Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Guillotine Interview

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


We are a three-piece death metal band based in the state of Georgia. My name is Adam Miller, I play bass and do lead vocals, and my brother Lance plays guitar and does backing vocals. We started in Atlanta, but found our drummer Evan Posey in Athens, GA.

2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?


Our sound is unique. We have created what we feel is an original approach, blending elements of old school death, black, groove, doom, and Southern sludge metals. It’s a brutal, punishing sound that still allows for nuance and subtlety.

3.Your lyrics cover a lot of occult, ancient alien and conspiracy theory themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?


The themes covered in our lyrics are used as a literary device to convey our overall message. This album is a mostly-metaphorical commentary on the modern world as we see it. It’s a concept album in which the ancient alien progenitor of humanity returns to Earth to find his creation subverted for nefarious purposes by a competing deity. The opening track, “Gravety”, is an exposition of this return, in which The Creator returns to harvest the souls of which he planted the seeds millennia ago. The following track, “Black Emperor”, introduces his nemesis, who has taken control of his carefully constructed creation. We won’t explain every detail of the story, as we want certain aspects to be left open to the interpretation of the listener. But know that this narrative is only in its early stage, and the themes laid out will continue to be developed on future releases.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Guillotine'?


The invention guillotine and its early usage were an important turning point in history. It was the harbinger of a new and more violent age. As a symbol, it represents drastic and irreversible change, and that is incredibly evocative to us.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?


Our live shows are visceral and raw, very emotive. I like to think that we leave an impression on anyone who witnesses us live. Our music is deliberately simplistic to a certain extent, and we feel that that aspect of our music allows it to be felt on a primal level. The best shows we have played are our most recent, namely our album release show opening for Goatwhore and a show we played at a new venue called Furnace 41. We are in prime killing shape right now.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?


Because we have full-time jobs currently, we aren’t able to get on the road for extended periods of time as we would like. But we have several local shows in the works and are actively working on taking this show to a wider geographical area. One day we do hope to be able to go on full-fledged tours, with the entire world as our ultimate goal.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?


We have received interest from some small labels. We are currently shopping the album to several larger labels in the hope that we can be offered a favorable deal for promotion and distribution.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black, doom and death metal?
We have been surprised and flattered by some of the feedback we have received. Thanks to the internet, our music has received favorable notice in Germany, Lithuania, Russia, and Peru to name a few countries. A difficulty we have come across is finding the proper target audience, as our sound is a fairly uncommon hybrid of several styles which have their own diehard purist fans. Our music is best enjoyed with an open mind.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


We are already writing music for our next release. The stuff we’re coming up with is more complex in its composition and instrumentation, which will lay the perfect backdrop for the more expansive thematic universe we will portray. It still has that signature Guillotine sound which is intrinsic to the music Lance and I write, so I think we will please our existing fan base as well as get the attention of new fans the world over. I think people will be very pleased and surprised.


10.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?


We cut our metal teeth on Pantera, Metallica, and lamb of god, so those early influences mixed with more extreme death and black metal shaped the sound you hear from us now. Currently, I’ve been very inspired by the newest releases from bands like Satyricon, Enslaved, and Paradise Lost. These are bands that are paying homage to their roots while pushing the envelope of what metal itself can be and can convey emotionally. It’s not always about being more extreme than ever before, but about refining what was done before and being the best version of your artistic vision.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?


We’re pretty well-rounded guys. You can’t be a brutal metalhead all the time haha. I enjoy reading in my spare time, mostly historical books. Cooking is a good stress reliever and non-musical outlet for creativity. I enjoy a round of golf when I get the chance, even though I’m terrible. Lance and I brew beer from time to time.


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


I would urge anyone reading to check out our tunes at www.guillotinemf.bandcamp.com. If you like what you hear, order a CD which we laboriously and lovingly crafted at Ledbelly Sound Studio. We will ship all over the world! Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/guillotineatl and share with everyone you know. Stay metal and stay tuned for more Guillotine!



