Battle Creek, Michigan-baseed black metal outfit WINTERUS has inked a deal with Lifeforce Records. The band will enter the studio on December 1 to begin recording its full-length debut, "In Carbon Mysticism", for an early 2011 release. Lead singer Christopher Erich Neu will handle the production and engineering in his studio in Michigan while the mastering will be handled by Ken Sorceron (of ABIGAIL WILLIAMS and ABORTED). U.S. and European tours will follow the CD's release.
"We are extremely proud to announce that WINTERUS has officially joined the Lifeforce Records family," stated Christopher Erich Neu. "Stefan and his crew strongly believe in the music we are creating and they understand the raw and organic nature of the band."
Added bassist Matthew Dilliner: "On this [upcoming] album we are looking to push the boundaries of black metal further than they have ever been before by creating intense sonic landscapes alongside classic black metal and death metal influences.
"We hope that our honesty and passion is well-received.
"I think Christopher will do an amazing job tracking and producing the record and we are also extremely pleased to be working with Ken Sorceron as he will handle the mixing and mastering duties."
Comtinued Christopher Erich Neu: "Following the release of our album, WINTERUS hopes to tour extensively. We have partnered with Marco and Avocado Booking for European territories and hope to be overseas as soon as we possibly can. North American touring will also begin as soon as we find the right agent."
Formed in December 2009 under the name THE ANCIENT, WINTERUS recorded and released a five-song EP, "A Frozen Pat", in May to critical acclaim. Soon after, the EP caught the attention of Lifeforce Records and WINTERUS was signed to a multi-album deal.
WINTERUS cites IMMORTAL, ENSLAVED, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM and IN FLAMES as key influences to creating the band's chilling atmospheric sound and ominously heavy tone. Blue lights and mystic fog line the stage as the band performs their intense brand of metal at near trance-like precision. Radiating maturity, WINTERUS covers themes of brutal honesty, isolation, philosophy, and real human emotion. Experimentation and melody are also highly encouraged as WINTERUS creates genre-defying psychedelic landscapes and pummeling metal textures.
Christopher Erich Neu - Lead Vocals
Matthew Dilliner - Bass, Vocals
Nathan Barnes - Guitar, Vocals
Dominic Simmons - Guitar
Cody McCoy - Drums
For more information, visit www.winterus.net.