Taiwanese metal is not just Chthonic. Dig deeper and you will find bands like Frost Tears. A really cool band that should be checked out. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
Could you please introduce the band to us all?
-Frost Tears is a Taiwan Gothic Metal band. Frost Tears was born in April 2010, its music genre belongs to Power/ Symphony / Gothic / Melodic European-style. Bel canto, the integration of classic and metal, and synthesis, are our characteristics, and make our music variable and modern.
Guitar :帝( Dio)
Our band’s name was decided by our leader, Taku. Initially, it is a name of a sword name in a PC game. Taku think this name totally symbolize our style. Our songs composition describe emotion, and hope to touch people’s heart.There exists contradiction in our music. Tears in extreme sadness, happy, and angry, will shed, it represent the deep emotion. Frost Tears represent these strong emotions have cooled, you can calmly observe the causal relationship of these emotions.
first EP 同名《Frost Tears》 in 2010 .July
2nd EP 遙想《Reminiscences》 in 2012 .June
first Single 《Amazing Grace》 in 2012 .September
2nd Single 洪武《Reborn – Hong Wu》 in 2014 .March
First Album 九章《Nine Chapters》 in 2014 . August
I can only think of one Taiwanese metal band that has really made it outside of Taiwan. How hard is it to get recognized internationally?
A: The truth is that it’s not a problem only Taiwan’s metal bands will encounter all the Asia metal bands will. Asia wasn’t where “Metal” founded so that caused the comprehension of “Metal” from Asian is lower than American & European and so “Asia Metal” usually walks a different way from the “original Metal”. That’s the reason why Metal bands from Taiwan are hard to be recognized internationally we think.
You got an album to promote. How would you describe it soundwise?
A: Frost tears starts as Gothic band, but we just take the Gothic elements of dramatic music and visual aesthetics, and our lyrics unlike Gothic dark streak and pessimism. Our songs composition describe emotion, and hope to touch people’s heart. There exists contradiction in our music. Tears in extreme sadness, happy, and angry, will shed, it represent the deep emotion. Frost Tears represent these strong emotions have cooled, you can calmly observe the causal relationship of these emotions. The sequence above is not the sequence in this album due to the emotion changes of songs are wished to be smoothly. We wish each theme can be represented appropriately.
“Nine Chapters” contains nine chapters, that’s for sure. Each of them represents a main theme and all the themes are discussing about living and humanity. These nine themes are “Live”, “Death”, “Happiness”, “Rage”, “Sorrow”, “Fear”, “Love”, “Evil” and “Desire”. The same thing between all these themes is they are all the necessary paths for us to been through.
The reason why we choose “Nine” as the total amount of all the themes is because of the special meaning for “Nine”.
Where did the idea to do the album the way you have done it, to include a bonus disc?
A: We love our music but we have to admit whether someone feels great about our music or not is subjective so giving our audience a great listening experience is especially necessary. That’s why we add the bonus remix edition in Disc 2 while Disc 1 is made by the concern of integral album. By the way, MVs on the internet use the remix version.
You have used different guest vocalists on this album. Why did you chose to do it that way?
A: Different guest vocals can bring various sounds so songs can be interpreted in more different ways. Maybe we can attract more fans too!
How important was it that the art work had national connections? How did you pick the art work?
A: In fact, metal bands in Taiwan seldom choose Chinese culture as the element in their art design or music because the awakening of the consciousness of the independence of Taiwan in the recent years. We choose our Chinese culture for the elements in our art design and music because we think “Metal” can represent three sides of a country: Politic, Society and Culture and we are deeply influenced by Chinese culture.
How will you promote the album the best possible way?
A: Although we had 2 EPs & a Single released, but because of the less promotion we still weren’t famous enough on the world. So while “Nine Chapters” released, we start to send messages to international music reviewers and selling spots. Then we got some good relies! Our album can be bought at Japan & Germany ! So now we hope we can get more media and network exposures.
Your label Magnum, are they used to work with metal bands? What do you expect to get from releasing an album?
A: ” Magnum” is a pioneer in importing & publishing Metal albums. “Chthonic” & “Seraphim” was once cooperators with “Magnum” Our contract with “Magnum” is a agent distribution contract ONLY IN TAIWAN ,so we also hope to cooperate with a international music company.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-As a new newcomer, we hope to let more people be able to faster to get informations, on the marketing level. Therefore, digital media is the most efficient, transnational advocacy pipeline. Consider the production and the consumer sides furthermore. Although digital distribution can provide the most convenient and fast to obtain, physical distribution can provide music and personality closest to the real faces whether sound quality or art design. However, we think this is a concept of values. We can not force customers to use our way to understand us, we also don’t want to force us to set a monetary value on our music. Digital and physical distributions eventually become a free competitive mechanism.
What does the future hold for FROST TEARS?
-We dream for live tours in Europe & USA or huge international music festivals. We wish to be famous and make more people love our music. We now live in live houses and music festivals in Taiwan. We try to combine more elements such as unplug and music opera or join any other instruments with our songs to our next lives. Although there are less people listen to Gothic and Power metal in Taiwan, but we try to combine symphonic music, traditional opera, historical stories ,and we believe that let more people to listen metal music from different angles.