Review: Forgotten Winter – Vinda

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For all you dungeon crawlers, accept this quest and walk with us through this desolation.

What’s very interesting in the black metal genre is how multiples perceptions the artists have made with it. A while ago, some of the Toilet ov Hell commenters where debating about how emotive can be some songs in this music, and I must adhere to their stance and sharing this new example of why black metal is still relevant due to it ever-changing nature.

Hailing from Portugal, the duo Forgotten Winter will release a new album, titled Vinda, in which they really expand their mix between folk, ambient and black metal. I had the opportunity to sit multiple times with this album and this is my opinion on it:

Vinda is an interesting ride through a fantasy plane in which the desolation is ever present. In each song you will encounter each chapter of the multiple stories of this plane: you’re introduced to the profound corners of the Uldene ruins, there’s war between the Human Race and the Hastuvv, and you will also encounter Gods, enter three moons and witness the arrival of the venerable Velmaer. The band serves as dark bards, and they’re exploring this setting through their narrative, entwining chorus with melodies and ancient percussion to show you what happened in the beginning and the end of two eras.

The lyrics are written in a mix of Portuguese and a self-created dialect called Velmaer. This particular element is what gives cohesion to the entire title. The chorus and the shrieking shouts are what it finish the immersion process of the listener. The vocal department is very well done, the black metal sections have a reverb effect that makes them echo through the air and giving a much more ethereal sounds, meanwhile, the chants allow a majestic feel in the section that are needed. According to the compositions, the arrangement of those elements is simple, yet effective. Think of the vocal melodies on the neofolk area and you will have the aproximation.

Uldene and Nevoa serve as introduction to the record and really explain how it’ll be the rest.

In the first track, you will hear the acoustics of the percussion which rings across the album with tribal precision. The wind instrument sounds will alert you in the first seconds that you’re entering in a vast land. And then, some black angular guitar riffing will circulate around the keyboards to reveal you the textures and the impressions of a destroyed city. From this I think you probably will get reminded a lot of the old Dungeon Synth expression, a lot of synths harmonized with long droning sounds to engulf you into a humid barrack, which is a great feeling for the narrative architecture the band made here for their vision.

In Penumbra, the sounds are more mysterious and adventurous. Through the darkness, the percussion once again dictates the course of the song and let the synths compete very well with the chorus and the final portion with the magic speech. The three parts makes the piece one of the most enjoyable of the album, because it’s full of dynamics and the drum work is very good. Hints of Burzum and Erang would be a solid choice to understand this composition.

The two final pieces, Adamaele and Vinda use the same resources, but are more rooted in a grandiose and symphonic side. With the usage of female vocals in the chorus the sounds are expansive and give the pieces a delicate feeling. If your journey started in Uldene, you’ve got to delve in darkness in Penumbra, Adamaele and Vinda must be the epic conclusion of that trip. The final chants resumes the entire journey, it’s a very impressive setting due to the echoes of the voices.

The colors and shapes of the entire album are very reminiscent of the album cover art, with browns, greens, blacks and blues permeating the waves of the synths. I think they really did a good work making this, based on the instrument choices. The natural percussion immersed me into their artistic vision.

As you can hear, Vinda is an exploration of the textures of the synths along the black metal and neofolk parts to have a more textural feeling of the diverse elements in playing; if you connect all the pieces you will have a very thoughtful travel through the desolation. For those wanderers and scholars of the dark arts, or for fans of Windir, Summoning or Burzum, Forgotten Winter has a very good recollection so you can master your magick.

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If you dig it, remember to stab this band in a medieval style in his Book ov Skulls Official page and in Google Más. Vinda will be released this June 26, you can pre-order this record through the Bandcamp of SlowDriver Productions or from Itunes.

  • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni

    This sounds great so far! Reminds me of O Yuki Conjugate on that first song, actually.

    PS, first post! Woohoo!

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    I was gonna blurb this tomorrow, was gonna say nought but:
    Summoning>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    • Spear

      Caladan Brood>>>>>>>>>>

      • Caladan Brood=Summoning (because they kinda wanna be them.)

        • Spear

          Very true, but I feel like they (Caladan Brood) do it better.

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        Also true.

  • ME GORAK™

    ME GUSTA!!!!!!!!!

  • FUKKBEARD

    Will check it out when I get home, Elflord.

    Elder Scrolls Online is dope btw

    • Dagon

      For real though? Besides not having enough time to play an MMO this year, I heard so much shit about the game that it kinda turned me off.

      • FUKKBEARD

        I’ve been having a blast and I’ve been playing mmos forever. Best console mmo I’ve ever played. For real

        • Dagon

          We’ll see if I get in on the action next year. 2015 is a no no.

          I haven’t even upgraded to the current gen lol

    • Scrimm

      I got it. So far underwhelmed but I think that may be due in large part to overkilling that type of game lately

    • My dear pirate. I think this record would be a great addition to enhance the dark pits on that game.

      Cheers!

  • Dagon

    Wow, I’m surprised I’m liking the first track a lot.

    Great review, brolo.

  • Void Dweller

    The first few minutes of this track sounded way to happy. I think it’s the tempo. Drums sound fake too.

