Finnish kings of epic melodic death metal, Wintersun, have unveiled many details of their third album “The Forest Seasons” that will be released in 2017 via Nuclear Blast.
They have revealed the beautiful album cover, made in collaboration by Gyula Havancsák and Jari Mäenpää. It illustrates the awakening of a mystical forest, where the seasons are merging together.
Wintersun have also announced their crowdfunding campaign that started on March 1st, 2017 until March 31st and allows the fans to secure their “Forest Package” – also including their upcoming studio album “The Forest Seasons” – directly from the band. With the collected amount, frontman Jari Mäenpää plans to build his own studio that would finally allow him to record his long-awaited album “Time II“.
Bit by bit, Wintersun unveil new info on their upcoming full-length release and today, Jari Mäenpää states: “This album is more primitive and organic than I normally like to do, but still modern, melodic, epic, bombastic yet also dark – and dare I say even shocking and we love it! It is new and different, because I don’t like doing the same thing over and over, but it’s still very much a Wintersun album – although Wintersun can be anything, even techno/trance/pop… There are no limits with the music of Wintersun! It is a longer album than »Time I« running over 53 minutes and for once I’m 100% happy with the sounds and the production. The sound fits perfectly for this album! This album actually sounds great in every sound system / speakers / headphones I’ve listened to it! If you are a Wintersun fan you won’t be disappointed! It has everything you would expect from a Wintersun album, that we can promise you! And if you’re not a fan, you might like it anyway, because it has lots of variety and new dimensions to our sound and style.
“The Forest Seasons” album was something that I could do with my current resources, but it doesn’t take anything away how great the album is. Because it is killer! And music isn’t measured in money. Albums costing hundred bucks or a million bucks can be equally good albums. (But the unfortunate thing is that certain albums can only be done with higher end production and then again some albums would sound like shit with a big budget production and vice versa, some albums would sound like shit with low budget production and some albums would sound killer with low budget production!)
The album has four epic and monumental songs, all very different, but still merging together perfectly like the season changes. Two of the songs, “Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring)” and “Eternal Darkness (Autumn)” are multipart songs like “Starchild” and “Sons of Winter and Stars”.
AWAKEN FROM THE DARK SLUMBER (SPRING)
‘Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring)’ is the starting track. It’s a very energetic song illustrating the awakening of nature and it will build up to a big climax! (This song has this album’s “killer riff”… forest style!)
THE FOREST THAT WEEPS (SUMMER)
‘The Forest That Weeps (Summer)’ is the summer song. It’s atmospheric, melodic and rockin’! It’s also enhanced with big choirs celebrating the end of summer, before the autumn darkness takes over.
ETERNAL DARKNESS (AUTUMN)
‘Eternal Darkness (Autumn)’ is the darkest Wintersun track to date! It paints a dark mood illustrating the Finnish autumn, when you hardly see any sun at all. But ultimately the song is about death… with a twist that some of the parts are written from death’s point of view and how IT sees life… as a mistake in the universe. It’s an epic and long four part song describing four phases of dying.
I’m really proud of all the songs, but especially the last song called ‘Loneliness (Winter)’ is what I’m really proud of. I really hit it out of the ballpark with this one, even if I do say so myself. It’s a little like ‘Silver Leaves’ (on »Time II«), but a more sorrowful and darker song with a really cold winterish vibe where as ‘Silver Leaves’ is more beautiful, oriental, atmospheric.
I really think that this is my first perfect album I’ve ever done. It all came together just right!”
1. Awaken From the Dark Slumber (Spring) – 14:40
Part I The Dark Slumber
Part II The Awakening
2. The Forest That Weeps (Summer) – 12:18
3. Eternal Darkness (Autumn) – 14:08
Part I. Haunting Darkness
Part II. The Call of the Dark Dream
Part III. Beyond the Infinite Universe
Part IV. Death
4. Loneliness (Winter) – 12:54