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NYC’s WINTER NIGHTS Question Death Around You With Music Video “Starved For Energy”
Video Premiere via Decibel Magazine
New Self-Titled Album Out Now!
Efrain Farfan – Back up Vocals and Guitar, Jeremy Farfan – Vocals and Guitar
NYC death metal Winter Nights are unveiling their new music video “Starved For Energy” in support of their self-titled album released this past July. Heavy, somber, and progressive, the band explains the message behind the song and video:
“In this video, we portray life and death. As things die around us, energy is taken away from this world piece by piece. This song was written about searching for that lost energy when someone or something passes on.”
The video for “Starved For Energy” can be viewed via its premiere on Decibel Magazine HERE.
Winter Nights‘ latest full length follows the band’s 2014 widely praised record “An Endless Apocalypse”. Recorded between 2015 and 2018 at Atomic Sound in Brooklyn, New York, this new album is clearly progress for Winter Nights. Showing its maturity, it’s easy to hear the difference between the self-titled album and its predecessor.
Combining dark, foreboding lyrics and melodic interludes breaking up pounding riffs, the primary themes on the album relate to the feeling of being stuck on the idea of death. The lyrics are a sort of metaphor of losing someone and/or taking your own life for one purpose or another. Winter Nights explains the album in their own words, painting a grim picture:
“If you took a deep breath right before free-falling off a cliff in the pouring rain with a glimmer of sunshine trying to come through dark clouds only to fall into a dark hole and wake up crawling all fours on cold soil with snow falling in a dark moonlight forest.”
1. When December Burns (5:47)
2. Starved For Energy (4:09)
3. Withdrawals (4:11)
4. Unmarked Grave (4:52)
5. Day The Sun Died (4:01)
6. Encounters (5:19)
Album Length: 28:21
Winter Nights is a four-piece melodic death metal band emanating from Brooklyn, New York in the winter of 2007. The sound and lyrical themes of their music portray loss, pain, grievance, and darkness.
Guitar driven melodies evoke visceral reactions to the mythic end of the world. They are an integral part of the thriving New York metal scene. As of 2020, their formation consists of dueling guitar brothers Jeremy and Efrain Farfan who also cover vocals, bassist Martin Tune and drummer James Yarusinsky.
The two Farfan brothers came up with the idea for the band after a New Years’ toast and after recruiting a friend they started writing music together and the rest is history. Trading endless amounts of riffs the Farfan brothers devise the majority of the music before presenting it to the rest of the band to be beefed out in the rehearsal studio.
Mainly inspired by nature, places of travel. different scenery. Jeremy gets his ideas from places he’s traveled such as the cliffs of northern Ireland, catacombs of Montreal, nighttime canals of Venice, and the eerie silence of Central Park at night.
Playing with similar bands such as Kalmah, Belphegor, and Insomnium, and on festivals including Maryland Folkfest and Poconos Folkfest, Winter Nights is a mainstay in the New York metal underground. With personal influences rooted primarily in metal, the members of Winter Nights make provocative, despairing, genuine songs. In 2008 they released a self-titled demo EP, followed by another EP “From Darkness Till Dawn” in 2011, and a full length “An Endless Apocalypse” in 2014. 2020 brings a new self-titled album due out July 31st.
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“Bone-Crushing Melodic Death Metal” – Permafrost Today
“‘Encounters of the Frozen North’ has a lot of thundering, jolting power along with some killer riffs and a dark, somewhat Eastern-influenced melody that worms its way into your head. The music is capped by jagged, tyrannical vocals that make a powerful impact and by a serpentine solo that underscores the reptilian menace lurking within the song.” – No Clean Singing
“Combining the worlds of detailed, melodic guitar metal with the gruff, mean vocalisation of death and doom, Winter Nights has a lot to offer across the 6 tracks.” – Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life
“Winter Nights remain at the heart of Brooklyn” – Heavy New York
“Anyone seeking melodic death metal that isn’t afraid of really leaning into the ‘death’ side of things, while still maintaining some epic and somber tones, Winter Nights should be next on your ‘need to check out’ list. Frost-bitten and glorious in just the right percentages. 8/10” – Dead Rhetoric
“the music on this is moody and mid-paced, with a melancholic melodic sensibility mixed in with crunching, heavy riffing that almost reminds me of older Amon Amarth.” – The Metal Crypt
“Fans of old school Amon Amarth and At The Gates will dig this band. Jam out to “When December Burns” now!” – Ghost Cult Mag
“Six songs in this new work; the first shot is ENCOUNTERS, where instrumental parts and blackened vocals prevail.” – HardRockHeavyMetal