Recently we covered the best albums for Halloween, but with the recent snowfall here in New England, one can only be reminded of metal albums that match the bitter depressing cold of old man winter. It might be weeks away, but theres no reason why we can’t get our playlists ready for this years frigid holiday season.


Aspera Hiems Symfonia

The album title is latin for “harsh winter’s symphony”, and its cold sounding production couldn’t be more suitable for influencing such frozen feelings of doom and gloom.

Celtic Frost


There are plenty of entries from Celtic Frost that could make this list, but Monotheist is my own personal choice thanks to its horribly depressing drones that remind me of a lonely snow fall.

Diabolical Masquerade


One of my own personal favorite influences over the years has always been the solo work of Katatonia guitarist, Anders Nyström. His music on Nightwork is an absolute masterpiece with an often sought after black metal guitar sound that compliments such frost bitten works of art.

Dimmu Borgir

For All Tid

Love em’ or hate em’ you can’t deny their impact on heavy metal, and this album captures the essence of these Norwegians and their snow covered landscapes with exquisite malevolence.

Wolves in the Throne Room

Diadem of 12 Stars

Its one of those albums that immediately transports you into a harsh atmosphere upon the first few seconds of listening, and never fails to inspire a chill through your bones every time you hear it.

So there you have five albums that I find suitable for the upcoming months, that is of course unless you live in a place like Hawaii, in which case you can go to hell for not having to shovel fifty feet of snow out of your driveway every damn week. All sarcasm aside, don’t forget to share your own suggestions for metal albums you love to hear every winter in the comment section below!

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  • Ben Matney

    Great call on “Monotheist” and “Diadem of 12 Stars;” Two brilliant albums. My personal winter playlist usualy contains albums like “Love’s Burial Ground” by black/doom metal band Fogotten Tomb. Truely one of the most depressing things I’ve ever heard. Also, Emperer’s “Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk” deserves a spot on the list, along with the music of Russian romantic composer Rachmoninov and minimalist classical composer Arvo Part. Believe it or not, there’s also quite a lot of Christmas music that I enjoy, (real Christmas music, not that “Up on the Housetop/Santa Claus is Coming To Town” crap.) Peices of music like “Ukranian Bell Carol”, “Sing We Now of Christmas”, “Marry Did You Know?”, “What Child is This” and “O Come Emmanuel” all serve as a great soundtrack to greet Winter’s cold embrace to. Besisdes this, I’ll usualy bring out some Wintersun and Nightwish around the months of January and Febuary. “The Matnle” by Agalloch is a terrific album to listen to while sitting in front of a warm fire with a mug of hot tea.

    • ahportsatac

      “O Holy Night” stops me in my tracks every time.

  • ahportsatac

    There is no winter in AZ, only the Lukewarm Brown Season, so I’ll never have a reason to listen to Aspera Hiems Symphonia again . . . and someone stole my Nightwork album . . . Isis’ In the Absence of Truth reminds me of searching for non-existent parking spaces on the slushy/snowy RIC campus in the dead of the New England winter, so does that count?

  • Janice

    how about folk metal for the winter like “Falkenbanch – The Heathenish Foray”
    and female vocalist “ARKONA – Liki Bessmertnykh Bogov ” i never heard this band
    so unique!

  • Agalloch

    Winter metal albums and there’s no Agalloch!! This is just unacceptable!

    • http://www.autumnseyes.com/ Dan Mitchell

      Thats what you’re here for!

      • Agalloch

        Umm what?

        • http://www.autumnseyes.com/ Dan Mitchell

          So you can recommend albums for people to check out as well! The albums listed above are just my own personal favorites for the season. You can’t write a list like that and expect everyone to agree. Everyone has their own opinion, and thats why I encourage comments and discussion.

          • Agalloch

            Fair enough. Well, I would strongly recommend Pale Folklore and Ashes Against the Grain from Agalloch. To me, those two albums are the perfect fit for the winter nights.

  • ElCazador

    Forest Stream “Tears of Mortal Solitude”
    Especially “Snowfall” track

  • Lewis

    Opeth -Blackwater Park

    Agalloch -The Mantle

    Woods of Ypres -Woods 5: Grey Skies and Electric Light

    Katatonia -Dead End Kings