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Matt Ford is a musician from Adelaide, South Australia.

Best known for been the solo artist behind Darkened Winter, Inverted Tomb & Northwind which he has released a number of albums, worked with underground labels from around the world and was also added to the book Encyclopedia of Australian Metal.

He has had music featured on radio stations around the globe, one notable feature was the Polish radio station "Radio Revolta" for the segment "Demons of Australia", playing alongside bands such as The Amenta, Mhorgl, The Furur, Vahrzaw, Destroyer 666, just to name a few.  

And also compiled the Australian Black Metal Compilation album "Terra Australis: Vol 1" in 2013, In order to promote upcoming Black Metal Bands.

Matt is also the current live guitarist for Adelaide shock Metal band KcaveMen.


Matt began playing music in 1996 where he started off as a drummer, and gained a scholarship in music. After been accepted into a special music program he started learning a second instrument Guitar, which would become his primary instrument of focus.

Around 2002 he played in his first band playing metal cover songs, the band played a handful of local gigs and party's.

In 2005 he joined Adelaide Death Metal band Pitchfork, which seen the band release one 5 track Demo "Deeds of the Pitchfork" and play a handful of shows around the Adelaide CBD, As well as a battle of the bands competition which would see the band come in second place.

2007 would see the Inception of his solo Black Metal project Darkened Winter, in which he would start writing for his debut release "Gates To Eternity" and go under the stage name for the project as "Winterdemon".

The project has had sixteen releases to date, aswell as releasing split albums with Scolopendra Cingulata (Russia), Summon the Tempest Winds (USA) & Klamath (Australia).

As well as working with labels such as Infernal Kommando Records (France), Depressive Illusions Records (Ukraine) & Silentium In Foresta Records (Mexico).

in 2008 he would form a local Metal / Thrash band called Till Death, The band released a self titled Demo the same year and played quite a few shows around Adelaide, Rural and Interstate. As well as headlining the Bobfest Festival in Burra, South Australia.

Till Death also supported KidCrusher on his Tunnel Runner Down Under Tour playing shows along the east coast of Australia.

in 2010 Matt would join KcaveMen under the stage name "Zorg" and go on to record guitars on the Gondwanaland album, as well as embark on the Gondwanaland Australian Tour.

The same year he would start a new Ambient project called Northwind, which has had eight releases to date. As well as had tracks featured on compilation albums “From the Catacombs” (Black Death Industry Label), “Mechanical Souls: A Tribute to H.R Giger” (Do What Thou Wilt Records) & "Forest of Thorns" (Dornwald Records).

In 2011, he formed a two man Death Metal project "Awoken By Death", The duo would go on to release the EP "A Wretched Disgust" in 2012.

As well as take part in the compilation "Anomalies of Brutality" (8-way split with BloodKlot, Corpseflesh, Screwrot, HackxWhore, Impure Violation, Festering Drippage & Severtone, and was Released April 2013).

A compilation album of all their tracks was also released in 2021.

In 2017, A new solo project in the genre of Noise / Experimental is created called Void, with one release "Storms In The Southern Constellations".

2021, Matt rejoins KcaveMen playing live guitars for the release of the "Evolution" Album.

In October, they headlined at The Northern Sound System "Escape The Average" Halloween Event in Elizabeth, followed by a sold out benefit show in November to help save The Enigma Bar venue in Adelaide from closing due to the pandemic.

The same year he would start a new Black Metal solo project "Inverted Tomb" having 2 releases this year "As Light Fades.." & "Storming Across The Sky".

these releases followed a deal with ukranian label Depressive Illusions Records, as well as a video interview with Perth radio station Nightbreed Radio.

Now in 2022, he is currently working on a new solo release for Darkened Winter "Blood of the Ancients", As well as playing live guitars for KcaveMen where they headlined the Wacken Metal Battle in Adelaide.


With Pitchfork

  • Deeds of The Pitchfork (DEMO 2005)

With Till Death

  • Self Titled (DEMO 2008)

With KcaveMen

  • Gondwanaland (2010)

With Awoken By Death

  • A Wretched Disgust (EP 2012)
  • Anomalies of Brutality (2013 / 8-way split)
  • 2010 - 2016 (compilation)

As Darkened Winter

  • Gates To Eternity (2009)
  • Raiders Of Northland (2010)
  • Rise Of The Pagan Flames (2012)
  • Yggdrasil: Journey Throughout The Nine Worlds (2013)
  • Fate Of The Norns (EP 2013)
  • Tumulus (2014)
  • Blood Oath (2014)
  • Darkened Winter / Scolopendra Cingulata (split / 2014)
  • Awaiting Ragnarök (2015)
  • The Cold Steel Of Heathen Might (split / 2015)
  • Upon The Ravens Call ( single 2015)
  • Upon The Ravens Call (2016)
  • 10 Years Of Winter.. (compilation 2017)
  • Dark Age Warfare (2017)
  • The Sagas Of Eld (split / 2018)
  • Rarities (2018)
  • Hel (2018)
  • The Personification of Time (EP 2020)
  • The Wolf Within (2020)
  • Blood Of The Ancients (TBC)

As Northwind

  • A Time Lost (2010)
  • Winter Solitude (2014)
  • Tales From the Catacombs (2014 / Compilation)
  • Mercurius (2016)
  • Mechanical Souls (2016 / Compilation)
  • Majestic Winter (2018)
  • Við Sólina (2018)
  • Over Mountains Grey (2019)
  • Forest of Thorns (2019 / Compilation)
  • Beyond Unknown Lands (2020)
  • Winterland (2021)
  • To The Firmament (2021)

As Inverted Tomb

  • As Light Fades (2021)
  • Storming Across The Sky (2021)

As Void

  • Storms In The Southern Constellations (2017)