Monday, December 11, 2017

Vargrav Interview

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

The band originated during starless nights in late 2015.
As the vision calmly evolved and the cloak of obscurity relinquished, Vargrav was chosen to be illuminating sign for this act of black arts.
During the formative years, the music also transmitted into a profound abyss, only to reincarnate as a sinister glow of the black flame.
A demo version of the album was then unleashed during the summer of 2016,
and  after numerous contacts from different labels, Werewolf Records was immediately chosen to be the most suitable collaborator with which to work.
The overture of a black-hearted storm has been sung and what has yet left uncovered shall be conquered...

2.You have an album coming out in January, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

After the two preview songs were published  I received a lot of feedback about the sound and overall atmosphere being very 90's.
I can't really say is it done intentionally or is it just subconsciousness. Nevertheless sounding 90's is purely logical as for me the golden age
of Blackmetal is in the early and mid '90's when everything around it was new to me. Naturally it's impossible to imitate first impressions
when I first time heard some of the classic albums but creating something as close to that as possible I can uphold the passion that ignited back then.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

The topics alternate from unleashing the black storm of hellfire upon all living to glorifying the supremacy of an individual. In the middle a certain
multidimensional approach to reign the powers shackled by constricted knowledge of your capability.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Vargrav'?

Varg (wolf) has been a feared beast among many cultures for centuries and  in the bible wolf is exclusively evil. Yet wolf has also been seen as a trailblazer
and a teacher. Grav (grave) is where you bury the dead (if someone didn't know) so as an coherence Vargrav is the rest where a bestial wisdom lurks only to rise again.
It's also a palindrome with 7 letters. A palindrome is endless and a continuum. After reaching the end the beginning is the new end.
7 is the number of complement. A number of time and space, representing wisdom, perfection, balance and immortality.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

Compromises kill creativity and when working with others one cannot avoid them. So because of that simple fact I work solo on
all of my bands. Even if it demands a multiple amount of work I couldn't be satisfied with the result if it wouldn't be 100% based on my vision.
It would also be impossible to even think joining a band only as a player. I am a leader, not a follower.

6.On the album you had also done a cover of Emperor's "Ancient Queen", what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

Since the first time i heard Emperor's "In The Nightside Eclipse" no other album has ever made such an impact. I could even call it an enlightenment as
in that same moment I knew exactly what I must do. It took me over 20 years to complete that task but time is irrelevant when creating timeless art.
When listening to "Ancient Queen" I've wondered so many times what it would sound like with more keyboards and some clean vocals as in "In the Nightside Eclipse" style.
So recording this cover was a perfect way to get my question answered.

7.The album is going to be released on 'Werewolf Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

The name basically tells it all. An unchained beast seeding terror and fear among those incapable to assimilate it's purposes.
An uncompromising monument of black arts.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of symphonic black metal?

As the current trend is pretty far from symphonic Blackmetal it seems that for many people it works as a stimulant ascending from the vast grey mass of thousand similar bands.

9.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?

The only active band beside Vargrav at the moment is Druadan Forest - My first solo band which I started back in 1998 only to be put to rest for 17 years. 2016 I was finally ready to release the debut album "The Loremasters Time" via GS productions. The three demos
from ´98-´99 were also released as a compilation by the same label. The second full-length "The Lost Dimension" was released by Wolfspell records 2017. Also a split with The True Werwolf will be released in near future so check it out.

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

I try to evolve all the time. The point where you feel satisfied is the point where you can't advance any further and basically can forget any improvement from your past works.
I started musical studies back in the 80's and unfortunately quit after few years so I have a lot to catch up. In the future - if my efforts should pay off and I'll be able to move even a bit closer to the goals I've set, I see
myself as a full-time professional musician and composer.

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?

There are tons of bands that have influenced my but as said above Emperor has always been the most important and one of the few metal bands that have truly inspired me.
I've never actually seen myself as a metalhead, headbanger or such. Of course I've listened to metal for as long as I can remember but still never felt musically inspired by it.
I enjoy melodies, atmosphere, a sort of surreal soundscapes that I can feel being similar. Seceded from reality.
Nowadays I mostly listen to electronic music and soundtracks.

12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

I am a Satanist.

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

Blackmetal is not for everyone.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Temnoles,ye Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
“Temnolesie” was found in 2013. We play mix of black, pagan, doom and folk-metal. And some songs can be characterized like folk-rock.

2.In October you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

It is difficult to describe music. It must be heard. It is mix of blastbeat, powerful guitar riffs, symphonic keyboards, extreme and clear vocal.

