This is a zine dedicated to Symphonic and gothic metal

REVIEW OF THE ALBUM OF FROST TEARS – “NINE CHAPTERS”

FROST TEARS – “NINE CHAPTERS”

FROST TEARS are a six piece Power/Melodic/Symphonic/Gothic band from Taiwan

Line up:

Vocal:濂 (Len)(Melody Wang) (2010.3~ present)

         Guitar:焚 (Taku) (Chih-chia Chen)(2010.3~ present)

Guitar :帝( Dio) (2014.4~ present)

Keyboard:雨 (Yu) (Jhong Yu Shih) (2010.3~ present)

Drums:棘 (Ibara) (Tam Shau) (2010.7~ present)

Let’s see what the “NINE CHAPTERS” album has to offer with this track by track review

1.BEING FOR (PRELUDE):

Intro to the album with symphonic dreamy sound,perfect orchestration and choirs.A very good prelude!

RUNNING TIME :2.39
RATING:10/10

2. THROUGH THE EDGE:

Opens with perfect choir operatic and also dramatic and enters the beautiful female voice of Len.The lyrics are in their language but this is not big problem to make you to travel in a dream trip.The backing male voice gives to the song one very good symphonic result.

“Through the Edge” has theme the  “Live”.
Bad things happened all the time. By making any hard decisions, we gain new lives. That’s the way we believe “Live” is.

Lyricist:Taku & Len composer:Len Arranger:Frost Tears translate by 夏暴羽Feather

就剎那一生 為千古流芳
Life is so fleeting, while fame’s immortal
不畏懼那灼熱焰火 衝向灰燼
Rush to the ash without fearing the raging flames
花落繁盡 夜沉 晨曦東未昇
Flowers wither. Night fall. The sun hasn’t risen
猶見斑駁影身 踟躕未知前程
Seeing the shadow dapple, I hesitate on future
眼前一片絢爛的海
A splendid sea lie before me
迎著戧風 佇候在
Facing the wind I stand by
一望無垠寧靜懸崖 心驚膽顫
the boundless serene sharp cliff
浩瀚宇宙 微透光 衝破藩籬 直到 氣斷腸
The vast cosmos has dim light. Break through the boundaries till we die
All along emotion until the ending
All along you see it to be confident
All along to confront until the ending
All along you see it always you can follow
月光皎潔 映照湖水面 思念無限惹塵埃
The bright moonlight cast upon the lake. The ceaseless yearning drills me
疲憊蹣跚  今何在
Is what I persuit still there?

RUNNING TIME :4.54
RATING:9.9/10

3.DRINKING:

Electric guitars and power drums open the track and enter the female voice with her special vocal range.The guitar solo is great,electric and heavy.

“Drinking“ has theme the “Happiness”.
Tries to find pleasure amidst suffering. Drinking we think!

Lyricist:Taku & Len composer:Len Arranger:Frost tears translate by 夏暴羽Feather

凝視遠方夜空煙花綻放
Gazing at the fireworks in far at night
又聚河岸駐足燈火闌珊 談笑瀰漫
Gathering on riverbank in dim light. Clatter echoes.
凝望河水映照稀疏華髮
Gazing at the reflection of grey hair
一陣東風吹拂多年冀盼 不嘆過往
The east wind stired up my old expectation. Don’t dwell on past.

看 在月光下 浮現火光 傾 些許憂愁消逝
Look, in the moonlight the fire blaze. Fall for drunk and ease some pain
酒 來消愁 請斟酒笑談 杯觥交錯 幾番思量
Drown our sorrow. Please drink and laugh loud. Recalling past as we salute.
看 自笑顏中 浮現希望 傾 些許憂愁消逝
Look, from our smile the hope appear. Fall for drunk and ease some pain
酒 遇三巡 再斟酒笑談 微醺迷茫 談笑自若
Let’s buttom up again and again. Though tipsy, we are still cheerful
道破這人生的惆悵
We see through the sorrow of life

RUNNING TIME :4.02
RATING:9.8/10

4. THE ROUGE:

Maybe the best song of the album.Open in dreamy way with the magic voice of Len.The chorus is excellent and all the instruments wok very well in a perfect orchestration.

The Rouge“ has  theme the  “Sorrow”.
This song represents the image of sad beauty. It shows the sadness in the love between human.