    • CyberneticOrganism
      • CyberneticOrganism
        • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni

          If I’m not mistaken, that’s the same guy who played Adabisi in ‘Oz’.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Nah this is Delroy Lindo

      • OMG, this movie.

        I remember that was the only VHS movie we had in a very long time.

        Everytime we had a electricity cut or we didn’t had cable on the tv, we had to watch over and over that movie.

        • Kevin Nash & Friends

          The restaurant that shall not be named promoted this movie heavily. You should see the commercials for the promotion.

        • Kevin Nash & Friends

          The restaurant that shall not be named promoted this movie heavily. You should see the commercials for the promotion.

      • OMG, this movie.

        I remember that was the only VHS movie we had in a very long time.

        Everytime we had a electricity cut or we didn’t had cable on the tv, we had to watch over and over that movie.

    • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni
  • Thank you very much, my cyberbro!

  • The W.

    Hey Blinkin, I’m digging this heartily.

  • The W.

    Hey Blinkin, I’m digging this heartily.

  • Guacamole Jim

    This is a blast! Very good stuff, Link. I bet this music is the soundtrack to Stockhausen’s castle adventures right now.

    • Jajajaja!! I bet he crank this stuff while drinking his blood in the Zatan pose.

  • tertius_decimus

    Sorry, I see this stuff as another Meshuggah-esque case: copy-copy-copy-copy. Instead Meshuggah we have Summoning here as the source of worship.

    Look: Meshuggah and Summoning are truly unique acts in their own. I don’t wanna another 7000 wannabes who are the same. I can even understand the root of inception of Caladan Brood band. It appeared because there are huge gaps between two Summoning releases, but still new stuff comes from time to time. They offer nothing more Summoning can’t do, so why bother? Do the music in your own personal way, don’t try to replicate what other do better. Or we’ll have another genre full of copycats (sorry Djentlemen).

    • Jock Strap Full Of Macaroni
    • Guacamole Jim

      I don’t think you’re wrong. But what djent did, in its aping of Meshuggah, was reinterpret the influence in a new voice. I would say that djent is more reminiscent of other djent than it is of Meshuggah.

      I guess what I’m trying to say is that wearing your influence on your sleeve isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and doesn’t necessarily mean you’re entirely unoriginal. Every new iteration of a style means there’s a slightly different input, because we can’t separate out the humanness of the artist. Some people stay much too close to the original genre, and I can see how that’s boring or bland to many listeners. But at the same time, maybe some listeners like hearing different versions of the same idea, so it appeals to them. Is that a bad thing?

      • tertius_decimus

        I deleted that Meshuggah part, because many would say I’m comparing completely different genres when I’m not. Just pointing at what can be if many will ape something truly special, one-of-a-kind.

        > Is that a bad thing?

        From such point of view, no. By the way, it’s great that one thing can be overlooked from so many vista points. I respect your opinion.

        • Guacamole Jim

          And, like I said, I don’t disagree. I like bands better when they’re original or pushing boundaries, not aping other stuff.

      • The W.

        Not if you’re an OSDM fan huehuehuehue

        • Not if you’re an Swedeath fan jejejejeje.

          WHERE ARE MY FUCKING D-BEATS AND MY HM-2!?

        • Guacamole Jim

          HA

    • You got a valid point on rehashing, and that’s good.

      But, I don’t think this Forgotten Winter album have the same “vibes” as Summoning, at least it doesn’t in its entire concept. It must be a more personal perception, but I think there are different colors and attitudes regarding Summoning.

      • tertius_decimus

        Can you, please, tell few words what kind of image Summoning draws in your mind?

        • Let me try!

          I sensed Summoning is more green, it’s melancholic, taste like moss and rain. It’s more nature centered and willing to return to a simpler time.

          I sensed Forgotten Winter more like.. Dark, perhaps. It’s like sulphur and even more desolate. Brownish with taints of blue sparks.

          Both are very dark. But SUmmoning is more… Majestic, to me.

          Hope I did well..

          • Hey Link, I like the way you talk about music in terms of the colors you “see” when you listen. I have a similar experience when listening to a lot of music. If I don’t “see” any colors, I tend to turn it off.

          • Thanks, Richter Belmont.

            Do you have real Synesthesia? Or do you have weird mind like me? Jajaja

          • I do not think I could be medically diagnosed with synesthesia, no. I probably just have a “weird mind”.

          • Weird mind, united! 😛

          • –ToiletovWeirdMinds–

          • Lacertilian

            I’ve experienced some temporary synæsthesia while dosed. Wasn’t amazing but definitely interesting. When did you notice yours?

          • To clarify: it’s not synesthesia. I guess it’s always been there. It’s just a subtle and very hard to describe “feeling” of “colors” when listening to music, especially metal. I don’t get it all that much listening to rock, which I guess is part of what makes metal so mysteriously special.

          • The W.

            I was actually just thinking you might have synesthesia.

          • Nope. I wasn’t born with it.

            A friend told me it’s probably a “high artistic sensibility”. I told her about what I feel with the music and some paintings; and she told me that it’s probably because I’m of those people that are very sensitive to his surroundings and connect diverse parts of memory and values to his experience.

