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Wintersun - Time I


8.4 | 960 votes |
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
Mikko Salovaara - choirs
Sami Hinkka - choirs
Markus Toivonen - choirs
Jukka-Pekka Miettinen - choirs
Mathias Nygård - choirs
Olli Vänskä - choirs
Heri Joensen - 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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29.09.2012 - 11:53
Rating: 10
FeskarN
The small clips in this one sounds amazing.

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04.10.2012 - 16:40
Neroese
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Well + first ,,full quality and epicness" album of the year is sure.
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05.10.2012 - 17:47
Rating: 7
Rulatore
Written by Guest on 04.10.2012 at 16:40

Well + first ,,full quality and epicness" album of the year is sure.

Did you hear it ?
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05.10.2012 - 18:01
Neroese
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Written by Rulatore on 05.10.2012 at 17:47

Written by Guest on 04.10.2012 at 16:40

Well + first ,,full quality and epicness" album of the year is sure.

Did you hear it ?


Isn't it obvious?:D
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05.10.2012 - 20:53
Rating: 9
Starchild
Two weeks to go... damn, can't wait

Third preview Bonus DVD: Licks & Tricks with Teemu:
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05.10.2012 - 21:41
Rating: 7
Rulatore
Written by Guest on 05.10.2012 at 18:01

Written by Rulatore on 05.10.2012 at 17:47

Written by Guest on 04.10.2012 at 16:40

Well + first ,,full quality and epicness" album of the year is sure.

Did you hear it ?


Isn't it obvious?:D

Not that much

the ammount of trolls here (this thread) isnt known
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06.10.2012 - 15:08
Rating: 10
FeskarN
Teemu is a damn good guitarist. That riff sounds amazing. I just want this album to leak now, i'm tired of NB teasing us with videos every week.
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06.10.2012 - 22:07
Rating: 10
ablis89
It appears that some people are listening to it now. There's scrobbles of the new album on Last.fm. Perhaps we'll get a leak soon
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"Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone"
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07.10.2012 - 22:26
Rating: 10
Wes
Written by ablis89 on 06.10.2012 at 22:07

It appears that some people are listening to it now. There's scrobbles of the new album on Last.fm. Perhaps we'll get a leak soon


Yes I noticed that too, several people are istening to it right now! I ordered the mailorder edition and I imagine it wont show up for a while, I may see them live before it arrives.
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08.10.2012 - 01:56
Rating: 9
MetalSpider
I havent seen a leak yet.

In any event, ive got my copy pre-ordered.
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08.10.2012 - 02:17
Rating: 7
BLIND GUARDIAN
I have ordered the mail order edition but I honestly can't wait until the release...
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12.10.2012 - 18:23
Sync
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1 moar week of waiting.

Next week then should be the slowest week of my life
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12.10.2012 - 21:41
Rating: 10
FeskarN
It's hard to realize that the album will finally be out. Live show today so we can expect some new live video of the new songs tomorrow
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12.10.2012 - 23:56
Rating: 7
BLIND GUARDIAN
Written by FeskarN on 12.10.2012 at 21:41

It's hard to realize that the album will finally be out. Live show today so we can expect some new live video of the new songs tomorrow


indeed!
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13.10.2012 - 08:58
Rating: 10
Wes
Someone uploaded a short clip of some new songs but it was taken down pretty quickly. Oh well its coming soon! Honestly I'd rather hear the studio before live. So I'm fine waiting. Wintersun is meant to be heard quietly alone with some nice speakers/headphones.
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13.10.2012 - 22:04
kalmah999
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It leaked!
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13.10.2012 - 23:11
Rating: 10
kaspair
First listen. There are no words to describe this masterpiece. I now understand why this took so long.
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13.10.2012 - 23:20
Void Eater
Crunkcore Fan
Damnit, I can't find this stupid leak... Somebody better upload the album to Jewtube soon.
Aight, found it, yup this is good. Based on about two minutes, this should be the album of the year.
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13.10.2012 - 23:40
Rating: 10
ablis89
It's better, and better with each listen. I can't wait till a 320+ rip, or till I receive the album in the mail. Sons of Winter and Stars is beyond amazing!
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"Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone"
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14.10.2012 - 00:16
Rating: 10
Wes
Written by kaspair on 13.10.2012 at 23:11

First listen. There are no words to describe this masterpiece. I now understand why this took so long.


