Finally here's my review of “The Forest Seasons“ by Wintersun. Although it is a very solid record, when I first listened to it it seemed like Jari had way to much ideas he wanted to put into the 4 songs. Which gets us to the main problem: The songs are way to long. It is very hard to follow one song for like 12 or even 15 minutes and keep your level of concentration to get into every part of the song. Mainly because the music on “The Forest Seasons“ is a complex construct of orchestral, choral and metal music in pure perfection. Every song is different (perhaps you could even say the songs are different genres) and stands for one season. And you can feel them through listening.
Perhabs you gotta listen to it a few times until you get what it wants to express.
But if you're in for it it makes you feel like you're sitting in a forest, watching the nature changing around yourself which is a very great experience.
Conclusion: “The Forest Seasons“ is clearly not the best work of Wintersun but it does what its supposed to do and still has something epic and special about it.
I will give it a 8/10
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