Power of Metal.dk Review

Frozen Ocean
The Dyson Swarm
Style: Dark Atmospheric Metal
Release date: 3 March, 2014
Playing time: 49:33

Here is an album that is epic, atmospheric and hints at the undertaking of one journey. In fact I sometimes think of this genre as ‘Homeric Metal’ (after Homer’s odyssey as depicted in the “Illiad”). True to the genre, “The Dyson Swarm” is mostly instrumental and features the musical efforts of a single person - a Russian dude who goes by the name of Vaarwel.

I felt that this new creation of Frozen Ocean/Vaarwel tends to drag around aimlessly without actually getting anywhere, much like a journey aboard a driverless vessel. Mind you, the album does have its moments. It often conjures feelings that are genuinely cold, dark and eerie. But in my opinion the strongest characteristic of “The Dyson Swarm” is Frozen Ocean’s talent in merging electronic music with the more abrasive and Metal-sounding elements, such as some Black Metal style vocals. ‘Sloan Great Wall’ and ‘Exoplanet (HD 85512 b)’ are 2 tracks which illustrate this quite effectively. Moreover, the album really has a great sound.

The song titles are enigmatic gobbledgook to me but as a result of some quick research it transpired that a Dyson Swarm is a complex theory concerning the supply of energy by directly tapping into a star’s inherent energy. Or something to that effect.....

I do like atmospheric music but if you’re tempted to explore this genre for the first time, you’d be better off checking out Benighted Leams, Chaostar, Hawkwind or Ulver. 

“The Dyson Swarm” album teaser:


01. Syzygy
02. CE-4
03. Sloan Great Wall
04. SHGb02+14a
05. Exoplanet (HD 85512 b)
06. The Dyson Swarm
07. UDFj-39546284

Label: Kristallblut Records
Distribution: Kristallblut Records
Reviewed by: Chris Galea
Date: 23 August, 2014
Website: www.frozen-ocean.net