Frigoris formed in 2007 in Germany, began as a pagan/black metal band, and with their third album ‘Nur Ein Moment…’ find their way and shape to the post black metal scene. The founder, Dominik Winter talked to Last Day Deaf about the course of the band and the latest album.
You mention in the band’s biography that Frigoris began as a pagan/black metal band. What contributed to the development into post black metal? Do you believe it is a wider genre, if you would allow me to comment?
This coincided with my personal development. As I started to listen to other music and honed my songwriting skills the music I wrote naturally changed with me. I would agree with you that post black metal is a genre that allows more freedom in its approach to the music and lyrics. On the other hand I think no one should withhold ideas from his/her music just because it doesn’t fit the normal genre conventions as this whole matter of labeling your music to a specific genre should never be more than a first categorization.
This musical turn appears as it is mentioned in the previous album ‘Wind’ (2013). Personally, I detected more early black metal elements in that album, while ‘Nur Ein Moment…’ has a more post black and melodic sound. Does this shape your musical identity or are you also open to further experimentation?
Yes ‘Wind’ was the major turning point in so far that I changed quite a lot in the approach to every aspect of the music and lyrics. It was kind of a fresh start. ‘Nur Ein Moment..’ on the other hand built on that bases and developed further in the direction I took on ‘Wind’. My goal is to evolve the music with every new album but I cannot say that it will get more melodic and more towards post rock every time. Experimentation will always be a part of Frigoris but I think that it is also possible that we will, at some point, produce an album that will contain more classic black metal elements again.
In the description for the new album you give credits to Daniel Heyn (live mixer of Primordial, Secrets Of The Moon, Ruins Of Beverast, etc.). Can you tell us a bit more about the story behind this and how important this collaboration was in order to achieve the desired sound?
We knew Daniel before this and originally planned that he would just master the album. We had a few own ideas and rough mixes from other technicians but Daniel was not impressed and told us that we could get much more out of the sound. He really elevated the sound to a new level and we were able to work very closely with him on the mix. It was a great experience and we are very happy with the result.
What are your musical influences?
During the time when the new material was written I did listen to a lot of Porcupine Tree, Anathema and Katatonia and actually didn’t really listen to black metal at all – with a few exceptions like Deafheaven. This is a development for a few years now although my listening is quite balanced at the moment and lately I grow fonder of a few old loves like Nagelfar again.
Is black metal and its sub-genres a genre that we traditionally find in Northern European countries or does it sustain the origins of metal music?
If you leave the very narrow view of some purists behind black metal is a very open genre with a lot of different facets and depends a lot on your personal approach to it. Therefore black metal can provide an outlet for very varying emotions which is why I wouldn’t say that it is bound to a specific region. I think black metal is the most honest music that the whole metal genre can provide and as long as your approach towards your music is honest it doesn’t matter where you are from to produce good black metal.
What is ‘Nur Ein Moment…’ about? Tell us a few words about the lyrical content of the new album.
The plot takes place within the protagonist’s mind, namely in the second directly before he tries to commit suicide. It reflects the consequences that would develop through his actions. The setting is a train ride where he meets different personified concepts as yearning, trust, etc. Those meetings are presented in a dialogical and monological way and are interrupted by self-reflections and reflections of different moral concepts.
Are the lyrics written exclusively in German?
Yes they are and as far as I can see it, it will always stay that way. German is a very beautiful language and offers a lot of emotional range. Additional to that I at least try to construct my lyrics very metaphorical and very personal. Although I would be able to do that in English too I think a lot would be lost as I am just not as capable in English as I am in German. The artistic integrity is more important than the possible fans we might gain if we would use English lyrics although I think that the addition of lyrics give the whole meaning of Frigoris, a lot more profundity.
I have noticed that you have been quite active regarding live shows since 2008. It seems that you have gained the appreciation of local audiences. Are there plans for larger live shows in Germany and abroad?
In the end of the year we will play two bigger shows one with Imperium Dekadenz and one with Waldgeflüster and we will play our very first show in Poland. So as you see we are working on that point and we hope to come further around during the next years.
What are your future plans as a band?
To produce good music and play good live shows. We know that our music is more of a niche genre and so our possible fanbase is limited. But I think to play at least one real tour in the future would be very nice.
What would you like to say to those who will get to know you through ‘Nur Ein Moment…’?
Thanks for taking the time. I know that ‘Nur Ein Moment…’ takes a while to fully kick in but I hope that it will be worth your time.
Photo credits: Rebecca Böhning