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.
Germany’s Phantom Winter (ex-Omega Massif) have premiered their forthcoming sophomore LP, Sundown Pleasures, at Metal Injection. The record will officially be released this Friday, September 16, via Golden Antenna Records and Silent Pendulum. On Sundown Pleasures, the quintet refine and expand upon their unique take on blackened doom, creating a dismal and destructive effort. Check it out now.
German blackened doom outfit Phantom Winter have premiered the official video for their track “Sundown Pleasures” at CVLT Nation. The eight-minute tune, which comes from the upcoming album of the same name, is full of monolithic, dismal instrumentation, grisly vocals, and is set to a clip satirizing “normal” life directed by Andreas Deininger. Check out the video after the break.
Sundown Pleasures will be released this Friday, September 16, via Golden Antenna Records and Silent Pendulum Records. Pre-order here or here.
German blackened doom outfit Phantom Winter have premiered the official video for their track “Bombing the Witches” at Metal Hammer. The bleak and towering tune, which comes from the group’s impending Sundown Pleasures LP, is set to a Jeremiah Jones-directed clip depicting a woman being terrorized in her hotel room. Check out the video after the break.
Sundown Pleasures will be released on September 16 via Golden Antenna Records/Silent Pendulum Records.
German blackened doom outfit Phantom Winter have announced the release of their second full-length record and follow-up to 2015’s CVLT LP. The new record will be titled Sundown Pleasures (artwork above) and will be released on September 16 via Golden Antenna Records and Silent Pendulum Records. The album’s track listing can be found after the break, along with the band’s forthcoming tour dates and a stream of CVLT.