All music and lyrics by Forest Stream. Recording information: The album was recorded at S&O Home Studio. Mixed and mastered at Tower Studio, France. Crown Of Winter is the second album from Russian metal act Forest Sream. For those of you who are familiar with Forest Stream's first album, Tears Of Mortal Solitude, I think you will know what to expect but for those of you. Feral Magic (Intro) 2. The Crown Of Winter Stay. As the Legend comes true. Among the virgin snows we are Her silent envoys We make you dream About what's happened Long ago So long ago. I've seen you off by a vernal.
The Crown of Winter, the second album from the Russian Black/Doom Metal band Forest Stream.
Forest Stream - The Crown of Winter - Reviews. I only found this relatively obscure Russian doom metal band by spending too much time on metal forums when their first album came out, spending practically all my extra income on discovering the vast glorious world of metal. Ever since then I have waited and waited for another album. Six years later, the day finally came after countless delays. I have to say it was worth the wait.
I absolutely love long, winding, atmospheric songs and Forest Stream has mastered all of these elements even more so than the first album. One of the first things I noticed is this album has a huge improvement in the harsh vocals. I don’t know if it’s just the production (which is leaps and bound better), but the vocals seem much more “in your face”. There are also much more clean vocals, which is refreshing as well. After a short, theatrical, fantasy- style opening instrumental, a chilling piano opens the first song, setting the grim and cold, yet somehow charming magical sensation the entire album is about to follow.
Shortly, the heaviness is added that the listener has been anticipating and the song twists down many different melodic paths. This song, which is the title track, is probably my personal favorite of the album. The instrumentals are just breathtaking and it is simply one of the most “epic” metal songs I have heard to date, no matter how overused that word might be. Simply “doom metal” fails to describe the pure diversity of this album. This album pulls metal influences from all realms. I would say it is black metal just as much as doom – it is quite symphonic yet not to the point of overdoing it.
It is also not as slow as doom metal usually is. Some songs or parts of songs are actually quite brutal. In fact, the songs are overall heavier and a bit faster than their first album. Some songs on their first album tended to go on a bit long without much direction and were somewhat repetitive, but that is not the case anymore. These songs have much more direction and complexity to them.“Autumn Dancers” is possibly my second favorite track.
It employs the perfect blend of everything Forest Stream has to offer including some of the most killer melodic riffs while still keeping the song flowing with the rest of the album and utilizing calmer instrumentals. An instant favorite.
The intro of “The Beautiful Nature” is very interesting, almost a little annoying, but turns out to be a very memorable final track for the album, emitting an intense melancholy and forlorn feeling before fading into the outro track, similar to how it all begun. So without a doubt, The Crown of Winter is one of my top metal albums of 2. I think Forest Stream is an extremely talented band and sadly, they remain so obscure. Every metal fan ought to give them a try.