Frostwalker is a promising old-school black metal band I discovered a month ago with their single release, Born to Ride the Frost Winds of the North, which was released on January 28, 2021. For those who haven’t heard about the band before, Frostwalker has started their careers with a single album called; “Powers of Might“ in 2020. Since then, the band has released two more singles; “Born to Ride the Frost Winds of the North“ (2021), and “Prisoner of Ice” (2021). Now, please give the song a listen while reading the rest of the article.
As you might also remember from some of my previous articles, although I have huge respect for the black metal culture, I have never been a big fan of the genre, mostly because of its extremity and conservative mentality. Lately, I have been fortunate to learn more about the black metal world and made a few spectacular band discoveries. I won’t hesitate to say that Frostwalker is one of those significant discoveries, who proved how much can be achieved with a smart musical blend, especially in our 21 century where everybody’s following trends and copying each other’s footsteps. Let me go into the details about this song below.
I listened to Born to Ride the Frost Winds of the North a few times on repeat (strongly recommended) before writing my review, and I was quite surprised. First of all, I was blown away by the unstoppable energy of the magnificent blend of old-school thrash and black metal elements here in this song. The proper definition of this would be for me is the combination of Metallica – Kill’Em All thrash metal riffage with old-school black metal vocals of Bathory/Immortal. I have listened to some bands with the same kind of blend before, yet, this song was a bit more special in every way. When you listen to it carefully from the beginning to the end, you immediately feel the timeless beauty of its well-balanced rawness. I know black metal fans are always happy to hear their traditional-sounding bands even if they have the 70s standards, yet in this case, Born to Ride the Frost Winds of the North sounds absolutely unbeatable to me. This is the sound I have fallen in love with in my childhood and started listening to metal in the first place.
So many of us grew up listening to traditional metal legends such as Metallica, Megadeth, and Iron Maiden, and I am sure every single old-school heavy/thrash metal fan would dig what Born to Ride the Frost Winds of the North has to offer. The song kicks in with fantastic riffs, takes the listener into a dynamic but dark journey. The energy never loses its excitement all along the way. This is the rawest but most satisfying sounding traditional black metal song I have listened to in my life.