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"Love Like Winter"
Single by AFI
from the album Decemberunderground
Released September 26, 2006
Format CD
Recorded 2006
Genre Alternative rock
Post-punk revival
Length 2:45
Label Interscope
Writer(s) Havok, Puget, Carson, Burgan
Producer Jerry Finn
AFI singles chronology
"Miss Murder"
"Love Like Winter"
"The Missing Frame"

"Love Like Winter" is the sixth track on AFI's album Decemberunderground, released in 2006. It is also the second single for the album, following "Miss Murder". The music video for the single was directed by Marc Webb, who also directed the videos for AFI's "The Days of the Phoenix", "The Leaving Song, Pt. II" and "Miss Murder". The band members refused to discuss the video until its release, as they wished to surprise their most diehard fans.[1] Unlike its predecessor, the video for the single reached the #1 spot on Total Request Live. The song, while not as successful as previous single "Miss Murder", did still hit the Top 5 of the Modern Rock Tracks chart, peaking at #4, and also reached #68 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.


EP Track listing

  1. "Love Like Winter" - 2:45
  2. "Jack the Ripper" (Morrissey cover) - 2:47
  3. "Silver and Cold" (Live Acoustic) – 4:07
  4. "On the Arrow" - 3:07
  5. "Love Like Winter" (Music video) - 2:46
  6. "Love Like Winter" (Music video- Long version)- 3:44

Single Track List

  1. "Love Like Winter" - 2:45
  2. "Jack the Ripper" (Morrissey cover) - 2:47
  3. "On the Arrow" - 3:07
  4. "Love Like Winter" (Music video) - 2:46

Music video

The band is in a snowy forest and one by one die off, leaving Havok as the only remaining member of the band, chasing after a mysterious woman (Christina Petrovic), who reveals herself as evil, not enticing as Havok once believed. Suddenly she appears behind him, kisses him and they both drown under the thin ice.

The video was inspired by Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill duology and Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow.[1]

In mid-September 2006, the song appeared on the band's MySpace page, along with promotional photos from the then-unreleased video.

On September 26, AFI was in the TRL studio at 3:30 EST on MTV to debut the video. On December 11, the video retired at the #7 position on TRL, spending only 40 days on the countdown, making it the first video to spend the least amount of time on the TRL countdown.

On November 15, 2006, a "long version" of the video was released on Yahoo!. The video contains approximately one minute of additional footage inserted at the beginning of the video depicting the concluding portion of the preceding song on Decemberunderground, "The Interview". This portion of the video shows the band members as well as the hooded woman, as well as the "water underground" mentioned in the closing lines of the song. During this new portion of the video, there are five quick flashes. The first four are frames from four short videos AFI made during their "5 Flowers" mystery that ended with people getting passes to "secret shows" in April 2006. The fifth frame is something new. It has the word ÞrírÞrírSjö over the cover of the 7" single of the single from Sing the Sorrow, "The Leaving Song Pt. 2". ÞrírÞrírSjö is Icelandic for "three three seven". Around midnight PST on November 17, 2006, the extended version of the video was removed from Yahoo! However, the long version can still be seen on YouTube. At a later, unknown date, the long version of the video was re-added to Yahoo! and can be seen listed there as Love Like Winter (Long Version). Both versions can be purchased on iTunes.

This song was also produced by Ronan Harris of VNV Nation who also produced a remix which was never released.

Norwegian band Apoptygma Berzerk also produced a remix for this song but the remix song was never released.

Appearances in other media

The song became available to download for Rock Band on November 17, 2009.[2]


Chart Position
Billboard Hot 100 68
Billboard Pop 100 71
Hot Modern Rock Tracks 4
UK Singles 76
ARIA Singles 44
Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 6
Hot Videoclip Tracks 14
Portugal Singles Top 50 29


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