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Winter

Formed: 1988
From: New York City, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Background

Winter is a doom/death band from New York. The group released one full-length, "Into Darkness," in 1990 and then disbanded. The group's sole release led to a cult following after its demise. Nuclear Blast reissued "Into Darkness" in 1992 and released a video for the track 'Servants of the Warsmen,' on the VHS "Death is Just the Beginning." Winter reformed in 2010.

Latest Winter News

Below is our complete Winter news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Agnostic Front Joins The Power of the Riff Fest

Agnostic Front has been added to the lineup of The Power of the Riff East festival. The NYC HC legends will play a set of material focused exclusively on songs from their classic "United Blood/Victim In Pain" releases.

Other recent additions include Coffinworm and Double Negative. The newly named artists joined a roster that includes Pentagram, Poison Idea, Negative Approach, Xibalba, Alpha & Omega, Sunn 0))), Winter, Repulsion, Salvation, and Dead in the Dirt in this first installment of the festival.

Curated by The Power Of The Riff and Southern Lord, and presented by Scenic and Brooklyn Vegan, The Power Of The Riff East will take place in NYC on Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd at Brooklyn's Warsaw Club.

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Power Of The Riff Fest To Invade NYC

Following the recent announcement of the third annual West Coast installment of The Power Of The Riff Festival in Los Angeles on August 11th, today the first ever East Coast chapter of the festivities have been confirmed!

TPOTR is an event that honors extreme music fans and musicians of all ages, tapping into a lineup that represents the forefathers, milestones and current national touring acts, while shedding light on up-and-coming and local acts. Curated by The Power Of The Riff and Southern Lord, and presented by Scenic and Brooklyn Vegan, the devastating two-day The Power Of The Riff East will take place in NYC on Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd at Brooklyn's massive Warsaw club, boasting an incredible roster of riffcrushing artists from across the country.

At press time the lineup for day one of TPOTR East includes PENTAGRAM, POISON IDEA, NEGATIVE APPROACH, XIBALBA, ALPHA & OMEGA and POWER TRIP, while day two will show SUNN 0))), WINTER, REPULSION, UNEARTHLY TRANCE, SALVATION and DEAD IN THE DIRT hitting the stage, with additional support and headlining acts still to be announced in the days ahead.

A limited number of two-day passes for The Power Of The Riff East are available for purchase right now at this location. Single day tickets for both days will go on sale this Monday, July 2nd at 12pm EST. Saturday tickets will be available at this location and Sunday tickets over here. tuned for more announcements in the days ahead as the lineup for this behemoth event expands.

Full info and tickets for The Power Of The Riff West -- confirmed to take place on Saturday, August 11th at Los Angeles' Echo/Echoplex -- are available now here. More...

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Chaos in Tejas 2012 Day Two

Saturday, June 2, 2012 offered a much different pace than the previous night. Where Friday night’s lineup played deliberate rhythms and struck chords that hung in the air like an ominous fog, Saturday’s day show at Beerland focused on speed. D-beats, blast beats, double picked chords partly characterized the crossover minded bands such as Midnight and Toxic Holocaust who packed a house of enthusiastic punks and metal heads.

Packing Beerland’s sloped construction did not take long. I arrived at the venue around opening time at 3:30 to find their small smoking area nearly full. I was not at the venue for long before their staff started turning away people. When someone left, someone entered. Once again, due to the staggering amount of attendees, the stuffiness of the club and humidity, I took numerous breaks from watching each band. More...

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MDF 2012 Full Lineup And Set Times Announced

The tenth annual Maryland Deathfest is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24-27, 2012. Tickets are still on sale for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with Thursday is sold out.

The final lineup is confirmed and the running order and set times have been announced as follows:

Thursday, May 24th - Entrance opens at 4:00 pm

Main room
Extermination Angel - 4:45 - 5:10
Die Pigeon Die - 5:25 - 5:50
Needful Things - 6:05 - 6:40
Rorschach - 6:55 - 7:40
Dying Fetus - 7:55 - 8:40
Absu - 8:55 - 9:40
Eyehategod - 9:55 - 10:45
Agalloch - 11:00 - 12:00
Autopsy - 12:15 - end

Friday, May 25th - Entrance opens at 3:00 pm More...

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Chaos in Tejas Festival 2012 Schedule

Chaos in Tejas has released its schedule for the the punk flavored music festival that takes place May 31st through June 3rd, 2012 at various venues in Austin, Texas. Saint Vitus, Nasum, Winter, Absu and Toxic Holocaust are among the artists scheduled to appear at this year's installment.

