Released: 2004, Noise Records
Jack Frost needs no introduction, but for those living under a rock, he’s the founder of the excellent band Seven Witches. If you want more info go to his band’s website http://www.sevenwitches.net
for the bio. What I’m here to tell you about is Jack’s new solo album, RAISE YOUR FIST TO METAL.
Before I dig into the music, I do have to question why this solo album was necessary. I’m sure Jack has his reasons, but after hearing the CD, a lot of it is not that far removed form his main band Seven Witches. I assume he just wanted to be able to record with a bunch of his buddies who are not in his main band, and have some fun doing a few things that he couldn’t do in Seven Witches. The end result is an enjoyable, possibly unnecessary CD, which will appeal to the more die-hard Seven Witches fans.
The album opens with the track "Stay". This is very close to a song you would of heard on the excellent Seven Witches CD PASSAGE TO THE OTHER SIDE. The vocalist on this one is Harry Hess from Harem Scarem and he does a great job with melodic yet gritty vocals. He sounds a LOT like John Corabi form the self-titled Motley Crue CD. I was surprised at how good he sounded because I never harbored fond memories of Harem Scarem. In a recent interview with MelodicRock.com, Harry says, “It's metal, and I'm yelling. It's hilarious. I thought it would be funny. I haven't done anything like that in like 20 years." So don’t go looking to Harem Scarem to hear him singing like that! "The Chase" is next and it’s one of the best songs here. Again it’s slightly in the Seven Witches vein with ex-Annihilator vocalist / ex-OverKill guitarist on lead vocals. "Brotherhood of Lies" takes the lead for me as the best song on the CD with its total Seven Witches feel with ex-Seven Witches vocal god Bobby Lucas (Overlorde, Exhibition) on vocals. The exact same song appears later on the album as "Slow Burn" with vocal legend Rob Rock handling the pipes and sounding mighty fine. "What's Left" is a departure from the Seven Withes material with a killer 100% 80's metal atmosphere. This definitely sounds like the sleazy 80's heavy glam scene. Steve Braun from Azlan is the vocalist on here and I've never heard his band...makes me wonder if it's anything like this song since it totally rocks....so many bands, so little time! "The Man I Am" follows in the classic 80's feel with a borderline power ballad. This one features Billy Childs (Britny Fox) on vocals and Britny Fox/Doro drummer Johnny Dee handling the skins. The very cool titled "Nippin At Your Ear" (everyone’s heard the Xmas lyric “Jack Frost nippin at your nose”) is Jacks attempt at shredding in the Vinnie Vincent (ex-Kiss, ex-Vinnie Vincent Invasion, etc) style. It doesn't sound that planned out, but rather like he was just wanking and someone hit record…ha! It's not at all mapped out like for example "Eruption" (a classic VH solo)...too bad he didn't structure it a bit more coherently. In keeping with the holiday theme, maybe the next one will be called “Roasting On An Open Fire”! Closing off the CD is a very powerful cover of what is possibly my favorite song by Ratt - "Lack of Communication". As expected, with modern recording technology, the song sounds much fuller/fatter than the original. No one can top vocalist Stephen Pearcy on this of course, but it's still a killer cover and a cool way to end the album.
Dedicated fans of Seven Witches should check out this CD as it has enough in common with Jack’s main band to keep you interested while the next Seven Witches masterpiece is prepared. As well, fans of 80’s metal will find some of this of interest. That’s how I appreciated the CD anyway – both as a fan of 80’s metal bands like early Ratt/Motley Crue/L.A. Guns but especially as a follower of Jack’s Seven Witches stuff.