3. The band has been around since 2013 but waited until 2017 to release the first album, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 4 years?
First some months we searched bass-guitarist. Of course we created songs and prepared concert program. In 2014 we recorded demo for Internet. In 2015 we released a video and EP “Vision” (self-released). In that year we began recording of full album. This summer we filmed a video, but now it during editing.

4. Your lyrics cover a lot of Pagan topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Paganism?
I’m member of Union of Slavic Communities since 2002, the biggest Pagan organization in Russia.

5. I know that the bands name means 'Dark Shire' in Russian, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

More exactly translation is “Dark woodland”. The word “woodland” associated for me with Slavic history. There are was a great forests in Russia in ancient times. The word “dark” associated with black-metal, features of which are presented in our music.


6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

I remember two shows in Obninsk (Kaluga region) in 2015 – audience greeted us warmly. And last show in Bryansk this December I like too.
At stage we are usually dressed in Slavic style clothes. And part of show is wooden idol. 

7. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
In the end of December we take part in New Year party in native Kaluga. 30th of March we play with “Satarial” in Kaluga and maybe than go to mini-tour.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic black, folk and pagan metal?
We read good reviews from Greece, Tunis, USA and some other countries.

9. What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Our guitarist Igor Pryanishnikov is in folk-metal band “Ladushka”. It preparing a great tour in Russia. Our drummer Sergey Senin is member of black-metal band “Asmund”. I don’t know anything about these plans.
 
10. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The next album (or mini-album) will be experimentally. It will be folk-rock. But then we’ll be back to hard style with more using clear vocal.

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?
There are many bands had an influence on our music: “Dimmu Borgir”, “Summoning”, “Cradle of Filth”, “Thyrfing”, “Amon Amarth”, “Amorphis” (early), Russian – “Tvangeste”, “Arkona”, “Butterfly temple”.  And I listening many genres from classic music to death-metal.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Besides membership in Union of Slavic Communities I’m a head of internet-TV “Vyatich”, and engaged mix-fight.


13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We are surprised that our album listening in other countries and thank our listeners for interest to our music.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Mortis Cruentus/Hellthrone/2017 Full length Review


  Mortis  Cruentus  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Hellthrone'.

  Dark  sounding  synths  and  demonic  voices  start  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  melodic  musical  direction  which  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  melodic  fashion  along  with  some  synths  and  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  being  utilized  in  the  fast  riffing  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  symphonic  elements  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Mortis  Cruentus  plays  a musical  style  that takes melodic  black  metal  and  death metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  blood,  war,  death  demonology  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mortis  Cruentus  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Demonic  Veil"  "Sculptures  Of  Possession"  "Supreme  Hellish  Congregation"  and  "Blood  And  Blazing  Flesh". 8 out  of  10.

    

Monday, December 4, 2017

Vargrav/Netherstorm/Werewolf Records/2018 CD Review


  Vargrav  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  symphonic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  album  "Netherstorm"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Werewolf  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  symphonic  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  also   mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

 A  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  most  of the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  symphonic  style  of  the  genre,  when  spoken  word  parts  are  used  briefly  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling and  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  the  album  closes  with  a  cover  of  Emperor's  "Ancient  Queen".

  Vargrav  plays  a  style  of  symphonic  black  metal  that  goes  back  to  the  90's  era  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vargrav  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  symphonic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Netherstorm"  "Ethereal  Visions  Od  A  MOnumental"  and  "The  Glory  Of  Eternal  Night".  8  out  of  10.

  

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Enhailer/Dumb Enough To Care/Blackseed Records/2017 EP Review


  Enhailer  are  a  band  from  Akron,  Ohio  that  plays  an  mixture  of  black,  doom  metal,  progressive  and  stoner  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Dumb  Enough  To  Care"  which  will  be  released  on  December  11th  by  Blackseed  Records.

  Melodic  stoner  rock  riffs  start  off  the  ep  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  track  is  18  minutes  in  length  as  well  as  mixing  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  doom  metal   and  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody

  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  screams  and  growls  which  also  gives  the  music  touches  of  black  and  death  metal  while  the  riffs  get  more  up  beat  and  mid  tempo  at  times  and  the  music  also  brings  in  more  of  a  jam  orientated  and  improv  feeling  at  times  as  well  as  remaining  instrumental  and  experimental  for  a  few  minutes.

