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Realized at: 05th, March 2015
(Answers by Haunter)
 

"Haunter, 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"

1. 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?

The 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 d the track 'The Wolves Of Albion' was more metaphorical.  

2. 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?

I 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.

3. 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?

Being 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.

4. You 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 camp?

Not 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. 

5. What do you think is the major difference between first-wave Norwegian black metal and the current crop of worldwide "BM"?

Attitude 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.

6. You seem to be very old school in your approach to metal. When in your opinion was the best black metal produced?

It 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.

7. 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?

Anti-religious 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.

8. I have noticed you put a very special attention on your artworks, what is your whole vision about this?

I 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.

9. 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?

At 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.

10. 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?

I 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 across.

11. 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?

I 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...

“And 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.

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