The Fifth Sun (ptII)

Prepare for a sonic journey as Fraise, the Swedish powerhouse of heavy power metal, proudly presents their sixth studio album,
"The Fifth Sun (Part II)," set to be unleashed on September 29, 2023.

This dynamic ensemble has poured their hearts and souls into crafting 11 unforgettable tracks,
each a testament to their unwavering dedication to the art of heavy power metal.

Fraise proudly declares that "The Fifth Sun (Part II)" stands as their magnum opus,
a testament to their evolution and artistic prowess. With influences echoing the likes of Judas Priest, Helloween, and Axel Rudi Pell,
this album is a compelling fusion of raw power and melodic precision.

The Fifth Sun

“The Fifth Sun” ist ganz großes Kino. Da haben Fraise ein echtes Meisterwerk rausgehauen. Modern und fett produziert, gehört das Album zum bisher besten, das ich in diesem Jahr gehört habe. Die Schweden sind für mich eine der großen Neuentdeckung in 2020. Ich frage mich, warum habe ich zuvor nichts von dieser Band gehört? ......9/10

W maju 2020 roku FRAISE przedstawia swój drugi album w składzie sformowanym przez Franssona przed rokiem 2017, nakładem Distrosong.

Płyta poprzednia była przeciętnym i nierównym albumem power metalowym z nieco rozmytym stylem przewodnim, ale FRAISE to zespół, którego nigdy nie można spisywać na straty. Tym razem jest to muzyka dynamiczna, szybka, melodyjna i autentycznie power metalowa, no i co bardzo ważne, zagrana z dużo większą pewnością, niż w roku 2017. Ta ekipa się zgrała, Ericson wypada od początku do końca bardzo przekonująco, a Fredrik Falkerstedt gra zdecydowanie bardziej kreatywnie i finezyjnie.......ocena: 9,6/10


Listened to as a whole, Circle-O-Zero is a powerful entity: an elevated record that raises the power, the strength and the energy of power metal to melodic levels that are often missing in many releases. A very solid album and one that should elevated Fraise even higher.

The key element that can be easily transpired out of “Circle-O-Zero” is simplicity, out in the open, reflecting the basics, yet in a colorful manner. FRAISE declared that they are up for the flow, keeping it alive and breathing, sailing through catchiness and atmospheric melody that boasts into one’s heart....8/10

Siamese Conspiracy

I will say that there are a few moments where the band breaks free of its groove and unleashes material I’d deem a little more impressive. “Salvation”, despite beginning as a ballad, evolves into an involving mini-epic with majestic vocal lines and guitar progressions. There’s a cool approach to dynamicism in this one, and it’s an element of the band I feel that, with further focus, could really set it apart. “Generation Dollar” is surprisingly vitriolic, and stands as a rare example of modern ideals transferred to the power metal medium in a very competent fashion. I quite like how clean guitar lines are played over the pummelling rhythm assault, giving the song its rather unique identity, and again helping to set it apart from the more vanilla numbers on the album....

Fraise har bra driv och tyngd i sin power metal. Tankarna går ganska omgående till Nocturnal Rites. Inte minst sångaren Ola Hedman har en melodiös strävhet som påminner om Jonny Lindqvist från nämnda band.........

....RATING : 18/20

A New Beginning

Dieses aus Alingsas stammende Quintett konnte schon für das im Jahre 2004 veröffentlichte Debüt "Hellicornia" reichlich positives Feedback einfahren und auch wenn der Truppe keineswegs für innovative Musik gratuliert werden konnte, so haben FRAISE sehr wohl Lob für ihre starken Songs erhalten und genau das wird den fünf Jungs auch für "A New Beginning" widerfahren......

Ik zit aardig in het power metalwereldje, maar van Fraise had ik nog nooit gehoord. Toch is dit volgens de bio al het tweede album van deze Zweden. Een volwaardig album van twaalf nummer aan power metal krijg ik voor mijn kiezen, maar na de releases van Mystic Prophecy...

Just about every song on 'A new beginning' is terrific, but I will single out track 5 "Sign of victory" as my personal favorite. The CD is filled with catchy guitar work, cool guitar solos and sing-a-long choruses though, and I truly like the entire CD. Therefore, I don't have anything negative to say, although I'm not blown away by 'A new beginning', as this style has been done before (obviously), as evident by the large list of comparisons at the beginning of the review. Still, this is highly recommended to fans of melodic power metal and this is certainly a band to watch out for.  4/5


By listening the first notes of the debut album of Fraise “Hellicornia ” one could realize that it is an interesting mixture of Power - Heavy Metal. The first track is an Intro. The second song “Set Us Free” is quick and rapid. “Fight With Fire” is slower but heavier. “Ice Cold” is distinguished by the power vocals. “July” is an Epic Ballad...

Om jag skulle räkna upp alla låtar som är värda att nämnas, skulle jag räkna upp allihopa - för detta är en klockren skiva och den håller för ett antal genomlyssningar. Låt säga så här: jag är nog snart inne på min tjugonde lyssning, minst (!) och den blir bara bättre. Nåväl, någon låt får jag väl nämna - "Saratoga" är en riktigt, riktigt bra låt ....

We’re moving to Sweden once again where we can find another new sensational band called FRAISE. Without a doubt, their debut CD ‘Hellicornia’ is a fantastic Melodic Metal Masterpiece that fits perfectly between NOCTURNAL RITES, WOLF and DREAM EVIL, so this is definitely high quality stuff. 10 songs are included, and not only the music is sensational, but also the production is big-time, so we can easily call this a highly recommended band...

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