Wintersun - Time I


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Release date: 19 October 2012
Style: Extreme power metal

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Disc I
01. When Time Fades Away
02. Sons Of Winter And Stars
    1 - Rain Of Stars
    2 - Surrounded By Darkness
    3 - Journey Inside A Dream
    4 - Sons Of Winter And Stars
03. Land Of Snow And Sorrow
04. Darkness And Frost
05. Time
06. [hidden track] [Mediabook & Mailorder edition bonus]

Disc II [DVD] [Mediabook bonus]
+ Time I Live Rehearsals At Sonic Pump Studios
+ Licks & Tricks
+ Sons Of Winter And Stars - Project Demonstration
+ Photo Gallery

Disc III [instrumental CD] [Mailorder edition bonus]
01. When Time Fades Away
02. Sons Of Winter And Stars
    1 - Rain Of Stars
    2 - Surrounded By Darkness
    3 - Journey Inside A Dream
    4 - Sons Of Winter And Stars
03. Land Of Snow And Sorrow
04. Darkness And Frost
05. Time

The biggest surprise of 2012
Top 20 albums of 2012: 14

Line-up
Teemu Mäntysaari - guitars
Kai Hahto - drums
Jukka Koskinen - bass, vocals
Jari Mäenpää - bass, guitars, keyboards, vocals

Guest musicians
Alpha Valtias Mustatuuli - vocals
Markus Toivonen - choirs
Jukka-Pekka Miettinen - choirs
Mathias Nygård - choirs
Olli Vänskä - choirs
Heri Joensen - choirs
Mikko Salovaara - choirs
Sami Hinkka - choirs

Additional info
Formats:
  • Limited Mediabook (hard cover, wide format) CD+DVD
  • Limited Mediabook (hard cover, wide format) CD+DVD + Instrumental CD of Time I, Certificate (limited to 500 copies, exclusively available at Nuclear Blast)
  • Limited Mediabook (hard cover, wide format) CD+DVD + Signed photo card Jari Mäenpää (limited to 1000 copies, exclusively available at Amazon.de)
  • Limited Mediabook (hard cover, wide format) CD+DVD + Wintersun logo shirt gray/black (exclusively available at Levykauppa Äx)
  • Limited Mediabook (hard cover, wide format) CD+DVD + Shirt (black) (EMP exclusive)
  • CD Jewel Case + Shirt (Nuclear Blast USA exclusive)
  • CD Jewel Case
  • Blue vinyl (180g vinyl in gatefold including poster)
  • White vinyl (180g vinyl in gatefold including poster. Strictly limited to 200 hand-numbered copies) (exclusive at Nuclear Blast mailorder)
  • Digital download
  • iTunes digital download with Time I booklet

Staff review by
Baz Anderson
Rating:
7.5
One of the most highly anticipated albums of the last decade; Time I finally ends the eight year silence, but was the wait worth it?

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published 22.10.2012 | Comments (221)

Guest review by
Bad English
Rating:
8.7
Wintersun - is it real? Well, no, it isn't. We hardly see the sun; for four whole weeks, it never shines.

Allow me to copy the style of DerRozzengarten (the greatest reviewer ever), who knows how to write proper metaphors. Such music is never meant to explain northern life for people who have never actually walked on a frozen river or cleared snow from their car before work (I'm not taking a jab at the French, Dutch, or Danish, who usually overreact when they see 1 cm of snow). Imagine the pre-internet days: it's blizzard beasts, mid-winter, the sun never shines, just 22 hours of darkness and twilight in between. There is nothing to do, only good music, books, or finding a way to channel your creativity. Outside activities, aside from collecting firewood and cleaning snow? I don't think so (but wait a minute, Jari lives in the city anyway…). Anyway, the streets are dead and frozen, the horizon is dark, and night light is ablaze on the snow. All you can do is wait for spring and then summer to arrive slowly. I've done it all my life, still do, and we all did. It's typical northern madness!

