We love a Scandinavian band here at GigRadar, but Norwegian band Frostbite offer up something they describe as “significantly different” to most new bands from their homeland.
Our main experience of Norwegian music thus far has been hardcore punk, with the exception of a couple of metal bands. But Frostbite offer up an energetic rock sound that borders on anthemic rock, fused with heavy riffs, synths and huge solos. It’s a diverse mix that keeps the listener on their toes.
As an example of this, the band sent us latest single Nothing Left, which was released in August. It opens up with piano and strings with rolling drums coming in alongside a cool little guitar riff that drops into a darting lower-pitched riff. Big engaging vocals take over, then singalong ascending vocals build into a catchy chorus.
A second chorus drops into a chilled out section of piano, light drums and vocals then a laid-back guitar solo. A rumbling bassline jumps in and is joined by a building guitar and a noodling solo, then lone fast-paced vocals “Every single day goes by and I tell myself why doesn’t everybody cry ’cause we’re in hell, Why am I the only one who has seen the truth, Everybody here should burn or get rescued” that feeds into a big final blast of the chorus. Check it out in the studio video below:
Countering this track is the more anthemic previous release My Love For You Is True, which brings to light their Bon Jovi and Aerosmith influences. It opens up with light piano under engaging vocals, that are joined by drums and backing vocals in a big singalong epic. Give it a listen here:
While there’s a somewhat Van Halen-esque feel to I Am The One, which is again dominated by impressive vocals alongside chugging guitar chords and synthy keyboards. Give it a listen here:
We had a chat with the band to find out more. Read on below…
GR: Who are Frostbite?
F: “We are a band from Bryne, a small city in Norway. The band was originally established in 2017 with five members. The lead vocalist at that time left the band by the end of 2018. As we entered the new year 2019, we recruited a keyboardist and a new vocalist, and Frostbite as it is known today was reborn.”
GR: You recently released Nothing Left. What should people be expecting from the song? What inspired you to write it?
F: “People should be expecting lots of energy and punchy guitar riffs as well as a powerful vocal performance backed by deep lyrical imagery. The lyrics have quite an apocalyptic vibe, while the music is highly fierce. This combination awakens power, danger and love.”
GR: How would you describe the Frostbite sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
F: “Our music has roots in the broad genre rock, but as all the bandmembers have different backgrounds there is a lot of variation with each song. There is a lot of debate when we craft new music internally within the band, in our opinion these arguments ensure that the music is fit to suit a more diverse audience. Some things that are essential to our sound are heavy guitar riffs, saw synths, piano, epic guitar solos and last but not least, a very distinct vocal sound.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
F: “We tend to write about winning in life. We try to use some metaphors and write about topics that are relevant today.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
F: “As mentioned earlier our members all have different backgrounds and most of us listen to different kind of music in our free time. Henceforth a very varied combination of musical elements and artists. Some of the artists that we all agree have made an impact on the band are: Ghost, Avenged Sevenfold, Muse, Van Halen, Rammstein, Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Dream Theater, Bon Jovi and Aerosmith.”
GR: We’ve not met too many Norwegian bands lately, but we have plenty of really good ones (mainly punk bands). What are your thoughts on the current Norwegian rock/metal/punk scene?
F: “We appreciate the community that has been developed in Norway over the years, but we consider ourselves to be one of few bands that has chosen a significally different path than most others.”
GR: What have you got coming up?
F: “We played live in our hometown on 12 September. This concert had strict covid related restrictions – there were only 100 tickets, and these sold out in the span of a week. Because of the high demand, the arranger decided to livestream the concert with a professional setup with three cameras and the sound came straight from the mixing table. In addition we are recording a brand new album in November, we estimate that more music will be released early 2021.”