Genre: Black metal
Davinia - Bass, Backing Vocals
Arjan van der Wijst - Drums
Grinder - Guitars, Vocals
Lord Morgoth - Lead Guitars, Backing Vocals
Mighty Hordes Productions
The Old Prophecy of Winterland - 2011
1. First of all I’d like you to fill us in
on what’s happening in the FROZEN DAWN camp at the moment.
Hi there, Grinder speaking. We are at the
moment really busy promoting our first album entitled “The Old Prophecy
2. Please point out the most important moments
and experiences you’ve had with the band thus far, be them good or bad.
First of all I remember our first gig at The
Antichrist-mass Fest in Madrid. It was the real beginning of the band and
it was a dream that came true. Our gig in Bilbao was also a nice one. There
we met really great people and had really lots of fun. And of course our
tour with NECROPHOBIC around Spain was amazing. It was also really good
the record process of our first album “The Old Prophecy of Winterland”
where we learnt a lot about our music and how to record it. Of course there
were bad experiences but we prefer to focus on the good ones and forget
the bad ones.
3. Can you present “The Old Prophecy of Winterland”
to our readers in a few words? Which are the album’s highlights and which
its weak moments or elements, according to you?
There is a word that defines perfectly “The
old Prophecy of Winterland” and this is “Cold”. Everything in this album
is frozen from the music to its lyrics. Winterland is an imaginary world
where the mystical meets the darkness and the winter meets the ancient
goods making a perfect mixture with all these elements.
4. In which ways does your new album differ from
your previous works? How and in which ways has the band’s sound evolved
and progressed all these years?
Till now “The Old Prophecy of Winterland”
is our very first official release. It has been one demo but it was only
released for promotional purposes and only a few copies were made. The
band’s sound has evolved really a lot since the beginning making it stronger
and powerful. Although all music has been composed by me (Grinder) all
the members of the band had contributed to imbue into FROZEN DAWN’s sound
its personal sign and that can be seen into the final band’s sound and
whet FROZEN DAWN is.
5. Why do you think you stand out from most black
metal bands out there? What do you believe you can offer to the metal scene?
We can offer all our musical experience that
we have gathered during all the years that we are into the metal scene.
And we hope that the people like our art because we think that we have
something fresh and good to offer them.
6. What kind of procedure do you follow when you
compose songs? Do you have to be in a certain state of mind in order to
perform the songs as you want?
Normally I come to the rehearsal room with
a new song that the band hear and tell their opinion about. Then all together
take this song and make it our own song, modifying some parts adding new
one and moving all around.
7. What does black metal mean to you and why do
you think the use of corpse paint is important?
Black metal is a kind of music, nothing less
and nothing more. For me it is a kind of extreme art that has the purpose
to reveal all the dark feelings that are inside our souls. I don’t think
the use of corpse paint is very important. And we do not use it live. But
I understand and also like it when a band uses it.
8. Which song or songs do you think are the most
ideal to represent the whole album’s essence?
For me the highlight songs are “The Old Prophecy
Of Winterland”, “Calm Before The Storm” and “Cold Souls”. Inside them you
can feel all the FROZEN DAWN’s essence.
9. Which are your sources of inspiration when
it comes to the lyrics? Which are the main topics you deal with?
I have a big fascination about the moon, the
winter, death, and mainly the inspiration comes from that. Those are also
the main topics of the album.
10. Why did you name the album “The Old Prophecy
of Winterland”? What do you mean?
The lyrical concept of the album goes about
the old stories that happened in “Winterland” a long time ago. It is also
the name of the ending title of the album and fits perfectly with the concept
of the album, presenting both the lyrical theme and a song at the same
11. Who created the cover artwork? What does it
show and how is it connected to the album title and lyrics?
I am also the creator of the artwork.
12. Have you got any plans for live shows? How
are you promoting your work? What do you think of the use of the Internet?
How helpful is it for a new band?
It shows dead mummified hands that represent
a link between the coldness of a dead body and the magic that emerges from
hands. I tried to give the cover a freezing and rotting flavor.
We’re already preparing a tour around Spain
during this fall and winter. We are trying to promote our work as much
as possible and through each possible way, from promo albums, flyers and
gigs, to emailing, compilations, online stores, etc.
13. The music industry blames the Internet for
the financial crisis they are in. Where do you stand on this matter?
The use of the Internet is essential now to
promote a band especially a new one.
The music industry must evolve!
14. Is there a phrase that you think describes
FROZEN DAWN in the best possible way?
I need only one word. Cold.
15. Thank you! Is there anything else you’d like