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published 20.12.2016 | Comments (9)

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13.03.2013 - 14:09
Rhiannon
Account deleted
I love this album, just like the previous one. After the long wait and computer problems (if there were really), etc. I was expecting a disaster, but it was a pleasant surprise. Ok, first the songs sounded like a synth-mess, and overproduced, but after a few listens I realized that they are actually really good. My only problem is that it's so short, and we only got half of the album But money rules, I guess.
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26.03.2013 - 17:47
TyR-Metalmaeniak
Compared to their first album this is a joke ... dunno why but I have a strange feeling about the actual albums of the metal world that all have a sense to popularize their stuff. Underground FTW
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03.04.2013 - 04:56
Rating: 10
JÄY
Metal slave
Finally has to bump it up to 10....
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17.05.2013 - 21:05
RealEyes
Too much melody 8.3-8,4
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29.07.2013 - 00:59
Rating: 9
Stunning Cactus
Who's going to see them during their tour?
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"I always knew metal would live on. I was right."
~Me, 2013
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08.08.2013 - 17:31
Rating: 8
Spanishkiller
Written by RealEyes on 17.05.2013 at 21:05

Too much melody 8.3-8,4


I definietly like the new style. At least Jari is doing something different form most bands. That is why I like this album.

Anyway it looks like Time 2 will be more melodeath-stylish...
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12.08.2013 - 16:29
Rating: 9
Vikcen
Metálico
I saw them on live recently, and i have to admit that the new songs sounded better.
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28.09.2013 - 02:49
master 666
King of Arizona
Wwoooooooooooooooww
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16.12.2013 - 14:22
Rating: 3
essbee
After listening to it again, the instrumentation is not that bad but it still sounds like the gayest album I have ever heard, wow. Sons of winter and stars is the epitome of gayness.
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15.01.2014 - 10:04
Rating: 10
dr devil
Rating : 10 awesome 4 ever.
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08.02.2014 - 14:31
Rating: 1
God Alone
One of the few 1s I'll ever give. If you want to torture me, there's no need to skin me alive; just lock me in a room, put this album on and my brain will slowly burst out from my ears.
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15.06.2014 - 19:56
Rating: 8
NorthernDickhead
Written by Lord_Regnier on 03.03.2013 at 02:09

I know people on other forums who would argue with you that bands like COB, Kalmah, Ensiferum, etc are melodic Death Metal.
However, I think they are wrong and I agree with you. When I hear those bands, the music reminds me a lot of 90s Stratovarius, only with some blastbeats and semi-harsh vocals thrown in.
Not heavy enough to be labelled as Death Metal, Imo.

You say that Kalmah sound like 90's Stratovarius, give me a break
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Olen täys idiootti jätkä.
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09.11.2015 - 09:00
Rating: 9
Teravolt_Danny
Written by essbee on 16.12.2013 at 14:22

After listening to it again, the instrumentation is not that bad but it still sounds like the gayest album I have ever heard, wow. Sons of winter and stars is the epitome of gayness.


You sound unintelligent.
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17.11.2015 - 09:44
Rating: 9
Stunning Cactus
Still such an excellent album. Really well produced and composed. I can't wait to see the sequel in 2020.
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"I always knew metal would live on. I was right."
~Me, 2013
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17.11.2015 - 14:00
Rating: 8
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
Written by Stunning Cactus on 17.11.2015 at 09:44

I can't wait to see the sequel in 2020.

That soon, huh?
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Sharks 2016 Premiers. Please don't choke this year.
"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
"I'll put whatever I want in your mouth!"
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21.11.2015 - 08:27
Rating: 3
essbee
Written by Teravolt_Danny on 09.11.2015 at 09:00

Written by essbee on 16.12.2013 at 14:22

After listening to it again, the instrumentation is not that bad but it still sounds like the gayest album I have ever heard, wow. Sons of winter and stars is the epitome of gayness.