Chaos in Tejas 2012 schedule is as follows: More...

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Chaos in Tejas Fest 2012 Lineup Revealed

Brooklyn Vegan, has announced the lineup to Chaos in Tejas Festival 2012 held in Austin, Texas on May 31st. The eighth installment once again shows metal meddling with punk. This year The sludgy pace of power violence finds the perfect partner in doom metal. Winter and Loss will cover the capital in morose molasses, while Ghoul, Toxic Holocaust and a reunited Nasum will shift the festival into higher gears.

The initial lineup is as follows:

Antisect (England)
the Mob (England)
Nasum (Sweden)
Best Coast
Tear it Up
Varukers (England)
Winter
Iceage (Denmark)
Forward (Japan)
the Abused
Warrior Kids (France)
Ringworm
Ghoul
Black Witchery
Omegas
Heratys (Sweden)
Hoax
Zyanose (Japan)
Nyogthaeblisz
Double Negative
Toxic Holocaust
Give
the Ropes
Disma
Mauser
Scapegoat
Loss
Whitehorse (Australia)
Gas Chamber
Magic Circle
Hank Wood and the Hammerheads

The list of bands above is only an initial lineup. One hundred-plus more bands will be announced in the future.

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Maryland Deathfest 2012 Final Bands Confirmed

The tenth annual Maryland Deathfest is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24-27, 2012 and the final 12 bands were recently announced. They are:

BRUJERIA (Mexico)
AGALLOCH
ARCHGOAT (Finland)
YOB
DYING FETUS
BLACK WITCHERY
UNANIMATED (Sweden)
RORSCHACH
MORGION
NEEDFUL THINGS (Czech Republic)
DIE PIGEON DIE (Australia)
EXTERMINATION ANGEL

Additionally, the organizers have announced the lineup for the first day (Thursday). AUTOPSY will be headlining this day and the rest of the bands playing will be: AGALLOCH, EYEHATEGOD, RORSCHACH, DYING FETUS, DESASTER, NEEDFUL THINGS, DIE PIGEON DIE, and EXTERMINATION ANGEL.

Four-day passes (Thursday-Sunday) and 3-day passes (Friday-Sunday) will go on sale on Monday, September 26th. Single day tickets for Thursday will also go on sale on the 26th. More...

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The Power Of The Riff Lineup Announced

The mammoth five-date The Power of the Riff will invade the West Coast this week, kicking off with the main festival in Los Angeles this Saturday. Those in charge of the event want people there early to check out the new bands that are playing first, so the first 50 people through the doors at both the L.A. show this Saturday as well as the Seattle show on 8/18 will receive a $50 Converse Gift Card. Full show orders and set times for all five shows are posted below.

8/13/2011 Echo/Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA

Upstairs (The Echo)
Doors @ 12:00
PLAGUES 12:30 – 1:00
HARASSOR 1:15- 1:45
AEGES 2:00-2:30
SLAVE 2:45-3:15
SEVEN SISTERS OF SLEEP 3:30-4:00
BAPTISTS 4:15- 4:45
SKIN LIKE IRON 5:00-5:30
MASAKARI 5:45- 6:15
ALPINIST 6:30-7:15
BLACK BREATH 7:30-8:15

Downstairs (Echoplex)
Doors – 2:30
EARLY GRAVES 3:00-3:30
ACEPHALIX 3:45-4:15
BLACK COBRA 4:30-5:00
ALL PIGS MUST DIE 5:15- 6:00
TRAP THEM 6:15- 7:00
PELICAN 7:15-8:00
WINTER 8:15-9:15
EYEHATEGOD 9:30-10:30
PENTAGRAM 10:45-11:45

8/15/2011 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA

Doors – 7:00 pm
ACEPHALIX 7:45-8:15
ALL PIGS MUST DIE 8:30-9:00
BLACK BREATH 9:15-9:45
TRAP THEM 10:00-10:30
NOOTHGRUSH 10:45-11:45
WINTER 12:00 -1:00 More...

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Southern Lord Offers Free Compilation

Southern Lord Records is offering a free compilation download to promote its "Power of the Riff 2011" tour, which starts on August 13. The 20-track mix tape is a tool to promote the bands on the upcoming East Coast tour.

Some of these artists include All Pigs Must Die, Baptists, Eyehategod, Pentagram, Black Cobra, Pelican, Noothgrush, Winter, Trap Them, etc. The download also comes with flyers from the upcoming tour.

