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Since the band's inception in 2003 Wintersun has released two critically acclaimed full-length records, 2004's self-titled Wintersun album and 2012's Time I, each of which blended elements of power metal, melodic death metal, neo-classical metal and black metal into their own genre. The Forest Seasons is Wintersun's third full length release, comprised of four sprawling tracks which clock in at thirteen plus minutes each. The new collection picks up on some of the atmospheric aspects of Time I while incorporating more aspects of the band's black and symphonic metal elements.
"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..." says Jari Mäenpää. "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 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'."