Sunday Sesh: Seasons In The Abyss (Winter)

For the inaugural Sunday Sesh back in September we posed the question of whether seasonal variation has an effect on your listening habits. We discussed Autumn; this time the topic is Winter. 

Stupid lizard, you’re late. Winter started ages ago, and nearly 6 weeks have passed since the December solstice. You fucked up.  Well, you know what? I had other things on deliberately waited until now so that I can crap on about some shit someone really boring probably told you once, maybe.

Those of you in the Northern Hemisphere are heading into the coldest time of the year. But you said it yourself, the December Solstice has already passed. Surely the shortest day/longest night of the year would equate to the coldest period? I bet you’d like it to be that bloody simple, wouldn’t you? Well it’s not. Currently, there are three leading hypotheses as to why this is not the case.

One is that you’re always wrong, so, you’re wrong.

A second is that Höđr (the Norse god of Winter), drunken on a particularly potent lambic brew, decided to change the dates on the town calender while everyone else was in a cold-induced hibernation-like daze. Effectively giving himself 6 more weeks to finish off completing his long overdue tax returns, avoiding another fiscal dilemma and escaping a potential audit. This particular viewpoint has gone out of favour recently, with many blaming the rise of the mysterious cult of Ößåmæ.

The third explanation pertains to the Earth’s oceans. As you know, over 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water. Water has a higher heat capacity than air; it is a great insulator, greater than the fat cells that currently surround your vital organs, awaiting the moment to finally conspire and choke your arteries, extinguishing your meaningless existence. So, ahh… that’s a lot of insulation… and stuff. Look, it takes roughly 6 weeks for the oceans (our primary thermal storage) to catch-up to the changes in the amount of heat they receive from the sun due to the Earth’s axial tilt.

By now, you’ve probably concluded whilst skimming through my padding inadequate attempt to explain some trivial natural phenomenon, that the answer to what you listen to during Winter is black metal. If it is, tell us what bands/albums in particular, or regale us with a frostbitten tale of some sort. Maybe you buck the trend and listen to something else to take your mind off the chill, pretending it’s Summer and that your genitalia hasn’t performed some kind of self-imposed inversion ceremony, reverting back into your torso until the gentle embrace of Spring lures them back into open air. Whatever the case, I’m sure you’re all absolutely stoked to ignore all of this and be given the chance to compare temperatures or snowfall with each other yet again.


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Published on: January 24, 2016

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  • Stanley

    Black Metal, Winter, Spring, Summer Autumn.

  • EsusMoose

    At least according to my last.fm, I’ve mainly focused on listening to my top tracks of 2015 and catching up on releases I missed, I have listened to this album a lot, can’t remember whose top 10 it was on but it’s chill and matched how I’ve felt lately https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh9rvBJ5Jjk

    • tigeraid

      Yup. Gonna be queuing up Dio alllll day now. 🙁

    • more beer

      That is horrible. 2016 is off to a brutal start to say the least.

      • It seems like we’re losing one a week. Seriously, fuck 2016 so far.

        • more beer

          It does. But at our age people who were older than us. Who we have been fans of since high school. Are going to start passing away at a much faster rate at this point. Not to mention the rock & roll lifestyle. I am surprised a lot of them made it this long. It really does suck. But it is just the harsh reality of life.

        • Max

          And it’s practically a band at this point. The guy from Mott the Hoople on drums. Glen Frey on guitar. Lemmy on bass and Bowie on vox.

          • Steamy Squirt Of Tongue Farts

            And Natalie Cole on backup vocals.

          • Max

            I should’ve thought of that.

            Actually, she can do the cleans. Bowie can do the growls.

    • Bossicus thee Rossicus

      Damn it!

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I guess Last In Line is not going to tour.

    • Steamy Squirt Of Tongue Farts

      Damn, the reaper’s definitely getting overtime on the rock and metal world in 2016. Buuuuuuuuuuuuut, at least:

      https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CYz0tP3UMAAAiA5.jpg

    • I have never heard this before. Ronnie vocals are unreal. His style is sooooo much better that I expected. Damn!

