifixation
4. Out In The Cold
5. Sign Of The Gipsy Queen
6. Peter And Me
7. Cold As Ice
8. Covered In Blood
9. Hold On Loosely
10. Passage To The Classical Side
11. Head First

Official Website: http://www.truemetal.org/jackfrost

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