The Forest Seasons

by Wintersun

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allanlacayo Hard to say what is best, it just keeps me in mood Favorite track: Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring).
Ralouca
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Ralouca This is not a dark-twisted Vivaldi, but an act of exorcism of Wagnerian proportions. And even though TFS will never be my favorite WS album, I bow to Jari´s vision (I have myself a lifetime long beef with Death -speaking about Eternal Darkness- losing many of my dear ones, including both my parents in November, so ... yeah) and to the crowdfounding fans who made this unique album possible.
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Mountain Ian Of all the Viking, Folk, Epic, Melodic, Symphonic and other metal I've loved, Wintersun holds a unique and special place in my heart, and I'm a former (mainly) bass, cello & dbl bass player in my 60s.
Your talent, passion, love and intuitive feel for what sounds cool and moves my metal soul seem almost not of this world.
Not sure whether you are musicians, magicians or both, but please know that we metal fans treasure this magical and magnificent music you make.
Thank-you for enriching my life! Favorite track: The Forest That Weeps (Summer).
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1.
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
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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
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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
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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

about

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

credits

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 facebook.com/hjulesdesign
Album booklet and photos by Jari Mäenpää
Wintersun logo by Ritual facebook.com/nucleartdesign

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We want to dedicate this album to the loyal Wintersun fans
who supported us through the hard times. Thank you!

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