      GL

  • Stanley

    ToiletOvWeather, can somebody tell me what it’s like outside? I need to decide if it’s worth getting out if bed or not.

    • Steamy Squirt Of Tongue Farts

      It’s never worth getting out of bed. #surrendertothebedvoid

  • tigeraid

    In Canada we get plenty of ridiculous storms, so I generally don’t mind being out IN them to begin with. Tobogganing, skidooing, ice fishing, snow-shoeing, I’ve done it all. I frequently take storms as an opportunity to go out and fuck around on country roads and have fun sliding around too. But when I hunker down for the night, a nice cup of joe and Woods of Ypres does the trick for me.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_hfMsBBgLs

    • EsusMoose

      Canadian af

    • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

      Woods >>>>>>

      • CyberneticOrganism

        & shit >>>>>>>>

  • tigeraid

    And ironically, it’s 0 degrees celcius and sunny here right now, while just over Lake Erie in NY State, people are buried up to their tits. Odd weather. sometimes.

    • more beer

      They get that lake effect snow over in Lake Erie. Which will cause huge accumulations..

      • tigeraid

        Yeah but WE get it from Lake Huron, coming the same direction. But it never quite seems to accumulate as much.

        • more beer

          In places like Buffalo they have been know to get 6 or 8 feet of snow. So consider yourself lucky.

      • ME GORAK B.C.™

        GORAK BEEN LUCKY SO FAR NOT MUCH SNOW SO FAR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • more beer

          We snow off and on until May. It is what is to be expected.

  • dr.derelict
    • Lacertilian

      Nice, I had this on yesterday. They’re relatively new to me but I dug it immediately.

      • dr.derelict

        I was hooked since first listen, sometime this summer. I’m digging into Setherial now, and it is cold fire.

  • Bossicus thee Rossicus

    Though not quite Black Metal, the new Abbath album has an icy feel to it.

    https://youtu.be/cfx82m_xJe0

    https://youtu.be/9wld-Pny3y4

    • Bossicus thee Rossicus

      And it just happen to come out at the right time for this Sunday Sesh.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      This sounds way better than everything Immortal has churned out after At the Heart of Winter.

      • Bossicus thee Rossicus

        I’m really digging this album. Those are probably my 2 favorite tracks right now.

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          Yeah I should give the entire album a shot one of these days. Never been much of an Immortal fan. I liked At the Heart of Winter or Pure Holocaust, but from the Norwegian BM scene of that time I’ve always enjoyed Emperor and Darkthrone way better.

          • Bossicus thee Rossicus

            https://abbath.bandcamp.com/
            I liked Immortal’s imagery and the way they created the Blashyrkh realm for their songs and albums. And Abbath’s tinge of Traditional Metal he puts in his riffs is awesome. I’m a sucker for that stuff.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Thanks! Will check it out.
            Immortal definitely had a great imagination, I’ll give them that.

          • Bossicus thee Rossicus

            No doubt.

            Have you listened to Slaegt’s Beautiful and Damned? It was featured here pretty recently.

            https://ironboneheadproductions.bandcamp.com/album/slaegt-beautiful-and-damned

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            Solid, that Slaegt. A little repetitive

          • Bossicus thee Rossicus

            I like it a lot, that NWOBHM riffage is tasty. Any suggestions for similar sounding artists or albums?

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            Not even close to my area, bro. I just heard it the way you did

          • Bossicus thee Rossicus

            Right on, just thought i’d ask

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            No haven’t listened to it. I will do as well pretty soon. Thanks for the link!

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I must admit I’m digging the new Abbath album. I’m probably going to pick it up if Best Buy has it.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I haven’t bought it yet. I’ll have to see if Best Buy has it as they actually have a very good metal selection near me.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        Lolololololol

    • Steamy Squirt Of Tongue Farts
  • This is the iciest jam out there. A box of Huggies is off the meat rack.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULrhb1JhPu8

  • Sir Tapir The Based

    You know what’s cold? Freezing to death in Putinlandia (also known as Russia)
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dO02VJEYYEk

    • Bossicus thee Rossicus

      Thats a good album, i enjoy Kauan’s work.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        My favourite album from last year and my favourite Kauan album so far.

        • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

          I hate agreeing with Tapir, as always, but that album was a dank

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            The thing with Tapir is, he doesn’t like a lot, but when he finally does like something, it usually is pretty good.

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            SHHHH

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            YOU CAN’T SILENCE THE TRUTH

          • Steamy Squirt Of Tongue Farts

            Speaking the truth? Commence the paddlin’!

            https://coltmonday.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/were-doomed.gif

          • Bossicus thee Rossicus

            Very true.

        • Bossicus thee Rossicus

          Definitely the best I’ve heard from them. Has a different vibe then their other music that I’ve listened to.

    • ProfoundHatred

      This is tits. Will be adding to regular rotation.

  • Zeke

    This snow weekend has been an old school amorphis weekend for zeke. In the winter I also tend to dig the old European doom/death albums like old Anathema, Celestial Season, and My Dying Bride. Of course icy grim black metal tends to work well too. Oh, also Joy Division and the cure when my wife starts complaining about the devil music

    • Steamy Squirt Of Tongue Farts

      As far as the gothy stuff for winter, I tend to stick with She Past Away, Diary Of Dreams, X-Mal Deutschland, Lycia, Frozen Autumn (of course!), and Artica. Stuff more on the cold, freezy Chilly Willy end of things.

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    I wish we had snowstorms over here. I may sound slightly cold (HAH) but I was walking my dog through the woods and I had to take my jacket off, it was so warm.

  • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

    I was able to get out and about in the Explorer today (first time ive tried, really)

    While it was still bleak outside i was blasting some new BM records and some Post stuff (This Will Destroy You, etc)

    • Speaking of Post stuff, I always thought Isis made great winter albums. There’s nothing like listening to Turner’s signature rawr while skidding through oceans of slush.

      • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

        Theres a lot of hate for Post here, but the heavier post bands and post-BM are quite literally my jam

        • Werd.

          *sips dark roast coffee with tacit approval*

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            *finishes biscuit
            *plays diablo while watching Columbo

        • Steamy Squirt Of Tongue Farts

          No hate here. I loves me some Sigur Ros in the wintertime.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Sigur Ros is poopish

  • Saw Setherial live years back. Good show.

  • JWEG

    My staple answer for a Seasonally-appropriate tune’s source, depending on the track, is Black Lotus’ Harvest of Seasons. Mind you, the lyrics only seem to refer to the Autumn-Winter-Spring cycle (its first track references a late-Autumn celestial occurrence, second track explicitly names October, its second-to-last mentions April). The last track is slightly more ambiguous: the lyrics include the word ‘spring’, but in the sense of cosmic rebirth, not as a terrestrial season. Though that may be intentional wordplay.

    Point is, if (when?) you do Summer, I may have to switch to something else.

    I’m fairly certain I posted Statues of Auburn, the most ‘Autumn’ song IMHO, last time. The obvious Winter track, though, is even in the title:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_PPf4p-F04

  • In the Richter Household, winter means death metal and dark ambient/experimental. Lots of Coil, late Ulver and bizarro stuff from the Jester Records wheelehouse.

    Black metal is all year round. Shit, it’s 120F outside? Time to blast Leviathan

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Coil and Ulver >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      • Coil>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Ulver>>>>>>>>>>

        Then again, if you ask me tomorrow it might look something like this:
        Ulver>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Coil>>>>>>>>>>>

    • Zeke

      Leviathan is actually more summer black metal for me. black metal’s got its hot stuff and its frosty stuff

      • I don’t listen to a lot of the frosty stuff (I don’t think I even know what the “hot stuff” is–it all sounds rather autumnal to me). Even if I did, I’d like to think I’d blast it year-round.