You sound unintelligent.


What my ears hear and feel != Me being unintelligent.

Look, I don't mean "gay" in a derogatory sense, it just sounds like it wants to be WAY too epic that it sounds forced and childish, hence why I said "gay", sorry if that affected you in any way
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02.12.2015 - 10:33
Rating: 9
Stunning Cactus
Written by M C Vice on 17.11.2015 at 14:00

Written by Stunning Cactus on 17.11.2015 at 09:44

I can't wait to see the sequel in 2020.

That soon, huh?


And it would STILL be sooner than the new Necrophagist album.
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"I always knew metal would live on. I was right."
~Me, 2013
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16.05.2016 - 20:22
Rating: 5
FYA
Destroyer
Well, I was waiting for this after I heard "Wintersun" some years ago. Then boom, "Time I" is released. Aaaand...dissapoint. I mean it's not bad. Instrumentation is good, harmonies too, but...it's like Jari lost "something".
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25.09.2016 - 20:52
Rating: 7
Pikemaster
Written by Lord_Regnier on 03.03.2013 at 02:09

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 05.02.2013 at 11:57

Jusy such a shame that all the bands you mentioned don't play melodeath at all They all play a more extreme version of power metal, nothing to do with melodeath.

I know people on other forums who would argue with you that bands like COB, Kalmah, Ensiferum, etc are melodic Death Metal.
However, I think they are wrong and I agree with you. When I hear those bands, the music reminds me a lot of 90s Stratovarius, only with some blastbeats and semi-harsh vocals thrown in.
Not heavy enough to be labelled as Death Metal, Imo.

Kalmah isn't Melodeath? Yup, every band that you don't like should be labeled in power metal genre? Am I right Marcel?
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"Soon its tail raises the mud
The beast is ready for attack
The reel screams the line beings to run
And the struggle shall begin"
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22.10.2016 - 12:29
Rating: 7
Pikemaster
Written by FYA on 16.05.2016 at 20:22

Well, I was waiting for this after I heard "Wintersun" some years ago. Then boom, "Time I" is released. Aaaand...dissapoint. I mean it's not bad. Instrumentation is good, harmonies too, but...it's like Jari lost "something".

I actually think there's too much everything. This album could had been much better without the huge orchestration on top of everything. There's plenty of good riffs and melodies imo, but they lost their goodness, because the loud orchestration.
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"Soon its tail raises the mud
The beast is ready for attack
The reel screams the line beings to run
And the struggle shall begin"
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01.12.2016 - 01:43
Bad English
Masterchief
Comparing to 1th one still winter feeling but not so good, degredation actually
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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06.02.2017 - 12:59
Rating: 9
ManiacBlasphemer
Black Knight
Much of the hatred this album receives is because of Jari's antics and how long it took to be released. Looking at the comments from people who gave it low ratings, pretty much none of them debate the actual music, but external factors that have nothing to do with music. The other main reason is that this album tends to be proggy at times, thing which puts off a lot of purists. This is a great album for what it has to offer: entertainment. It has a high level of catchyness, especially during the choruses and the instrumental tracks are very well executed in particular. One of the few albums where I am not forced to skip endless interludes to get to the actual tracks.

Sons of Winter and Stars is the epitome of excellence in metal. Period. This track is flawless from top to bottom in both fast, middle and slow-paced sections. However, the climax near its end makes all the money. Land of Snow and Sorrow is good as well, but not as good as the former track. The title track is the second highlight. All in all, this is an album that deserves a 9.
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26.02.2017 - 22:17
Rating: 9
I mean, you can always listen to the instrumental version of the album if the voices bother you (referring to the gayness mentioned above). They put up a hell of a live show and this album shines there as well. I hope the remade version that's included in the Forest Season package sounds more like the reheasral version on youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2p9PsVD9Ho
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06.06.2017 - 01:30
Rating: 9
DeathMetal
I thought this was a pretty good album. Great listen.
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