Photos by Lina Glasir
Finnish symphonic melodic death metal greats Wintersun recently concluded a headlining North American tour, their first since 2012/2013, which kicked off in Philly in mid-September with help from trek support acts, Australian proggy/extreme metal horde Ne Obliviscari and metal musician Sarah Longfield.
The 22-date adventure closed out in New York City on October 14 at Irving Plaza, where Wintersun performed a string of fresh and lengthy tunes from their latest album on Nuclear Blast, The Forest Seasons, launching with “Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring),” and eventually dishing out “Loneliness (Winter)” and “The Forest That Weeps (Summer).” Old-school classics off Wintersun like the LP’s title-track, plus “Sleeping Stars,” “Starchild,” “Beyond the Dark Sun,” and “Battle Against Time,” along with Time I songs “Sons of Winter and Stars” and “Time” rounded out the majority of the band’s setlist. A huge highlight of the night was the NYC premiere of the act’s brand new song “Storm.”
Ne Obliviscaris provided direct support with cuts from their latest effort off Urn, playing “Intra Venus,” “Libera (Part I): Saturnine Spheres,” and “Urn (Part II): As Embers Dance in Our Eyes,” plus “Devour Me, Colossus (Part I): Blackholes” from Citadel and “And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope” off Portal of I. Meanwhile, Sarah Longfield performed covers from her previous band The Fine Constant, performing “Eternal Flight” and “Quiescent,” along with her original tracks “The Salient Voyage” and “Cataclysm.”
Check out exclusive shots from Manhattan in the gallery below. Next up for Wintersun, they’ll finish up the year with gigs in Germany and the Netherlands, which they’ll follow with more shows in Europe in 2019, including a 15-year anniversary celebration at ‘Rock The Coast Festival’ in Fuengirola, Spain. Stay updated.
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