Lyricist /composer Len Arranger:Frost Tears translate by夏暴羽Feather
葉 飄零著 朦朧影中裡盤旋
The leaves witherd, in the shadows it hovered
瀰漫著芬芳 輕盈曼妙的倩影
emitting fragrance, such lissom her figure
花斜倚著 空思遠處的歸人
The flower leaned, missing the distant lover
金雀 孤窗 雨過殘燭 幾多愁
The canary watched the rain pour on the light by the sash, how lonesome

月色映照鏡水面
Moonlight glows on the water
繁華布幔 捲起一頁
Turn a new leaf of gaudiness
嫣然一笑 慾望紅塵 蹶然一身
Smiling seductively all alone in the Red

枯藤古樹遺骸
Dead vine, Old trees, remains
封印 難以窺探
It’s hard to see the seal
絢爛的火光 一閃又即逝
The spark light is like a flash in the pan
夜透露謎漾誘惑
Mistily the night tempted us
弄妝紅粉面
I dressed in full fig
染胭脂煙花月 笑如幻夢一場
The Rouge dyed the moon red. It’s all like a fond dream
午夜夢徊綺戀 戴上偽妝面
Such roamnce in my dreams. Hide myself with a mask
嬌嬈身影猶存 回眸瞬間百媚生
The fair figure lingers. So tempting as her gazes back
(絕代風華一身 一一浮現入眼簾)
Her peerless beauty lasts. One by one flash through my eye.

RUNNING TIME :4.27
RATING:10/10 PLUS

5.BARREN LAND :

Powerful orchestrations and very strong choirs start the number.The female vocals then take the lead and guide us high before enters some growls under the sound of the electric guitars and again the singer calms the song instantly and getting powerful in the end,

“Barren Land“ has theme the “Fear”.
The lyrics shows the struggles from men to live make us fear.

Lyricist:Len composer:Len Arranger:Frost tears translate by 夏暴羽Feather

Guest vocal:咒唱-Kayo Fan(Morals Abyss)
風蕭瑟 蒼天淚 路斷魂 絮雨紛
Chilling wind. Cries the sky. Route is harsh. It drizzled.
凝視眼 箭上弦 唯獨有那一瞬間
Concentrate. Only for that moment arrow’s on string
風蕭瑟 蒼天淚 路斷魂 絮雨紛
Chilling wind. Cries the sky. Route is harsh. It drizzled.
星滅雲裂 惡火噬地 身陷桎梏
Cloud shrouds the stars. Fire burned the earth. I’m imprisoned.

一望無際 白茫大地 傾刻間悲泣
On the endless white land, I cried out without omen
漫天細雨 無語塵埃 全覆蓋恐懼
The ceaseless rain, the silent dust, all covered by fear
雨紛飛 落葉飄 異鄉願 如今縱使歸不去
It drizzled. The leaf falls. I’m homesick though I can never go back.
惆悵淚 滑落在衣肩 如今麻痺 已不見
The tears of sorrow fall on my shoulder and numb my eyesight.
轉眼間 蒼穹桑天風雲變色 捻於指尖
Suddenly the blue sky changes drastically to my horror
浩氣迴盪著耳際 無聲吶喊天邊
The uprightness haunts on me, silently it echos

現實壓迫的剝奪 無法喘息的枷鎖
Reality’s stripping me. The chain’s suffocating me
追尋真切的疑惑 縱使畏懼 唯有短暫的瞬間
Searching for the real question, even if there’s fear, it will never last too long
油然而生的本我 超脫最真的感受
Here I form my real ego, the unleashed real feeling
喚醒正義的持有 能否克制顫抖
Waking innate uprightness, can we stop shivering?

RUNNING TIME :3.56
RATING:9.8/10

6.SILENT TRIAL:

The track starts with soar choir and male clean voice enters for little as growls before we listen the duet of female and male voices.The wild growls come again to give dynamic to the track with guitar riffs and pounding drums.

“Silent Trial“ has theme the “Evil”.
Evils are everywhere. Anyone can’t escape from the invasion of evil. Once we become evil, we’ll have to face the trial from our conscience forever.

composer : Ken/Len Lyricist : Len Arranger:Frost Tears translate by 夏暴羽 Feather
眼中心靈殘骸 覆蓋糜爛枯葉
In my eyes rotten leaves cover remains of soul
視而不見殘酷現實 爭奪殺戮
Turn a blind eye to this cruel truth, fight and slaughter

眼前一片、殘酷虛幻、顛倒黑白、如何抉擇?
In my sight is full of brutal unreality. How should I choose?

