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
Mathias Nygård - choirs
Olli Vänskä - choirs
Heri Joensen - choirs
Mikko Salovaara - choirs
Sami Hinkka - choirs
Markus Toivonen - choirs
Jukka-Pekka Miettinen - 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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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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15.10.2012 - 16:18
Rating: 10
Yugosaki
Magnificent album, as I was expecting, 10/10... Jari You are a God !!!
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15.10.2012 - 17:54
IronAngel
I loved the debut when it was released. I was 15.

I may be judgmental, but to me this seems like teenager music. The kind of stuff you like in your formative years of getting into metal, perhaps. Not bad, but not to be taken altogether serious. I can't help but feel a little sorry for the people who actually waited for this 8 years and didn't refine their taste in the interim. I mean, seriously? After eight years you're still stoked about flashy, overproduced melodeath?

But hey, people like different things and there's nothing inherently juvenile about any type of music itself. It's just that after the evolution of my personal taste, feelings like that are pretty inevitable.
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15.10.2012 - 18:08
Rating: 7
Uldreth
Written by IronAngel on 15.10.2012 at 17:54

I loved the debut when it was released. I was 15.

I may be judgmental, but to me this seems like teenager music. The kind of stuff you like in your formative years of getting into metal, perhaps. Not bad, but not to be taken altogether serious. I can't help but feel a little sorry for the people who actually waited for this 8 years and didn't refine their taste in the interim. I mean, seriously? After eight years you're still stoked about flashy, overproduced melodeath?

But hey, people like different things and there's nothing inherently juvenile about any type of music itself. It's just that after the evolution of my personal taste, feelings like that are pretty inevitable.

To be fair I think it is pretentious (maybe that is not the best word for this) and "wrong" to state this is "teenager music" but aside from that I agree with the fundamentals. In the process of listening but so far while I get the appeal it seems waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too cheesy for me, much much more than the debut, and I 'm getting much less "rush" from it. I also adored the debut, not when it was released but about 3 or so years ago and since then my taste in music changed quite a lot. Plus I pretty much overlistened the debut, but I get the same vibe from this as I get from the debut NOW and I am not even through my first listen.

It also feels like the orchestra is completely unnecessary, and the "essence" of the music seems to just get lost in all the flashy, cheesy stuff. People can claim whatever they want about the debut but at least it had solid riffs that they themselves were cheesy, but wasn't coated in an additional 2000 km layers of cheese.

Dunno what numeric rating to assign to this, and I won't assign for a while since I am not even through the first listen completely, probably nothing bad because it is not bad really but I am definitely over this type of music.

I'm just gonna stick with the latest Neurosis

Edit: On a random thought: This seems to work the best to me when they drop the metal completely. The fucking orchestra just won't shut up and like I said it completely makes the actual music get lost in the whole, but during moments where they are going for atmosphere, it does seem to work quite well.

Edit2: Finish'd the album, opinion did not change.
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15.10.2012 - 19:09
Rating: 9
Until the End
Could have done with 1 more non-instrumental song, even if it was a short one. Also would have liked to hear more guitar noodlery. The heavy synth presence isn't a problem for me. I won't be too bothered though as long as they release the 2nd part a bit quicker than it took to release the 1st part.
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15.10.2012 - 21:37
blindg
8 years for just 3 songs embedded with intros and outros, 1 of which is even almost a ballad? I am very disappointed.
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15.10.2012 - 21:55
Rating: 7
Zaph
The Nothingth
Written by beyondtehdarksun on 15.10.2012 at 12:08

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

Well, don't worry about not knowing the songs when you go see them, especially Sons... was in my head for the rest of the day after the first listen.
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15.10.2012 - 21:56
Rating: 8
Hallford9000
Written by jesterhead57 on 15.10.2012 at 09:00

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.



haha i did the same thing
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15.10.2012 - 22:33
blindg
Written by Until the End on 15.10.2012 at 19:09

Could have done with 1 more non-instrumental song, even if it was a short one. Also would have liked to hear more guitar noodlery. The heavy synth presence isn't a problem for me. I won't be too bothered though as long as they release the 2nd part a bit quicker than it took to release the 1st part.



Could have done with Part 2 on the same disc. What a dumb idea it was to split in two!
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15.10.2012 - 22:57
Rating: 6
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Written by blindg on 15.10.2012 at 22:33

What a dumb idea it was to split in two!


Actually it was damn clever.
He'll probably have the two Time albums in several "Best of" lists both in 2012 and 2013, what brings us a brand new pack of Wintersun fanboys and Jari/Nuclear Blast the moneyz.
He said it himself: "To keep the band visible longer" or something around those lines.
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15.10.2012 - 23:35
blindg
Written by Unhealer on 15.10.2012 at 22:57

Written by blindg on 15.10.2012 at 22:33

What a dumb idea it was to split in two!


Actually it was damn clever.
He'll probably have the two Time albums in several "Best of" lists both in 2012 and 2013, what brings us a brand new pack of Wintersun fanboys and Jari/Nuclear Blast the moneyz.
He said it himself: "To keep the band visible longer" or something around those lines.