  Enhailer  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  progressive,  stoner,  doom  and  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Enhailer  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  progressive,  stoner,  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are a   fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  8  out  of  10.  

Frost Giant Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Matti Frost: Trying to get the lineup solidified and rehearsing for the release and subsequent shows. We lost our bassist a couple months ago, and the person we asked to join up immediagely after said yes but then backed out, so now we're in the process of auditioning people. We are also rehearsing the new songs and gearing up to play them live. It will be the first time we've played onstage since May of 2015.
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2.You have a new album coming out in early 2018, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Matti: The sound is something I would describe as being rooted in extreme metal but also marbled with accessible riffing and tons of hooks, melodies, and choruses that are meant to be sung along with. It's multi-dimensional and dynamic with a lot of different emotions, and there are many parts of songs directly written to reference other songs or interludes on the album. It's meant to be listened to as one long song, like NOFX's 'The Decline' or Sleep's 'Jerusalem', and most recently, Insomnium had a record called 'Winter's Gate' that has the same type of structure.

As to how it compares with our older stuff... It's definitely more ambitious. The riffs are stronger. The vocal arrangements are more intricate. The guitar soloing is much more present. The production and recording quality are monstrous compared to our older releases. AJ Viana at Sylar Sound Studios really made us sound phenomenal. Overall, it's much more mature and pretty strong for a 55-minute release.
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3.A lot of your lyrics are inspired by Norse Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic and also what are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

Matti: I've been into Norse mythology going back to my childhood. The gods and goddesses, the stories and sagas of all the heroes and the people, all of it was very fascinating to me. I was also a fan of the Greek, Roman, and Celtic pantheons too. These tales were way more entertaining to me than the Bible stories I had learned, although the Old Testament is pretty brutal too from a storytelling perspective. Yet, I've never been particularly religious. Even as a kid I was skeptical about the existence of a literal God that watches over everything you do and keeps a list and will one day spend eternity judging the souls of the dead for what they did in life. It seemed a little unrealistic to me. When I started learning about the reconstructed religion and practice of Ásatrú, I was roped in, at first, like many others. It was around this time I got into a deep interest around the Ancient Norse, Vikings, and history of those peoples. Now, I am not a hardcore scholar, and there are few religions that have a stronger basis in research than Ásatrú. It's been called "the religion with homework". I did come out of my "metal dude into Thor" phase, though, and I like to think that in my 11 or so years of being Heathen I have a more nuanced and practical view of it in a modern context.

A lot of the other topics I deal with are allegorical references to the experiences and journey I've had in my life. The Harlot Star is, if you take the lyrics literally, a priest in the 1500's who cannot reconcile his doubts about Christianity, rejects the Church, flees for his life, tries to find the gods and people his ancestors came from, fails, and yet somehow stumbles into the rest of his life. In reality it reflects my own spiritual journey, and the second half of my life is yet to be written.
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4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Frost Giant'?

Matti: I first discovered what frost giants were when I started reading Norse myths. Then there was Dungeons & Dragons in my teens, and they were pretty formidable monsters. Primal, destructive forces of nature, wild and untamed, powerful and mighty, and fearsome. When I decided to name the band Frost Giant I was also rather surprised that it wasn't taken. That's always a plus.
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5.What are some of the best shows that yo have played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Matti: Our very first show in October of 2012 was with Agalloch. We have also had some great gigs playing with Korpiklaani, Ensiferum, Turisas, Wilderun, Trollfest, Ignite, Bane, Aether Realm, Swashbuckle, as well as many other local and regional bands. I don't actually know how we look onstage. I'm always more concerned with making sure I am playing decently and not singing out of key. Armen (Korohglian, also of Cognitive) and Ty Asoudegan are new to the band but have amazing energy, and Scott Breustedt has always had excellent stage presence. How we are onstage remains to be seen.
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6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

