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Goden is the spiritual successor to Winter, a band that has been heavily influential and highly revered in the metal underground since their inception and treasured demos. A long awaited continuation of what Winter would have been from Stephen Flam(Winter mastermind)’s vision, their new album “Beyond Darkness” throws us into an existential voyage, out of the past and into the future. Having various Winter members playing on Beyond Darkness, the album is a familiar yet distinctive new opus, that expands the unmapped shadow world that Winter once opened in our nightmares.
A soundtrack that takes the listener on dark and ominous journey, Beyond Darkness is a conceptual deep dive into wildly unexplored and unknown sonic territory. The story has three characters, each with different symbols, Stephen Flam as “Spacewinds,” the time and space in which these characters dwell. Vas Kallas as “NXYTA (Goddess of Night), the lead vocalist and the darkness. Tony Pinnisi as “The Prophet of GODEN” who speaks in the name of GODEN and is the light. Pinnisi is the keyboard player of Goden (also previously keyboardist of Winter) and is also the voice that speaks between songs. Beyond Darkness is a traditional story of the dark and the light, set to a musical score of heavy music.
The artwork has been conceived by Eva Petric a talented artist from Vienna, who has exhibited in churches and worked with the UN in NYC. Petric worked with Stephen Flam, creating a visual story book within the LP/CD booklet that the listener can look at while they are consumed by this heavy sound trip.
Stephan Flam leaves us in the outer blackness and inner gloom with these last words as ethereal guidance:
“I hope you enjoy this endeavor, it has been in the works for a long time. Listen with a free and open mind.”