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Release date: 19 October 2012
Style: Extreme power metal, Progressive folk metal

Rating:

8.4 | 875 votes

Owners:

709 have it
619 want it


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: 5

Review
Lyrics (5)


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

Guest musicians
Markus Toivonen - choirs
Heri Joensen - choirs
Sami Hinkka - choirs
Olli Vänskä - choirs
Mathias "Warlord" Nygård - choirs
Jukka-Pekka Miettinen - choirs
Mikko "Ilmarinen" Salovaara - choirs
Alpha Valtias Mustatuuli - additional growling


Additional info

Release dates:
  • October 19: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Norway
  • October 22: North America, UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Portugal, Poland (+ all other European countries not mentioned in this list)
  • October 23: Italy
  • October 24: Sweden
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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Destructhor - 25.12.2009 at 16:40  
 
Ellrohir - 25.12.2009 at 18:48  
  "7 have it"?
Warman - 25.12.2009 at 19:02  
Rating: 9 I love Wintersun, but all the expectations and whining about when the album will be released is starting to annoy the shit out of me. I almost hope it will suck badly because of that.
Baz Anderson - 25.12.2009 at 22:09  
  Well if it is anything like the last album, it'll be another overrated pile of mediocrity.
thesabbathfan - 25.12.2009 at 22:58  
  In all honesty, i can imagine this album being terrible.
Ellrohir - 25.12.2009 at 23:10  
  I cant imagine this album being...
Powerslavex - 26.12.2009 at 13:07  
Rating: 10 Is this some kind of joke !! how can 7 have it???
Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk - 26.12.2009 at 13:37  
 
Written by Powerslavex on 26.12.2009 at 13:07

Is this some kind of joke !! how can 7 have it???

No, it's not a joke! The album is out a few days already, but MS boycotts it and refuses to acknowledge its existence! Shame on you MS!:nono:
Ellrohir - 26.12.2009 at 14:14  
 
Written by Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk on 26.12.2009 at 13:37

No, it's not a joke! The album is out a few days already, but MS boycotts it and refuses to acknowledge its existence! Shame on you MS!:nono:


am i supposed to laugh or to facepalm?
Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk - 26.12.2009 at 15:15  
 
Written by Ellrohir on 26.12.2009 at 14:14

Written by Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk on 26.12.2009 at 13:37

No, it's not a joke! The album is out a few days already, but MS boycotts it and refuses to acknowledge its existence! Shame on you MS!:nono:


am i supposed to laugh or to facepalm?

hahah
Laugh? I felt that a stupid question deserved a stupid answer, so I provided one
Ellrohir - 26.12.2009 at 17:36  
  Well the question isnt that stupid considering the fact, that unreleased albums cannot be "added into collection" in normal way...

maybe through the multiple additions form it is possible but i would consider that a glitch...

edit: yes, it is it, i tried it...using this page - http://www.metalstorm.ee/users/collection_edit.php?add_albums=1 - allows users to add even unreleased albums
The Shape 1973 - 26.12.2009 at 22:36  
Rating: 9 If this album ever comes out I will be amazed. I really hope it does, all of the work that he has put in to it, it will either be brilliant or a self indulgent mess.
Zuzuz0r - 27.12.2009 at 07:24  
  I don't know if this album's gonna be good, but it will be one of the most controversial of the next year, I'll listen it for sure, since I've being waiting for it for a very long time.
Slayer666 - 01.01.2010 at 18:03  
 
Written by Baz Anderson on 25.12.2009 at 22:09

Well if it is anything like the last album, it'll be another overrated pile of mediocrity.

Amen to that!
Vitriolic Hate - 01.01.2010 at 18:47  
 
Written by Ellrohir on 26.12.2009 at 14:14

Written by Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk on 26.12.2009 at 13:37

No, it's not a joke! The album is out a few days already, but MS boycotts it and refuses to acknowledge its existence! Shame on you MS!:nono:


am i supposed to laugh or to facepalm?

LMAO!!!
cuauhtle - 06.01.2010 at 12:10  
  So we have the cover of the album. For the rest 12 months to go?
Destructhor - 09.01.2010 at 02:13  
  Look, I think, that, the release date is somewhere in April 2010, Kai said that.. but I have a bad feeling about 2012 ... Ok that's a joke, I really hope, that, that's a true:

jappie

Kai said in an interview that they would try to get the record out by the end of the year, that interview was done in june.
Now it ain't released yet, but Jari also said that he had 3 months delay due to renovations at his appartment.
==> end of the year + 3 months = march/april
Stars Will Fall - 12.01.2010 at 01:01  
  Will Time be their Healing or their Death???

