at: 18th, March 2015
"Our environment is definetely reflected in our music, and we made a very conscious decision to make it that way...You can't listen to our album without imagining yourself in a wild deadly ducking blizzard."
1. I would like to ask you if have been easy being established on your own scene? How did you start it all?
I wouldn't say it was easy, we had all been in various different bands before Frosthelm started in the scene, and the scene in North Dakota can be viewed as the whole state, as there are very little bands in the area, so you have a lot of mixed bills, sometimes you would even have punk, metal, and acoustic bands on the same bill. Perhaps this is why there are so many different events to our sound. We grew up playing with a lot of different bands stylistically.
2. You have just released your debut album 3 years after your first recording. How do you feel about this?
We feel extremely proud of what we have accomplished with this album. It has been a very difficult road leading up to this release. Health issues, losing band members, and just the process of creating the music itself has taken a lot of time. So this record is extremely personal for us and all the conflict that has arised throughout the making of it definetely shows up in the music. It is a very pissed off, angry album.
3. Your music is quite varied with a wide range of influences between death. Thrash. Black, melodic, etc. To those who didn’t know or those who want to know, what can they expect from you and your music?
People will have to expect raw fucking power! Although mixed in with the various genres you mentioned, I really think we will exceed expectations on this one.
4. I assume it has been not easy to record and produce your album, could you tell us which was the main difficulties you got in this process and if you are satisfied with the final result?
The biggest was just getting the songs the way we wanted them, weiting was definetely a process, with rework after rework...And no we are not satisfied with the end result...we've learned a lot during this whole process, but I think we still have a few more albums to work on till we can say we are satisfied, and even then, we probably still won't be satisfied. Hahaha It's just the nature of the beast.
5. Several bands consider their own environment a primordial aspect of their inspiration at the moment to compose music. What could you say from your own situation?
Definetely! Our environment is definetely reflected in our music, and we made a very conscious decision to make it that way...You can't listen to our album without imagining yourself in a wild deadly ducking blizzard.
6. What stands behind the FROSTHELM name? Is there any special meaning behind it? Who has the idea to use that name for the band?
There really is no special meaning behind the name, the name was conjured, or summoned by powers beyond our control.
7. How would you describe FROSTHELM as a whole? Is there anything that makes the group different compared to most new and upcoming bands?
I think being from North Dakota makes us different, I could count how many metal bands are in this state on both bands and still have a finger or two left. Haha. We are also very driven. This is our life!! And We definetely pride ourselves in the work we have put in to get where we are this far.
8. How would you describe the band live? Where does Frosthelm feels the best to you, in rehearsal, studio or live?!
tight...here's an example, we played a festival in Milwuakee and The vocalist from a band we were playing with came up to us and asked if we were the band that has just played, he was floored. I guess we were playing as he stepped into the club and thought at first the music was coming from a CD being played over the PA. So that might tell you something about our live sound.
9. “Reaping The Seeds of Corruption” is one of my fave songs. Would it be possible to hear any interesteing history behind it? lyrically or musically talking?
It was written about ritual abuse. Satan and murder.
10. Could you share with us some ideas about the newest songs and which differences could we find regarding the older stuff?
The newer material is definetely of a higher quality and standard, but musically there are some differences...We added things on the new album you have not heard on the previous. For instance we added live piano and synth here and there to add dimension albeit in a subtler fashion. So no nothing theatrical, but we felt certain parts needed some accompaniment to really drive the points musically.
11 . What are your thoughts about the American scene in general and your local scene in particular?
I love it and hate it. Haha The American scene is great, although I wish they would be more like Europe with their outdoor summer festivals and such. We really don't have that here in the states. Our local scene feels the same as it has always felt. Small, intimate, and enthusiastic.
12. - Well, that would be all for the moment...thanks very much for your time. If you have anything to add in the end to conclude this interview.
Thank you for the interview...please come find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frosthelm
Also please pick up the new album at iTunes: The Endless Winter by Frosthelm