Frantic Bleep is an odd name for a band, and in the case of this
new Norwegian combo, arguably a bit misleading.
The word "bleep" might imply something computerized or, in the sense
of a musical style, something in the electronica realm, and this band
is nowhere near that.
And "frantic" implies something hurried or rushed, and that's not
the case here either -- this is a band with ideas, and these
guys are clearly not in a hurry to get anywhere, instead content to
meander and explore various moods.
So, given all that, what does Frantic Bleep really sound like?
The style here is quite original, kind of a dark progressive metal,
mixing a shade of recent
a healthy dose of
(to name but two occasional soundalikes),
with several non-metallic elements to forge a pretty unique sound.
The songs are moody, dark, usually slow-to-midpaced, with Pål Bjørke's
gentle, clean vocals a perfect fit.
The End Records has a near-perfect track record of signing unique
and original metal bands, and Frantic Bleep is a worthy signee.
Since the release of The Sense Apparatus, vocalist/bassist
Bjørke has left (he had originally signed on as a studio guest during
their pre-album demo, so perhaps this isn't surprising), and
other lineup changes have ensued as well.
Hopefully the new lineup can continue to excel.
Lars Gunnar Morastsæter
Pål Mozart Bjørke
The Sense Apparatus
2005 BNR Top Ten album
Chronicles Of Chaos
Lords Of Metal
- A Survey
- The Expulsion
- Sins Of Omission
- ... But A Memory
- Neboulous Termini
- Pål Mozart Bjørke
- Patrick Scantlebury
- Eywin Sundstrøm
- Sten Svendheim