Monday, March 28, 2011


This is seriously some of the most grim music ever made. When I first heard this, my 20 year old mind was not prepared for the sledge hammer bludgeon that was to follow. Imagine lying in a Siberian torture tank filled with ice cold water while baluga whales continuously dive onto your decaying body.

Thick ass Stoughton gatefold jacket on black or white vinyl. T-shirt also available as a package deal.

**Note: After getting the record in the mail, I realized that it is not a 2xLP, sorry if that mislead anyone!

Order at Southern Lord

Here is the description from the site:

Sometimes a band is so far ahead of the times or just so original that people aren't ready for them and only years later do they get the praise they deserve. This is truly the case of Winter. Winter formed in 1988 out of the ashes of local punk bands Doomsday and Meltdown. The thriving underground music scene in NY at the time was split between NYHC, death/thrash metal and punk. Each one was separate from the other in musical style, politics (or lack thereof) and fashion. Somewhere in the middle of all that Winter arrived. At this time every band from the area were playing as fast as possible. Winter however was the complete opposite playing as slow and heavy as possible. They tuned lower than any band and their tempos crawled at a snails pace. Inspired by bands as diverse as Black Sabbath, Celtic Frost, Amebix, Rudimentiry Peni, King Crimson, Hawkwind, Carnivore and Discharge their combination of dark lyrics, low vocals and crushing slow tempos slowly built a following of punks metalheads and even some NYHC/crossover fans. In Long Island they would open up for the big death metal bands of the time like Sepultura and Death while also playing punk/d.i.y. /squat shows in NYC with bands like Nausea and A.P.P.L.E The band signed with Future Shock Records for the release of their debut LP Into Darkness. The album became an instant cult classic. As the years went on Winter's legacy slowly evolved from total obscurity to becoming a cult favorite who were respected around the world. Winter disbanded in 1991.

20+ years later the immense impact /influence of Winter continues on! From Cathedral to Grief to Unearthly Trance to Coffins. All these bands readily admit the influence of the mighty Winter. After a few dodgy reissues and shitty bootlegs from other labels comes the OFFICIAL re-release of "Into Darkness".

Your choice of 180 gram white vinyl or black vinyl with heavy-duty gatefold jacket and huge 18 page "zine"-style booklet with flyers, posters etc.. Original lp pressing was released in the early nineties and has long been out of print as well as highly sought after . ALL HAIL WINTER. RISE!!! $14 each

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