FOREST SILENCE

Atmospheric Black Metal / Non-Metal • Hungary
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Forest Silence is an atmospheric black metal band from Hungary, formed in 1996, although their earliest demo releases belong not to metal, but the dark ambient genre. Forest Silence is the project of musician Winter, originally formed as a side project to black metal act Sear Bliss, of which he was the keyboardist from 1994 to 1997.

As a dark ambient act Forest Silence recorded the demos The Third Winter (1997) and Winter Circle (2000). Neither saw an official release until the two were combined for a tape only compilation released in 2013. The band's third demo, The Eternal Winter (2002), also without official release until the tracks were included as part of the Winter Ritual (2010) EP, marked the time that Forest Silence became a black metal act.

The debut (and as of April 2014 only) full-length album Philosophy of Winter (2006) was later released by Candlelight Records. Winter Ritual
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FOREST SILENCE Philosophy of Winter album cover 4.46 | 4 ratings
Philosophy of Winter
Atmospheric Black Metal 2006

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FOREST SILENCE Winter Ritual album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Winter Ritual
Atmospheric Black Metal 2010

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FOREST SILENCE The 3rd Winter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The 3rd Winter
Non-Metal 1997
FOREST SILENCE Winter Circle album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Winter Circle
Non-Metal 2000
FOREST SILENCE The Eternal Winter album cover 4.29 | 3 ratings
The Eternal Winter
Atmospheric Black Metal 2002

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FOREST SILENCE The Third Winter / Winter Circle album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Third Winter / Winter Circle
Non-Metal 2013

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FOREST SILENCE Philosophy of Winter

Album · 2006 · Atmospheric Black Metal
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There is a quality about Philosophy of Winter that is oddly hypnotic. Although it is black metal, albeit with an ambient twist to it, the music produced here just makes me what to close my eyes and enjoy it. In fact it’s so hypnotic that I can easily fall asleep to it, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. It’s a album I can relax to, something that I never thought to say of a black metal record.

Frontman Winter provides a strong performance in not only his vocals, which are near faultless for a release of this nature. He’s not the most understandable growler, in fact it’s easier to hear the lyrics on some songs over some others. For example on opener Bringer of Storm he’s not as clear as on its follow-up, Spirits of the Winds.

The guitar sound on this album is amazing, backed up with the ambience of Winter’s keyboards. You’re not going to get blistering guitar solos, thrashy riffs or fast tempos, but instead a mid-paced, dark masterpiece, which was when I originally heard this album unlike anything else I’d heard from the black metal genre, though admittedly I was not that well versed in it at the time and Forest Silence were one of the first black metal bands I ever bought an album by. On top of the musical brilliance the production is of a good quality, something that many black metal records seem to lack on purpose. I can safely say that Philosophy of Winter plugged a gap in my metal collection that I didn’t even know was there.

Highlights of the album are Spirits of the Winds and At the Dawning of Chaos. There is not a bad track here, but these two stand out over the three others on the CD. The song writing formula doesn’t vary often, with long tracks not clocking in at under the six minute mark throughout, but when that formula produces an album this good, it doesn’t matter. I highly recommend this.

(Review originally written for Heavy Metal Haven)

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