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Although Ben Frost prefers to keep company with fellow noise deconstructionists like Colin Stetson, Tim Hecker,and Swans (all of whom he has worked with over the past half-decade), the Iceland-via-Australian musician is quite a classicist at heart. Having used a five-year layover between albums to compose a handful of film scores, collaborate with dance companies and even direct the musical theatre version of The Wasp Factory, A U R O R A, his most fully-realized work to date, finds Frost at his most cinematic and melodious. 

That's not to say that Ben has lost even a pittance of his edge; his fifth LP features some of the most brutal and challenging sounds to ever come from a synthesized instrument. But rather than utilize these collapsing musical sinews to wholly define his work, Frost chooses to sandwich rusted sound layers between swooping, soaring synth melodies, all the while completely abandoning his trademark cascading guitar and piano. Bringing in guest drummers to add a dramatic and thunderous backbeat, including Swans' Thor Harris and Greg Fox of Guardian Alien, Frost still seems concerned with giving his music a crunchy texture, creating for the listener a meticulously written, gorgeously performed piece of art that just happens to be encrusted within a burning, burping, blistering volcano of clamour. 

Daniel Sylvester

Exclaim! (August 8th 2014)

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The Centre Cannot Hold
Released on 29 September 2017
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Threshold Of Faith EP
Released on 28 July 2017
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The Wasp Factory
Released on 9 December 2016
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V A R I A N T
Released on 8 December 2014
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A U R O R A
Released on 26 May 2014
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BY THE THROAT
Released on 9 November 2009
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Theory of Machines
Released on 5 February 2007
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