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Vocalist Ryan Suche Talks The Future Of Hoarfrost

Arising from a period of hibernation, Canadian metallers Hoarfrost are gearing up to debut material live from the upcoming album "Dysphoria," which is the follow-up to the "The Cold Plains" EP (reviewed here).

Talking about the new material, vocalist Ryan Suche stated, "There's this dark, depressing ambiance to the new material which really sucks me in as a listener, and I can't wait to see it transfer over in a live environment. I don't think people will be sure what hit them - but I know they're going to love it. This has been a rebirth for the band."

Ryan also discusses recruiting a new guitarist after the departure of Brett Goodchild, the Manitoba metal scene, and the new Primordial album.

xFiruath: You guys lost a guitarist awhile back. How did you get set up with your new guitar player and how is the fit going so far?

Ryan: We couldn't be happier with the way things have worked out with Darcy. He moved to Winnipeg a year or two ago to be with his girlfriend and son and had been looking for a project to join. He found us on MySpace and shot an email to Scott to see about jamming, and the rest is pretty much history. He has a few more years of experience than us, so his knowledge and his connections throughout Canada and the U.S. are going to be a real boon to us, moving forward as a band.

xFiruath: Is the band currently working on new material to follow-up the last EP “The Cold Plains?”

Ryan: Indeed we are; we're knee-deep in new songs right now for our debut full-length “Dysphoria.” Scott and Darcy have made a great team with the new material and the whole band is extremely pleased with our new direction and the fresh insight Darcy's given us. There's this dark, depressing ambiance to the new material which really sucks me in as a listener, and I can't wait to see it transfer over in a live environment. I don't think people will be sure what hit them - but I know they're going to love it. This has been a rebirth for the band.

xFiruath: How does Hoarfrost generally approach the song writing process?

Ryan: Scott's our main songwriter and will generally come to the band with the skeleton of a song, which we will then consider, criticize and re-work (all as needed) into a more finished piece. Darcy's been great for adding little things here and there which really add to the atmosphere of a song. His small flourishes in the chorus of "To Covet Death" exemplify what I'm speaking of here, for example. After that, Kyle's drums, Craig's bass and my vocals will be added in succession, with everyone helping to flesh out the song and polish it. Hoarfrost has always been about collaborative effort and shared insight into our love of music and metal.

xFiruath: Will the band be performing live in the near future?

Ryan: We have shows lined up throughout the summer and we're hoping to get the fuck out of Winnipeg for a few gigs when we get the chance/money/time. Right now, we have out return with Darcy slated for May 15th, where we'll be sharing the stage with Woods of Ypres and Hallows Die, both from Ontario, and our friends Psychotic Gardening. On June 25th, we're playing School's Out! Metalfest III with Tyrants Demise, Zombie Assault, Rapture (a local act, not the Finnish one!) and Soul Killing Female and then later on, on the 10th of August, we're playing with SKF again along with Autaric and Celestial Machine, both from Saskatchewan - and that's just what's announced thus far. There's also a couple of bigger shows which have yet to be made public, but overall we're just damn eager to be playing live again, and with quality bands to boot.

xFiruath: What’s going on in your local metal scene these days?

Ryan: Tons of good things are happening here in Manitoba nowadays. Over the past few years, there's been a definite resurgence of true metal heads coming out to shows, forming and playing in bands and helping one another out. I do a lot of networking in the local scene via Facebook and I really can't express my respect for the caliber of people who are coming out of the woodwork and trying to make something great happen here in the prairies. There's a sense of community and camaraderie which is really encouraging as a musician, a promoter, and as a fan. Sure there's some petty drama here and there ("where there's people, there's politics") but overall, we have a tigh tknit community which is building up. There had never been a better time to be a metal head in Manitoba, and I'm proud to be a part of this resurgence.

xFiruath: Been to any great live shows lately?

Ryan: I just saw Cauldron with Kyle the other night at the Royal Albert Arms, and was positively blown away. I have their sophomore album “Burning Fortune” but they transfer over as a live band even better than on record. I always prefer seeing a band live than on album, but generally dislike live albums... go figure, and these guys did all the rights things for me as a band - tight musicianship, fantastic stage presence, and some kick-ass tunes to back it all up.

xFiruath: What albums are hitting your personal rotation lately?

Ryan: I've been all about the new Primordial release. They are truly one of the greatest voices in extreme metal out there today and I have the utmost respect for them as artists. Asides from that, I've been listening to Atlantean Kodex's immense debut, Inquisition's newest release, Moonsorrow's newest, and also a local ambient industrial band named Stand Alone Complex who have an incredibly compelling full length entitled "Music for Suicides" which has been a soundtrack to my life the past few months. That album is the "Kind of Blue" of ambient industrial - there's literally never a bad time to listen to it.

xFiruath: In your opinion, what’s the best album to come out this year or what album are you most looking forward to?

Ryan: It's still so early in the year, but my money's on Primordial for album of the year at this point. This is the culmination of over two decades of un-compromised art, and the gravitas they display on this album is mind-blowing. I'm also looking forward to the new Nargaorth (the YouTube samples sounded great!), Wood of Ypres' new 7" single (and the presumed Earache debut to follow) and I really need to get my hands on a copy of Amon Amarth's newest as well. And I could probably go on, but I'll curb my enthusiasm at those few worthy mentions, haha.

xFiruath: Anything else you’d like to discuss?

Ryan: We're hoping to get some new demos up on our Bandcamp and Facebook pages in the next week or two, so please check those out in the coming days. Thanks again for the opportunity and for your continued support of the underground. Hails from the True North!

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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