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: 15

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

Guest musicians
Alpha Valtias Mustatuuli - vocals
Sami Hinkka - choirs
Markus Toivonen - choirs
Jukka-Pekka Miettinen - choirs
Mathias Nygård - choirs
Olli Vänskä - choirs
Heri Joensen - choirs
Mikko Salovaara - 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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14.10.2012 - 16:11
deliverance7
IT'S A FUCKINGGGGGGGG M-A-S-T-E-R-P-I-E-C-E !!
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14.10.2012 - 16:17
Rating: 6
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Written by deliverance7 on 14.10.2012 at 16:11

IT'S A FUCKINGGGGGGGG M-A-S-T-E-R-P-I-E-C-E !!



Written by Guest on 14.10.2012 at 16:04

CHILDREN, CHILDREN, STOP IT.

1) I like this album as much as I liked their first.
2) The cleans are muuuch awesome-er.
3) Land Of Snow And Sorrow is my favourite track.
4) I'll probably rate it 9.
5) This is in list form because I am an asshole.


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14.10.2012 - 16:27
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Guest on 14.10.2012 at 15:12
"Therefore I have all the right to say that I DO find Wintersun hella boring and TO ME it's very average." - This is elitism in its pureness. ,-)

I would like you to read Marcel comment to know what elitism actually means but I'm obviously asking too much.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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14.10.2012 - 16:28
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Mr. Doctor on 14.10.2012 at 16:27

Written by Guest on 14.10.2012 at 15:12
"Therefore I have all the right to say that I DO find Wintersun hella boring and TO ME it's very average." - This is elitism in its pureness. ,-)


I would like you to read Marcel comment to read what elitism actually means but I'm asking too much.



Btw not only MetalHOe should read that, but also Milena
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14.10.2012 - 16:29
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.10.2012 at 16:28
Btw not only MetalHOe should read that, but also Milena


Just scratch that and put "everyone"...
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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14.10.2012 - 16:31
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Mr. Doctor on 14.10.2012 at 16:29

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.10.2012 at 16:28
Btw not only MetalHOe should read that, but also Milena


Just scratch that and put "everyone"...


true
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Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
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14.10.2012 - 16:33
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.10.2012 at 16:31

Written by Mr. Doctor on 14.10.2012 at 16:29
Just scratch that and put "everyone"...
true


The funny thing is that we just entered a loop since we consider ourselves superior because we know what the word elitism means and why MetalHOE isn't using it right by saying I'm elitist...

Okay, that was the last offtopic post by me.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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14.10.2012 - 16:35
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Mr. Doctor on 14.10.2012 at 16:33


The funny thing is that we just entered a loop since we consider ourselves superior because we know what the word elitism means and why MetalHOE isn't using it right by saying I'm elitist...

Okay, that was the last offtopic post by me.



my last off-topic post here as well. But many times I do even consider myself an elitist, and tbh I am not ashamed of it.
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Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
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14.10.2012 - 16:38
Rating: 7
Zaph
The Nothingth
Written by Guest on 14.10.2012 at 15:59

...? You can enjoy a band very much, call it your favourite and still be objective enough to find it average and not very interesting in relation to all the bands and genres in the world of music.

Calling some band boring based on your enjoyment is subjective. Calling some band boring based on what new/different it delivers is objective. The same goes with unique/average.

Ok
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14.10.2012 - 16:43
Rating: 7
R'Vannith
ghedengi
This thing has leaked I see
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14.10.2012 - 17:35
BlueMobius
Account deleted
I will wait to get my copy in the mail. This forum is entertainment enough to hold me over.

On another note, I wonder if Nuclear Blast will sue the illegal downloaders of the Wintersun album à la Century Media's Iced Earth and Lacuna Coil dling response.
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14.10.2012 - 18:25
Rating: 9
FreddeSwede
Written by ablis1337 on 13.10.2012 at 23:40

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!


There's a version in 320 out now.
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14.10.2012 - 19:19
Rating: 6
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Written by Guest on 14.10.2012 at 17:35

On another note, I wonder if Nuclear Blast will sue the illegal downloaders of the Wintersun album à la Century Media's Iced Earth and Lacuna Coil dling response.


That was for sharers only.
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14.10.2012 - 19:44
Rating: 9
Until the End
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14.10.2012 - 19:53
Rating: 8
PocketMetal
Written by R'Vannith on 14.10.2012 at 16:43

This thing has leaked I see


yeah I was like let me check "a few" comments before getting this
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14.10.2012 - 20:05
Rating: 8
scapeplan
Mouthcrab
Guis
Guis stahp
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Less coherent than Anal Cunt.

