Frozen Alice is a four-piece progressive rock-group based in Auckland. They are made up of three former members of Remains of a Day; a six piece metal band they played in since early 2004. With a change of direction and the addition of a new bass player Billy they officially became Frozen Alice in April 2009. What followed was an amazingly successful year playing several shows across NZ and Australia and recording their debut album ‘The Torino Scale’ with Zorran Mendonsa at The Green Room, Auckland. Zorran has worked with many of New Zealand’s underground music champions including Subtract, 8 foot Sativa, New Way Home, Solstate and many others.
Frozen Alice’s style of progressive rock is described by the band as ‘Bipolar rock’ or ‘feel rock’, “Sometimes hard, sometimes soft, but always with ‘feel’”. The term ‘Bipolar rock’ refers to a striking feature of many of their songs - Mark Tronson’s ability to quickly switch from powerful and aggressive vocals back to a more melodic singing style. This reflects the changing moods within songs and across the whole album. From hard-hitting sprawling epic noise on opening track ‘Everyday’, to a hint of Middle Eastern influence (‘Ethics of the Tribe’), their music shows off an eclectic range. Each song lyrically has its own voice, while still maintaining the Frozen Alice ‘signature’; a solid rhythm section, seamless time signature changes, solid grooves with catchy hooks, yet still staying true to a darker sound.
The songs are infused with a real energy that brings life to their recordings, and comes out like a blinding, skillfully controlled explosion during live shows. Their music is written in the moment, the band focuses on capturing thoughts and feelings rather than writing what is currently popular. This gives them a fresh and unique sound, bringing some of their older influences (which include Tool, Porcupine tree, Incubus, Mogwai, Pink Floyd, Jakob, Karnivool and A Perfect Circle) into a new decade for a modern audience.
Their debut album ‘The Torino Scale’ was released September 6th 2010.
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