        Following devil music with the Cure?–I like your style.

        • Zeke

          Frosty bm to me is stuff like old darkthrone, emperor, mayhem, dissection, etc.

          Hot bm is more like samael, DsO, necromantia, rotting Christ.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Winter to me is comprised of the same stuff I usually listen to but with a lot more doom metal and thrash metal.

    • Bossicus thee Rossicus

      DOOOOOOOOOOOM

    • Steamy Squirt Of Tongue Farts

      Heard Black Sabbath’s ‘The End’ yet? It’s standard Sabbath by the numbers, just like 13, but not bad.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Not yet. I’ll give it a listen though.

    • Óðinn

      ~~~

  • JWEG

    I don’t think, though, that in general my listening habits change with the Seasons. This may be in large part due to the fact that the distinction between Victoria’s weather and temperature ‘extremes’ are both hardly extreme at all. Basically, it’s year-round Autumn with varying degrees of rain; with only a few weeks in late July or early August being anything like ‘Summer’.

    It certainly shapes the local black metal scene though: it’s hard to be all grim vnd frostbitten when the last major snowstorm (a few inches) was two decades ago.

  • It’s about 65 and sunny here in Texas, so I think I’ll queue up this kvlt jam while you jerks shovel snow.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iPUmE-tne5U

  • Lacertilian

    I’d like to make it known that I wrote this last weekend and take the time to thank that blizzard for making it all seem kinda poignant.

  • (RFI) …taken from review of Agalloch’s “Marrow of the Spirit” by hailmarduk666, March 16th, 2011

    • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

      What a fuckhead

    • JWEG

      As someone who has spent time in woods of the PNW (even further North than those Agalloch would know), I can dispute this equally anecdotally.

      I remember more than a few winter walks where nature was making all kinds of admittedly-softly-expressed noises around me (insects included). And the further I were to go up Island the more likely I could find such a scene and soundscape.

    • He lost me at “Decker’s piss-poor drumming.”

      Man, I dislike Agalloch but Decker is a fantastic drummer, full of passion and intricacy. My eyes are amist with rage.

    • Steamy Squirt Of Tongue Farts

      It’s not trve black metal without trees and bugs.

      “I got a feva, and there’s only one cure………….. more crickets!”

      https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fc/Walken-Cowbell.jpg

  • 365ChaosRiddenDays

    I listen to Black Metal through the all four seasons but thinking about icy-cold music, these could be good examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78sAqxZ0HuA with https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEPGzc5QFbo and of course: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yye3o22tDus

    • Stanley

      I was jamming At the Heart of Winter yesterday as I sewed an Immortal patch on my jacket. Absolutely flawless.

      • 365ChaosRiddenDays

        I agree with you, flawless is a right word to describe it along with the patch you’ve sewed and personally I think that Abbath’s debut album is good even if I’m not so glad about the split. Several albums are top-notch, their first three are my favorites.

      • Bossicus thee Rossicus

        Did you get your preorder for Abbath delivered?

        • Stanley

          I ordered the white one from SoM and I received it last Thursday.

          • Bossicus thee Rossicus

            Right on. I got the cd boxset with patch, pin and shirt. SoM even included a Tsudjer album with everything.
            How does the vinyl sound?

          • Stanley

            The vinyl sounds pretty good. The pressing is alright too as there wasn’t many clicky peaks when I ripped it. The production is way different to Immortal’s last few albums, much rawer and with much more organic sounding drums.

            Also, I got the free Tsjuder CD but I already have that album so I’ll give it to my brother.

          • Bossicus thee Rossicus

            Solid.
            What are you using to transfer your vinyls?

            Totally agree with you. I like how forward the drums sound in the mix as well.

          • Stanley

            Audacity.

          • Bossicus thee Rossicus

            Audio-technica player?

          • Stanley

            Yep. $250 well spent!

          • Bossicus thee Rossicus

            Nice.

