Forest Stream
The Crown of Winter


3.5
great

Review

by Kyle Ward STAFF
September 6th, 2009 | 15 replies | 6,530 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


With Russian doom/black/gothic metal band Forest Stream’s signing to fairly well-known European metal label Candlelight records, the same lads who released the early material of such bands as Opeth and Emperor and who have held contracts with Sigh, Insomnium, Daylight Dies, and Anaal Nathrakh, things have kind of accelerated quickly for these six Russin musicians. It seems that this fairly unknown band has landed themselves in a pool of much bigger fish, yet with their latest album (and first on their new label) The Crown Of Winter, Forest Stream naturally put out an album which contains some of their best moments, perhaps in an attempt to garner a larger fanbase or more recognition, but fall short of the landmark album they had hoped to create.

It’s been six years since the release of 2003’s Tears Of Mortal Solitude, quite a while for any band to stay active without recording anything, not even an EP or split. Creative stagnation is present during some of the drawn out, keyboard rich bridges and transitions, something which is immediately noticeable during the title track of the album. However, the six years of time has also brought with it fresh guitar melodies which are doomy, yet melodic, while not being repetitive and unoriginal. Their sound has remained almost untouched, with the exception of a prominent use of clean vocals which are undoubtedly inspired by My Dying Bride. However, these clean vocals are often dragging, like the vocalist was under a bizarre trance in which he thought his mediocre cleans were vastly better than his above-average scream. It’s a fatal flaw which may have hindered this album from reaching the heights it could have.

However, the same cannot be said about the instrumental department. The guitar work is practically flawless, weaving untold numbers of harmonized melodies and epic leads which really give this album a distinct flavor while retaining its overbearingly somber and hopeless atmosphere. Drumming is always present to accent the guitars, whether it be with double bass or with a simple cymbal beat during the slower tempo moments. It’s the keyboards which get to be the guest which overstays their welcome. They are used prominently for atmospheric purposes throughout the entire album, there aren’t many moments where the keyboards are silenced in favor of a vicious black metal-inspired verse, and often carry entire minute long (and sometimes even longer) bridges by themselves, which turns out to be nothing more than a test of the listeners patience and willingness to listen to the same few notes for extended periods.

Despite its flaws, The Crown Of Winter is a good attempt by Forest Stream to hit the ground running and get back into the swing of things with a brand new label and a fresh start. However, their Candlelight debut has some gaping flaws which need to be addressed if this band wants to reach higher ground. There is more good to point out than bad in this album, and it is definitely worth a listen if symphonic/melodic/gothic doom or whatever it is that Forest Stream is going for sounds interesting to you, it’s just that it seems that the band is still trying to find a place for themselves. Don’t steer clear of this album, because there are many moments which are simply awesome, but don’t come to the party expecting a keg when there’s only a few 24 packs.



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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 6th 2009



16242 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album art is fucking brilliant, though.

fireaboveicebelow
September 6th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the album art on here isn't the cool one though

review is great, I'll probably have this at a 3.5 after a couple more listens

With Russian doom/black/gothic metal band Forest Stream’s signing to fairly well-known European metal label Candlelight records, the same lads who released the early material of such bands as Opeth and Emperor and who have held contracts with Sigh, Insomnium, Daylight Dies, and Anaal Nathrakh.
this is a fragment

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 6th 2009



16242 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was kind of expecting it to be more like Tears Of Mortal Solitude but it seems they are progressing away from that kind of thing.

EDIT- Yeah just noticed that, fixing it now, thanks.

fireaboveicebelow
September 6th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the alternate album art if you feel like it:

http://www.teethofthedivine.com/site/uploads/2009/07/forest-stream.jpg

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 6th 2009



16242 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They're both really great I think. I think the one it was released with should stay on here though.

jingledeath
September 6th 2009



7104 Comments


I'll check out a few of the songs first to see if I like this. If I do I'll get the whole album later.

lobby
September 6th 2009



1251 Comments


i think both album arts remind me of an ice queen's boobs...

fireaboveicebelow
September 6th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

there's a couple areas that are out of place but I love the overall frigid atmosphere

BallsToTheWall
September 6th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Album is pretty purple for the msot part, but entertaining in a few moments. 2.8 for me.


And if you want to see brilliant artwork that completely decimates this, then I suggest you to check out the Geist album on the database.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 6th 2009



16242 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah I've seen that artwork it's impressive.

rasputin
September 7th 2009



14516 Comments


band isn't any good

charlesfishowitz
September 7th 2009



1794 Comments


u gots to be foolin

jingledeath
September 8th 2009



7104 Comments


Listened to the first 2 tracks and I liked what I heard. Gonna get the whole album now.

fireaboveicebelow
September 22nd 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

growing off me

Dodecahedron
February 25th 2013



970 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I used to LOVE this album, but I don't like it as much as I used to. It's still a great album though.



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