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14.10.2012 - 20:38
Rating: 10
Warman
Erotic Stains
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 14.10.2012 at 16:17



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14.10.2012 - 21:41
Sync
Account deleted
Blimey, the pre-release arguements/'i don't care about this even though i'm posting LOL XDXDXD' is getting a little much. Anywayz...

Don't really get tracks 1 & 4, but the other three are just amazing imo.
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14.10.2012 - 22:54
Rating: 10
JÄY
Metal slave
Written by Guest on 14.10.2012 at 21:41

Don't really get tracks 1 & 4

Just intro and outro...
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14.10.2012 - 23:08
Sync
Account deleted
Written by JÄY on 14.10.2012 at 22:54

Just intro and outro...

Yah, but it didn't really do anything for me. So I just skipped them haha.
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14.10.2012 - 23:23
Rating: 9
MetalSpider
Well after 8 years I have to say Wintersun did not disappoint with Time I. I've only listened to the album once so far and it's epic and very well done, but it didn't wow me the same way their debut did when I listened to it for the first time. But I'll have to listen to it more than once because there's so much that's going on in this album!

I had high expectations of this album, but I wasn't/am not one of those fans whose been waiting patiently and painstakingly for the last 8 years for this album to come out (although I kind of did in the beginning when the album was first announced). Having said that it's finally nice to hear new Wintersun.
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14.10.2012 - 23:35
Rating: 5
Verdun_sc
This album is...

Well. I grew out of this music so I dont really care. It's definitely not half as good as the s/t though. It tries way too hard to be way too grandiose.
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15.10.2012 - 00:25
TomDLR
An amalgam of folkloric influences serves as base to an album that diverges from any scheme; Jari Mäenpää demonstrates that he has not spawned the typical Death Metal album. Combining folk sounds, explosive percussion blasts and screams of extravagant vocal registers, 'Time I' demonstrates the ability of composition that the leader of this Finnish group possesses. With only 40 minutes long and an extension of ​​five songs, the first part of this ambitious project immerses the listener in a blazing trip whose details are beautifully constructed in order to detach from the formulas of modern Metal, Mäenpää is a musician faithful to experimentation.
Starting with the Japanese folk intro, 'When Time Fades Away', whose tempo increases to give rise to volatile epic song of 'Sons of Winter and Stars' with its catchy chorus. The album's atmospheric character brings a mysterious feeling to the volatile, like if the album in question was a snowstorm. 'Land of Snow and Sorrow' reduces the tempo of the previous joining clean vocals with an acoustic guitar. 'Darkness and Frost' serves as interlude, with a futuristic sound and electronic touches to the Scandinavian folklore that dominates this track. Closing the album, 'Time' follows the same line of sound that precedes the interlude until Mäenpää launches a bone-chilling cry that disrupts peace. Following the story of human life on Earth, the lyrics are very well accompanied by an instrumentation that exposes how elaborate and well-structured this album is. A piano gives closure to violence, diluting itself into a mysterious outro of tubular bells that (confirmed by Mäenpää himself) serves as a bridge between the two parts of 'Time'.
 
Those listeners who have high expectations for this album will not be disappointed, and those who did not have much hope will receive a very pleasant surprise. Wintersun has made a work of art, something that could be labeled under the nonexistent genre of "Majestic Metal". 'Time I' is a Da Vinci of its genre and it will surely be acclaimed by the Metal community.
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15.10.2012 - 02:12
bodomdragon
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...

I just can't find a better way to express my feelings. These three songs are pure awesomeness.
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15.10.2012 - 07:03
atkmetal123
Not as good as the previous one imo, but still awesome
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15.10.2012 - 09:00
Rating: 10
jesterhead57
The cover art, imo, ruins the mood. Too bright, too much going on. Looks like a bad videogame cover as someone said in another thread. I replaced it with the old cover in my music player and the mood feels better. I think I am just use to the old art haha. ^_^

The album itself (the music) is beyond expectations. Still digesting it.

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15.10.2012 - 09:35
Rating: 10
Wes
I actually like the cover art a lot. I think I somewhat disliked it at first, but it's grown on me quite a bit.
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15.10.2012 - 12:08
Rating: 10
beyondtehdarksun
Well, I refuse to listen to it till my physical album arrives at Friday. And just the day after that I'll see them play it live
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15.10.2012 - 13:46
Rating: 10
Svneatr
Vitharr
I ordered this album through the nuclearblast mailorder. I know it will arrive a few weeks after it's intended release date, but I vow not to listen to this album until I hold it in my own two hands.
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15.10.2012 - 15:37
Rating: 8
PocketMetal
An 8 at best , the second track is really great but the whole thing is not that special .
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