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December´s Cold Winter

December´s Cold Winter

December´s Cold Winter


Started in the year 2000, by Max Gutierrez (guitarists) and Jorge Chacon (former keyboards), December’s Cold Winter (DCW) saw light officially that same year on a well received first concert, quickly gaining space and name in the developing, but very demanding Costa Rican metal scene. The band has been one of the most talked about metal acts in the country since its conception, due to the ability to create exceptional and very unique musical approaches to melodic structures as well as mind blowing Death and Black metal scents. Read more on Last.fm
Started in the year 2000, by Max Gutierrez (guitarists) and Jorge Chacon (former keyboards), December’s Cold Winter (DCW) saw light officially that same year on a well received first concert, quickly gaining space and name in the developing, but very demanding Costa Rican metal scene. The band has been one of the most talked about metal acts in the country since its conception, due to the ability to create exceptional and very unique musical approaches to melodic structures as well as mind blowing Death and Black metal scents. A great number of very successful live shows proven the great concept and image fans had about the band, reason why, in that same year of birth, they obtained 1st place in the National Battle of Metal Bands, opening even more doors of recognition nationally for being such a young band. The original line-up was: Isak Arroyo (Guitars), Jorge Chacon (Keyboads), Max Gutierrez (Guitars), Esteban Monestel (Bass), Alberto Montero (Vocals) and Christian Rodriguez (Drums). After those initial gigantic steps, DCW continued rehearsing hard in order to carry on consolidating the band, despite the fact of two line up changes between 2000 and 2001 (Monestel and Rodriguez left, Jonathan Leon (Bass) and Allan Chaves (Drums) joined DCW), the band regrouped itself to continue developing: such changes bred new forces within and they continued conquering audiences with devastating success, which brought the opportunity of being invited to Panama twice between 2001 and 2002.

In such period the band also won the National Battle of Metal Bands contest for the second time, demonstrating that they were being capable of reinventing themselves in their very unique musical offerings. After that show, Leon decided to leave the band and Esteban Gonzalez (Bass) joined the band as the full time bass player. DCW was invited to open for the well known Brazilian band Sepultura on a double date show in late 2003, in San José Costa Rica, making the band’s history even more attracting. Also they were invited to very important local shows during 2004, such as the missing Rock Fest, the former greater rock festival in Costa Rica, making history as the first Death/Black metal band to appear in such event, gaining recognition beyond the metal scene itself and transcending to various audiences.

After four years of hard work, unstop rehearsing and live shows, the band was able to put out their first album, Decaying Recollections, released through local label Freak World Entertainment on October 2005, having Steve Austin (who also worked with Today is the Day and Lamb of God among others) mixing it. The album materializes evolution and melodic proficiency, embodied by great keyboard environment structuring intensive but melodic metal. The album was reviewed very positively nationally and internationally, by fanzines, metal magazines like Metal Maniacs and online metal information media. The band put together serious and formal Costa Rican touring along with friend band Pneuma.

Such step also marked history in national and central American metal scenes as one of the most serious approaches to formal touring in support of the recently released album, the Awakening Tour, even after experiencing the sudden back out of the founder keyboard player who was replaced by Allen Obando (Keyboards) before the touring duties initiated. After continuous hard work, and more successful live shows including national festivals and supporting international acts such as Dismember, Behemoth, Fear Factory and Death by Stereo on their Costa Rican venues, the band proved its diversity and intentions of promoting their music before diverse audiences without abandoning the pillars on which it was raised, in order to continue evolving progressively into a more ruthless “Intensive Melodic Metal” own created approach. The band still went through deep line up changes and modifications, the formal structure from its early stages varied substantially, DCW decided to continue without keyboards in order to explore a more straight forward Death Metal orientation in late 2007 and that brought renewed paths of evolution to the band, also during such process they went through the backing out of the all time vocalist, therefore at that point, the renewal process was either very difficult but invigorating for the band, focusing on final details of the compositions that were to be included in the upcoming album. In May, 2008 everything adapted to the arrival of Alfredo Guzman (Vocals) whom matches perfectly the goals that the band defined when turning into a five piece. So they merged as a whole on creating the lyrics, arranging the music and working on the art concepts for the new album.

The latest line up change, right after all recording sessions were successfully finished for the new record, was the backing out of the drummer Chavez on September 2008, however the project was already upon its final completion chapters and his position was fulfilled by a Alex Ovares (Drums), bringing no reasons for a break or major conflicts and leaving DCW plan all upcoming duties, despite the fact that the record was completed already. After going through all those events and a very satisfactory general maturation process, Max Gutierrez (Guitars), Esteban Gonzalez (Bass), Isak Arroyo (Guitars), Alfredo Guzman (Vocals) and Alex Ovares (Drums) can testify DCW materialized all the efforts and endless hard work implicated in its reinvention on the second full length album entitled “Ablaze all Shrines”, out as an independent record and fully produced, recorded and mixed by Gutierrez. The album gathers the most sincere and merciless evolution of the band, as it was intended; along with a whole renewed set of intelligence, inventiveness, melodic brutality and surely relentless approaches to Death Metal, not just musically but lyrically, expressing their world’s conception in compositions and words. This record is a frank and ruthless invitation to awake. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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