deathCAVE bassist/vocalist Freiburger has launched the new Seattle-based record label and clothing line, Satanik Royalty Records, and while the label gears up for its first release, Freiburger and friends have been doing quarantine supergroup covers of classic metal songs. They recently did Iron Maiden's "Phantom of the Opera" (with members of Yatra, The Accüsed, and more) and Sepultura's "Refuse/Resist" (with members of Rorschach, Kiss It Goodbye, Spacebag, and more), and now they've got a new cover of At The Gates' Slaughter of the Soul classic "Cold." This one features Freiburger on bass and vocals, with Dave Webb (Moon Letters, Spacebag) on lead guitar, Alyssa Mocere (Lord Dying) on guitar, and Joe Axler (Theories, Skarp, Book of Black Earth, Samothrace) on drums.
"Covering At The Gates was almost a no brainer," Freiburger said. "They have been such an inspirational band in my life. Especially vocally. When I was younger, I would try so fucking hard to sound exactly like Tompa singing. I loved that he enunciated his screams! So, I played bass and sang for this song. I chose the lead guitar player, Dave Webb, because we’ve worked on songs in the past and I love how well he speaks solos so perfectly! The song ‘Cold’ has an infamously hard solo that was written by Andy LaRocque from King Diamond. For the other guitar, I wanted to work with my friend Alyssa because she's a ripper and shares a love for ATG. My dearest friend Joe Grindo is on drums because he has been begging and pleading to do a cover with me and this seemed like the best one. I just love Joe’s guts so dang much that I couldn't say no! At The Gates’ Slaughter Of The Soul will always remain an incredibly important album to me and I am so happy to play one of the songs off of that album."