Time will tell.

Raven ot - 12.01.2010 at 03:33  
  Uhmmm so it may sound obvious but its not even out yet DAMN IT!!! im pretty pissed. sick band but they need to get it together and release. this is beyond patience..
Wes - 12.01.2010 at 12:55  
Rating: 10 If you are going to say that Wintersun is medicore say that you THINK they are mediocre. The band obviously is extremely good judging by all the fans, it's just a matter of taste. Those who like Wintersun are typically those who have listened to and exhausted multiple genres. Their taste is not immature it is quite the opposite. I personally can't stand black metal for the most part, for example Emperor. But I can understand how someone would like them and I am glad. While not liking Emperor, I would still rate their best albums 9/10 or whatever because it is awesome black metal. You cannot deny this for the most part.

For those who love extreme power metal, Wintersun is a simply amazing. I love Wintersun, Jari gave me a reason to live. Wintersun is NOT mainstream, for those who like the genre combination, its absolutely perfect.

Upon first listening to Wintersun, I thought it to be average, but then I really listened and I loved it.

You may have your opinions about me and the kind of music I like, but look, I have heard and listented to a lot of music in my life. It's what I do, I'm sure you do too, but how is it that one band can, in my mind, dominate all other music ever heard in my life?

I think to say the band is medicore is a poor mistake on anyone's part.

About Time's release date, I simply don't care. Caring and worrying about it makes it worse. We already have the album we love, all this anticipation will make us dissapointed regardless of how good the album is simply because we are longing for something unknown, and we base our expectations off the original album. The new album will not be the self titled album, it has to be different.
Winterthrone - 12.01.2010 at 20:15  
 
Written by Baz Anderson on 25.12.2009 at 22:09

Well if it is anything like the last album, it'll be another overrated pile of mediocrity.

I don't want to offend you or anything, but I was wondering how someone who is a staff member on this wonderful site (that I just joined) and post reviews that I agree with most of the time (there's still a few notable Exceptions) could post such a close minded comment? I mean, you have the right to like, love, hate, dislike or to be indifferent to an album or a band, but be at least a little more objective!
In my opinion, you can't say:'This is a pile of overrated mediocrity' and not give reasons why you said so. The same goes for you review of Ex Deo's first album where you destroyed it while not giving any valuable reason for writing such an harsh note to it. Wintersun's debut album was a good album while it is far from deserving a perfect note to me, but I would never label Jari Maenpää's work as mediocre since it's an obvious fact that he is a pretty good musician.
There is no reason to believe the second album will not be better than the first even if it's release has been delayed. There is no reason to believe that it could not be a bad album either...Just be patient and wait til' it is released, then we'll be able to judge. There's plenty of good bands you can listen to while your waiting for it! Please, stop being overly negative and/or impatient.
Baz Anderson - 12.01.2010 at 20:39  
 
Written by Winterthrone on 12.01.2010 at 20:15

...

Welcome to the site, I am glad you enjoy it and most of my reviews.

My post was not supposed to be a fully descriptive review of the Wintersun album. I posted my opinion, that's all, and like I say - if the second album is like the first, I'm not going to like it much. I'm not predicting it will be, just saying if it is...
Talented musician? Yes. Good band? They're ok. Overrated? Yes. This is just my opinion - I have mine, you have yours, we're both happy.

Of course I'll listen to the new album with an open mind. I'll have it from the label before any of you, so I will have a good chance to make my mind up before it comes out and I write a review for it. (Assuming it is actually released...)
Vitriolic Hate - 12.01.2010 at 22:04  
 
Written by Wes on 12.01.2010 at 12:55

If you are going to say that Wintersun is medicore say that you THINK they are mediocre. The band obviously is extremely good judging by all the fans, it's just a matter of taste. Those who like Wintersun are typically those who have listened to and exhausted multiple genres. Their taste is not immature it is quite the opposite. I personally can't stand black metal for the most part, for example Emperor. But I can understand how someone would like them and I am glad. While not liking Emperor, I would still rate their best albums 9/10 or whatever because it is awesome black metal. You cannot deny this for the most part.

For those who love extreme power metal, Wintersun is a simply amazing. I love Wintersun, Jari gave me a reason to live. Wintersun is NOT mainstream, for those who like the genre combination, its absolutely perfect.

Upon first listening to Wintersun, I thought it to be average, but then I really listened and I loved it.

You may have your opinions about me and the kind of music I like, but look, I have heard and listented to a lot of music in my life. It's what I do, I'm sure you do too, but how is it that one band can, in my mind, dominate all other music ever heard in my life?