To download a copy, click this link

The Power of the Riff 2011 Mix Tape contains the following tracks:

1. All Pigs Must Die "Pulverization"
2. Baptists "Good Parenting"
3. Eyehategod "Jack Ass in the Will of God"
4. Masakari "Trapped In The Mold"
5. Alpinist "Hak Nam"
6. Skin Like Iron "Consequences"
7. Early Graves "Wraiths"
8. Seven Sisters of Sleep "Sundown"
9. Pentagram "Call The Man"
10. Black Breath "Children Of The Horn"
11. Plagues "Breathing"
12. Harassor "Glory Raped"
13. Acephalix "Interminable Night"
14. Black Cobra "Negative Reversal"
15. Aeges "Roaches"
16. Slave "Rise Of Shame"
17. Trap Them "Carnage Incarnate"
18. Noothgrush "Oil Removed"
19. Pelican "Strung Up From The Sky"
20. Winter "Eternal Frost" More...

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MDF 2012 Confirms Godflesh, Eyehategod and More

GODFLESH (UK) will be making an exclusive North American appearance at Maryland Deathfest 2012, the festival's tenth edition. In addition, the following bands have been confirmed: WINTER, TSJUDER (Norway), HORNA (Finland), SARGEIST (Finland), DISMA, LOOKING FOR AN ANSWER (Spain), NASHGUL (Spain), AUTOPSY, NAPALM DEATH (UK), EYEHATEGOD, NOOTHGRUSH, RWAKE, DEVIATED INSTINCT (UK), COUGH, COKE BUST, INFERNAL STRONGHOLD, BACKSLIDER, CASTEVET.

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Sunday Old School: Winter

Death metal is a sub-genre that has widely expanded its definition since first receiving this stylistic tag. From the severely distorted guitar tones to unrecognizable low growls and blast beats, death metal has always been a style of extremes. Arguably, death metal’s extremeness is untouchable, especially in the area of paces.

During the late 1980s and early ‘90s, bands were competing for the title of fastest band on the planet. Some death metal groups took a 90-degree turn. Instead of playing 500-notes per song, these groups fleshed out just a few, monstrous chords. By combining the harsh sounds of death metal with the slovenly tempos of doom a new category surfaced, death/doom. In turn, an even slower and more distorted form grew out of this style, funeral doom. Winter was one of the bands that spawned this metal hybrid.

Winter’s unique apocalyptic vision first appeared in 1988. The NYC-area band released its first and only full-length “Into Darkness” in 1990 via Future Shock Records. Nuclear Blast picked up the record in 1992 and released their “Servants of the Warsmen” video on the “Death is Just the Beginning” VHS compilation. This track seemed out of place. It’s languid tempos were like listening to the other bands (Hypocrisy, Master, Brutality, Macabre, etc.) in slow motion. Being the oddball in a crowd is not always anathema, though, because whether viewers liked it or not, this track made an impression.

Winter definitely made an impact on doom metal’s deathly offspring. Their down-tempo compositions influenced funeral doom and drone styles. In order to confirm this statement, I contacted two musicians who feel “Into Darkness” is a classic recording.

Patrick Bruss plays in several death metal bands including Ribspreader, Crypticus and Tombstones. Also, he has mixed and mastered numerous artists such as Acid Witch, Cianide, Cardiac Arrest and Impetigo.

Greg Anderson is a figurehead in the area of extremely slow metal. Anderson has played in numerous groups including Sunn O(((, Goatsnake, Thorr’s Hammer and Burning Witch. He is co-owner of Southern Lord Records.

Both artists agree that “Into Darkness” is a classic album. “Winter,” states Bruss, “was way ahead of the times. The album is especially great for being so un-trendy. In a time when everyone wanted to play fast and technical, these guys were all about mood and a sense of dread…I think bands like this don't set-out to make statements, they just make the music that comes naturally to them while ignoring what's popular. That, in itself, is a great statement… It definitely helped to create a new style of Doom.”


Greg Anderson saw something different in “Into Darkness,” too. Winter’s style was untypical from everything Anderson had heard at the time of discovery. The record influenced him as a musician.

“When I heard that record in the mid ‘90s there weren’t a lot of bands playing in that style. There are only a handful of bands that contributed to my musical perversion (laughs) and playing at the time—Eyehategod, St. Vitus, Trouble and bands like that. Winter was different because they had a punk and hardcore edge, but they had low, growling vocals, which was something the bands I mentioned didn’t really have. They were like a more punk version of Celtic Frost with some death metal vocals. It was really a unique sound at that time. I thought they were amazing!

