1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Frostbite is a band active in the Montreal metal scene since 2012. We were initially more of a classical typical Black Metal band but as we progressed and line-up changed, we evolved into a more progressive Black n' roll genre.
2. So far you have released an ep and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?
They are both completely different in my opinion, The EP was made with the initial line-up. The full-length album was initially supposed to come out a year or so after the release of the EP but right after it's release, our drummer was forced out of the country due to a visa problem and the other guitarist quitted the band. So it took quite some time to reform under a different line-up, the project almost died at some point, also had to part our ways with the original singer/bassist. In the end though, we reformed with new musicians who all had different musical backgrounds and influences, which brought us to redo all the songs a bit differently, also approaching composition a different way. Which explains the difference between the 2 releases.
3. You label your music as 'progressive black'n'roll' can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
To be honnest, I'm not a fan of having to label everything. I wouldn't say we're Black Metal, we also don't really fit the melodic death metal genre in my opinion. We put a little bit of all our influences in the writing process and don't really care what people will call it. Progressive Black'n'roll is sort of a made up label that I feel resumes the best what we do but people can call it whatever they want!
4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The lyrics mainly revolve around the brutality of society, inhumanities, inner struggles and the existence that is beyond us. Lyrics are also intentionally a bit abstract and could be interpreted a different number of ways.
5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Frostbite'?
The band's name was our original singer's idea, I don't really think there is a huge story behind it, except maybe inspired by our harsh Quebec winters...
6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We have had the opportunity to play with some very amazing bands like Abigail Williams and Negura Bunget, as well as some up and coming like Dreadnought from Denver, The Visit from Ottawa and of course all the local bands. We enjoy every show we get to play. It is great to share the stage with talented musicians no matter if they are a small local band or a bigger touring band.
7. Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
So far we have a few shows planned but nothing major yet as of a tour.
8. Can you tell us a little bit more about the deal you have signed with 'Tmina Records'?
We are happy to have good European representation joining Tmina and currently have a deal for the release of Etching Obscurity. We have also been joined on with the PR team Black Element out of Ontario for our North American representation.
9. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
At this point it is too soon to tell really. It really depends on what genre of black metal you refer too. I don’t think we are going to do as well with people that just enjoy raw black metal. We would be more in the melodic, ambient or atmospheric black metal area fan. With those we have had a very positive response so far. It will be more telling once the full album is out.
10. Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
I play live for Bane (black/death metal originally from Serbia) But right now we are looking for a live drummer so the band is a bit on the ice as for live performances but we have a 3rd full-length album coming up. The other members are not currently in any other active projects.
11. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Definitely more progressive, probably more clean parts, but only time will tell. We only just started writing stuff for the second album.
12. 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 are influenced by many musical styles, everything from metal, punk, rock to classical, jazz and prog and a lot in between and far beyond. Each of the band members have many different influences they bring to the table and each of us bring a different side of the spectrum to it.
13. Does Occultism play any role in your music?
Not really. We did have more of a Satanic imagery in the past but nowadays we don't really focus on that. It is an interest of mine amongts others but I wouldn't say it really influences the writing. I find the human being much more interesting.
14. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for listening, feel free to reach us on facebook (facebook.com/frostbitemontreal) or our official websitewww.frostbitemetal.com.