I think to say the band is medicore is a poor mistake on anyone's part.

About Time's release date, I simply don't care. Caring and worrying about it makes it worse. We already have the album we love, all this anticipation will make us dissapointed regardless of how good the album is simply because we are longing for something unknown, and we base our expectations off the original album. The new album will not be the self titled album, it has to be different.

agreed!
Baz Anderson - 12.01.2010 at 22:22  
  Also, this is aimed at Wes. By posting what I thought - by default that makes it my subjective opinion, surely? What else can I have but my own subjective opinion? I can't speak for the people who like the album, and I am not trying to. I simply posted my own opinion - forums would be a little dull if everyone thought the same, right?
JÄY - 21.01.2010 at 19:43  
Rating: 10 Omg when?
Dominus - 15.02.2010 at 16:39  
Rating: 8 December?????
nilzardo - 15.02.2010 at 18:37  
  Wintersun is very overrated. It always feels like melodic death for the masses to me. People should try out bands like Insomnium, Kalmah and Be'lakor...
Doc Godin - 15.02.2010 at 20:54  
Rating: 7 I really hope this turns out to be a huge disappointment. Nothing would make me happier than watching all the irrational Wintersun fanboys get their balloon popped.
Troy Killjoy - 15.02.2010 at 21:03  
Rating: 5 There's going to be 624 people on this site completely distraught whether or not this is even released. I'll be distraught if this wins any other MS award than "biggest letdown". Their debut was irritating, just simple melodic death metal with tedious keyboards and hints of folk metal, I expect this will be in the same vein. Wintersun are to Britney Spears as Britney Spears is to Britney Spears.
Konrad - 21.02.2010 at 23:20  
 
Written by Stars Will Fall on 12.01.2010 at 01:01

Will Time be their Healing or their Death???

Time will tell.




HAHAHAHAHAHA
Lord_Regnier - 21.02.2010 at 23:42  
 
Written by Baz Anderson on 25.12.2009 at 22:09

Well if it is anything like the last album, it'll be another overrated pile of mediocrity.


I don't think Wintersun is mediocre but it's extremely overrated.

And I agree with Doc Godin: lots of Wintersun fans act like irrational fanboys.
Grimskallen - 24.02.2010 at 10:57  
  There's something extremely irritating about a lot of Finnish bands; their fans! I've seen this with Wintersun, CoB, Ensiferum and more... very immature fanboy acts (I'm not claiming everyone is, I'm just stating my observation)

I'm with you guys on the overrated bit, definitely. Just listened to it again, might just lower my rating some more...
Dangerboner - 24.02.2010 at 11:44  
 
Written by Wes on 12.01.2010 at 12:55

The band obviously is extremely good judging by all the fans, it's just a matter of taste.

Britney Spears is obviously extremely good judging by all the fans, it's just a matter of taste. Cute little rant though
Mr. Doctor - 24.02.2010 at 14:25  
Rating: 5
Written by Doc Godin on 15.02.2010 at 20:54

I really hope this turns out to be a huge disappointment. Nothing would make me happier than watching all the irrational Wintersun fanboys get their balloon popped.


Amen for this... It's getting annoying how there are so many people kissing wintersun's ass. I see nothing special in their music.
JÄY - 24.02.2010 at 23:39  
Rating: 10 I sure love wintersun an I would sure like to hear this some day
Valaskjalf - 25.02.2010 at 00:00  
Rating: 10 Well Im no Wintersun fanboy, yet I do like the band and found their debut pretty damn awesome. To each his own huh? And who knows maybe they are over rated....most bands who have a large following also have a large amount of people calling it over rated so its really a "you say tomato, I say tomato" kinda situation so theres no point in discussing it really.

I do however think many people are making too much of this album....they think the world is going to swallow itself once it will be released. The unfortunate truth is that no matter how good it is, many people will be pretty disappointed because they've blown this thing completely out of proportion.
Vitriolic Hate - 25.02.2010 at 00:12  
 
Written by Valaskjalf on 25.02.2010 at 00:00

Well Im no Wintersun fanboy, yet I do like the band and found their debut pretty damn awesome. To each his own huh? And who knows maybe they are over rated....most bands who have a large following also have a large amount of people calling it over rated so its really a "you say tomato, I say tomato" kinda situation so theres no point in discussing it really.

