Frost Tears are a band from Taiwan that plays a very symphonic form of gothic metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Nine Chapters" which was released by Magnum Music and comes with a bonus cd that includes re-mixes and video's.
A very symphonic neo-classical sound starts off the album and also gives the recording an epic feeling along with some operatic female vocals and after the intro heavy and melodic guitars are added onto the recording and also mix in with the symphonic side of the bands musical style and the vocals also start combining opera and gothic metal together.
At times there are choirs that include both male and female vocals and the solos and leads also seem to be heavily influenced by traditional and power metal and some of the tracks also bring in elements of progressive rock and as the album progresses the synths also start bringing in a variety of many different keys along with a couple of the tracks being power ballads and the heavier songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and one of the songs is also very long and epic in length.
Some of the tracks bring in traces of Asian folk music as well as adding in musical instruments that are native to that culture and they mix it in with both the heavy and soft parts and one of the later tracks also brings in a few seconds of aggressive chants along with a few of the songs bringing in death metal growls and black metal screams and blast beats and towards the end of the album they also bring in a brief use of acoustic guitars and an instrumental before closing the first album with 2 vocals tacks and they close the album with a cover of "Amazing Grace" and the second disc has one original track and 3 remixes from the album reviewed.
Frost Tears creates a symphonic style of gothic metal that is very melodic and but does add in touch of black and death metal at times to create some original sounding music, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover darkness and mythology themes.
In my opinion Frost Tears are a very great sounding symphonic gothic metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should c heck out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Barren Land" "Rule The Land" and "Flames Of War". 8/5 out of 10.