-Interview- Across the Frostlands (4/6/23)

Across the Frostlands talks about their start with music, their Goth Industrial Metal sound and much more.


From: Norway
Sounds like: Goth Industrial Metal

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name "Across the Frostlands" and is there any meaning behind it?

Lord Industrial started playing keyboard at 13, then he started playing guitar, later to sing and in the end he learned to create his own sounds and to make the production and mastering. He's been a producer for others and himself for around 5 years. Now he works only on Across the Frostlands. He mixes styles into Industrial Metal that is both new and old.

Miss Distortion started singing at 19, with a predisposition to opera. In the moment she listened for the first time to the song “Ice Queen” by Within Temptation, her style and taste in music has changed completely. She tried for years to create a band of Gothic and Epic Metal. It has been when these two artists finally met on March 9, 2022 that they had the chance to fuse their experiences and genres to give life to the Band Across the Frostlands some day later, on March 17, 2023.

The name of the Band has been chosen by Lord Industrial, based on “The Frostlands” which was one of his earliest tracks. We'll tell you one more detail about the name of the band: in the beginning, it has been chosen by Miss Distortion and it was “The Sensuals Band”. After a very short period it was time to change it!

2. What do you want people to take away from your music?

We both have a past where we experienced a lot of different forms of injustice, prejudice and abuses. We know on our own skin how much people can feel alone in this world, we mean alone in the sorrow and we want to be a hand of light to grab, a positive message. Maybe we are a little bit against a system that we don't understand or share the views of, but we have this intention to do good things, to be part of this research of something better and just, something warm and respectful. The music isn't just our highest passion, but we see it like an instrument to speak soul by soul to all those persons who feel lost and look for some kind of light in the end of the tunnel, like us!

3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

First and foremost it's Goth Industrial Metal, but it also contains a variety of Electronic styles, like Dubstep and Synth Wave; then you can find touches of Heavy Metal too, that is inspired by the darker side of '80s and '90s Metal. We also incorporate sounds that can be similar to Pink Floyd, Dead Can Dance and The Sisters of Mercy. Concerning our choice of Industrial Metal, we are inspired by Rammstein, Nine Inch Nails and Oomph!. For the Goth Metal we are inspired by The Sisters of Mercy and Fields of the Nephilim. Regarding the vocal style of Miss Distortion, she is mostly inspired by Within Temptation, Xandria, Sarah Brightman and Rammstein.

4. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

For Lord Industrial they would be: The Sisters of Mercy, Pink Floyd, Nine Inch Nails. For Miss Distortion they would be: Rammstein, Pink Floyd, Oomph!

5. How has Covid affected what you do?

We have to say that Lord Industrial had it twice and Miss Distortion once. We both have lost completely our voice for a while and now, after one year we haven't still recuperated it completely. What we are experiencing now is a reduced extension and a very difficult research of the right tones. Literally it has become a fight every time that we have to sing, but we won't let go!

6. What’s your take on the current state of Industrial Metal?

We see that there is a lot of good bands out there, creating a lot of good music, but for us there is something missing, that we want to present to our listeners with a wider range of music and styles. We want to experiment with the core of Industrial music and create something new and old at the same time. The soul of our creations is more incorporated in the lyrics and music because we want people to feel understood and accepted.

7. What's the current music scene like there in Norway?

It's almost non existing for our style.

8. What’s your take on the royalties that streaming services pay out to artists?

We like this question, kind of funny! What can we really say about it? It seems like their one interest is in making grow more the big artists and don't provide the minimum support to the new ones, adding a lot of limitations and obstacles. Sometimes it feels like the successful artists are standing on the less successful people and jumping on them. It's simply hard to succeed, but this will never stop us, we love to create music!

9. What's next for Across the Frostlands?

The next step, when we'll join success someday, will be to be active in the support of the persons who struggle to survive in a cold world. We don't crave to be famous and rich just to have an easy life, but we want to have the means to give new chances to people who needs it. We've seen a lot of situations where we would like to help.

10. Any shoutouts?

We would like to mention two important collaborators of ours. First Myrkvan Skald who makes Folk Viking music and has composed some tracks with us. We totally dig and respect his work as a musician. Second, but not less important, Karsten Mikkelsen, a great drummer and special friend who's occasionally adding drums to our music.