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Goden Moves at “Twilight” (Featuring Former Member of Winter)


Sometimes… they come back. Many know Stephen Flam from his time in Serpentine Path and, of course, seminal, original death/doom metal band Winter, but most don’t know what made him stop performing altogether. At an intimate Serpentine Path show, Flam was posted up just next to drummer Darren Verni’s crash cymbal. The next morning, Flam woke up with debilitating tinnitus. It almost destroyed his career, his marriage, and his life. It took a long time and some ingenuity for this death/doom metal pioneer to recover, but he never stopped creating. At first starting with leftover Winter riffs, Flam built a new band Goden, named for a Winter song, from the ground-up — a new lineup, a new sound, but driven by the same feeling. Watch an exclusive video premiere of “Twilight” from Goden’s impending debut below.

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But what of Goden itself? As expected, it’s just a tad heavier than the nearest star. The continually titled Beyond Darkness (for the uninitiated, Winter’s 1990 full-length was titled Into Darkness) takes from Winter’s minimal, plodding heaviness, but with a more mature take. After all, it’s been 30 years. Laced with funereal keyboards and croaking, inhuman vocals, the doom metal backbone which hoists Goden up is as classic as it is monstrous. Here, Flam holds no punches, and, when bolstered with his bandmates Vas Kallas and Toni Pinnisi, Winter’s historic gait finds a new footing. Stephen Flam returns. Blessed be.

Beyond Darkness releases May 6th via Svart Records.

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