WITH FROS LIKE ASHES (No italian version)
by Leonardo Cammi
“real and true” black metal band can be also christian!
This is what you can read in this interesting interview made with
the singer Azahel, from Frost Like Ashes.
First of all you must introduce yourself and your band.
I am Azahel. I am the vocalist for Frost Like Ashes. Right
now we consist of four memebers, Adonijah on Drums and Keys, Syntyche
on Bass, Sebat on Guitar and of course myself.
If I’m not wrong you was, before entering in Frost Like
Ahses, the vocalist of another band, Possession. Can you tell me something
about this experience?
Yes, I was the vocalist for Possession. We were together
from about '92 until around '98. It was a great experience for me
because I really began to develope what my sound would be and honed
my lyrical abilities greatly.
Also, just the chance to meet all the great bands and musicians that
I came in contact with through Possession is something I will always
I expect that as FLA grows I will continue to meet great people. I
think that with Possession having a steady line up for most of that
time together really helped me grow in every aspect of what I do.
I didn't have to worry about what was going on with a new person in
the band all the time. I knew everyone well and they knew me so I
was free to work how I wanted to work. Even when John Longstreth joined
for a very short time it was as if we had worked together for years
because we had been in the same circles for many years. I do wish
Possession had lasted a bit longer. We had some fo our best material
ready to be recorded but then it just didin't happen. Some great songs
Also Sebat played in others band, right? Can you tell me something
Sebat played in World Funeral and Coven. I think from my
conversations with him that he really learned how to be professional
and have a good work ethic from those bands. They seemed to be fairly
serious about what they were doing and I am sure alot of his stage
presence came from all the shows with those bands. He was the vocalist
for those bands. FLA is the first band that he has tried his hand
at guitar but he is doing an excellent job.
In your musical style we can find black metal as for example
death and also a little thrash touch (in ‘Immortals’,
for example). Do you agree? Is this you style actually of are you
changing something? Your fave bands?
Well, I think thrash has greatly influenced Sebat, Adonijah
and myself in our early years as musicains. So for that to come out
in FLA's music is not surprising although we are certainly not a thrash
band. For me it has been a progression from thrash type bands like
Testament, Sodom, Destruction, et al through the Death Metal of the
early '90's. But I got into the Scandinavian Death Metal much more
than American Death so it was an easy thing for me to move on to Black
Metal as soon as it started emerging. It was very natural for me.
I was listening to Black Metal all the while I was in Possession but
there wasn't much room in that band for me to expand my vocals in
that direction. Although if you listen to the song we had on Call
To Irons II, Revelations, you can definately hear the beginnings of
what I am doing now. As soon as Possession ended I began to think
of what it would take for me to get a Black Metal band going. When
I met Sebat and he had a very similar vision I decided to join what
he had already going instead of heading it myself as I had intended
to do in the first place. I think it has taken us a while to find
how wwe want FLA to fit together and you can hear the progression
of it on Pure As...but I think what your here on "Tophet"
will be true FLA in every aspect. Of course we will continue to develope
but "Tophet" will be the first release that I think will
show the world who Frost Like Ashes is.
Can you describe deeply the meaning of your lyrics that we
can find in the miniCD?
Well, to describe all the lyrics on ‘Pure As...’
here would be a huge effort. It may be something I undertake and put
up on our site someday but I will touch a little bit on each song
‘Notions Of Insanity’ is really about the obsurdity of
a pagan or satanic or mostly a secular humanistic worldview when compared
to a Christian worldview. When you look at the results and accomplishments
of Christianity in the governing of society over the past two millenia
it is almost obscene to suggest that another worldview can provide
a better life for its adherants as well as those who do not follow
its precepts. At its base secular humanism is illogical and requires
so much more faith than does Christianity that it is laughable. ‘A
Cruel Verse’ is simply a recitation a Scriptures that speak
of the horrible judgements that have been issued to mankind in the
past and relates that to the idea that however terrible those events
wer e they are but pale reflections of the judgement awaiting all
of us in the end if we do not accept the Blood that will cover our
sin. ‘Adorers Of Blood’ is a song of praise to Lord Sabaoth
and the Blood that we depend on for our salvation.. ‘Immortals’
is an anthem declaring our immortality to a dead world.
I would be willing to expound on specific aspects of the lyrics for
anyone who asks.
In your miniCD there’s a cover by Black Sabbath entitled
‘After Forever’. Do you think that this song has a christian
attitude? What do you think about Black Sabbath? Someone say that
they are satanic, and some other call them christian (expecially for
their third album)…
Well, I would never suggest that Black Sabbath are Christian
at all. I actually don't like Black Sabbath much, mainly only when
Dio sang for them but we thought that this was a good song to cover.
