Symphonic black metallers Forgotten Winter from Portugal have recently released their second album. The band was formed in 2003 and after 2 demos and a split CD, they released in 2008 the EP “Infinitas Estruturas do Desconhecimento“. In these early steps the band had a very raw and primitive sound. In 2009 they signed to Nordsturm Productions and released their debut full-length album “Dialectica Transcendental” revealing a much more melodic symphonic approach. Now, 4 years later, they return with their new full-length, entitled “Origem da Inexistência” released by the German label Kristallblut Records on May 2013.
Forgotten Winter play symphonic orchestral black metal with space cosmic thematology. They combine raw black metal with symphonic synths and the overall result sounds very melodic, retaining at the same time its extreme roots. “Origem da Inexistência“, which translates to “Origin of Inexistence” has 6 long compositions lasting for 46 minutes. Their music is synth-based and keyboards have the leading melodic role, both in the bombastic orchestral parts of their compositions and in the more atmospheric parts. Guitars have a more accompanying and rhythmic role, but they are quite loud in the mix, adding more depth and power to the songs. Their music has become much more tight and the ambient songs of their past releases are now absent. They have found a great balance between the underground black metal aesthetic and symphonic melodic metal. Most of the vocals are extreme black metal screams, but there are also atmospheric spoken parts and some amazing breathtaking clean male vocals! Even if this atmospheric “cosmic” black metal genre is usually down tempo, Forgotten Winter’s music moves in relatively fast tempos, with many faster outbreaks. There are some brilliant moments in the album and all compositions seem much more mature and complete with a great sense of melody. Song titles and lyrics are in Portuguese, but they are not included in the CD.
“Origem da Inexistência“ is by far the best work of Forgotten Winter, totally recommended to fans of atmospheric symphonic black metal. It is released by Kristallblut Records in a deluxe 6-panel digipak with great artwork in a limited to 500 copies edition. You can visit their official profiles below to get a taste of their beautiful music and allow their melodies take you to a cosmical epic journey…