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Release date: 19 October 2012
Style: Extreme power metal, Progressive folk metal

Rating:

8.5 | 872 votes

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618 want it


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: 5

Review
Lyrics (5)


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

Guest musicians
Mathias "Warlord" Nygård - choirs
Jukka-Pekka Miettinen - choirs
Mikko "Ilmarinen" Salovaara - choirs
Markus Toivonen - choirs
Heri Joensen - choirs
Sami Hinkka - choirs
Olli Vänskä - choirs
Alpha Valtias Mustatuuli - additional growling


Additional info

Release dates:
  • October 19: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Norway
  • October 22: North America, UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Portugal, Poland (+ all other European countries not mentioned in this list)
  • October 23: Italy
  • October 24: Sweden
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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BoxCar Willy - 21.10.2012 at 16:52  
Rating: 5
Written by Uldreth on 21.10.2012 at 16:50

Written by BoxCar Willy on 21.10.2012 at 16:43

Personally I don't really car

But you really bus!

SamuelSanchezAlvarez - 21.10.2012 at 18:55  
Rating: 8 This upsets me, I was waiting for more.
Hawkk44 - 21.10.2012 at 19:14  
Rating: 10 Actually worth the 8 year wait. Holy shit.
AngelofDeth - 21.10.2012 at 20:40  
Rating: 6
Written by SamuelSanchezAlvarez on 21.10.2012 at 18:55

This upsets me, I was waiting for more.

I agree. Its decent, but its way to thick and it is terribly produced for a professional release. Jari shouldve brought in a co-producer to level things out.

Sons of Winter Stars has interesting parts but as a whole it is just a mess of a song. I do really love Land of Snow and Sorrow and the title track is great as well, but we shouldnt have to wait 8 years to just get 2 great songs..
AngelofDeth - 21.10.2012 at 20:51  
Rating: 6 Compare Jari's intro to Whispered's
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLeHUE9DB-U
Array - 21.10.2012 at 22:16  
Rating: 10
Written by AngelofDeth on 21.10.2012 at 20:51

Compare Jari's intro to Whispered's
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLeHUE9DB-U

Compared. Barely nothing in common.
Wes - 21.10.2012 at 23:20  
Rating: 10
Written by Hawkk44 on 21.10.2012 at 19:14

Actually worth the 8 year wait. Holy shit.


LeChron James - 22.10.2012 at 01:03  
  Judging by the disproportionately high ratings for this, I can see no one else found this mind numbingly boring like I did. That's unfortunate.
Death_95 - 22.10.2012 at 01:15  
Rating: 10
Written by LeChron James on 22.10.2012 at 01:03

Judging by the disproportionately high ratings for this, I can see no one else found this mind numbingly boring like I did. That's unfortunate.

Give it time (no pun intended). I didn't like it at first too.
Scrawn37 - 22.10.2012 at 08:17  
Rating: 8 Like everyone, I was highly anticipating this release after their fantastic debut. The three songs here are certainly enjoyable, but what I really loved about their debut was the guitar solos and guitar work in general and that has certainly taken a big step back here. The use of symphony is nice as I happen to be a fan of it but I would have loved to hear some more intense instrumental work. The length of this album is another issue for me. Three songs and two instrumentals as an intro to two of them is not enough, the album therefore does not offer as much variety as the debut. Hopefully Time II will be a more epic experience.
AngelofDeth - 22.10.2012 at 09:34  
Rating: 6
Written by Array on 21.10.2012 at 22:16

Compared. Barely nothing in common.

They are both oriental-influenced symphonic intros by a metal band. Seeing as that is a pretty obscure thing, that is a good amount in common.
Varegan - 22.10.2012 at 13:21  
Rating: 6 Millions of layers takes an eterninty for my ears to handle all these mess, urge for perfection's driven them to "obsession for perfection" and the result is overly polished perfection, I'll give it a 10 because they did all these mess for a 10 or maybe a 15.
Ellrohir - 22.10.2012 at 15:39  
 
Written by LeChron James on 22.10.2012 at 01:03

I can see no one else found this mind numbingly boring like I did.


you must look better, bro

tbh i cant think up any other example of so much over-hyped nothing as this album...i would rate it 6 for objective qualities and then half this number for all the bullshit around...but i only rate albums i have physical copies of them, which is not this case and wont be unless someone gives it to me for free...so you wont see my "3" here
Risto - 22.10.2012 at 15:54  
Rating: 7 The first three tracks are rather enjoyable stuff but poor production brings the entity down.

