The Frozen Autumn started life as the solo project of Diego Merletto, founded after several years of involvement with various darkwave groups in Turin. The singer, keyboardist and synth programmer employed the talents of guitarist Claudio Brosio during early studio sessions and live performances, then in 1995 the first album, Pale Awakening, was released under the German Weisser Herbst Produktion label. The album was well-received by gothic-wave/dark-romantic fans across Europe, and in 1997 the follow-up was released, Fragments of Memories, this time by Milan-based Eibon Records.
In 1998 Merletto co-founded a side-project called Static Movement with Arianna, who provided guest vocals on the title-track from Fragments of Memories. The duo composed together for six months and in March 1999 the album Visionary Landscapes was released. The musical style of Static Movement was not dissimilar to The Frozen Autumn, however with only electronic instruments being used, the result was a more synthetic coldwave sound. The partnership proved fruitful for both parties and so Arianna became a permanent fixture in The Frozen Autumn line-up, Static Movement remaining their « concept research project ».
After 18 months working on The Frozen Autumn’s third album, Emotional Screening Device was released in April 2002 and hailed as the group’s best album to date. They decided to leave Eibon Records in 2003 and, while contemplating offers coming in from both Italian and foreign labels, spent over two years on the next album. Is Anybody There? was finally released in September 2005 by the German label Pandaimonium through Xymox Control.
Merletto has since been working on his video art which has in recent years become an integral part of the band’s live shows, while in addition to playing concerts all over Europe and collaborating with various artists, the duo have (as of October 2006) begun the process of reprinting The Frozen Autumn’s back catalogue. In June, 2009, « Visionary Landscapes » and « Fragments of Memories » were re-printed through Twilight Records. At the same, The Frozen Autumn announced that Ashes is no longer their official fan club. In September 2009, a new official forum was created.
The Frozen Autumn have stated that labelmates Clan of Xymox have been their main source of inspiration over the years. In 2000 Diego and Arianna were invited by Clan of Xymox founder Ronny Moorings to do a remix of his new track, There’s No Tomorrow, which was included on the single. They collaborated a second time when Moorings remixed Ashes, which featured as a bonus track on the 2005 album Is Anybody There?. Other favourite bands and artists of the duo include Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins, X-Mal Deutschland, David Sylvian and Depeche Mode.
Diego Merletto (1993 - present) - Vocals, synthesizers, samplers, programming and effects
Arianna a.k.a. Froxeanne (2000 - present) - Vocals, synthesizers, samplers, programming and effects
Claudio Brosio (1993 - 1998) - Guitar
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