Matti: Yes, as of now we only have a couple of shows booked, but that will change once the album comes out. We're going to shoot for playing in different areas, choosing our shows carefully so as not to overexpose ourselves in one area or venue, and possibly some weekend trips or a week long tour in Spring or early Summer.
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7.The new album is coming out on 'Transcending Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Matti:. I knew nothing about the label until my friend sent me a message saying that they were looking for albums to release. I sent Mike (Ramirez) the video for 'Prisoner of the Past' and a link to the whole album and he really liked it and made us an offer. It was a good deal, so we signed it. The label itself has a broad mix of bands, from death metal and deathcore to doom and sludge, to shoegaze, to desert rock and melodic black metal. Some of my favorite artists on the roster are Transylvania Stud, Grief & Bliss, Monolith Cult, and Vesperian Sorrow. There are many more bands on Transcending I haven't heard yet. It's a very diverse roster, and Mike & Chase (Brown) have done a lot of us and the other bands. We can't say enough good things about Transcending Records.
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8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic and extreme metal?

Matti: We have had some positive feedback in the past from European fans, but outside of a few good reviews of our old EP and maybe an interview or two, not much else. We didn't know how to really promote our music to international markets back then and we are really just learning about it now. It seems that the heart of extreme metal is in other countries besides the United States. That's not to say there aren't amazing fans of extreme metal here, but not as many per capita compared to other countries. It seems like metal is just more popular overseas. We're hoping to hear more feedback from international audiences and possibly tour in Europe.
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9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Matti: As the main songwriter, I've always held that whatever I write under this band name will be whatever I want. Whatever sounds good to my ears. However, I now have a pretty amazing band to work with. These guys have way too much talent and skill for me to just say here, play this. Future writing might still be based on my ideas but the actual writing will probably be much more collaborative. As far as genres and styles, I have ideas for music that is far heavier, and music that is way more ear friendly. Whatever it is, it will still sound like us, though.
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10.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?

Matti: Wintersun amd early Ensiferum were the bands that got me serious about starting up a band that was sort of in that genre. Jari Mäenpää just has a way of writing that really appeals to me. I'd also add in a ton of skatepunk, melodic hardcore, and post-hardcore. Bands like NOFX, Strung Out, Lagwagon, MxPx, Grade, Small Brown Bike, Tyr, Avail, Lifetime, Ignite, Devin Townsend Project, Hum... So many different bands, and yet, there's a common thread to all of them that I've found.

I've been listening to a lot of non-metal bands lately, anything from 80's new wave and alt rock to modern indie rock. A few of the bands I've been really into are Strand of Oaks, Cigarettes After Sex, The War on Drugs, and Future Islands.
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11.According to your fb page some of your non musical influences include Game Of Thrones,  Dragonlance,  Deverry and Ancient History, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in thse topics?

Matti: I love to read and I love fantasy. In my opinion, the Deverry novels by Katharine Kerr are the most amazing Celtic fantasy books I've ever read, and I've read all of the books multiple times. I have not read all of the George R.R. Martin books yet but I am caught up on the HBO series. I go way back to my teens with Dragonlance by Weis & Hickman and other authors that have written for that world setting. I've read most of those too, many times. I have the Solamnic Oath tattooed on my chest. So... I am a bit of a fantasy literature geek. I frequently reference concepts and character archetypes from many of these books, and the song 'Silver Dagger' is written about a band of mercenaries featured all throughout the Deverry novels. Actual history has been a big influence too. The Harlot Star was a term that Martin Luther used to refer to comets back in the 16th century, as they threw a wrench in the application of geocentricity. Their paths across the sky, their orbits, didn't make sense to astronomers who were trying to make them fit in a cosmos where everything revolved around the Earth. They defied the divine order of the heavens. That term alone spawned and inspired the whole story told on this album. The comet, specifically Halley's Comet, is what plays the seed of doubt in the protagonist's mind as a young child, and then it's sort of hinted that he sees it 76 years later when he is on his deathbed and the comet returns and brings his life full circle.

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

Matti: Thanks for asking about us. I enjoy talking to folks about music, literature, or pretty much anything. If your readers are so inclined, they can follow us on Instagram @frostgiantofficial, on Facebook at facebook.com/frostgiantofficia l as well. We have a YouTube channel that needs more subscribers so we can get a custom URL, so please, search us out there and mash that button. And our music is available at frostgiant.bandcamp.com. The Harlot Star will be available there on 19 January 2018 and CDs can be ordered at transcendingrecords.com.