Wintersun - Wintersun

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Release date: 13 September 2004
Style: Extreme power metal


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Disc I
01. Beyond The Dark Sun
02. Winter Madness
03. Sleeping Stars
04. Battle Against Time
05. Death And The Healing
06. Starchild
07. Beautiful Death
08. Sadness And Hate
09. Winter Madness [demo] [Japanese bonus]
10. Beyond The Dark Sun [demo] [Japanese bonus]
11. Death And The Healing [demo] [Japanese bonus]

Disc II [Live At Summer Breeze 2005 DVD] [2006 Special Tour Edition re-release bonus]
01. Beyond The Dark Sun
02. Battle Against Time
03. Sleeping Stars
04. Beautiful Death
05. Death And The Healing
06. Winter Madness

The best debut album of 2004
Top 20 albums of 2004: 1
Top 200 albums of all time: 38

Kai Hahto - drums
Jari Mäenpää - bass, guitars, keyboards, vocals

Additional info
Drums recorded at Tico Tico Studios in January 2004 by Ahti Kortelainen.
Everything else recorded at Sundi Coop Studios in April by Tuomo Valtonen.
Mixed at Sonic Pump Studios in May by Nino Laurenne.
Mastered at Finnvox Studios in May by Mika Jussila.

Produced by Jari Mäenpää.
All music and lyrics written by Jari Mäenpää.

Tracks 1, 2 and 5 are re-recordings of the tracks with the same names from the afore mentioned Winter Madness demo.

Jari Mäenpää had been working on the songs for this album for a long time. The songs were written in/between:
1. Beyond the Dark Sun (1998)
2. Winter Madness (2002)
3. Sleeping Stars (1995-2003)
4. Battle Against Time (2002-2003)
5. Death and the Healing (1996)
6. Starchild (2000-2003)
7. Beautiful Death (2003)
8. Sadness and Hate (1996)

Guest review by
Those readers who are familiar with the history of folk/power-metallers Ensiferum will doubtless be familiar with the history of Wintersun (i.e. that after walking out on Ensiferum, main man Jari Maënpäa formed the latter as a solo project). Speculation was rife in melodic metal circles - expectations for 'Wintersun' were largely high, though some suspected that Wintersun would be little more than Ensiferum Pt.II. In spite of the various similarities between this release and those of Maënpäa's former band (and make no mistake- they do exist), 'Wintersun' is very much an exceptional album, and will be reviewed as such.

published 16.06.2006 | Comments (80)

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Ok, just to make it clear right at the beginning, I absolutely love/adore/worship (choose preferred term) this album. And I'm not alone, just check the number of fans in "Featured bands" section. So reviewing this album comes with great responsibility.
Jari Mäenpää started as a part of Ensiferum. Great black folk metal band if you'd ask me. So why did he leave? He came up with some interesting not-so-Ensiferum-like ideas. So he started his own project with drummer Kai Hahto of Rotten Sound grinders. But where are the others? Where are synth, bass, second guitar players we can hear in there? Well by the time Wintersun was recorded Jari Mäenpää did everything except drums. Yes, everything except drums. Later on Jukka Koskinken of Norther and Teemu Mäntysaari joined to finish the lineup.

published 07.07.2006 | Comments (26)

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Wintersun is the band Jari Mäenpää started after leaving Ensiferum. Some people dispise this band because they compare it to Ensiferum and say it's worse. Big mistake. This probably isn't as bombastic and catchy as Ensiferum, of course, but, what is Wintersun?

I've seen them labelled as Melodic Death Metal, as well as Extreme Power Metal. The first thing that comes to my mind though, is Children Of Bodom. But Children Of Bodom they are not. They play somewhat epic, almost progressive Melodic Death/Black Metal with Folk influences. You may see it as less Folk-like, as only some riffs have Folk qualities, but more aggressive and complex Ensiferum. It's far more than just that however.

published 29.12.2006 | Comments (6)

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When in 2004 Jari Mäenpää left Ensiferum, few people could imagine what impact that would leave on the metal community. Ensiferum got on pretty we'll, but what Jari did with his new band Wintersun was something quite unexpected. There are only few albums that deserve this kind of praise and hype, but I think this one is one of them.

published 21.12.2007 | Comments (29)

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Andro Maximus
A most beautiful melancholic album cover, fast sweeping guitar solos, some fantastic melodies, and an epic, if slightly overproduced soundscape - Wintersun's debut album is clearly the result of a lot of passion and hard work and is obviously intended to be a monumental album. It is a shame then, that with so much going for it, Wintersun falls short of being the masterpiece that it is intended to be.

published 27.07.2014 | Comments (11)

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02.06.2015 - 05:54
Rating: 7

Bit long-winded, but such musicianship! Too bad his ego's currently ricocheting round the asteroid belt.
06.09.2015 - 19:16
Rating: 8
Jope of Steele

IMO this one of those albums that sounds better on first listen, but gets worse after that. First it was 9-10, now 7-8, not sure how low it would drop if I keep listening. Gonna give it 8 for now, cuz it actually has few good tracks, on the other hand some tracks like Death & the Healing seem useless.
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02.08.2016 - 17:23
Do we seriously have five different reviews for this album on here? Good lord, I suspected these guys were pretty overrated already, but that just confirmed it
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26.11.2016 - 01:53
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Written by sonatoarctico on 20.11.2012 at 17:13

A fantastic journey.

I agree its more from a to z , winter comes, and goes, even it stays longer here
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
05.02.2018 - 01:10
Rating: 7
Mountain King
K i K o
After repeated listens, I started liking some tracks. A 7 for me.
22.12.2018 - 15:10
Rating: 6

One of the most overrated album of all time?
08.03.2019 - 19:55
Rating: 9

At first I wasn't convinced this was deserving of it's reputation, but after a few more listens I am convinced!

The songwriting isn't as strong as Time I, but still highly enjoyable and well performed.
07.09.2020 - 11:41
Rating: 8
My memory served me well. This is significantly better than Time I. Nice bombastic riffs, cool solos, tons of catchy melodies. Honestly, I am not really seeing the argument that this one is overrated. Everything Jari has done after this (excluding his other not-related-to-music shenanigans), sure, 100%, but this album still holds up. I guess whenever an album becomes an object of a ton of praise - warranted or otherwise, there's going to be a backlash. If Jari wasn't a greedy weirdo or a weirdy Greedo, I'd imagine we might have seen a backlash to the backlash too.

EDIT: The Wintersun 2.0 mix of this album is lifeless-sounding crap. There are 10+ year old uploads by YouTube users of the original album that sound much better. Yikes.
I am not nor have I ever been a musician or a member of a one-man band, especially a band that has a name that starts with "D".
23.12.2020 - 23:31
Rating: 7
Written by Milena on 26.01.2012 at 16:22

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