Demo Submission Guidelines

1. Winter Solace is only interested in Atmospheric/Ambient Black Metal, Pagan Black Metal, Psychedelic Black Metal, Experimental/Post Black Metal, Black/Doom or Black Metal influenced by the Scandinavian styles. Indigenous, Militant, Raw Black Metal styles are looked at on a case by case basis. Bands from Central/South America are only looked at if they can provide references from other European/American companies. I do not release Death Metal, DSBM, Instrumental Black Metal, anything explicitly Satanic or Pornographic and bands with a large amount of previous releases are discouraged from submissions. Splits are limited to 2 bands, will not be given priority scheduling and we’re trying to get away from splits onto LP.

Industrial, Noise and Techno/Electronic releases are not being considered at this time.

2. The minimum amount of material required for me to look at or do anything with is 22 minutes. Ideally the goal is to press full length albums between 30 to 45 minutes in length.

3. I will not press an LP release for anybody who hasn’t been given a CD release by Winter Solace before.

4. Currently the turnaround time for a release is 8 to 12 months, Winter Solace moves very slowly and is not for the impatient. Our process is very difficult to get through (however the end result is a much higher quality of product) and again is only for people with a certain mindset.

Bands are only given a long term deal depending on how the first release goes.

Send online submissions only to

Classified Ads

I have a need to have on retainer, contact information for the following individuals. I currently pay people to do these functions however we have more work than we can handle so outside help is usually always needed.

Mastering Technicians – Price is dependent on job, equipment & skill level. Some jobs we pay in prices per track, others it’s hourly/entire job. Send an email to with information.

Graphic Designers

send online submissions/portfolio links only to

1. Merch Designer – Must be based in the USA, the only work you’ll be paid to design is merch. Will require references/examples of previous work.

2. Sketch Artists/Album Cover Artwork – send portfolio links, ideally I only buy artwork already made. Commission work is also possible. Looking for people to either generate art with AI, Painting, etc. I do not need people to draw demonic artwork.