Absolutely breathtaking. The song Time brings me to tears, I am literally weeping each time I listen to it, even as I write this.
Unbelievable.
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14.10.2012 - 00:17
Rating: 10
FeskarN
This album is HUGE. I'm overwhelmed. Can't wait til a better quality download comes out or the CD arrvies in the mail. Jari's vocals has improved alot over the years, he sounds even more amazing than before! "Sons of Winter and Stars" is a masterpiece for sure
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14.10.2012 - 00:28
Rating: 9
Milena
Learning To "X"
I have to say, honestly, I expected to like it way less than the previous one, but it's more enjoyable so far (finishing the second listen). Definitely made the s/t sound like an 8, instead of a 9 it had in my ratings. Can't wait for the physical CD to arrive.

Yeah, the cleans have improved a lot, my only concern is that, when they play this live, 50% of the music will come from the backing tracks... the keys and the "orchestral" tracks have an immense presence here. And even with my newfound distaste for "big" and "epic", it doesn't bother me at all.
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14.10.2012 - 00:38
Rating: 10
Wes
Written by Milena on 14.10.2012 at 00:28

I have to say, honestly, I expected to like it way less than the previous one, but it's more enjoyable so far (finishing the second listen). Definitely made the s/t sound like an 8, instead of a 9 it had in my ratings. Can't wait for the physical CD to arrive.

Yeah, the cleans have improved a lot, my only concern is that, when they play this live, 50% of the music will come from the backing tracks... the keys and the "orchestral" tracks have an immense presence here. And even with my newfound distaste for "big" and "epic", it doesn't bother me at all.


I had the same concern, but not personally really worried. Even if the majority is from backing tracks there is enough material on guitars alone to make it a very enjoyable live experience. Anyway I'm glad to hear you like it. Since it's really just half an album, its hard for me to compare it to the s/t, but so far I am enjoying it just as much if not more. I'm loving the orchestrations as well. I'm on my 2nd listen.
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14.10.2012 - 02:10
Rating: 9
Codorna
Pretty fucking great.
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14.10.2012 - 04:02
Rating: 10
RhaegarTargaryen
Telcontar
EIGHT years of fucking waiting for the bloody album. SIX years of delays and pushing dates back. And Mr. Mäenpää gives us a FIVE tracks album, out of which two are INSTRUMENTALS. I would have fucked him with a chainsaw, cut of his prick and punch his face into bloody rags. I would have, but I can't... because those three songs are some of the best fucking things I ever heard in metal music...
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... For years I have traveled in coldness,
But my heart is warm as the darkened sun above me...
Nothing can never take away
What I've seen with these tired eyes
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14.10.2012 - 09:02
Rating: 10
CrowKiller
Written by RhaegarTargaryen on 14.10.2012 at 04:02

EIGHT years of fucking waiting for the bloody album. SIX years of delays and pushing dates back. And Mr. Mäenpää gives us a FIVE tracks album, out of which two are INSTRUMENTALS. I would have fucked him with a chainsaw, cut of his prick and punch his face into bloody rags. I would have, but I can't... because those three songs are some of the best fucking things I ever heard in metal music...


Well then you are an idiot because if you knew anything about anything, you would know that he has decided to divide the album into two parts because it was so long. This is only the first part of a two part "album". The second is to be released next year called "Time II". It was just so epic that it had to be released in two parts.
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14.10.2012 - 09:32
Rating: 10
jesterhead57
Written by CrowKiller on 14.10.2012 at 09:02

Well then you are an idiot because if you knew anything about anything, you would know that he has decided to divide the album into two parts because it was so long. This is only the first part of a two part "album". The second is to be released next year called "Time II". It was just so epic that it had to be released in two parts.


I think he was being sarcastic lol.
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14.10.2012 - 09:59
Rating: 10
CrowKiller
Written by jesterhead57 on 14.10.2012 at 09:32

Written by CrowKiller on 14.10.2012 at 09:02

Well then you are an idiot because if you knew anything about anything, you would know that he has decided to divide the album into two parts because it was so long. This is only the first part of a two part "album". The second is to be released next year called "Time II". It was just so epic that it had to be released in two parts.


I think he was being sarcastic lol.


Ahhh....I take it back then. Sorry. I haven't heard it yet but I cannot imagine one spends 8 years on an album and it will be horrible. I hope he is right because he seems to love it.
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14.10.2012 - 12:36
quisableed
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I really missed them. Vocals, riffs, keyboards are amazing. It's a masterpiece
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14.10.2012 - 12:42
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by CrowKiller on 14.10.2012 at 09:59

I haven't heard it yet but I cannot imagine one spends 8 years on an album and it will be horrible.



Have you heard Chinese Democracy by Guns 'n' Roses? They spent 13 years on that
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