I do however think many people are making too much of this album....they think the world is going to swallow itself once it will be released. The unfortunate truth is that no matter how good it is, many people will be pretty disappointed because they've blown this thing completely out of proportion.

same here,agreed
Mr. Doctor - 25.02.2010 at 01:55  
Rating: 5
Written by Valaskjalf on 25.02.2010 at 00:00

The unfortunate truth is that no matter how good it is, many people will be pretty disappointed because they've blown this thing completely out of proportion.


I completely agree with this, but omg it's gonna be so fun to watch a huge load of 100% and a huge load of 0% in Metal Archives
Valaskjalf - 25.02.2010 at 12:06  
Rating: 10
Written by Mr. Doctor on 25.02.2010 at 01:55

Written by Valaskjalf on 25.02.2010 at 00:00

The unfortunate truth is that no matter how good it is, many people will be pretty disappointed because they've blown this thing completely out of proportion.


I completely agree with this, but omg it's gonna be so fun to watch a huge load of 100% and a huge load of 0% in Metal Archives


Exactly...I think the issue at hand is that there are so many people waiting to give this album 10/10 because theyve built it up to monster size and similarly there are people on this site who will probably give it 1/10 without even listening to it just to be anal lol So when it does come out Im sure theres going to be enormous fights and debates going on in this forum lol Personally I hope its a very good album because like I said I loved the debut album, but Im not going to fall in the trap so many people do by losing their MIIINDS when someone says its shit. As long as Im ok with it then its cool lol
Mr. Doctor - 25.02.2010 at 12:12  
Rating: 5
Written by Valaskjalf on 25.02.2010 at 12:06

but Im not going to fall in the trap so many people do by losing their MIIINDS when someone says its shit. As long as Im ok with it then its cool lol


Yeah, I mean the debut isn't bad per se. I could give it a 6-7 or something around [but that's just me, they play good their instrument but it's not my style]... but it amazes me that Wintersun is probably the first band I've ever seen that had such a brutal influence in the minds of many people to the point of making internet wars
Valaskjalf - 25.02.2010 at 12:16  
Rating: 10
Written by Mr. Doctor on 25.02.2010 at 12:12

Written by Valaskjalf on 25.02.2010 at 12:06

but Im not going to fall in the trap so many people do by losing their MIIINDS when someone says its shit. As long as Im ok with it then its cool lol


Yeah, I mean the debut isn't bad per se. I could give it a 6-7 or something around [but that's just me, they play good their instrument but it's not my style]... but it amazes me that Wintersun is probably the first band I've ever seen that had such a brutal influence in the minds of many people to the point of making internet wars


I know, many people see any negativity toward the band as a personal attack. And its true what you say, its quite strange how this band has managed to make such an impression with one release only. I suppose in a way I know what they mean I found the debut to be remarkable, not sure why it just did lol Maybe theres something subliminal in the music that brainwashes a certain percentage of its listeners haha
Troy Killjoy - 01.03.2010 at 00:36  
Rating: 5 Hahaha! Biggest let-down of 2009! Congratulations, it was well-deserved.
Ellrohir - 01.03.2010 at 09:20  
  No it was not...overhyped piece of even non-existing crap!

(i am not joking, i am really furious about this, though i respect the will of majority)
cancel - 05.03.2010 at 13:37  
Rating: 10 I have found the single "Time" on the internet...do you think it is fake? Cause I simply dont believe it...

...here is the link http://www.mediafire.com/?tmjqzxmtzy3
Vitriolic Hate - 05.03.2010 at 13:56  
 
Written by cancel on 05.03.2010 at 13:37

I have found the single "Time" on the internet...do you think it is fake? Cause I simply dont believe it...

...here is the link http://www.mediafire.com/?tmjqzxmtzy3

it's totally fake! this song is from one-man's project from Germany I think Starborn or something
Stars Will Fall - 06.03.2010 at 03:04  
  I don´t understand why people speak cornfully about Wintersun.

The album has delayed too much. It´s not a good thing for me, but that doesn´t make Wintersun a bad band.
abysss - 08.03.2010 at 00:55  
  I've just seen the realease has been set to 31.12. 2010, Yay!!

/sarcasm off
Vitriolic Hate - 08.03.2010 at 01:16  
 
Written by abysss on 08.03.2010 at 00:55

I've just seen the realease has been set to 31.12. 2010, Yay!!

/sarcasm off

it's not the standard release date,metalstorm sets all the albums with unknown release date at 31/12
Mr.Tugboat ;) - 24.03.2010 at 06:18  
Rating: 10 Yeah and it will be posponed again and again until like 2020
Valaskjalf - 29.03.2010 at 04:48  
Rating: 10 Good album. You guys are gonna love it!

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