Darkness Driving Darkness

by Wintering

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released August 11, 2017

Samu Rahn – Vocals, guitar
Jason Muxlow – Guitar, bass, keyboards, clean vocals
Phil Messina – Drums, backing vocals

Produced by Wintering
Mixed & mastered by Spenser Morris
Drums recorded by Dan Klein at Iron Hand Studios
Instruments recorded by Jason Muxlow
Vocals recorded by Spenser Morris

Cover painting, “self portrait” (2010) by Anastasia V Sweets

Copyright © 2017, Wintering. All rights reserved.


Crafted in the vein of the European old guard, Darkness Driving Darkness contains nine tracks of rumbling, organic death metal inspired by by the grim adversities of the natural world, man’s struggle against entropy, and the irresistible siren song of the HM-2 distortion pedal. No simple homage, however, Darkness… is interwoven with progressive and contemporary threads that have become Wintering’s hallmark blend.

Wintering was conceived in 2010 as a live performance outlet for Chicago-based guitarists Jason Muxlow (WITCHCRYER, ex-EARTHEN GRAVE) and Samu Rahn (CAIRN, VASKULA), whose mutual band (THE LIVING FIELDS) was a studio project with members spread across the globe. Along with bassist/vocalist Paul Garcia, they recorded two demos — End of All Tides (Spring 2012) & Carrion Call (early 2013) — before drummer Phil Messina (DeathCult, Boatman’s Toll, ex-Impale) joined to round out the live lineup. Garcia departed soon thereafter to focus on his main band; once more a trio, Wintering hunted for a replacement while preparing a full-length release. In November 2013, songwriting was completed and it was decided that Rahn would handle lead vocals, as he does in his own project, CAIRN. Focus turned back to the studio and in short order Messina had tracked drums with Dan Klein (FIN) at Iron Hand Studios in Chicago. Life then unexpectedly intervened and the album languished for a time, but was taken up again once Muxlow relocated to Texas and recorded primary bass and guitar tracks there. Back in Chicago, Spenser Morris was tapped for vocal tracking, mixing & mastering, which continued through the fall and winter of 2016.

And so here we are at last. Although entropy had its day and Wintering's original intent as a live ensemble never came to fruition, Darkness Driving Darkness has emerged as a testament to perseverance.



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Wintering Chicago, Illinois

Wintering is a Chicago death metal band featuring past and present members of The Living Fields, Cairn, DeathCult and Witchcryer.

For fans of Bolt Thrower, Amorphis (old), Sentenced (old), Morgoth, Autopsy, etc.

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