Frosthelm has just self-released an EP, ‘The Northwinds Rend Flesh’. This is your first official release, yes? What can fans expect from this early offering?
We released a demo back in 2010 that we’ve thought about getting re-pressed if people want it. I’ll be a lame ass and use the part of the promo thing –
“The Northwinds Rend Flesh” is abundant with punishingly memorable riffs, head banging rhythms, and soul-chilling savagery.”
If your tastes are for the more extreme side of metal, you’ll probably dig it!
How would you describe your sound to metal maniacs? What will fans embrace that they may be familiar with? What about Frosthelm sets you apart from the horde of other bands?
We’re thrash inspired that’s for sure. We also have melodic black metal stuff going on in there too, and a good dose of melody. Metallica, Dissection, Slayer, Naglfar and Witchery are some of the bands that I think we could be compared to. We just like to rock out and have fun, and play what we want. I’m not sure if that sets us apart or not, but people seem to be taking notice!
What is the songwriting process like for Frosthelm? Is there a central songwriter or do you all contribute as a whole?
A song will usually start as an idea at home or sometimes at practice. Then I’ll record it at home with a drum machine, and send it out to the other guys to get familiar with it. Then I’ll revise it over and over until I’m happy with it. Sometimes the songs sound pretty different than the original idea! I’ve written all the music thus far.
The sound of ‘The Northwinds…’ is very aggressive and well produced with a great recording quality. What was the studio experience like for the band? Were the songs complete when you went in or did you take more time to craft the songs in the mix?
The recording process was a long and sometimes over whelming affair. We recorded, mixed and mastered the whole thing ourselves, and learned a lot about what goes into producing a decent recording.
The songs were all ready to go when we started, but we did make a few minor changes during the recording process. We added some extra measures, subtracted unnecessary drum parts, ect. There were five songs recorded for this release, but one did not make the cut due to some BS. The stress level was pretty high with just the four tracks, so we ended up not redoing it.
What are some of Frosthelm’s influences, both musically and lyrically? How do these influences make their way into your music?
Musically, I’m firmly rooted in thrash metal. Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” is the record that made me want to play guitar. I had heard rock and metal before, but not like that! I thought that crushing, low E power cord on “Battery” was just the coolest thing I had ever heard! So I spent my early learning developing that tight and aggressive rhythm playing technique. It’s really what I naturally default to and it’s the one thing I know I can do well.
I also draw a lot of influence from bands like Dissection and Naglfar. To me, those bands do a great job with blending sinister sounding riffage and melody.
Is there a central theme to the songs on ‘The Northwinds…’? What are some of the lyrical subjects in Frosthelm’s music?
I’d say the general theme dwells on the aspect of human suffering. It’s something I think we can all relate too. Northwinds rend flesh is about the brutality of ND winter, albeit from a fantasy perspective. Reaping the seeds of corruption deals with the extreme evils that dwell within societies, be it the product of Child abuse, Child soldiers etc. We reap what we sow kinda deal. Damage over time relays the punishing effects of the ol’ D & D spell all us nerds have become so familiar with. But the great thing about these songs is that they can be interpreted in many different ways, and can have different meanings to different people.
When we wrote the first Frosthelm song and played it from beginning to end for the first time, that was pretty awesome. It was the first time I had written anything that I was really excited for people to hear. Then we played our first show and butchered the hell out of it!
On the opposite side, share with us a dark day in the history of Frosthelm. What experiences has made the band that we hear today stronger!?
I think that losing band members is the shittiest thing about being in a band. It’s tough to let people go or to have them leave, but it’s always for the best interests of the group.
So I’ll say that our member turnovers have sucked, but we’ve always become a stronger band because of it.
What does the immediate future hold for Frosthelm? What about the far future, in say, two years?
We’re writing new material to get ready for a full length record. We’ve also kicked the idea around about doing a split or a 7″, but that’s still up in the air. We’re planning on playing some shows here and there as well.
Two years from now, I don’t really now. A European tour would be sweet though!
The last words are yours!
Thanks for the interview and thanks to all the people who support us! Also, our EP is available on Itunes for all the tech-savvy metal heads! We also have physical copies, so check us out on facebook if you want to get hooked up. Stay frosty!