If you read the lyrics it is surprising how much of the Gospel is
spelled out in it. I don't understand where Ozzy was coming from when
he penned that song but I felt it was lyrics that deserved a second
play. Black Sabbath is an institute to many Black Metallers so it
was a good match for us. I don't want to say whether they are satanic
or not, I mean, because of my beleifs anything that is not soundly
Christian could be labeled as satanic but I think Christians have
done that in the past and it is not understood by most people, Christians
and non-Christians alike. At some point it injures all credability.
If a band come out and claims that they are satanic then I have no
problem calling them a satanic band but to equate a pagan bands or
an Odinist band or a gore band as satanic is a misuse of terms in
How did you choose to play like christian metaller? Is for
you a mission?
I venture to say that I was chosen to be in Metal. From the
first note I heard I knew it was in me. I had been desiring to be
a vocalist for several years before I ever heard my first metal album
but in everything I listened to before that I was always drawn to
the most extreme aspects of it which pushed me to where I am today.
I think for everyone in a band it is a mission.
You are american. What do you think about ar in Iraq and Bush
I am in full support of Bush in regards to Iraq. I think
it is something that had to be done and thankfully he has had the
guts to do it. This will not be the last battle we face. I think there
is too much emphasis by the opposition on Iraq. They miss the point
of this war. Just yesterday we remembered those murdered on 9-11 and
that is why we are at war and we will stop at no country in our effort
to eliminate this threat. I am in full support of this.
What is the religion of the band? are you protestant, catholic,
other? And why?
We are all Protestants although we attend very different
churches. I am Nazarene which is Arminian, Sebat and Syntyche attend
a pentecostal church which learns Arminian and Adonijah attends a
Calvary Chapel which is Calvinist. We have set aside our differences
in doctrine because we know God has brought us together so who are
we to stand in His way? Answering the question of why is difficult
but the easy answer is that we each fell that our beliefs reflects
as closely as possible what the Bible teaches us about who God is
and how He has interacted with us throughout history. We have many
differences in our beliefs but on the essentials of the Christian
Faith we are solid and in unity.
Is there a good christian scene in Kansas in in general in
USA? What can you tell us about your label, SotD Records?
The U.S. is a huge country,so to say there is a scene here
would be a misnomer. There are alot of bands here that claim Christianity.
How many are any good is up to you to decide.
In Kansas City there are some bands but this is not a real large city
and mostly when a band gets good they do not spend much more time
here. We are not really involved in the Christian scene, it is not
where we are needed or wanted for that matter. SotD, I think is trying
to do a good thing with the bands that he is working with and I don't
think I have met any other label with the vision of where he wants
to go. If things can move forward in the future this will be a very
Why did you choose to use face painting like black secular
We play Black Metal and we are Black Metal, so we look as
such. I have not liked the trend of the older Black Metal bands to
forgot the corpse paint. They have their reasons and had done it for
a long time. People change and ideas change but the essence of this
music doesn't change so we are satisfied with being fairly traditional
in our appearance and to not let people down when they want to see
a good show on stage. That is not to say that the paint is simply
for show. It has much deeper meaning for us as it did for the originators
of Black Metal. We take nothing lightly.
Have you problems with black satanic bands? What your opinion
about these stoopid?
We have had only minor issues with individual satanists but
truthfull we have had more problems with Christians. We expect it
so it is not a huge thing for us. I have dealt with this sort of thing
for years. When the satanic bands see that we are serious about what
we do and we are good at it and we are not fakes then they are open
to us as a band. There are purists but even they don't deny what we
are as a band. Some of our closest freinds in the black metal community
think we are a blasphemy of sorts, which we are but not to the music,
to their ideals. To the music we are faithful.
What can we expect from Frost Like Ashes in the future? Have
you some new release ready?
We are in the studio now doing drum and bass tracks for ‘Tophet’.
It will cause you to think of ‘Pure As...’ as a mere shadow
of what we have become. This will be a very important release for
us in every way. We are developing a stage show that will be in swing
for the release of ‘Tophet’. Sometime in early '04 is
when we expect the release. The future nof Frost Like Ashes is very
Tell us why in you opinion blood over the snow is a symbol of purity.
It comes from a Northern phrase "Pure as the wind-driven snow"
so I took the idea of the Blood which is the cause of our purity and
the snow which is a symbol of purity and put them together. ‘Pure
As..’ is really all about the Blood. Tophet is about the War.
Your last words for ROCK NOT ROLL readers…
Check out ‘Pure As The Blood Covered Snow’ for
the most extreme Christian metal release you will ever hear until
‘Tophet’ is released. If you want motivation for the war
that is around you at all times then we will provide it for you. Plus
it will make you bang your head! Hail Lord Sabaoth!!
Adonijah: drums (and keyboards)
Sebat: lead guitars