Jack Frost - Biography




Phred Phinster and Mournful Morales, both wasting their anti-talents in different Darkwave and Alternative bands, discover their common attraction to L.A. Doomsters St. Vitus. They decide to found a band in the Vitus vein with Phred on drums & vocals and Mournful on guitar. On a cold autumn eve they meet in an old leather factory to rehearse. The later to be remembered as the first Jack Frost rehearsal sinks into a sea of cheap Hungarian vodka. Phred Phinster's driver's licence is withdrawn by the police on his way home that night.It shall take almost five years until the two of them are sober again.

The second trial is started with drummer Collossos Rossos and a nameless bass player. This time cheap vodka is replaced by cheap Austrian lager, which helps to bring the first ultra-slow songs into being. After the bass-player disappears in late 1993 Phred declares himself as his successor.

The 9th of June should be the day of Doom - the day the band now called Jack Frost hits the stage in Linz / Stadtwerkstatt. The first disgustingly bad demo tape Wish is recorded but fortunately mostly handed to friends and lovers. To all the record companies that were provided with the tape: Jack Frost still regret having bothered you!

The second demo Maelstrom is recorded early that year, still rubbish but more mature than its predecessor, especially in terms of sound and songwriting. In July Jack Frost sign for three records with Austrian label CCP , the beginning of a five year, not always happy, marriage.The debut Eden is recorded at CCP studio within 5 days: 8 dodgily produced but rumbling Doom songs. The release party in Linz takes place together with Alternative Tentacles Noise Core Band Zeni Geva from Japan.Eden is distributed via Nuclear Blast mailorder and brings Jack Frost into contact with the international Doom Underground, especially in southern Germany. Members and ex-members of bands like Mirror Of Deception, End Of Green, Dawn Of Winter, Naevus and Jack Frost stay in close touch and pay mutual homage to each other through the regular organization of parties, concerts and festivals.After a concert with Solitude Aeturnus, S.A. mastermind John Perez notices Jack Frost and now distributes their album through the catalog of his label Brainticket. Eden is completely sold out since years now.

Jack Frost's guest appearance at the German Doom Festival in Bietigheim is infamous. The high quality (quantity?) of the local beer makes it impossible for the band to play on their feet, let alone play in time.To the band's intense sadness, this lacklustre performance is videoed and circulated through the world wide Doom community.In July Jack Frost hit the CCP studio again and record their second album Elsewhere - a wrist-slashing Gothic Doom milestone, sold out since '98 and completely unobtainable at present. By the way, the rights are owned by CCP records, mail to: ccp@privat.at.

Bombastic reviews for Elsewhere are consolidated through intensive live presence, including an Austrian support tour with Cradle Of Filth in early 1997.The Autumn Twilight festival in Linz in November, featuring Naevus, End Of Green, Mirror Of Deception and Jack Frost develops into one of the most devastating Doom events ever seen.The local press attests Phred Phinster having developped from a professional drunkard that sings into a professional singer that drinks.

A short tour with Mirror Of Deception in the South of Germany marks the beginning of the gloomy alliance with deeply troubled sound engineer Kevin Rich, who over the years should drink himself into the hearts and bank accounts of the band.Jack Frost write the material for their third album Glow Dying Sun during the summer. The subsequent studio work turns out to be a real drag due to a completely stupid recording schedule.

Glow Dying Sun is released in January. Its bitterly cold, lifeless and strict down-on-the-knees aura reflects the growing exhaustion within the band as well as with the cooperation with CCP records.Excellent press reviews but no tour, rare live appearances and a mood of resignation almost lead to an inglorious end of the Jack Frost story.In a last ditch effort to save the band, Gary Gloom, former guitarist of Austrian Hardcore pioneers Stand To Fall, is forced into joining the band. Jack Frost's appearance at the Party.San Open Air near Weimar / Germany in September and a support show for Wino's Spirit Caravan conclude the band's era as a trio.

Jack Frost sign with Last Episode / Serenades Records and awake from their winter-sleep. The band starts to write the songs for Gloom Rock Asylum and appears at the Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig / Germany which is probably the biggest event of the Gothic scene in Europe.In July and August that year the fourth album is recorded, once again at CCP studio in exchange for CCP's option on further Jack Frost recordings.Gloom Rock Asylum is mastered by Atrocity mastermind Alex Krull. It is released in November and soon turns out to be the best-selling Jack Frost record.

Jack Frost tour Germany with British Doom Metal gods Warning in March, attended by Miskatonic Foundation Records boss Richard Walker, also known as guitarist of British Doom Band Solstice. Especially the shows in Aalen, Zwickau and Wiesbaden will never be forgotten. On August 24 the band appears at the Summer Breeze Festival in Abtsgmuend, Germany. The battle frost vs. heat - find it documented here. In November this year Jack Frost tour Germany for another week.

Since Last Episode turns out to be totally skint Jack Frost sign with new Austrian label Wait and Bleed, a division of Napalm Records, in early 2002. The band records the fifth album "Self Abusing Uglysex Ungod" which is released in June. However, excellent reviews in all important German Gothic and Metal media cannot help the band out of increasing serious disagreements between some of the members. The band shows up at the Wave Gotik Treffen once again and appears at the Dutch Doom Day at Baroeg in Rotterdam. After a tour covering Germany and Belgium Jack Frost, on the top of it being heavily indebted, split in December 2002.

In early 2003 Jack Frost annul their contract with Wait and Bleed and regain all rights for their 5th recording. The label vanishes into insignificance after all other WAB bands are doing just the same as Jack Frost.In May the band members dare to appear as a collective on stage again and surprisingly show up as The Gloom Ballet Grave Dancers at the End Of Green record release party in Stuttgart.The highly appreciated show is followed by a process of clearing up all personal differences within the band. Jack Frost decide to relaunch their project "gloom" and start writing new songs in the summer.In October Jack Frost step in for prevented Lacrimas Profundere and play three shows with Ewigheim and Despairation in Germany.The band is currently recording some new material. Negotiations with some very interesting labels make it seem most likely that there will be another Jack Frost album in 2004!