On March 1st, the Finnish kings of epic melodic death metal, WINTERSUN, start their crowdfunding campaign to finance the construction of their own studio. Fans will be able to purchase their ‘Forest Package’ – also including their upcoming studio album “The Forest Seasons” – directly from the band and support them. Bit by bit, WINTERSUN unveil new info on their upcoming full-length release and frontman Jari Mäenpää has stated:
“ABOUT THE FOREST SEASONS ALBUM
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!
We sincerely hope you will support us by getting the new album from INDIEGOGO on March 1st, included in our crowdfunding package, the FOREST PACKAGE. This will help us to reach our goal which is to build the WINTERSUN Headquarters studio, completing »Time II« once and for all and start making our future albums!
Jari & the Wintersun boys”
Here is the track list of “The Forest Seasons”:
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
In the meantime you can witness the band’s return to the stage at the following festivals:
07. – 10.06. S Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
30.06. – 02.07. FIN Helsinki – Tuska Open Air
11. – 13.08. P Vagos – Vagos Metal Fest
10. – 13.08. UK Derby – Bloodstock Open Air
16. – 19.08. D Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze
18. – 19.08. SK Zvolenská Slatina – More Than Fest