如制約般鎖鏈 箝制住意念 纏住心間
The chain-like restriction bound my free mind and twine on my heart
無法面對觀念價值 唯獨只有對這一切沉默
I can’t face with this system of values but to be silence to all these
消失在最終審判
disappear in the last trial

See the world you must have to Wear a mask , how to choose behind the pretense.
See the world you must have to Wear a mask , how to choose behind the pretense.

What do you see behind the real ? NO
What’s the criteria after all? Fake
what’s only you can do that ? Silence
this is I want to stick to change ….

如制約般鎖鏈 箝制住意念 纏住心間
The chain-like restriction bound my free mind and twine on my heart
無法面對觀念價值 唯獨只有對這一切沉默
I can’t face with this system of values but to be silence to all these
消失在最終審判
disappear in the last trial

如制約般鎖鏈 箝制住意念 纏住心間
The chain-like restriction bound my free mind and twine on my heart
無法面對觀念價值 唯獨只有對這一切沉默
I can’t face with this system of values but to be silence to all these
消失在最終審判
disappear in the last trial

RUNNING TIME :4.24
RATING:8/10

7. RULE THE LAND:

The track opens in the first seconds with gentle piano and nice guitar riffs.With great opchestratio enter the female voice with operatic tone.The song changes to lighter with piano work.

“Rule theLand“ has theme the “Desire”.
This song represents the necessary evil for ruling a country. Lyrics of the song shows
a same story with two different directions.

Lyricist:Taku composer:Len Arranger:Frost Tears translate by 夏暴羽Feather

鋒芒之眼 虎狼之心 劊子之手 暴君之吼
The piercing eyes. Heart of the beast. Hands of Ripper. Growl of tyrant
尚武之治 拓疆闢土 惡名君王 一統天下
Worshipping force. Breaking new ground. The notorious emperor rule all the land

遙想當年風雲際會
Recalling days long ago we gather
風沙彌漫 我心若懸
The wind stirs up the sand. My heart is suspended
看不清 山在何方 河往哪去
I can’t see where the mountains are, where the rivers converge
細數結繩 已數千載
Counting how long it’s been, thousands of years have passed

前秦後漢 曹王自封 三國分立 苦似鹿鼎
Han came after Qin. Cao cao made himself king. People suffered from the situation of the Three Kindom
烽煙滾滾 天愁地暗 儒皮法骨 君暗臣亂
The war fire burnt everwhere. The world is in chaos and darkness. With the skin of Confucianism but the spine of Legalism, the emperor was fatuous and the courtiers fish in trouble water
夢回三國兵戎交會
My dream brought me back to the Three Kindom’s warfare
戰鼓四起 血流成河
Drummer everywhere. The earth was running with blood
望不見 風往何處? 而你在哪裡?
I can’t see where the wind blows. And where you would be?
思念伊人 是否依舊
Missing my fair lady,would she still stay there as usual?

一統天下
Conquer the whole world

RUNNING TIME :5.04
RATING:8.5/10

8.FLAMES OF WAR:

After few seconds of mystical east sound  the song become a heavy storm. Growls with operatic female voice beat our ears.The song is one power symphonic metal piece and completely different of the other tracks of the album.

“Flames of War“ has theme the “Rage”.
We don’t like war at all, but violence can’t happen without rage. “

Lyricist:Taku/Len composer:Taku Arranger:Frost Tears translate by 夏暴羽Feather

風起 雲湧 一代梟雄 運籌帷幄 氣蓋赤壁
Rising winds, scudding clouds. Pendragon of the generation had the situation well in hand; his momemtum swept the Red Cliff
平沙無垠 夐不見人 河水縈帶 山糾紛
There was no one to be seen on the endless sand. The river meandered among the ountains piled upon mountains.
古來戰場 非生即死 魂拋千里外
Since ancient times the life-and-death struggles are common on the battlefield. Soldiers had left life and death out of consideration already.

(吼)秋風 嘯
(Growl)Howled the autumn wind
風蕭瑟 波湧起 山河震 雷電崩
The wind howls. The waves surge. Great earthquake. Thunder drops.
風蕭瑟 波湧起 山河震 雷電崩
The wind howls. The waves surge. Great earthquake. Thunder drops.
古來戰場 非生即死 魂拋生死外
Since ancient times the life-and-death struggles are common on the battlefield. Soldiers had left life and death out of consideration already.

