The Forest Seasons

by Wintersun

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Alexander One of the best albums of 2017, honestly Favorite track: The Forest That Weeps (Summer).
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dahaakaa Why do i love this album ? It's a fucking Wintersun !!! Simple as that.
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H.L. A concept album about the seasons is not an innovative idea but a challenge for the composers. Music-wise we can enjoy four symphonic melodic extreme metal tracks, somewhere between Children of Bodom, Ensiferum and Moonsorrow. Although the moods of the songs do not really reflect the character of the seasons in my ears, it is a symphonic pleasure to listen to the four epic pieces. Strangely enough, I like the majestic "Summer" with its male chants and power metal influences the most. Favorite track: The Forest That Weeps (Summer).
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WINTERSUN - THE FOREST SEASONS

The 3rd NEW full length album from Wintersun.

● MASTER FILES (24-bit, 44.1kHz wav), the ultimate listening experience!
● Also includes FLAC, high quality mp3s and more!
● Distinctive Wintersun sound with lots of new elements
● 4 monumental songs, 54 minutes of epic metal!
● Unique album influenced by the magic of nature's season changes with one song representing each season. Immerse yourself into the atmosphere of the forest!

THE FOREST SEASONS 5K BOOKLET

● Includes the official high resolution 5K album booklet
● Amazing 17-page booklet crafted by Jari himself
● Resolution 5120 x 2880, wide format, 16:9 aspect ratio
● Works and looks great also on lower resolution screens
● Enjoy all the lyrics and photos representing each season with incredible sharpness and vivid colors while listening. The true experience to enjoy the album!

Tracklist:

1. Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring) 14:41
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

Total running time: 54:01

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released July 21, 2017

Produced by Jari Mäenpää

All music written by Jari Mäenpää
All lyrics written by Jari Mäenpää
All arrangements by Jari Mäenpää

All vocals by Jari Mäenpää
Additional low growling vocals by Jukka Koskinen
Additional growling shouts by Teemu Mäntysaari
3-man Choir on the 'Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring)' by Jari Mäenpää, Teemu Mäntysaari and Jukka Koskinen

All guitars, drums, bass, synths, samples and orchestrations by Jari Mäenpää

Engineered by Jari Mäenpää
Recorded by Jari Mäenpää
Mixed by Jari Mäenpää
Mastered by Jari Mäenpää

The Forest Expendables Choir on ‘The Forest That Weeps (Summer)’ by:
Teemu Mäntysaari (Wintersun)
Jukka Koskinen (Wintersun)
Heri Joensen (Tyr)
Markus Toivonen (Ensiferum)
Jukka-Pekka Miettinen (Kirkkokahvit & Atmosphere Enterprise)
Mathias Nygård (Turisas)
Olli Vänskä (Turisas)
Perttu Vänskä (Scoring Helsinki)
Jussi Wickström (Turisas)
Kasper Mårtenson (Turisas)
Jesper Anastasiadis (Turisas)
Aleksi Sihvonen (Medicated)
Daniel Freyberg (Children of Bodom & Naildown)
Micko Hell (Denigrate & Gloomy Grim)
Mikko Salovaara
Mitja Harvilahti (Moonsorrow)

Album cover by Gyula Havancsák and Jari Mäenpää (hjules.com)
Album booklet and photos by Jari Mäenpää
Wintersun logo by Ritual (nucleart.com)

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Track Name: Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring)
Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring)

Part I The Dark Slumber

Beneath the murky soil
The draw of the ancient spell
Swallowing everything in the ground
And then there was no sound

Twisting the roots of life
Distorting the obscure shapes
The day was creeping into night
And then there was no light

The mist was rolling from the mountains
Creatures were crawling under the ground
The darkness fell from the sky
And then there was no life

The spell was too strong
Too weak to resist its pull
The wind was frozen still as I took my last breath
But then there was no death

The days turned into years
The years turned into eternity
The natural order was twisted into dark harmony
Dark dark harmony

I created my own fears
The mist of sorrow encircled my thoughts
The demons came forth from the shadows bringing dark disease
Dark dark disease

With a sudden roar the ground trembled and cried
As the fire burned a hole in the sky
The light was swallowed into the ground and the colors were broken in the night
And all the stars' creations were left to die

Now! Let the dark disease wipe out all the living
Oh! And let all the lands be filled with silence
In the night's cold embrace you left me astray
And the hope of new life fades away
Now! Let all the lands be covered in black snow
Will the morning sun ever rise again
And let all the creatures of the forest turn into stone
The slow demise has begun
Will this be forever



Part II The Awakening

From the realms below we ride
And in terror they run and hide
From the shadows of old we rise
Awaken from the dark - from the dark slumber

Over the ancient ruins we fly
Where the old kings go to die
And new kingdoms rising high
Awaken from the dark dark slumber

Awaken from the dark - from the dark slumber
Awaken from the dark dark slumber

Rise!