Written by Ellrohir on 22.10.2012 at 15:39

i would rate it 6 for objective qualities and then half this number for all the bullshit around...

God forbid
Array - 22.10.2012 at 15:56  
Rating: 10
Written by AngelofDeth on 22.10.2012 at 09:34

They are both oriental-influenced symphonic intros by a metal band. Seeing as that is a pretty obscure thing, that is a good amount in common.

That's why I said barely Anyway, the melodies, main theme, build-ups, structure, tones, sound, mood, stuff happening in the background, building the bridge to the next track, fullness etc...
Hammer Pie - 22.10.2012 at 16:13  
Rating: 5
Written by Array on 19.10.2012 at 22:39

Noise is overproduced. Or not. Is it? What? What's overproduced? It's nothing. This wasn't made for eight years, and anyway Time I & II both took the time and kinda still do.

What the fuck are you babbling about?

Anyway, this album is a perfect example of the fake "symphonic" overpolished bullshit that passes for metal these days.
Rawand - 22.10.2012 at 16:31  
Rating: 10 Perfect By All The Menas But For Sadly There 3 Songs
Marcel Hubregtse - 22.10.2012 at 17:40  
 
Written by Guest on 22.10.2012 at 17:31

Written by EthicaOdini85 on 22.10.2012 at 13:56

This album does not worth 10 neither a 9 noobs...it deserves max 8.3


No, it deserves something between 9.987 and 9.994. And I am absolutely objective.


great reply.
Ag Fox - 22.10.2012 at 17:49  
 
Written by Guest on 22.10.2012 at 17:34

Written by Rawand on 22.10.2012 at 16:31

Perfect By All The Menas But For Sadly There 3 Songs


It would have been a clear 2012 album-of-the-year winner if both parts had been released together as one.
nah... I bet it would have been too long for it's own good
Alex Fenger - 22.10.2012 at 17:49  
Rating: 3 Ah good, this is off the top 200 charts now.
Windir - 22.10.2012 at 18:26  
Rating: 8 I love the first album, but hey what's going on here? it smells like money, in fact it stinks!
"...we have thousands of fans waiting for our second album, they're just going to pay... but there's a problem we only have 60 minutes of music. That's not a problem at all, we just have to extend the intros, outros and maybe repeat some riffs here and there and voilà 80 to 85 minutes of epicness (or pseudoepicness)" and guess what it doesn't fit on a regular cd, what a surprise! "let's release 2 cds"
Have you noticed the amount of different editions? regular cd, cd/dvd, 2cd/dvd, cd/dvd + autographed photo, etc. For my part I think I'll buy the ultra limited edition including the black chinese costume that the members wear... By the way 80 min do fit on a regular audio cd. A certain musician said: "...anyway it would be too long to listen to that kind of music for 80+ minutes" what kind of crap is that?! we listen to the music we love for several years and we always want more. The problem is not the length, a masterpiece can be 30, 40 or 70 minutes long, it doesn't matter! the problem here are the stupid arguments...
Musically is an 8 for me, but I have the overall impression, like many others, that it's an incomplete product.
moe5512 - 22.10.2012 at 19:05  
 
Written by Windir on 22.10.2012 at 18:26

I love the first album, but hey what's going on here? it smells like money, in fact it stinks!
"...we have thousands of fans waiting for our second album, they're just going to pay... but there's a problem we only have 60 minutes of music. That's not a problem at all, we just have to extend the intros, outros and maybe repeat some riffs here and there and voilà 80 to 85 minutes of epicness (or pseudoepicness)" and guess what it doesn't fit on a regular cd, what a surprise! "let's release 2 cds"
Have you noticed the amount of different editions? regular cd, cd/dvd, 2cd/dvd, cd/dvd + autographed photo, etc. For my part I think I'll buy the ultra limited edition including the black chinese costume that the members wear... By the way 80 min do fit on a regular audio cd. A certain musician said: "...anyway it would be too long to listen to that kind of music for 80+ minutes" what kind of crap is that?! we listen to the music we love for several years and we always want more. The problem is not the length, a masterpiece can be 30, 40 or 70 minutes long, it doesn't matter! the problem here are the stupid arguments...
Musically is an 8 for me, but I have the overall impression, like many others, that it's an incomplete product.