Anderson continues, “This record was definitely an influence when I played with Thorr’s Hammer (mid ‘90s). We were into anything slow and heavy that we could get our hands on. Back then, there weren’t a lot of releases like that. Those bands were very underground and obscure. Any of that stuff was definitely an influence.”

“Into Darkness” not only inspired Anderson to up the ante on his down-tempo arrangements, he believes it may have also inspired some of his artists on Southern Lord. “Sure, they definitely influenced some of the bands I worked with, but at that time, they were very unique. Nowadays, there are a million bands doing that style. At that time, there were only a handful of bands doing that.”

“Into Darkness” did have its faster moments. These came as punky, Celtic Frost dirges. As Anderson notes above, these elements were part of what made the record so unique. Bruss concurs, “The up-tempo parts sound almost exactly like Napalm Death on syrup. How can you not love that? The slowest D-Beats ever!”

Hanging notes and lethargic-moving kick drums create a mood in its own, but “Into Darkness” contained layers of instrumentation, some working together, some apart. Guitar effects and organs bring trippy elements to the mix. Greg Anderson informed me that the group used a Hammond B3 organ, which a session jazz organist played. Using any type of keys, piano, synth or organ was a novel concept at that time. “It’s really cool because a lot of bands at that time weren’t doing that kind of thing, either,” states Anderson.

From the production to the album’s noisy aspects, Bruss likes the album’s over all vibe. “The noises add a great Sludge element to it while still being ambient.” He hails from the Studio Sunlight death metal side of engineering, so he could not say the production influenced him as a professional. However, he likes the album’s production. “I think it's spot-on. It's grimy, sludgy, & heavy, but also clear. A great production is one you don't notice over the music and this definitely fits the bill.”

With the exception of sludge masters Eyehategod, at the time he discovered Winter, Greg Anderson’s taste were more towards the traditional side of doom—St. Vitus, The Obsessed and Trouble. Bruss mentioned a couple of funeral doom bands from that era that he saw, along with Winter, as pioneering doom/death acts. “They [Winter], along with Thergothon and Disembowelment formed the Unholy Trinity of early death/doom and all three are essential albums that helped define a genre.”

About a year-and-a-half ago, Greg Anderson received a call from Winter. He said he was “flattered” and “blown away” by the fact that they called him to do the reissue because he’s a big fan of the record. As this article establishes, he felt “Into Darkness” is a “pretty important record.” He wanted to take a different approach with this release, though, because it felt it did not receive the treatment it deserved.

“The thing about that record is every time someone put it out it had shoddy packaging. Labels didn’t seem to put a lot of care into it, so we decided to give it a nice packaging. It comes with an 18-page booklet, flyers and liner notes. They were really hands-on in creating the packaging for this, which is something that we really tried to do. To me, this is the definitive version of this release, especially the vinyl. It was originally released on very limited vinyl. This time it comes with a gatefold jacket and a fanzine-style booklet. I wanted to create a nice, archival piece for this album.”

Winter reunited in 2010, apparently just to play shows such as Roadburn Festival 2011 and a recent Roadburn warm-up gig. Southern Lord will release the album April 12, 2011. Read the review of “Into Darkness.”

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Southern Lord to Reissue Winter "Into Darkness"

Southern Lord Records will reissue Winter's "Into Darkness" album on April 12th, 2011 on CD and LP formats. "Into Darkness" is the sole recording by the Long Island doom metal group.

Released in 1990 through Nuclear Blast Records, the record's crawling pace made a considerable impact on down-tempo styles such as funeral doom and drone. "Into Darkness" returns to the light right before the band's performance at this year's Roadburn festival in Tilburg, Holland. The Roadburn Festival appearance marks Winter's first performance since reuniting last year.

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Sunn O))) Announces First Bands For Roadburn

Legendary doom pioneers WINTER, along with EARTH, SCORN, BEAVER, ALUK TODOLO, MENACE RUINE, HOODED MENACE, THE SECRET and Atilla Csihar’s VOID OV VOICES, have been confirmed for SUNN O)))’s curated event at Roadburn Festival 2011, set for April 15th at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland.

As curator, SUNN O))) (Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley) are personally selecting the bands that will play during their special event, as well as performing a headlining show. SUNN O))) is Roadburn’s fourth curator, following David Tibet in 2008, Neurosis in
2009 and Triptykon’s Tom Gabriel Warrior at this year’s festival in April.

SUNN O))) comments: “SUNN O))) is honored to present the first part of our guests for the curated day at Roadburn, April 15th 2011. They represent a broad range of bands we are fans of, and in many cases some of our closest friends and collaborators. We hope you appreciate the selection, and look forward to announcing more of our selection and allies…”

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