It may be good for marketing or whatever, but not for listening pleasure. It will stay in my player for a few days maybe, until the same happens with part 2.
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16.10.2012 - 00:50
Rating: 8
opeth771
This is probably the worst mixing I have heard in an album.... You can barely hear the guitars or drums because they are covered by the orchestrations.... Same thing when it comes to vocals...

I can't believe they even released something like this... It feels like an unfinished project...

That's a shame, because the album REALLY had potential and tons of great ideas.... With a better mix, it could have been the album of the year.
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16.10.2012 - 03:12
Rating: 10
Wes
I have absolutely no complaints on the mixing.. After hearing it with good headphones through several times I'm in awe of how well the sounds have been balanced together. : / Anyway, I'm sure some people may dislike all the orchestrations but I for one, do not.
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16.10.2012 - 05:31
Rating: 9
MetalSpider
Written by opeth771 on 16.10.2012 at 00:50

This is probably the worst mixing I have heard in an album.... You can barely hear the guitars or drums because they are covered by the orchestrations.... Same thing when it comes to vocals...

I can't believe they even released something like this... It feels like an unfinished project...

That's a shame, because the album REALLY had potential and tons of great ideas.... With a better mix, it could have been the album of the year.


Interesting because it sounds very well balanced. I'm not sure what kind of headphones or speakers your using but it sounds excellent. To be fair, I am listening to them on $350 (Canadian) Headphones, but even in my Jeep Patriot (speakers aren't the greatest for hearing all the little details) it still sounds great.
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16.10.2012 - 05:33
Rating: 9
MetalSpider
I am definitely enjoying the album even more after several listens. I still think their debut as a whole package was better but this album is still incredible. Sons of Winter and Stars and Time are absolutely amazing...Land of Snow and Sorrow is also excellent, just not as good as the other 2. And I enjoy When Time Fades Away and Darkness And Frost quite a bit too.
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16.10.2012 - 05:40
Rating: 9
Delamortia
Nothing really extraterrestrial epic, but man, this album sounds great.
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16.10.2012 - 10:30
Rating: 10
Wes
Growing on me still with each listen.

I think the album has one real flaw, which is simply that it's half an album. But even so I can't deny how much I love each track and the album as it is. I don't think its fair to criticize it due to it's length. The album's beauty is both very obvious and very subtle. The more I listen to each track the more I'm finding beauty in the orchestrations and overarching melodies.

From first listen and even now, I have to say that the song Time is Jari's most mature work to date. Jukka and Teemu also seem to favorite it as they said on the live chat. Interestingly it's Jukka who does the low growls on this track as well as Son's.

Land of Snow and Sorrow at first seems simple, but god is it beautiful in ways I can't describe. It's easy to mistakenly dismiss it as another early Ensiferum-esque ballad, but it paints a much different pitcture. I even sense something sci-fi to it but I'm unsure why. Changes in the vocal melody give it something very unique.

I've never really had an album to listen to with so few songs, so it's hard to know how to "deal with it" for me. After hearing it through and having it sitting on my playlist to play from, I've decided I really only want to listen to it all the way through, or just with a lot of focus. I think it was really made to be heard that way, and good speakers or headphones really are a must. Listening in bed at night with eyes closed is very recommended
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16.10.2012 - 11:41
Rating: 10
beyondtehdarksun
Written by Zaph on 15.10.2012 at 21:55

Written by beyondtehdarksun on 15.10.2012 at 12:08

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

Well, don't worry about not knowing the songs when you go see them, especially Sons... was in my head for the rest of the day after the first listen.


Thanks, that are exactly my expectations of an album written by Jari

Is anyone coincidentally attending the Stuttgart show? (not many Germans around here I guess...)
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16.10.2012 - 12:48
Rating: 10
rasto
I MUST SAY , I HAVE THIS ALBUM (TIME I) AND ME VOTE 10. TOP,TOP SUPER
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16.10.2012 - 13:11
Rating: 9
Milena
Learning To "X"
Written by Hallford9000 on 15.10.2012 at 21:56

Written by jesterhead57 on 15.10.2012 at 09:00

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.

*snip*

haha i did the same thing

Hahaha, me too, and a couple of my friends!

Written by Wes on 16.10.2012 at 10:30

Interestingly it's Jukka who does the low growls on this track as well as Sons.

Really? I didn't know that!
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16.10.2012 - 15:00
Rating: 10
swatata
The mixing is GODLIKE on my headphones and audio system,cant ask for anything better,and about the album anything i will say about it will be too little. Masterpiece,best part for me is the second chapter of the "Sons of Winter And Stars"
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16.10.2012 - 15:44
Rating: 9
Until the End
Supposedly, Teemu said on a live chat last night that there'll be more guitar solo's on Time II which I'm hoping is true.
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16.10.2012 - 16:29
Death_95
I listened to it, amazing!
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16.10.2012 - 19:08
Rating: 9
BaneConall
Fart Enthusiast
Written by Until the End on 16.10.2012 at 15:44

Supposedly, Teemu said on a live chat last night that there'll be more guitar solo's on Time II which I'm hoping is true.

Me too. This album seems to be missing a lot of the technicality that I liked in the debut.
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