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Rockshots Records is proud to present the latest offering from Finnish symphonic
power metal band Everfrost and their new EP of anime cover songs
"Frostbites", which is now out as of November 11th. The EP features guests
Mikael Salo (Thy Row, Dyecrest), Rob Lundgren (Mentalist, Reveal), and Shiro Neko.
Produced by Benji Klint-Connelly, the four original songs on the EP, "Gotta Catch ‘Em
All"; were written by John Siegler and John Loeffler, "Flyers" by BRADIO, "Hacking to
the Gate" by Chiyomaru Shikura and "A Cruel Angel’s Thesis" by Hidetoshi Satō.
Today, for the EP's release day, Everfrost is sharing their last video in support of the
cover record for the final track "A Cruel Angel's Thesis" ft. Mikael Salo. The song is
from the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion and was originally composed and
performed by Hidetoshi Satō. with lyrics by Neko Oikawa, and arrangement by
the band adds:
When we decided to do a covers EP of anime opening songs, this song was one of those choices that was staring us down because of how legendary Neon Genesis Evangelion is, along with its opening ‘A Cruel Angel’s Thesis’. The show deals with some very deep themes such as morality, individuality and responsibility, all delivered with an aura of depression largely due to the creators mental state at the time. The original performance of the song captures the series’s life affirming message, by enunciating the joyful and glorious side of the story.
Great care was taken to make timeless elements such as the salsa-like rhythmic feel and 90s keyboard sounds present themselves strongly along with the heavier and more powerful elements we introduced into the arrangement. Most of us are also familiar with the show, therefore its emotional weight definitely came through in our playing while recapturing the power of the original version. This will also be our former vocalist Mikael Salo’s last EVERFROST song. If this song wasn’t already challenging enough, the original track’s vocal is also on the hard end of the scale. Mikael did a fantastic job on this, marking a very fitting song to go out on.
In the end, this was the most challenging song of the EP! Curiously enough, Evangelion is fittingly a challenging series to decipher, but easy for many people to relate to. We hope this translates to our cover of the song, we for sure feel it does!
Samuli Heiskanen - Lead Guitar
Joose Ylianttila - Rhythm Guitar
Benji Klint-Connelly - Keyboards
Roi Partanen - Bass
Jope 'James' Salminen - Drums
From the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion
Composed by Hidetoshi Satō
Lyrics by Neko Oikawa
Arranged by Toshiyuki O'mori
Originally performed by Hidetoshi Satō
Arranged by Benji Klint-Connelly and EVERFROST
Mixed by Benji Klint-Conelly
Mastered by David Gnozzi
Video studio footage by Roi Partanen
Video edit by Benji Klint-Connelly
Text, effects and animation by Ayeyusif
Produced by Duskswitch 2022
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