With their monolithic guitars, melancholic melodies, and blackened atmospheres, Germany’s Phantom Winter create a devastatingly heavy and foreboding listening experience. Since the release of 2015’s CVLT, the prolific “winterdoom” outfit have been on a steady path to all things dark and dreary. Each subsequent release has seen the band become heavier and more dynamic while staying true to their roots. Their newest release, Into Dark Science, sits at the apex of this evolution and shows that the band’s creative fuels have yet to run out.
In this recent interview with Svbterranean, guitarist and vocalist Andreas Schmittfull to discuss the new record, Sylvia Plath, and witches.
Phantom Winter continue to prove to be a post-metal juggernaut on their third full-length record, Into Dark Science.
Since the release of their 2015 debut, Cvlt, this prolific German act have been steadily pumping out releases and continuously refining their sound, pushing it further into darker realms than previously explored. Self-described as “winterdoom”, the band’s sound evokes a feeling of being trapped in a frozen tundra to be devoured by the elements, or something more sinister. Elements of sludge and post-metal are melded with black metal characteristics and post-rock crescendos, creating a sound that is equally massive, melancholic and menacing. Combine that with lyrical content that leans towards the depressive and the occult, Phantom Winter steadfastly walks a path toward utter pitch blackness. Continue Reading
German winterdoom quintet Phantom Winter have premiered their forthcoming album, Into Dark Science, via The Sludgelord. The album will officially be released on March 2 via Golden Antenna Records and can be purchased here. The band issued the following comments regarding their new effort: Continue Reading
German post-metallers Phantom Winter have premiered a new track from their forthcoming, third full-length album, Into Dark Science, via Zero Tolerance Magazine. The new track is titled “Ripping Halos From Angels” and features over six-minutes of dismal, crushing sludge interwoven with cold atmospheric elements. The band said the following of the track: Continue Reading
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German winterdoom outfit Phantom Winter have debuted a new track from their impending third full-length, Into Dark Science. The track in question is titled “Frostcoven” and is a gloomy and pummeling affair full of lumbering post-metal and melancholic atmospherics. The band issued the following comments regarding the track:
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German blackened post-metal outfit Phantom Winter have announced the release of their third full-length album. The forthcoming album, which follows 2016’s Sundown Pleasures, will be titled Into Dark Science and will be released on March 2 via Golden Antenna Records. The album’s artwork, track listing and trailer can be found after the break.
A few years ago, Svbterranean’s previous incarnation American Aftermath decided to put out a couple of free digital sludge compilations titled Summer of Sludge and Autumn Annihilation. These compilations compiled some of the best and heaviest sludge, doom, post-metal, what have you, acts around and were extremely fun and rewarding to put together.
Since summer is here once again, and Svbterranean has yet to dip its toes into the comp game, we decided to resurrect these loud series of comps. So now we proudly present Summer of Sludge Volume One; the first in a series of three digital compilations that will be released in each of the summer months. We hope that these comps will highlight the best of what the underground doom and sludge scenes have to offer, and turn on you miscreants to some new, earsplitting music. Why go outside and enjoy the sun when you can enjoy devastatingly heavy tunes for hours on in?
Below you will find the official track listing and stream of the compilation via Bandcamp. Once all free Bandcamp downloads are used up for the month, an alternative download link can be found here. Remember, if you dig any of the artists featured on these compilations, please be sure to support them in any way you can.
Summer of Sludge Volume Two will be released during the first week of July.
Omega Massif was a genuinely massive band. Throughout their roughly nine year existence, the German post-metal quartet crafted a short, but undeniably solid, string of releases and possessed a tremendous sound whose immense volume even caught the attention of Neurosis‘ Scott Kelly.
Though the band unfortunately parted ways in 2014, members of the outfit went on to form three equally enormous sounding bands. The bands in question are Blacksmoker, Phantom Winter and Cranial; the latter of which has released one of the most colossal records of the year.
As with every other music blog or publication, we at Svbterranean are obligated to give you our silly opinions on what were the top albums of the year. I could list every single release I enjoyed this year, but I am limited on patience and writing ability. So, I was able to narrow it down to a modest 30. These are records that, not limited to just metal and hardcore either, that stuck with me long after the initial listen. Feel free to peruse the list below and tell me how my opinion is bullshit, because I will probably agree with you.
Combining the lurching pace and density of sludge and doom with the cold and bitter atmosphere of black metal, Phantom Winter‘s music is a force to be reckoned with. It is the soundtrack to being lost in a dark, arctic wasteland as a blizzard relentlessly bears its fangs. There is no shelter, no hope, only death is guaranteed.
The German quintet, which is comprised of former members of post-metal outfit Omega Massiff, first plunged listeners into their “winterdoom” world on their 2015 debut, CVLT. Its unyielding barrage of towering riffs and icy malevolence made for a truly dismal and unique listening experience. The album sat at the crossroads between sludge, doom, black and post-metal without dipping too much into one style or the other, always keeping a balance. CVLT possessed sounds that seemed to have been culled from an intense night terror, or the mind of a sufferer of major depression at the very least.