JorZine - Interview with Frosted Leaves

Interview with Frosted Leaves

Band: Frosted Leaves

By: Mohsen Fayyazi - 2012-12-01

Coming from the land of Persia with something that is unique in the history of Metal music here, their music sounds like a symphony of frost and flames, filled with creative and powerful riffs and solos. Add to that a great voice with vocals that reminds me of Tarja Turunen, the lady at the forefront of Symphonic Metal.

Frosted Leaves formed in 2010 in Tehran, capital city of Iran, They know what they want from music and they are one of the most active Persian Metal bands that are keeping Metal alive in Iran.


JZ: At the first question, I’d like to know the story how your band formed? And would you introduce the band members for us?

Well actually Armin and I have been friends for so long, after working with some bands separately and not being successful he came up with the idea of forming our own band with our own taste of music. Later on we invited full time members, based on their experience, interest, manners and our expectations; which finally led to the current line-up:
LalaBaranian: Female Vocals, Lyricist
MajidFattahi: Keyboards
HosseinSalehi: bass
BornaBaharloo: drums
Armin Arefi:Harshvocals,Guitars
Ali Seif:Guitars

JZ: Would you tell me about the band’s name, how did you choose that?

 It comes from our interest to cold weather and the beauty of nature during the winter. At that time our hearts were so cold and still are because of different issues that we've been dealing with in our lives related to the society, musical career and etc.

JZ: Can you tell me more about Frosted Leaves? Especially about your style and influences…

Frosted Leaves is a symphonic metal band although some of our fans call it progressive, I personally think it's not because we don't have like 15 minutes songs, changing tempos, extremely technical parts (musically speaking) and other aspects of progressive genre, I think symphonic metal with a touch of progressive would be the proper definition of the band, a definition that I once heard from a friend for the first time.
Our influences are bands like Epica, Nightwish (with Tarja), Therion, Diablo Swing Orchestra and we are pretty much inspired by classic authors such as Beethoven and Vivaldi.

JZ: Let’s talk about your EP, Bleak Autumn, who wrote the songs and how was the writing process? Feel free also to tell us about the EP’s name and the ideas

Briefly saying, during the writing process it was just Armin and I, both of us had some parts and we gathered them all, working on them and finally recorded them.
Bleak Autumn literally refers to the autumn before we started the band, tough times and sad situations that Armin and I were dealing with.

Also we released the demo album during the autumn so we decided to name it bleak autumn.
SaeedChogan one of our friends wrote the lyrics for the demo album by the things we explained to him about each track. “Still She Cries" is about a mother (land) who is worried about her children and their future."Heretic Anthem" talks about an argument between a prophet and a mystic and their different way of thinking about people. The 3rd track "Depth”, is a ballad which a young man suffers from this world and talks with an old man in the mirror and the demo album ends with "Great Storm", about a society trying to unite and fight bravely against one common enemy.

JZ: What’s the biggest problem you have faced or are facing as a band that uses a female vocalist in Iran?

Actually it's not just about a female vocalist band; there is no room for working as a band when it comes to metal. I don't know what to say really! Just think of every simple desire that a band expects, and consider it forbidden then you'll have a picture of the problems.

JZ: “The band composed the first album as an EP which took 4 months, unfortunately they could merely (only) make some of the ideas come true because of equipments deficiency.” I read that information on your website. Could you tell us more about how those problems affected the process?

Yeah the main reason was money, we were thinking about the choirs, other instruments that we wrote like trumpet, trombone, cello and flute and we couldn't afford the price of recording them, also sampling could not make that happen in a way that we wanted them to be.

JZ: I’d like to know your opinion about Persian Metal, how do you define it?

I'm very optimistic about the future; of course there has been always lack of support, stages and music markets but the way of thinking about the music or writing it has been changed. You can see lots of bands growing in various genres and all of them try so hard to be successful or you can see the progress in mix and mastering while you listen to the underground music nowadays. I don't mean it's perfect but it can be promising for instance you see a band like "Arsames" sharing the same stage with huge bands at international festivals, without any doubts that is prosperity.

JZ: I’d like to know your opinion about Persian Metal, how do you define it?

I'm very optimistic about the future; of course there has been always lack of support, stages and music markets but the way of thinking about the music or writing it has been changed. You can see lots of bands growing in various genres and all of them try so hard to be successful or you can see the progress in mix and mastering while you listen to the underground music nowadays. I don't mean it's perfect but it can be promising for instance you see a band like "Arsames" sharing the same stage with huge bands at international festivals, without any doubts that is prosperity.

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