Behind the Cover: FROZEN SOUL - Crypt Of Ice

Picking our way through the Texas unit's deadly homage to classic slasher films.

Time is of the essence and Fort Worth-based FROZEN SOUL are wasting none of it by letting their work ethic speak for itself. Since first arriving on the scene in 2018, the band have grown substantially in reach, amassing praise from death metal goers across the world and inking a major label debut in a matter of 2 years with only a demo under their belt. As exemplary as one would view their dedication to their craft, it's best to note that this is all happening without forced intentions and best of all, in good spirits. Needless to say, you can count on FROZEN SOUL to carry the death metal torch forward for a new generation.

Now days away from their debut full length, FROZEN SOUL have crafted a death metal benchmark with the mighty Crypt Of Ice, which we further detail on our review. Arriving on January 8th via Century Media, Crypt Of Ice stands as a barn burner ready to impact the inevitable return of live shows, battering one away with the cataclysmic sonics known as a signature element of the Fort Worth five-piece. This debut offering is more than a thrilling listen, but a stimulating one as well, giving listeners one of this month's top album covers. It bridges Velio Josto's retro art style with the band's fascination for slasher films, making for a seamless collaborative effort that we'll be diving into shortly.

We go Behind the Cover of Crypt Of Ice with FROZEN SOUL frontman Chad Green and artist Velio Josto to learn of the artistic inspirations and evolution that led to the final album cover:

In just a few days, you’ll be kicking off 2021 the right way with your highly anticipated debut, ‘Crypt Of Ice’. For as much excitement and uncertainty that lies within a debut record’s ability to set the stage for a band’s career, fan support is through the roof. What does this response mean to you as a relatively new band?

Green: Honestly, we’re still mind blown. We’ve all played in bands and have tried to do stuff like this for a very long time. The support right from when we first released the demo was unheard of, so it means a whole lot. It’s kind of scary, but it’s definitely awesome. It still feels surreal though and with this COVID thing on top of it, it makes it feel even weirder. We’re just stoked to see what’s going to happen.

Frozen Soul was only formed a couple of years ago and yet you’ve seen such substantial growth in a short period of time, first releasing the demo on Maggot Stomp and now making your Century Media full-length debut. To what do you attribute said growth?

Green: It was a combination of Scott having a platform with Maggot Stomp, but also the fact that we knew what we wanted. When Michael (Munday, guitars) and I started the band, we knew what we wanted. We wrote some songs that we were really excited about and we just really loved them. When you truly love something that you do and put everything into it, other people are going to feel that in some way. The fact that we were feeling it so much and our other band wasn’t working out the way we wanted it to, we were able to put all of our energy into this, start touring, and really get our name out there one way or another.

It was also about making the right decisions, though I wouldn’t say the “right decisions” because I don’t necessarily think there’s a right or wrong way to do it. We capitalized on our name and the meaning behind our songs. We added the atmosphere to our live shows and it caught a lot of death metal listeners off guard. I think it’s a combination of hard work and luck. Touring definitely helped a lot because it got us into the eyes and ears of more people that probably wouldn’t have taken the time of day to listen to us if it wasn’t for them seeing what we did live.