Written by Kirsti Heitz
Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring)
Eternal Darkness (Autumn)
Release Date: July 21, 2017
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Jari Mäenpää - Lead vocals, keyboards & guitars Kai Hahto - Drums Teemu Mäntysaari - Guitars & backing vocals
Jukka Koskinen - Bass & backing vocals
Fans are now reaping the rewards of their investment as they treat their ears to the majestic melodies and complicated arrangements that Wintersun is known for. Wintersun defies standard conventions with an album comprised of four length tracks, each depicting a season of the year. The Forest Seasons takes listeners on a journey, painting vivid images with guitar solos, dramatic lyrics and symphonic harmonies.
The Forest Seasons evolves as you listen and takes you through a powerful journey. Starting off with "Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring)," a twinkling tune with discreet ambient noises draws you in as it kicks into full Wintersun mode. Heavy beats, Jari Mäenpää's iconic growls and intrinsic riffs are mixed with layers upon layers of musical details. "The Forest That Weeps (Summer)" features a repeated chorus so intense, that you will find yourself itching to add your voice to the chant. This is one tune that I simply cannot wait to hear live, as Jari’s unequivocal growls and elegant vocals will have fans uniting their voices to join in the chant.
The album becomes noticely darker and more intense as the seasons progress to Autumn. "Eternal Darkness (Autumn)" is filled with intense growls and blast beats, resembling black metal with some Wintersun flair. Half way through the track, the rhythm slows to a melancholic pace with shredding guitar solos and an acoustic guitar arrangement. With a slow transition back into original blast beats, this song ends in a brutal yet abrupt “I am eternal, I am death.” Tying the album off rather appropriately is "Loneliness (Winter)," where Wintersun shows off the magical melodies and brooding melancholy that they are famous for. A 3-quarter (waltz-like) beat prepares to bring you down after the first green track gradually built everything up.
The Forest Seasons perfectly captures a complex scene in each song, with “Eternal Darkness (Autumn)" having me wonder what is so fucked up about Finnish autumns that such a dark tone was the outstanding theme. Give Wintersun’s new album a listen for yourself and see why this band has such a loyal fan base.