(吼)凜冽 震眩 戰亂平起 聲析江河 勢崩雷電
Piercing cold. Shocklnly dazzled. Warfare uprose everywhere. Its sound rumbled on the river like thunder
老驥伏櫪 志在千里 烈士暮年 心不已
The old soldiers still crave for retrieving their glory despite aging. A noble-hearted man retains his high aspirations even in old age
古來戰場 非生即死 暴古塵沙中
Since ancient times the life-and-death struggles are common on the battlefield. The warriors lay their lives on the battlefield and bones decay in the sand

(吼)戰鼓 吼
(Growl)War drum Roar
天地愁 草木悲 聲悲壯 屍遍野
The world was overwhelmed by sorrow. The hailing was solemn but stirring. The corpses scattered on the battlefield.
天地愁 草木悲 聲悲壯
The world was overwhelmed by sorrow. The hailing was solemn but stirring.

滾滾長江東逝水 浪花淘盡英雄
The surging Yangtze runs ever east, washing up heroes as it goes.
成與敗 轉頭空 青山依舊在 幾度啊 夕陽紅
Right and wrong, failure and fortune change position in the blink of an eye. The green mountain stand as ever before, witness to countless sunsets

(且)曹孟德奸雄狂妄 孤掌難鳴 豈容他四海橫行
Cao Mengde(Cao Cao) the arch-careerist is presumptuous, but it’s difficult to achieve anything without support. We shall not let his rampage endenger the world.
(生)投長鞭斷江流 檣摧楫傾 從此後漢祚重光三分鼎
If my army fling their whip, the Yangtze would be blocked. The warship was seriously damaged. Henceforth the throne of the past Han shone and the glorious Three Kindom started.
(旦)看今日風雲際會赤壁鏖兵 大江東去浪千重
Look how many militaries fight fiercely today! East flows the mighty river as the waves surge
(生/旦)多少英雄浪濤盡 惟有我千古留名
Sweeping away the heroes of times past, only I can leave my mark in history

滾滾長江東逝水 浪花淘盡英雄
The surging Yangtze runs ever east, washing up heroes as it goes.

成與敗 轉頭空 青山依舊在
Right and wrong, failure and fortune change position in the blink of an eye. The green mountain stand as ever before
古今秋月春風 一壺酒喜相逢 仰天長嘯
Time passes by and brings away those good old days. With a jug of wine we drink to our hearts, emitting long wheez into the air

RUNNING TIME :3.56
RATING:9.8/10

9.MOTHER EARTH:

Atmospheric intro with soaring choirs and orchestrations,power guitar riffs and dramatic female voice.One very brilliant track with in refrain both the male – female voices with a perfect guitar solo.

“Mother Earth“ has theme the “Love”.
“Mother Earth” means the god who manage the land and all the species. We pray for everyone in this planet can be protected and loved by the “Mother Earth“.

RUNNING TIME :5.16
RATING:9.8/10

10.STEP FORWARD (INTERLUDE):

A piano deep gothic dark sounding opens the number.The orchestration again is marvelous ,one great classic interlude!

RUNNING TIME :2.49
RATING:10/10

11. REBORN -YANG MING :

Hard metal guitars with power drums from the onset ,the female voice come with operatic style.The track gets heavier with the guitar solo and the backing drums.One more track with pretty much musical creativity!

RUNNING TIME :7.35
RATING:9.8/10

12.AMAZING GRACE:

Like hymn or lullaby the number starts with the haunting female voice.One ballad with the “amazing grace” of this excellent singer!

RUNNING TIME :3.51
RATING:10/10

Finally we have one amazing perfect  concept album.Nine Chapters” contains nine chapters,. Each of them represents a main theme and all the themes are discussing about living and humanity. These nine themes are “Live”, “Death”, “Happiness”, “Rage”, “Sorrow”, “Fear”, “Love”, “Evil” and “Desire”.  “Nine” as the total amount of all the themes is because of the special meaning for “Nine”.“Nine” is the maximum in all the numeral, so it represents the concept “without limited” in Chinese’s tradition thought which contains both “endless time” and“endless space”.

The voice of Len is one of the best, all the musicians are superb ,the production professional and the all arrangements quite magnificent . HIGHLY RECOMMENDED RATING:9.47/10

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