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Monday, November 11, 2019

Nordic Frost Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Nordic Frost began as a concept in 2006, I had wanted to start a black metal band for some time and had a plethora of talented musicians to work with. What ended up happening instead was a death metal project called Etched In Stone, which was active for 11 years. In 2015, while on tour with Etched In Stone, I began writing what would become the debut Nordic Frost EP and the rest is history!

2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Ov Blasphemy And Other Rites is different from it predecessors in multiple aspects aside from the obvious lyrical themes, but what stands out the most to me personally are the drums were placed in the much more capable hands of Randy Abbott this time around, and the orchestral parts were crafted more to fit the tone of the songs instead of simply filling the space between tracks.

3.Some of your lyrics cover witchcraft and the occult, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these subjects?

I’ve had a vested interest in the occult and in ancient pagan beliefs ever since I was young. Being raised in the Christian church can tend to have that effect on free-thinking folk.

4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?

Each release has been conceptually themed. Ov Blasphemy is primarily about witchcraft or ancient pagan rituals and retaliation against the early church for the capital punishment of heretics. Jeg Er Blitt Død had themes of vampirism woven throughout, and the self-titled EP was more of a sacrilegious offering.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nordic Frost'?

Nordic Frost was the name I landed on 13 years ago when I was first trying to get this project off the ground. The icy nature of the name is parallel to the cold-natured lyrics. It’s formidable and vehemently anti-religious.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

The cover artwork depicts a blood sacrifice ritual in a classical portrait style. I wanted to go above and beyond what I had done for previous releases and took extra time piecing this one together.

7.On this album you recorded everything by yourself but have worked with a drummer in the past, are you open to working with other musicians again or do you prefer to work solo?

I really love the control of the solo aspect, though it’s nice to have other musicians input as well. That’s a tough call, but the goal for this project is to begin playing live as soon as the right members are in-place. As for the drums on this record, everything I originally had in place was scrapped and replaced with Randy Abbot’s awesome work.

8.The new album was released on 'Rebel Pyro Musick', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Rebel Pyro Musick was started this year by my former band’s manager, Rebel Pyro Management. After well over a decade of working together Rebel Pyro Musick really is the best place for Nordic Frost to call home.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of symphonic black metal?

There has been a fair amount of coverage for it being such a small project, it’s being received positively around the globe from what I can tell. I actually got a message from a new fan in Syria a couple day’s ago saying that he couldn’t stop listening to it and it’s those kind of interactions that really reaffirm to me why I do this. There’s no better feeling than having someone you don’t know, half a world away, go out of their way to let you know they appreciate your art!

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

Preforming Nordic Frost material on stages all over the globe, hopefully! Starting with the west coast of the US, as that is home-base, then depending on reception branching out to national and then international stages.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Bands that really shaped who I am as a musician are many, but some major players are: Dimmu Borgir, Dark Funeral, Behemoth, Opeth, Tool, Cradle Of Filth, and Deicide.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I like to cook, I like to take my family camping and on other trips. I run a graphic design company, and I work as a A/V Tech. A lot of irons in a lot of fires, haha!

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

I just want to say thank you for giving me this platform, and to the readers and listeners: Thank you!


Saturday, November 9, 2019

Nordic Frost/Ov Blasphemy And Other Rites/Rebel Pyro Musick/2019 Full Length Review

  Nordic  Frost  are  a  solo  project  from  Sacramento,  California  that  plays  a  symphonic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Ov  Blasphemy  And  Other  Rites"  which  was  released  by  Rebel  Pyro  Musick.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  and  symphonic  elements  start  of  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  elements  of  death  metal  at  times.

  A  lot  of the  music  also  brings  in  influences  from  the  mid 90's  era  of  symphonic  black  metal  but  also  keeps  a  modern  atmosphere  at  the  same  time. As  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of   clean  singing  and  chanting  can  be  heard  as  well  as  a  alter  track  being  an  instrumental,  classical  guitars  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  track  and  their  is  also  a  hideen  bonus  version  of  Led  Zeppelin's  "Immigrant  Song".  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  witchcraft  from  the  middle  ages.

  In  my  opinion  Nordic  Frost  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Compelled  By  Witchcraft"  "Despondent  Legions  Ov  The  Dead"  and  "Penance  Ov  Sodom".  8  out  of  10.