This is an essential slab of genre defining death doom in a nice comforting sludge -a beautifully mastered mix which you can play at max volume after midnight for maximum impact! Has anyone ever heard better vocals over rumbling bass and droning guitars? Hear Goden and you can feel the earth groaning as man mistreats it. If you like My Dying Bride, Anathema’s Serenades or any drone metal, pick this up. You will not be disappointed.
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Read his review. It basically mirrors what I would say except I would add more exclamation points.
I would only add that anyone that has been depressed, not whiny-emo-rebel-without-a-cause ‘depression’ but true clinical depression, will tell you that if there was an audial manifestation of depression this would truly be it. Every note bemoans a swirling miasmic sea of melancholy orchestrated by the behemoth to drag you into the infinite depths of your abyss.
Unleash this Titan at your peril.
ixion nails it with his review. I won’t repeat his thoughts, but I will add my own.
This combination of the early 90’s doom metal group, Winter gave birth to a combination of two genres of metal, Doom and Death. The slow tempos and extremely downtuned music of doom fronted by the scowling vocals of death. Most Definately not genres of music you will hear on mainstream radio or especially…well I won’t mention such atrocities here on an excellent album.
I am more drawn to doom metal than death metal myself. Though I do have quite a collection of death metal groups. Thus the music of Winter really draws me in prompting me to always give the disc another listen.
Doom metal fans: You won’t be disappointed in Winter at all. This album is currently out of print, so when you manage to see this around (particularly online) pick it up Immediately!!!!
This will not appeal to a great portion of the “metal crowd”.As much as I appreciate this band,the simple truth is that it’s one of those “gotta be in the right mood”to even consider giving a spin.Celtic Frost?Yes,the vocals are clearly influenced by Mr. Warrior,but otherwise(besides the heaviness)little to point towards Frost.No,this is slow-mo crossover(definite Hardcore lyrics),albeit with a lean more towards the Metal side.This is,though,somewhat ahead of it’s time in regards to the current Drone subgenre – those acclimated to the likes of SunnO)),Khanate,and the like should add a star to the above rating….
If the galaxies of Black Sabbath’s “Into the Void” and Celtic Frost’s “Dawn of Megiddo” collided, the aftermath would be something like Winter’s early 1990’s recording _Into Darkness_. From its haunting, black and white sleeve image to the bleak strains of opening intro “Oppression Freedom,” this is without doubt one of the finest doom metal albums ever. The guitars here produce the heaviest, low-end, de-tuned sounds you may ever hear. The solos, when they appear, are Iommi-like, screeching, fuzzy, and two-channelled, so as to merely be heard over the black din of the rhythm section. This is one platter that must be heard to be believed. It has quality playing, quality lyrics (supposedly about the abuse of earth’s natural resources) and searing, atmospheric, melodic performances. Slow, intense, and powerful, _Into Darkness_ will always be at the top of some of the finest sludge ever perpetrated; a fact which is proved by the Nuclear Blast re-release of this important title over a decade since its recording. The digipak includes the “Eternal Frost” EP which contains 5 additional tracks including the ambient/noise experiment “Manifestations I,” created entirely with guitar. Though this NY trio broke up shortly after the album’s release, the doom-encrusted chords and apocalyptic message they committed to tape remain. Recommended.