Plumbing the Frigid Depths of “Glacial Domination” with Frozen Soul (Interview)

Frozen Soul are top-of-the-line up-and-coming loss of life steel bands within the scene at the moment. Their debut Crypt of Ice was extensively thought to be one of many easiest albums of 2021 coupled with their presence on excursions, a merch sport that gained’t give up, and their splendidly goofy Wrecking Ball Steel Insanity, which was filmed as an old-school live performance. The recording was direct to VHS and featured transitions that included their very personal Wraith of Demise together with performances from Creeping Demise and Devourment. Up subsequent for the band is sophomore album Glacial Domination.

I spoke with vocalist Chad Inexperienced and guitarist Michael Munday about all the things from psychological sickness to the writing course of for the brand new album. We broke down the album practically monitor by monitor with Frozen Soul’s sound coming by means of in outdated, new and typically unpredictable methods. They labored with each Trivium’s Matt Heafy and Gost to get some new concepts and even wrote a full on synthwave monitor to make use of as a wonderful transition between the early and later components of the album, making a metamorphosis-like impact. The fellows are actually excited to listen to what their followers need to say in regards to the new report, one which pushes the band past their usually subarctic and sluggish consolation zone. Learn on under for more information.

Chad, what’s it prefer to unfold the message of psychological sickness by means of your music and who Frozen Soul are?

Chad Inexperienced: What can I say; it’s one thing that no one desires to undergo. I’ve type of been about talking to psychological well being points, among the issues that myself and different members of the band battle with. Frozen Soul is a type of issues that we do to assist ourselves with this sort of stuff. The chilly themes assist us to struggle that, regardless that there was a variety of loopy stuff over the past three years. My brother handed away, and one factor led to a different, and I do that at each single present. My thoughts simply type of lets my mouth go and communicate from the guts, and I recognize all of you that may pay attention.

You guys are tremendous busy, highway canines, merch and even a direct-to-VHS present throughout COVID.

CG: And we’re doing it once more too; we now have completed two dwell fests, and this final one which we did, we filmed, and our pal Tanner who filmed the cutscenes for the unique Wrecking Ball Steel Insanity is filming some for this one as nicely. We are going to do the identical factor for an hour to an hour and a half, loads of goofy stuff. We had a variety of enjoyable doing it the primary time. One of the crucial enjoyable issues we did collectively.

Your merch sport is among the greatest on the market. I’ve two of your shirts as it’s. My illness is my t-shirt assortment; my spouse is able to castrate me as a result of sheer quantity of clothes that I’ve acquired over the course of the years.

CG: Identical. My closet is overflowing. I’ve literal bins of garments underneath my mattress as a result of I’ve no room for any extra of it.

I assumed Glacial Domination seemed like the subsequent step for the band as complete, and the latter half felt like a “chilly” suite.

CG: We had the plan to have a mixture of songs on the report, like, “We’re Frozen Soul, and that is who we’re, and these are some songs the place we discover new issues.” It ended up being that the primary half of the album and particularly the opener of “Invisible Tormentor,” which is a really Frozen Soul music, after which “Arsenal of Warfare,” reveals a little bit of the brand new sounds, and “Demise and Glory” is an outdated Frozen Soul monitor. “Morbid Effigy” is a little bit little bit of each, after which the title monitor is the primary leap we took whereas recording this, a little bit bit extra melodic. We tried to differ it, however the older stuff was early, and the newer stuff was later; on additional listens, you possibly can hear extra of the combination throughout the particular person tracks.

Even the transitions between tracks assist to permit for the sluggish construct of the music and the general intentionality.

CG: Normally, we like setting the environment. I’m actually wanting ahead to listening to what individuals who purchase the vinyl specifically need to say in regards to the report entrance to again. Michael and I’ve listened to the album as a single file from when it was mastered. I do know the 2 of us have listened to this religiously. We wish to know the way it sounds as a complete. We crafted it that method.

Usually, I keep away from singles earlier than launch in order to not sully the general sound for me.

CG: I’ve heard from individuals loads that they don’t wish to take heed to the only as a result of they wish to hear all the things because it was supposed to be. Social media and having the content material is one thing that must be there.

By way of the album, are you able to shed some mild on the leaps you took on the latter half of the report as a complete?