Well said!
ArcesseEum - 22.10.2012 at 20:03  
Rating: 9 40% Blind Guardian's 'Night at the Opera' + 40% Dimmu Borgir 'Deathcult Apocalypse' + 20% Kalmah's 'The Black Waltz' = Time I

I'm hoping Time II will have some more 'beautiful death'-ish songs.
Powerslavex - 22.10.2012 at 22:49  
Rating: 10 Facking epic!! Jari u r something else
PocketMetal - 23.10.2012 at 00:27  
Rating: 8 I hate it when people call intros and instrumentals non-songs . "hate"
Lit. - 23.10.2012 at 01:56  
  I'm giving it a 1, just for the hell of it.
LeChron James - 23.10.2012 at 02:02  
 
Written by Ellrohir on 22.10.2012 at 15:39

you must look better, bro

tbh i cant think up any other example of so much over-hyped nothing as this album...i would rate it 6 for objective qualities and then half this number for all the bullshit around...but i only rate albums i have physical copies of them, which is not this case and wont be unless someone gives it to me for free...so you wont see my "3" here

Yeah man, I cannot remember an album as anticipated as this one. I mostly only see that kind of enthusiasm for over hyped albums for rap albums hahaha.
The Shape 1973 - 23.10.2012 at 02:03  
Rating: 9
Written by Lit. on 23.10.2012 at 01:56

I'm giving it a 1, just for the hell of it.

You want to send that as a quote to MetalHOE. He'll just about explode.
In5anity - 23.10.2012 at 02:07  
Rating: 6 Gave it a 6 and I'm kind of sad about it. When the first album was released I totally freaked out about it and for a long time, it was my absolutely favourite album. I didn't expect this one to be something similar to me, just because my taste for music really changed these 8 years (yet Wilderuns "Olden Tales & Deathly Trails" proved to me, that also a genre I didn't listen to anymore could still amaze me). On Time 1 are some wonderful parts, that I really liked. The last 4 minutes of Sons Of Winter And Stars are fantastic and show what Wintersun are capable of. But unfortunately there are so many other parts that just flow by with some expectable orchestration and a total lack of surprises. So what do have here? An album with 33 minutes and 38 seconds of music (!) plus intro and intermission with some great ideas and unfortunately much more parts that bored me to death. I would have loved to like the album more, but I just don't.
Dark Cornatus - 23.10.2012 at 02:59  
Rating: 8 I've listened to it a few times now. My initial opinion was "Wow this is really good", then it was all over after half an hour? I felt like there was barely any vocals or guitar solos. The music is definitely too thick, to the point where you can't tell song from song. It's a good album, and i give it a generous 8. If they have of put in another full length song with more vocal and solos, i would have probably given it a 9.
BoxCar Willy - 23.10.2012 at 14:52  
Rating: 5 I gave it a six, but I feel It should be lower. This feels like it was rushed, and is unfinished which is totally BS. It got boring after awhile too.
Prometheus - 23.10.2012 at 15:34  
Rating: 10
Written by Alex Fenger on 22.10.2012 at 17:49

Ah good, this is off the top 200 charts now.
STFU !!! This album is absolutely amazing!
Prometheus - 23.10.2012 at 15:35  
Rating: 10
Written by Lit. on 23.10.2012 at 01:56

I'm giving it a 1, just for the hell of it.
You Totally Killed The Rating.
Go Fuck Yourself,Asshole.
BoxCar Willy - 23.10.2012 at 20:45  
Rating: 5
Written by Prometheus on 23.10.2012 at 15:35

Written by Lit. on 23.10.2012 at 01:56

I'm giving it a 1, just for the hell of it.
You Totally Killed The Rating.
Go Fuck Yourself,Asshole.

Calm down. His rating (which he got rid of) doesn't effect the grand sceme of things here.

Besides, everyone's entitled to thier own opinion. Just like how I think this sounds like it was made in 2 weeks.
Druss - 23.10.2012 at 21:40  
Rating: 6
Written by Prometheus on 23.10.2012 at 15:35
You Totally Killed The Rating.
Go Fuck Yourself,Asshole.


Better froth at the keyboard some more....?
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.10.2012 at 21:42  
Rating: 5 Ok, I thought he was joking but looking at his other comments I guess not.
Milena - 23.10.2012 at 23:58  
Rating: 9 Upped it to 9 when I heard the bonus DVD with the live rehearsal - the drums and bass are less buried there, and the synth feels more like backup and less overpowering when you can see what they're doing.

