13 Winters

13 Winters
Diana Adams(Die Winters) (Vocals, Bass), Roy Adams (Drums, Back Vocals, Keyboard, Violin Autumnal Blood Moon, Gallows Hill), Dave Martin (Guitar Burning Oath, Viking Mountain), Jake Becwar (Bass), Mike Webb (Drums), Dan Eaton (Vocals, Guitar Shadar Logoth), Casey Chick (Bass Provocate), Pat Flaherty (Bass Hollow Image), Matthue Schildroth (Guitar)

Forged in the black woods of southern Maine at the turn of the century, 13 WINTERS released their first demo titled “Dark Embrace” in 2001.

The line-up was Die Winters(Vocals), Dan Eaton(Guitar, backing vocals), Pat Flaherty(Bass), Roy Addams(Keys, Violin, Backing Vocals) and Mike Web(Drums). Printed on black CDRs, it was given away to anyone the band members met online who willing to pay $1 for shipping.

Close to 3,000 copies were distributed and the demo was very well received. Soon after their guitarist Dan Eaton left the band due to distance issues.

This was the start of a long problem of line-up changes that was to haunt the band for the next seven years. In 2004 Pat too had left the band to join Hollow Image.

Not too long after 13 WINTERS released their first full length album “Where The Souls Wander”. The album was completely self produced and released through the indi-label Dark Valley Records.

Sadly the band held far too much faith in the metal world’s ability to accept music that didn’t have big price tag production and the album failed. Reviewed as “An overpriced drink coaster”, It was a hard lesson learned but 13 WINTERS wasn’t going to quit.

In 2006 the live album “Down Below Zero” was released. Due to the constant coming and going of members, writing was slow and daunting.

Time was passing too quick and no new material had been released so 13 WINTERS’ manager made a recording of one of their shows and against the band’s approval, released it without any editing. But this did prove to be a good marketing point and did well with the band’s current fan base.

In 2007 13 WINTERS realized they needed to clean up their act so they dumped their stage names and everyone involved in the band except the original three founding members(Diana, Roy and Mike). The band Made Diana the bassist to eliminate that position permanently.

It was at this time they recruited the most skilled guitarist in the region, Dave Martin. The line-up was much stronger now and the band began focusing on their music working hard to improve anything they knew needed it.

In October 2008, 13 WINTERS released their second full length album “Dark Palace Of Waterfalls”, again through Dark Valley Records. With the help of Grammy award winner Jay Frigoletto(X-Men 2 Soundtrack, Damage Plan, Kittie, Shadows Fall) mixing and the 22-piece Unus Vir Symphony Orchestra, the album has become a fast growing comeback release for the band.

So far it has only received one bad review by a man who admitted he didn’t bother listening to it. While the band knows there was still room for improvement on the album, they know they’ve given the metal world a great work of art and that they did so on their own with a modest budget.

In early 2009, they let go of Mike due to persisting issues and Roy jump behind the kit, ending their long streak of line-up changes. Currently, on their 10 year anniversary, 13 WINTERS is working on their third full length release, streamlining their writing with more maturity, skill and higher grade tools.

They are determined to show the people of New England and beyond a professional, full-bodied, European metal style not accomplished by any band in the region… or the country. .