Creatures of the dawn
Crawling from the depths of the frozen earth
As the shadows were twisting and turning beneath the sun

The sound of the moaning beasts
Blaring through the forest
As they're roaming wild beneath the morning sun

Ride! Ride with us again!
Fight! And live as free men!
Die! And be born again!

Ride! Ride!
Ride with us again!
Fight! Fight!
And live as free men!
Die! Die!
And be born again!

Die and be born again!

Centuries in darkness
Bound to ruthless ice and snow
As the dawn of the new world rises, we shall be free

By the fire we live and die
And the light of the sun fills our eyes
From the fire beyond the ancient stars we are born

From the realms below we ride
And in terror they run and hide
From the shadows of old we rise
Awaken from the dark - from the dark slumber

Over the ancient ruins we fly
Where the old kings go to die
And new kingdoms rising high
Awaken from the dark dark slumber

Awaken from the dark - from the dark slumber

As the old worlds fall behind
Our spirit reaches wide
With no fear breathing new life
Awaken from the dark dark slumber
Track Name: The Forest That Weeps (Summer)
The Forest That Weeps (Summer)

I am the mist in the morning
I am the moss in the ground
You are the light that cuts through the stone

I am the worms in the dirt
I am the branches reaching the sky
You are the source, the orchestrator of life

In the dark rain the gray mountains sing
A sad song of winter and the howling wind
Visions of the past in the haunting dreams
Under the dead sky, under the withered trees

The night falls upon the forest that weeps
Father of shadows that forever sleeps

I saw the lakes that shimmer
I heard the clanging of the wild rivers
You are the voice that carries throughout the land

I felt the strength of my ancestors
As I walked through the land of the dead
You are the fire that burns forever

In the dark rain the gray mountains sing
A sad song of winter and the howling wind
Visions of the past in the haunting dreams
Under the dead sky, under the withered trees

The night falls upon the forest that weeps
Father of shadows that forever sleeps
Track Name: Eternal Darkness (Autumn)
Eternal Darkness (Autumn)

Part I Haunting Darkness

Haunting darkness forming inside of man
Calling to return the blood of the earth
Baleful shadows gathering under the blackened sky
Reversing the evolution of the forbidden birth

Devastation of the hollow universe
Executed by wrath and absolute power
Completion of the perfect chaos
The pure destruction of stars

I am the immortal shadow
The ruler of dark dimensions
Behold my crimson nightmare
I am the creator of sorrow
Tormentor in the restless night
I am the hunter of fear, the bringer of despair
I am death
I am eternal darkness



Part II The Call of the Dark Dream

Unleash the dark dream, the essence of deception
The fantasy of life will blind you like the flaming sun
The clash of the opposite worlds
The cosmic war of the unnatural state has begun

Embrace the suffering and prepare for transcendent attack
Obliterate the memories and smother the past
And face the unknown! And face the unknown!

Hear the call of the final journey
Hear the call!
Hear the call of the dark dream
Calling from across the stars of old
Hear the call!
Hear the call of the dark dream



Part III Beyond the Infinite Universe

Wandering among the stars... Searching...
Beyond the infinite universe...
Tearing down the structures...
But I can only see darkness...

Caressed by the radiant ocean
Soaring high in the waves of sadness
Obsessed by the deepest emotions
Lost in the beautiful silence
Oh the beautiful silence!

Fall!
Falling through the layers of mind
Fall!
As the world is crumbling before my eyes
Falling through the caustic vortex
And my heart is burning by the ultimate lie
The ultimate lie!



Part IV Death

There is no end
There is no beginning
There is no truth
There is only darkness

And I curse you into oblivion!

I curse you for fulfilling your every desire
I curse you for your wild and relentless inner fire
Curse you for your need to breed and multiply
Curse you for your consciousness
The feeble rebellion
The great illusion
The cosmic war

I am the immortal shadow
The ruler of dark dimensions
Behold my crimson nightmare
I am the creator of sorrow
Tormentor in the restless night
I am the hunter of pain, the bringer of rain
I am death
I am eternal darkness

I am eternal
I am death
Track Name: Loneliness (Winter)
Loneliness (Winter)

Once I saw the light in your eyes
But nothing will be any longer the way I remember
I've become someone else and I can't go back, I tried
I'm lost in the fields of snow far from home

Follow the coast under the frozen sky
With a growing sorrow in weary eyes
Swallow the ghost of the lucid dream
And silent will be the mournful sea

The sands of life covered in white
From the darkest nights to the blinding light
I almost reached home, I was so close
But to be left alone is what hurts the most

Am I the only one awake
Am I the one who is fading away
There was so much I wanted to say
Do I have a reason anymore to stay

Washed away by the morning sun
Hear the howling call from the other side
And so much was left undone
The weight of the world quietly crushed the dying light
Washed away by the frozen stars
Feel the burning coldness of the falling snow
And one day when everything is gone
The trail in the snow disappears, am I finally home