Ben FrostBy The Throat

Label:Bedroom Community – HVALUR6, Bedroom Community – HVALUR006CD
CD, Album
Style:Abstract, Drone, Experimental


Sounds [Raw Material]Crowpath
2The Carpathians2:57
3Ó God Protect Me
Strings [Unidentified One-stringed Instrument], Guitar [Additional]Valgeir Sigurðsson
Violin, Viola, CelloAmiina
Piano [Prepared]Nico Muhly
Strings [Additional]Russell Fawcus
5Untitled Transient0:50
6Peter Venkman Part I4:29
7Peter Venkman Part II
Harpsichord, Piano [Prepared]Nico Muhly
8Leo Needs A New Pair Of Shoes
Arranged By [Strings]Ben Frost, Nico Muhly
Recorded By [Strings]Mio Þórisson*
9Through The Glass Of The Roof
Sounds [Raw Material]Crowpath
10Through The Roof Of Your Mouth
Sounds [Raw Material]Crowpath
11Through The Mouth Of Your Eye
PercussionJeremy Gara
Programmed By [Additional]David Lettelier*

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This recording was produced almost in its entirety within the walls of Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavík, Iceland.
Geenhouse is managed by Mio Þórisson.

"Killshot", "Through The Glass Of The Roof" and "Through The Roof Of Your Mouth" contain raw material from "The Will To Burn" and "The Lycanthrope" from the album "Son Of Sulphur" by Crowpath. Used with permission.

This recording contains various recordings of orcas off the coast of Henningsvaer, Norway.

Valgeir Sigurðsson, Sam Amidon and Nico Muhly appear courtesy of Bedroom Community.
Lawrence English appears courtesy of Room40.

Ben Frost uses software by Ableton and native instruments.

"By The Throat" was photographed at Huldaheims, Dalvik, Iceland.

Influence upon this recording by Sruli Recht, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Lawrence English, Nico Muhly and Paul Corley cannot be overstated.
Particular gratitude is directed also to my family, Tim Hecker, Daniel Rejmer, Sam Amidon, Laurent Briet, Andrew Kotatko, Rebeca Méndez + Adam Eeuwens, RVK!, Amiina, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Mio, Paul Evans, Sigga Sunna and Danny "Liner-Notes" Johnson.

...For Hooch

©2009 Bedroom Community

Issued in a gatefold cardboard sleeve including a 10 page booklet.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 8 80319 43912 4
  • Barcode (Scanned): 880319439124
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): [MPO logo x 3] CA HVALUR6CD @ 09/24/09 02:57:50 PM
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI L039
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 1281
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): [MPO logo x 3] CA HVALUR6CD @ 09/24/09 02:57:50 PM
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L039
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 127E

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
By The Throat (13×File, FLAC, Album)Bedroom CommunitynoneIceland2009
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By The Throat (CD, Album, Promo)Bedroom CommunityHVALUR6PROMOIceland2009
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By The Throat (LP, Album, Limited Edition)Bedroom CommunityHVALUR6LPIceland2010
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By The Throat (Album, LP, Limited Edition, Reissue)Bedroom CommunityHVALUR6LPIceland2012


  • downbythebog's avatar
    Vinyl repress please! It would be amazing. Let's get it going!
    • nightofthevampire's avatar
      Simply one of the best electronic albums ever. The atmosphere is akin to the best of second wave black metal and the likes of Paysage D'Hiver. Frostbitten, unearthly and deeply unsettling.
      • Candy_Guru's avatar
        Cold, austere, agressive and beautiful. You may feel threatened at first, but by the end of the album you'll want to run away with the pack of wolves.
        • dalakouras's avatar
          Be careful when listening to this superb album alone, at darkness and with headphones. The wolves may be closer than you think.
          • Headphone_Commute's avatar
            I first listened to Ben Frost when he released his sophomore full length album, Theory Of Machines on Bedroom Community back in 2007. I described his music as ambient hardcore - psychologically raw, punishing, and overdriven guitars, with reverberated pads and rhythms that mutate into white noise and back, sending chills that originate deep from within your ear canal and slide down to your toenails. That album left a lasting impression on me. Enough to select it as one of the best albums of the year. I didn't think that Theory Of Machines could be outdone... That is... until I put on By The Throat. While listening to Theory Of Machines, I compared Frost's sound to that of an angry furry armadillo, creeping up the inside of my legs with a cold long needle, leaving me drenched in sweat. And with this latest installment, the chills rise up my spine and hold me, in perpetual, electric shock. The cover art alone puts into my mind the images of my final moments, lying naked on the snow, steam rising from the breath of a hungry wolf, his teeth sunk into my throat. And the track titles do not let up. Through The Glass Of The Roof, Through The Roof Of Your Mouth, Through The Mouth Of Your Eye. And the music? Dark grinding metallic strings scratched through distorted pads, deep breaths, growls, and choking melodies. The intensity of the bass and guitar riffs create instant goose bumps, tickling the inside of my ears, and clawing at my chest. White knuckled at the seat, I think I accidentally scratched a healing scab off of my back and now I'm bleeding through this white collar shirt, the tie restricting my cries. Let me out! I've heard some dark and terrifying ambiance in my lifetime, but Frost's onslaught is incredible. I stand applauding. And the production? We've got top notch mastering going on here, with perfectly sampled strings played with dry bows over thumping kick, and rising voices. With contributions from Jeremy Gara of The Arcade Fire, Icelandic quartet Amiina, Swedish grindcore band Crowpath, and of course, the classical touch of Nico Muhly the roster of artists is exciting alone. Oh, and did I mention that it was co-produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson? It was created under the cloak of nocturnal snow in the far northern reaches of financial-fantasy island, a concept borne of Frost and weapons manufacturer, war monger and evil genius Sruli Recht, captured by the all-seeing-eye of Bjarni Gríms and forged in the fires of hell by Rebeca Mendéz… Frost's music is all about contrast - merging beautiful classical minimalism with the dirty grind of metal and drone core. This combination is unsettling to the mind, refusing to split in half and choose between the genres. Born in Australia, Frost is now living in Reykjavik, Iceland - home of the above mentioned artists, and of course Sigurðsson’s acclaimed Bedroom Community label. His debut solo album, titled Steel Wound, was released on Room40 in 2003. There's also a two-track digital EP, released together with Lawrence English, titled Anyone Can Play... Anyone Can Sing (Dreamland, 2004). In 2007, Frost released Theory Of Machines on Bedroom Community, and spent the next two years cooped up to dream up this nightmare. Let me restate my earlier conviction: By The Throat is even better than Theory Of Machines - a feat I thought impossible to bear. This is the music of suspense. The terror of the unknown. The ethereal melody at the end of the tunnel that gets cemented off a few inches away from your desperate crawl. The piano keys expand and shrink with pressure, and the white and black chip off and vanish. The tension ends with the last track, and although you can exhale, you want to feel the angst again. You want to feel. You want to feel...



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