Review

Frayle look to push the boundaries with their debut full-length LP 1692

Cleveland based dark rock band Frayle’s debut full-length album 1692 is hypnotic and impactful and attempts to the boundaries of what’s possible with heavy music.

Anyone familiar with Chelsea Wolfe’s 2017 album Hiss Spun will immediately feel a sense of familiarity and comfort in 1692, with both albums blending haunting vocals with immense doom-rock. Before the word derivative starts getting thrown around, let me assure you that’s not the case.

While Hiss Spun is dripping with desperation and hopelessness 1692 is a battle between crumbling to the will of the world and rising above it. It’s an album that asks people to open themselves up and feel something – a quality that seems to be disappearing faster and faster.

Another thing that sets this album apart is its sense of urgency. Rather than relying on drawn out rhythms, Frayle keep things tight and rely on the relationship between the vocals and the instruments to create tension – particularly on Gods Of No Faith and Burn.

Haunting without being lethargic, 1692 puts in sound the internal battles that so many people fight daily in a world that only gets colder.