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They've been called Norway's answer to Depeche Mode and Erasure, EBM-style, and that's fairly apt -- though Monofader (a duo consisting of Icon of Coil's Sebastian Komor and Richard Bjørklund of Spektralized) isn't quite as hook-smart as Erasure. Luckily, they're more hook-smart than Depeche Mode ever were, and their music is quite a bit more sonically complex than that of most of their peers. Lyrically, they seem to have something of an obsession with the concept of mind control, but musically they keep things relatively light on Frost, which features such accessible songs as "Mimic" and "Solid Ground," the positively swinging "Why?," and the contemplative "Cold and Awake," not to mention the borderline anthemic "Deliver." Best of all is "Failure," which features some truly nifty rhythmic tricks and dislocations. This one is definitely worth hearing.

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