1. Thank you for taking the time for this interview how are you doing?
Things are good with me at the moment, thanks.
2. How did Wintersoul get it’s start and how did you come up with the name?
The march of Wintersoul started back in 2006 by Nargath . Members of Wintersoul had been involved in several bands over the years including: Clemency, Ashen Mortality, Masakra and others. The name describes both the atmosphere and subject matter of the album.
3. You guys have been around since 2006 and you recently released “Frozen Storm Apocalypse”. Why did it take so long to release?
The Wintersoul members are spread around the world, obviously making the whole process much slower than usual, and we all have busy lives outside the band. We also encountered a few hitches along the way, but working under these circumstances we feel pleased to have managed to deliver a such strong album in the end. The response has being amazing and has definitely been worth waiting for.
4. What are the musical and lyrical influences that Wintersoul draws from?
We are eclectic in our musical tastes but clearly Extreme Metal inspires us most. The lyrics are in some ways a reflection of my own personal journey. I come up with initial ideas and with alongside Melanie Sarah I elaborate on these and we explore their spiritual and psychological parallels further.
5. There are some who have said that this album was just a “Black metal album” and not a Christian one yet it seems pretty plain to me that it is could you clear up the controversy? What is the message of Wintersoul?
With Wintersoul we tried to challenge ourselves and explore new territories, new places for us. And like every writer/composer, we had our own goals.
The lyrical content takes a look at the ugliness of mankind and calls us to open our eyes and accept responsibility for our actions and our lives. It deals with how coldness, complacency and disillusionment can lead us to lose our selves and all that is best about our humanity. How love, passion, hope and warmth empower the human soul and loosing these leaves us lifeless, bound and unable to reach our full potential. The lyrical content has a strong symbolic connotations, going far beyond the cold winds, snow and ice with a meaning and a purpose. It’s not important how people label Wintersoul, the important thing is the music and meaning. It can be interpreted on many different levels and relates to everyone not just one group.
6. What kind of feedback have you guys received from the album so far?
The response has been really great. We’ve had plenty of positive reviews and much more importantly excellent feedback straight from the listeners. At the end of the day we do what we love and feel moved to create, but when people enjoy it and find our art interesting, as they have done, that’s a real bonus for us.
7. If I am correct “Frozen Storm Apocalypse” is actually the first of a trilogy telling a story throughout. Is this correct and if so when can we expect to see the next album?
Frozen Storm Apocalypse, is the first part of a concept running over two albums. It’s too early to say when the next one will show up but we have begun working on it.
8. Will there be any tours for you guys?
We would love to do that, but at present we have no plans to play live.
9. Thank you again for your time. Do you have any closing comments for the fans?
I want to thank every single person supporting the band in any way, we’re very grateful. Thanks for the interview!! Take care!
Interview by Larry Versaw for Untombed.com