Guess I really turned into a fangirl with this album. Well, at least I admit it.
Wes - 24.10.2012 at 00:06  
Rating: 10
Written by Milena on 23.10.2012 at 23:58

Upped it to 9 when I heard the bonus DVD with the live rehearsal - the drums and bass are less buried there, and the synth feels more like backup and less overpowering when you can see what they're doing.

Guess I really turned into a fangirl with this album. Well, at least I admit it.


woot! haha, I actually like the album more after seeing the DVD too, some really cool stuff going on in these songs.
Milena - 24.10.2012 at 00:18  
Rating: 9
Written by Wes on 24.10.2012 at 00:06

woot! haha, I actually like the album more after seeing the DVD too, some really cool stuff going on in these songs.

I really liked their demonstration too, Jari and Teemu were a bit boring just playing riffs and a solo, but Jukka's short simple bass melodies were nice - makes me wonder how much is going on in that album that I can't hear on a basic band level, and I'm a bit pissed at Jari for producing it alone. But hey, it's not like I value a good producing job above everything else, and I can play the DVD instead of the album now and of course, Kai is an astounding drummer and a great teacher, he actually explained what he was doing

Not a fan of how goddamn ugly it looks on the shelf. I hate the cover with the passion of a million burning stars.
Array - 24.10.2012 at 00:25  
Rating: 10 There's a funny thing in the special thanks.
Wes - 24.10.2012 at 07:15  
Rating: 10
Written by Array on 24.10.2012 at 00:25

There's a funny thing in the special thanks.


"I will release the demos"?
SWAMPL0RD - 24.10.2012 at 09:32  
Rating: 10 Time I makes me feel like I'm flying into a Heavy Metal Nebula, One so awesome and powerful it makes me rethink my place in the universe... (>")> <( " )> <( "<) <( " )> (>")> STRAWBERRY JAM BABY!!!!!!!!!
Milena - 24.10.2012 at 10:20  
Rating: 9 I completely cracked up when I saw "I will release the demos"
The hidden track is also mighty cool.
Fredd - 24.10.2012 at 10:52  
Rating: 8
Written by Milena on 24.10.2012 at 10:20

I completely cracked up when I saw "I will release the demos"
The hidden track is also mighty cool.

What hidden track?
Risto - 24.10.2012 at 11:26  
Rating: 7
Written by Fredd on 24.10.2012 at 10:52

What hidden track?

Probably special edition only or something. It has choir tracks from "Sons of Winter and Stars" and some random goof-around at the end.
Loathera - 24.10.2012 at 15:58  
Rating: 10 Really enjoyed this album. It pushed all the right buttons for me. Interesting how an album can sound so cheesy and yet so original.
Array - 24.10.2012 at 19:55  
Rating: 10
Written by Wes on 24.10.2012 at 07:15

"I will release the demos"?

Yea, that as a pseudonym for some label guy. Actually, that was used in a recent video interview as well.
Valaskjalf - 25.10.2012 at 00:17  
Rating: 10 Ok well seems the shit-slinging has calmed down so I guess I will finally give my opinion. In the end it all comes down to taste, overrated or not overrated who gives a fuck? Most bands with a large following have people who despise them so if you dont like it dont fuckin listen to it - Unless you're a staffer and just likes to piss over people because you think your opinion is more valid. Well it ain't and in the end the ones who dig it are the ones smiling.

Anyway...its fantastic. True, its kinda short and its a pity that theres only really 3 songs. Is it overbearing? Is it somewhat pompous and bombastic? Of course it is, we always knew it would be. But it just so happens that I think its also fucking great. The lack of guitars is a bit disappointing but thats why Im really amped about Time II - I have a feeling I will be even more pleased by that album.
Marcel Hubregtse - 25.10.2012 at 00:30  
  I love it how people here find negative points with the album and still rate it a 10. Hahahahaha

A 10 means perfect, so if you have criticism on the album, any album for that matter, you cannot rate it 10 because it is NOT perfect.
!J.O.O.E.! - 25.10.2012 at 01:09  
Rating: 5
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 25.10.2012 at 00:30

I love it how people here find negative points with the album and still rate it a 10. Hahahahaha

A 10 means perfect, so if you have criticism on the album, any album for that matter, you cannot rate it 10 because it is NOT perfect.

True fact. I also love it that when any staffer has a strong opinion on something they get accused of "pissing over people." I also love it when said people say that they're the ones smiling yet are still unable to make a comment about a band with having a moan

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