Emphasize - EP
Artificial - CD 2006
Hypocrite - MCD 2005
Frozen Plasma's debut full length release, "Artificial", is a CD
I've been waiting for with bated breath. I was a big fan of
NamNamBulu and, as most fans know, Frozen Plasma is basically the
second coming of NNB. What will it sound like? Will the vocals
compare favorably? Will the lyrics still be heartfelt? These were
some of the questions that were swimming around in my head. Well,
let me answer those questions for you! Musically, Frozen Plasma
picks up right where NNB left off. If anything, the music is even
more catchy. The beats are great for the club floors, and offer a
lot of variety in their tempos. The synth work by Vasi Vallis is
also spectacular, as is to be expected. Felix Marc's vocal
deliveries are also fabulous, and really help convey the emotion of
the lyrics. His style is similar to NNB's Henrik Iversen, yet has a
distinctive sound all his own. Finally, the lyrical content is
emotional and heartfelt on "Artificial". I had a tough time trying
to pick out specific songs from this CD as 'stand-outs', so I
decided not to bother. The entire album is a stand-out! Frozen
Plasma's "Artificial" is an excellent debut that I cannot recommend
Jeremy Davey - VIRUS
All fans of Namnambulu, the wait is over! The debut album from
Frozen Plasma is finally here.
I have been waiting for an all new album since the mini-album
release of Namnambulu, "Expansion", that arrived in middle of 2004.
At the end of 2005, my wait was almost over, the first single,
"Hypocrite", was released by Frozen Plasma and the possibilities of
hearing a full-length album from these guys would soon be ended. Now
this record is here and I can't do much more than just enjoy it and
smile. Vasi Vallis and Felix Marc have made some great work here.
It is hard not to draw any parallels with Namnambulu and in some way
not to think about them, which is just not working. The song
structure, the production, the singing and the great lines,
everything is still included in the music and the more I here the
voice of Felix Marc, everything gets so much better. "Artificial" is
soft lines, great refrains and with a singing voice on highest level
which lights up the existence.
"Artificial" includes a total of 12 tracks and with a playtime of
over 70 minutes it is with joy I run through the song over and over
again. The opening track Irony and the followed track Crossroads
really makes me happy with its great refrains, and not to talk about
the track War/Flashbacks which gives me goose pimples every time I
hear it in my sound system. The tracks A Generation Of The Lost and
Home is also a great song, wich the latest is made my Felix, who
also is behind the song Condence. The single-hit Hypocrite is of
course included, a song that absolutely not gets any poorer by the
time, it just continues to grow. The b-side from "Hypocrite", the
song Betrayed, is included on "Artificial" in a remix dome by US
synthpop band Iris, and since I wrote that review of that single the
song have just been better and better. The melody and the singing
structure is really great.
The final conclusion? "Artificial" IS better then all earlier
material from Namnambulu and I can't do much more then just bow and
lift on my hat for there guys. The artwork is simple and
minimalistic as before and I like it, very nice. I'll give them my
first ten! Best on the album: Irony, War/Flashbacks and Hypocrite.
I'm looking forward to more from Frozen Plasma in the future and my
longing for more has already begun. And of course, we will have them
here on Swedish soil soon.
Björn Andersson - Neurozine
A different drum
Frozen Plasma "Artificial" -- The man behind the music of the now
defunct band NamNamBulu introduces his new product together with
singer Felix Marc (also of Diorama). The vocals are melodic and
polished for a great new sound that isn't generally as dark or
dramatic as NamNamBulu. The songs are catchy and the music is
uptempo and club-friendly. I hear it as a lighter, more "synthpop"
answer to NamNamBulu (though they were pretty synthpoppy to begin
with). It's a cool debut album from a band that will hopefully stick
around for more albums to come.
Namnambulu is dead, long live Frozen Plasma! Fans of Namnambulu can
be delighted, since Frozen Plasma musicwise goes further where
Namnambulu stopped. Felix Marc, the keyboardist and second voice in
Diorama, is the new vocalist next to studio wizzard Vasi Vallis.
Felix has a sensitive voice that perfectly fits the uptempo,
emotional and danceable electropop of Frozen Plasma. We can conclude
only the vocals have changed compared to the former incarnation.
'Hypocrite' is a nice song and is very well comparable with
'Memories' or 'Now or Never'. Next to the original we find this
track in a club centered 'old school remix' with a length of 8
minutes and a minimal and dreamy instrumental 'Girls: dont cry!
Remix'. 'Betrayed' is a really good song with 80's synthpop
references. This single clearly shows no one has to mourn about the
loss of Namnambulu, since the music of Frozen Plasma offers exactly
I don't know what to say. I think I've said it all already but it
wouldn't look good to just write something like "Wow, this is
Well, Frozen Plasma is back - again - with a new and outstanding EP
with five brand new songs and a couple of remixes. I hardly had time
to settle from the 'Irony' single when this EP, entitled 'Emphasize'
arrives, and the album 'Artificial' still spins.
'Emphasize' opens up with the amazing track "King of Pain", a
beautiful and very emotional track which includes lyrics that really
touches your soul. Next up is a cover of the old Pet Shops Boys
classic "I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too)" and the melodic dance
floor track "Lift The Veil" with yet another great lyric structure
and soundscapes. Then, "Warmongers" is delivered to you. This track
shows a new side from Frozen Plasma with a song structure that
reminds me of Reaper a bit - the more experimental and industrial
dance floor-attacking project from Vasi Vallis. This is sure to hit
the floors with its bone-breaking melody and march-like vocals. The
last of the brand new tracks is "Vanishing Star". It starts out
beautiful with only a piano-set and the voice from Felix Marc and
built its way up to become a heavenly ballad.
Followed is five remixes - four from selected bands of the
album-track "A Generation Of The Lost" and a great mix of the first
single "Hypocrite" from Torben Wendt (Diorama), that even includes
vocals from him.
storming the base
Updated lower price!! Following the demise / split of Euro
Electro-Pop sensations NamNamBulu - it was easy to predict that
follow up project FROZEN PLASMA would return with as much energy and
infection synth-tuned poppery than ever before ! Already scoring a
huge underground hit with dance floor single ''Hypocrite'' they
return now with Brand New full length album ''Artificial''. With new
singer Felix Marc ( of DIORAMA ) now incorporated into the line-up,
NamNamBulu / Reaper -sound-mastermind Vasi Vallis delivers 12 tracks
and 75 minutes of mature, dreamy electro-pop - brimming with synth
led melodies across a number of high class potential hits tracks
such as ''Irony'', ''Crossroads'', ''Generations Of The Lost'' and
''Condense''. Presented in the usual trademark minimalist artwork
''Artificial'' contains all the ingredients to become another big
hit within the dance floor electro-pop scene ! Released on Nilaihah
and available May 2nd, 2006.