            I was once seeing a paint of a venezuelan artist and I started to tremble and I don’t know why lol

          • In re: trembling…

            The same thing happened to me the first time I heard Portishead.

          • UUHHH, YES!

            Portishead is very moving. I remember that. I think it’s the beat and the accents. I love when cover arts matches the colors I feel with the music. That Dummy record is very weird.

          • Yeah, it was the Dummy album. At first I reacted very negatively to the music. It was late at night in a stranger’s dorm room somewhere in New York City . . . Everyone else was high, but I was sober . . . The album started and I instantly felt like falling into a catatonic state . . . The gray/blackness was smothering me, and I felt like a lost and abandoned dog wandering the rainy streets . . . I actually asked them to shut it off after a few songs because I couldn’t take it. Then a few weeks later I bought the album and fell in love with it. Strange, very strange . . .

            #LongWindedToiletConfessions

          • That happened to me with Obscura, from Gorguts. I haven’t listened that entire album because the menacing sensation of it. It’s because the mathematical approach or the lack of melodies, it’s just a very dense records that I haven’t got the opportunity to fully enjoy.

            Getting back to Dummy. It feels like being engulfed in depression and drugs. I can listen to it, and I appreciate the musicality, but I have a deep respect to that kind of urban inspired records.

          • Coincidentally, I bought the Obscura re-release a few months ago. It was my first time hearing the whole thing. It is very hard to sit through from start to finish because of how claustrophobic the songs make me feel. And yet I am drawn back to it time and again, as if it’s some puzzle I’m trying to complete.

            Side note: I really like the random viola riff in track 2; I wish there was more skronky viola in Gorguts’s music.

          • How was your experience with Colored Sands?

            I liked that one, but I haven’t revisited it since a while ago. I think it’s very emotive and humanist.

          • I think I prefer Obscura because of the gritty production. I like that drummer a lot better; he sounds more inventive. Colored Sands is a fine album but the drummer’s rhythmic choices annoy me: he does too much synchronized cymbal/tom pounding along with the guitar/bass riffs.

            Also, the production is a little too shiny for my tastes; plus the songs are longer, so for me it’s easier to digest the shorter songs on Obscura. (I am only Level 1 Skronk.)

          • What about Artificial Brain?

            There are some really choking moments on that one!

          • I love that album! To me it sounds like very catchy pop songs disguised as dissonant and chaotic death metal. The melodies are gorgeous and catchy, and the drummer is a maniac. I don’t care for the burped vocals, but it’s easy enough to tune them out and just listen to the glorious, glorious music.

          • You’re right, it’s more accesible. But, it’s still very menacing. It’s like getting into an Alien movie with a lot of sodas, jajaja.

          • Yes, very menacing. My girlfriend does not like it very much; it sounds like noise to her.

            Have you read the lyrics? It’s too bad you can’t hear them when he sings, because they are really cool, very poetic.

          • I only read some lines in Moon Funeral, I think I need to read them all 😛

            I liked this:

            “A planet which walks in a swarm of suspended moons

            It burns itself upon the sun to build immunity to radiation.

            It gorges itself on poisonous light and colon spasms its roots unto the sediment.”

          • I also remember when I read Sobre Héroes y Tumbas, from Ernesto Sábato, some Jorge Luis Borges tales and Drácula, from Bram Stoker. Books can give different sensations too.

          • The W.

            You know there are different kinds of synesthesia, and people experience it differently.

          • Really?

            To be honest, i never pushed myself to research about it.

            I have certain personal decisions to give that aspect the benefit of mistery 🙂

          • The W.

            Yes, I was reading or heard something about it last night or this morning.

            “Difficulties have been recognized in adequately defining synesthesia:[5][6] Many different phenomena have been included in the term synesthesia (“union of the senses”), and in many cases the terminology seems to be inaccurate. A more accurate term may be ideasthesia.”

          • That’s interesting. I think I will cast my fears away and try to understand it.

          • Lacertilian

            As I mentioned to Richter above, I’ve somewhat experienced synæthesia temporarily. It is quite possible that everyone could be diagnosed with it at some point in their lives but I doubt many people would bother going to the trouble of getting a medical diagnosis, especially if it is for a relatively short period of time.

            I know why I had mine and it was fun but even if it persisted I doubt it would even concern me enough to consider it a ‘problem’. I guess if it was more intense or prolonged it could bother people.

          • tertius_decimus

            That’s interesting, because I found both to be the same. Note the bias towards Summoning due to the fact they’re pretty old band with long history.

          • *phew*! n_ñ)/

          • tertius_decimus

            Have you listened to Die Verbannten Kinder Evas?

          • No, not that one. Can you share something, please?

          • tertius_decimus

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtCzZdrZY8I

            Summoning’s side-project.

          • Tertius, I have a really bad connection right now (I don’t even know why I’m still comenting and receiving notifications here).

            I will bookmark this. Thanks for sharing.

          • Total graveyard music. This makes me feel nostalgic, even though I’ve never heard it before . . .

  • Stanley

    When does the black metal bit start?

  • Lacertilian

    You have outdone yourself here Link!