    • Lacertilian

      Good stuff, we had an unseasonally cold spike a couple of weeks ago and I made the most of it with Enter The Moonlit Gate and Far Away From The Sun.

      • 365ChaosRiddenDays

        You’re right, good albums, in these last two weeks of my life I’m digging “Lord Belial” and “Sacramentum” and in these last two days the new one by Borknagar.

  • I am stoked that I am finally coming around to black metal, more. It really has been an acquired taste. This is tickling me just the right way. Thanks Lizardgod.

    GL

  • Steamy Squirt Of Tongue Farts

    Been finding myself listening to a lot more Thyrfing on my ice and snow-ridden walks to the store lately, and Crocodile Shop (which took me forever to find again).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-xOJ9sDeoA

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZjTzYVQFd8

  • Old Man Doom

    Winter = Enslaved’s entire discography

    Central coast California is looking nice, but I need me some Enslaved to set the proper mood. It’s been a few years now, but I still cannot get over this fucking song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JS6VVC0TQQs

    • i shall jam. anytime i put this album on i skip right to the 1-2 punch of Veilburner and Roots

  • Bossicus thee Rossicus

    I’ll be listening to a lot of Clutch this winter. And spring. And summer. And fall.

    • My car has an automatic transmission.
      Clutchless,
      I fail at life.

    • more beer

      Yea the season doesn’t really change my listening habits either.

      • Bossicus thee Rossicus

        Agreed, sometimes it’s fun to pair music and situations though.

        • more beer

          I prefer to pair music with beer. Everything else is just extra.

          • Bossicus thee Rossicus

            Haha!
            You don’t pair beer with weather?

          • I pair beer with the movements of the Cosmos. (This involves a telescope.)

          • more beer

            That is too much work for me. Drinking beer should never feel like work.

          • more beer

            That I do. I just don’t pair music with the weather.

  • Hotdog Clifford
  • Steamy Squirt Of Tongue Farts
  • Steamy Squirt Of Tongue Farts
  • Óðinn

    ~~~

  • Steamy Squirt Of Tongue Farts

    For those who’ve ever wanted a movie based around an “extremely flatulent, sexually aroused corpse”, Sundance has you covered. Cancel the Oscars and Academy Awards, we already have a winner!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/25/movies/at-sundance-a-focus-on-fetishes-and-flatulence.html?_r=0&utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Triple H has won the Royal Rumble and the WWE championship. Dean Ambrose was the runner up. I’m happy with how this turned out.

    • It’s good that AJ Styles is gonna make real money but otherwise, meh.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I’m happy that he was in it.

  • more beer

    The Broncos won and are going to the super bowl. It is going to be a miserable 2 possibly 3 weeks here. Hopefully Carolina wins and it’s 2. The whole city is going to be dressed in road cone orange shirts and hats. With bro dudes screaming Broncos everywhere.

    • Óðinn

      That doesn’t sound good. Sorry to hear that.

      • more beer

        It really doesn’t. I am going to do my best to avoid most of the population.

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          Or you could exercise your god-given right to bear arms and blast those fuckers.

          • Unfortunately he would be the one to go to jail.

          • more beer

            That god given right doesn’t include shooting people for no reason. Which is what this will amount to.

    • This is why I was happy the Pats didn’t win.

    • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

      Glad to see Carolina in the bowl

      • more beer

        They deserve it they played good all year. I hope they win it all.

  • Since we don’t have seasons, I blast merol depending on my personal needs.

  • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

    Bout to order this Sun Worship vinyl, gotta figure out a good second to go with it

    Not really doing a whole lot today at work, imagine that.

    • Bossicus thee Rossicus

      What site are you ordering from?

      • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

        Eroding Winds

        • Bossicus thee Rossicus

          Newest Goatsnake and Earth are a few dollars off.

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            Goatsnake im not so interested in owning. Earth isnt bad but im not a big drone guy. I was thinking maybe The Great Old Ones

          • Bossicus thee Rossicus

            Nothing wrong with lovecraftian black metal.