at: 05th, March 2015
is the person behind this one-man band hailing from United
Kingdom. Described as a black metal journey, very raw,
extremely cold and old school"
Everything about your band seems to be related with wolves
and winter (The band-name, the CD cover, the song titles...)
In which way are you so passionate about this matters?
name 'Wolfrost' does tend to steer you in a certain
direction when you hear it, I think, so it colours the songs
slightly. Black Metal's roots are in the sound of winter
and, with the first EP especially, I was finding my feet in
the genre and the sound. It's odd for me to talk about
'Moonlight...' because it was nine months ago and I know how
much what I'm writing has changed. The next EP, Curse,
sounds a little different to 'Moonlight...'. I think winter
will be sticking around as a theme in some way or another,
though I'm not sure how much more mileage I want to get out
of wolves, an
Wolves Of Albion' was more metaphorical.
You are a relatively young band, and have recorded one EP so
far and preparing a new one soon. I have to say you are a
prominent mind and very substancious composer. How
much time and effort do you spend on the band to get
everything to look and sound the right way?
spend more time than I realise on it. I do everything except
the cover art, which is done by someone whom I found on
Instagram (cinematicstrange). The recording quality and
sound is something that I think about a lot, and, although
having virtually no budget does shape it somewhat, it comes
out largely how I want it to. I think that Black Metal and
it's fans are very open to production style and it runs from
Darkthrone to Dimmu Borgir so there is plenty of room to do
what I want. If I was playing something like Metalcore or
Djent then I would feel restricted in how my recordings
should sound, though with my drums, for example, I used one
microphone in front of the kit and nothing else, so I
couldn't really edit them that much. I think that modern
drum production is strange in how little a lot of it sounds
like actual drums.
You have mentioned death, black and doom as your main
sources, How do you take this whole bunch of
influences and mix them together to make it your brew?
a one-man project (at the moment), I can write what I want.
I don't think of things when writing in terms of what genre
they are, just whether I like the sound. I like the sound of
Black, Death and Doom and it's what I've been listening to
since I was about 13 so I've grown up with it and it's where
I feel comfortable. I do feel, though, that Black Metal is
my starting point, as it were, and that the Doom and Death
sections are approached from a BM angle. They are more
prevalent on the upcoming EP.
have been conceived as an one-man band, however I guess you
are planning to establish a complete line up and arrange
live performances. How have been your progression on this
too good, so far. I had a drummer listen to some demos and
he came back saying that he wasn't sure he wanted to play
Metal anymore, which I'm not sure how to take. I haven't put
too much effort in to finding other people yet. Maybe after
the second EP comes out I'll look some more. I'm not sure
how well I would work as a bandleader. I've been in bands
and played a part in writing, but it was always a group
effort. Wolfrost is personal and I've written all parts for
all instruments so I don't know how easily I could hand some
of that over. Other people always have different angles,
though, so there would be benefits. It would just take the
right people and for me to see it less like a risk.
What do you think is the major difference between first-wave
Norwegian black metal and the current crop of worldwide
is a big part. When the first-wave was happening it was new
and people were shocked by it, but it's 2015 now and it's
been around for a while. Current bands take what the first
wave did and build on it, I think. The BM crowd largely
seems to accept most bands, but there is a section that
think it has to stay sounding and looking like the
first-wave, so you get that push and pull between changing
and staying the same. I read somewhere (I forget where) that
any music about Satan could be called Black Metal, but I
would disagree. A lot of the modern bands are not Satanic
and I think it's ultimately where BM is headed. The sound is
expanding and the subject matter is as well. It is amazing,
though, how many people still think Metal is about
devil-worship, let alone BM.
You seem to be very old school in your approach to metal.
When in your opinion was the best black metal produced?
depends what you mean by 'the best'. If you mean the most
important then the first-wave started it all, but if you
mean my personal favourites then there is no set time
period. The albums and bands I listen to a lot are from all
through the years, from Darkthrone to Wodensthrone. I think
everyone has a different answer to that question.
Would you say that there is a specific concept that you
follow or can anything go as long as it is in the realm of
the philosophy of the band?
lyrics were not something I had particularly planned on, but
it's what I hear in my head a lot of the time when writing.
For the upcoming EP I had half the lyrics for each song and
made the rest of up in front of the microphone and a lot of
what came out was surprisingly angry for me. The concepts
and themes for songs are really just whatever interests me;
'Chapel Painted Blood' is anti-religion; 'Black Mountain' is
about handling depression; 'Moonlight Fever, Lunar Sickness'
is about a werewolf, 'The Wolves Of Albion' is about English
heritage and 'Of Frost And Stillness' is about nature.
There's a track on the new EP about the story of Prometheus
so it's really just whatever I feel like and whatever I can
shape lyrics around.
I have noticed you put a very special attention on your
artworks, what is your whole vision about this?
think the right cover can add a lot to an album, and it
helps to give it a 'face' as it were. I gave
cinematicstrange, the artist, some ideas on what I wanted
and she came up with it pretty much as you see it. She's
very capable and it was nice to have someone else work on it
that I could trust. She has done the cover for the next EP
and has again knocked it out of the park. I came across her
Instagram feed and thought her style would work with what I
wanted for the artwork and you see the finished product. You
should definitely check it out.
With the easy access to internet you can spread your music
across the globe just sitting in front of your computer. How
much effort to you put into promoting the band world-wide?
the moment it isn't that much. Not as much as I probably
should be. 'Moonlight...' was released independently before
I got in touch with Hibernacula Records and they picked it
up so there was no real fanfare around the release. With
Curse, the next EP, we are planning it out a bit more. It is
a little difficult to promote things online, which may sound
backward with how easy the internet is, but I am very wary
of how people spam links around and such. A lot of what I
listen to I have either stumbled across or been steered to
it by friends. I will happily interact with people online
but I try not to shove it in people's faces. If people find
their own way there then they can connect in their own time
with the music. Forced listening rarely ends well, I think.
What is it about black metal that has to be anti-Christian?
Where does that come from and how do you take it one step
further for it to not be seen as a cliché?
don't think that it has to be, but it is an enormous part of
the history and heritage of the music. I have anti-religious
songs, but I write about other things. Sticking on one
subject isn't something that I could do for an EP, let alone
any sort of career. In terms of not sounding cliche I think
that even the word 'Satan' is becoming stale, if it hasn't
already. That being said, I was listening to Marduk's
'Christraping Black Metal' on the way to work and it doesn't
sound at all cliche to me. I guess it depends how you put it
If WOLFROST was an animal, what would it be, and why? Which
animals would represent the best black metal in your
opinion, and more precisely your own genre?
think with a name like Wolfrost I can't give any answer
other than wolf. I guess BM would be wolves as well? Or some
weird answer like Plague. Something that kills everyone.
It's a social genre.
12. Alright, we've come to an end. Do you have any final
thoughts? Thank you for your time...
really, it wasn’t much good having anything exciting like
music, if you couldn’t share it with somebody.”
That's a paraphrase of Winnie The Pooh, so you know it's the
truth. Also; Leonard Nimoy forever, and keep an eye out for
'Curse' in April.