Wintersun - Reveal New Guitarist


After Wintersun frontman Jari Mäenpää stepped down as guitarist to concentrate fully on singing when it comes to live performances, the search for a second guitarist started. Preferably, the band was looking out for a guitarist that lived in Finland and spoke the language as well. The choice has been made and it's 27 year old guitarist Asim Searah, originally from Pakistan but who moved to Finland at the age of 18. Asim Searah has been active as a guitarist as well as a singer in bands like Cantilena, Damnation Plan, Selfblind and Kiuas, and now joins Wintersun's roster.

The band added: "We've known him for a long time and we knew he is a great singer, but we didn't realise how talented and skillful guitar player he is. Asim was actually the first who sent us an audition video, which surprised us very positively. After the video auditions and two rounds of live auditions we realised he was exactly what we were looking for. He is very motivated and passionate with a good heavy metal attitude - a great guitar player and vocalist to improve the live sound of Wintersun even further!"

Asim comments: "It's an honour to be a part of a band that I have looked up to for many years. It's definitely a dream come true and I'm super excited to share the stage with Wintersun!"




Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Wintersun
 
Posted: 13.04.2017 by The Underdog


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13.04.2017 - 20:22
Knight of Metal
It's gonna be a little odd with Jari not playing guitar live anymore, but I guess I'm okay with it.
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13.04.2017 - 20:54
The Underdog
What surprised me more is that Jari chose to sing in stead of playing guitar. He had a quarter of his lung removed due to tuberculosis and he is a beast on guitar... But then again it might be easier finding someone to play the guitar parts than someone with a similar voice.
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13.04.2017 - 21:54
roeder
Now the new studio won't be big enough for them. Damn. Time for another fundraising campaign .
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13.04.2017 - 22:19
zikon
Insert the "Stop it, stop it, it's already dead" meme.
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13.04.2017 - 22:48
Andreas
Wasn't this guy fired from Kiuas for being an allround unreliable person?
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13.04.2017 - 23:24
bif91
Surprised he wasn't obtained through a fundraising. I mean, he cost money after all.
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13.04.2017 - 23:55
errorcode99
Time for a patreon to pay for the new guitarist's wages and monthly set of new guitar strings.
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14.04.2017 - 01:03
moe5512
Written by Andreas on 13.04.2017 at 22:48

Wasn't this guy fired from Kiuas for being an allround unreliable person?

That's the guy.
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14.04.2017 - 12:32
The Melting Snow
Does Wintersun have the money to pay the guy? or will there be monthly crowdfunding campaigns?

btw, happy to see a fellow countryman in a well known band. Pakistan Zindabad
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14.04.2017 - 17:43
Pitwulf93
I really do not get the hype around this band. Imo bands like Shade Empire or even Equilibrium do it better.
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14.04.2017 - 19:29
cossaisVendeurs
Written by moe5512 on 14.04.2017 at 01:03

Written by Andreas on 13.04.2017 at 22:48

Wasn't this guy fired from Kiuas for being an allround unreliable person?

That's the guy.


Perfect for Wintersun then.
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14.04.2017 - 22:01
Belegûr
Arise In Might!
Why did they do all the youtube audition crap if they were going with someone they have "known for a long time" ?
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16.04.2017 - 10:55
Tod_Engel
Still, it is nice to see that previous vocalist/guitarist of Cantilena was chosen as the new guitarist.
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17.04.2017 - 12:02
Litvin
Pakistan smakistan
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17.04.2017 - 12:29
Metren
The What The?
Written by Belegûr on 14.04.2017 at 22:01

Why did they do all the youtube audition crap if they were going with someone they have "known for a long time" ?


Excellent question. Perhaps they actually hoped someone participating on Youtube might turn out to better? That's a possibility. The more likely option, however, is that they're assholes.
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18.04.2017 - 01:16
Belegûr
Arise In Might!
Written by Metren on 17.04.2017 at 12:29

Written by Belegûr on 14.04.2017 at 22:01

Why did they do all the youtube audition crap if they were going with someone they have "known for a long time" ?


Excellent question. Perhaps they actually hoped someone participating on Youtube might turn out to better? That's a possibility. The more likely option, however, is that they're assholes.


Some of the guys on Youtube were really really good. Publicity stunt most likely, since Jari is an attention whore.
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18.04.2017 - 01:26
Metren
The What The?
Written by Belegûr on 18.04.2017 at 01:16

Some of the guys on Youtube were really really good. Publicity stunt most likely, since Jari is an attention whore.


Good for those guys that Wintersun went with Asim then, someone dodged a bullet.
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18.04.2017 - 19:24
IBlackened
Written by Belegûr on 14.04.2017 at 22:01

Why did they do all the youtube audition crap if they were going with someone they have "known for a long time" ?


Taken from Wintersun's facebook post: "We've known him for a long time and we knew he is a great singer, but we didn't realise how talented and skillful guitar player he is. Asim was actually the first who sent us an audition video, which surprised us very positively."

So apparently, they didn't know he could play like that.
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18.04.2017 - 20:41
moe5512
Even I knew he was a capable guitarist
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19.04.2017 - 19:28
IBlackened
The guy said he was Teemu's student, so it's very unlikely they didn't know he was skilled enough.
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Today - 01:30
Amy
Don't know about the rest of you, but I'm still waiting for Time 2. He said he was almost done with it 6 years ago. And what about the Forest Seasons? I sure hope the new guitarist has a lot more patience than I do...
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