Frozen Factory in 2023
Stephen Baker – Vocals
Tomi Hassinen – Bass
Zsolt Szilagyi – Lead Guitar
Johnny Koivumäki – Rhythm Guitar
Marianne Heikkinen – Drums
Frozen Factory in short
Hi, we’re Frozen Factory from Southern Finland.
Our detailed and thoughtful songs mix key ingredients from alt-rock, prog and metal, often hinting at our biggest influences like Pink Floyd, Iron Maiden, Alice in Chains and Depeche Mode. Every song is crafted individually and as part of the album/EP it belongs to, because we will always believe that the album experience is what really matters.
We love the stage, we rock the stage, and we want to meet you at our gigs, so go and check out our live dates.
We released our debut album ‘Planted Feet‘ in 2020 and followed that with a suspiciously large eight-track EP in 2021 called ‘The First Liquidation EP‘. In 2022, we released our epic new album ‘Of Pearls & Perils‘!
Frozen Factory started spontaneously in December 2018 when four ‘dudes of rock’ joined a sound engineer in Lahti, Finland, to enjoy a free studio day. There was no real plan and no expectations, only rumours of great music penned by Tomi Hassinen, the band’s bassist and a composer with crazy piano skills.
Tomi’s old pal, Asa Nyman, and online contact, Ozzy Slant, joined to lay down the guitars and vocals. Ultimately, the result was a three track self-titled single. Tomi and drummer, Eetu Pesu, felt sure their future was as a band. Asa and Ozzy however, couldn’t continue in their roles. The release of singles ‘Ruthless’ and ‘Stay Forever’ on YouTube in March 2019, coincided with Tomi’s online search for a singer. British singer, Stephen Baker, answered almost immediately. After drinking tea with Tomi, Stephen quickly wrote the lyrics for ‘The Truth is So Dead’ and recorded it over Tomi’s demo track using his trademark high belting vocals.
Stephen and Tomi seemed destined to team up, and in the following days, demos with a new deeper sound began to emerge. Frozen Factory was soon planning a debut album themed around humanity’s painful struggles, and the band added Mici Ehnqvist on lead guitar, who’s a long-time friend of Tomi’s and a brilliant musician.
The band spent the rest of 2019 recording ‘Planted Feet’ while filming music videos as possible. Thier first live performance as at Vernissa in Vantaa, Finland. The gig was filmed in full and it’s available to watch here. ‘Planted Feet’ came out on 12th June 2020 after two single releases.
Eetu parted ways with the band in 2020 due to him living far away from the band’s base in Helsinki, remaining a good friend of the band. Marianne Heikkinen came into the picture after Stephen found her drumming videos online. Marianne joined the band in July, swiftly performing live and recording new material. In May 2021, Frozen Factory released ‘The First Liquidation EP’, an 8 track record that clocks in at under 30 minutes. The band consider it to be a short experimental project rather than an album, and it marks a development into more emotional themes, providing a bridge to the second album.
In late 2021, Johnny Koivumäki joined the band as their second guitarist. Johnny’s been involved with Stephen in a cover band, and now partnering with Mici, he brings the wall of guitars the band’s been dreaming of.
After a series of new singles in 2022, Frozen Factory dropped their second full-length album ‘Of Pearls & Perils’ on Friday the 23rd of September. With 12 brand new tracks that further explore the band’s now trademark thematic full-disc experience, the album earned a few rave reviews and high-profile radio play.
As 2022 drew to a close, Tomi and Stephen fired up their song writing engines again, hungry to forge a new set of material. In January 2023, Frozen Factory parted ways with Mici, allowing him to focus on other things in his life. The band soon enlisted the help of Zsolt Szilagyi, a former bandmate of Stephen’s, and quickly made his position in the band official. With Zsolt on board, the band has started recording sessions for an upcoming ???? Stay tuned and find out.