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

Rating:

8.4 | 887 votes

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613 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

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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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published 22.10.2012 | Comments (217)

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musikaxtrema - 12.01.2013 at 15:42  
Rating: 10 Best album of 2012 and one of the best ever in my opinion. So intense and passional.
Cristi - 30.01.2013 at 14:28  
Rating: 8 The same thing like the first album (compositional speaking - less variations) with one tempo. Waiting for Time II. Hope for the best!
SWAMPL0RD - 05.02.2013 at 08:55  
Rating: 10 Pretty much this is what I was expecting. I grew up listening to lots of COB, KALMAH, Ensiferum, etc. Many people think the melodeath genre has gone stale, but it's still my favorite, and Wintersun are at the top of their game this go around. Can't wait for part two.
Marcel Hubregtse - 05.02.2013 at 11:57  
 
Written by SWAMPL0RD on 05.02.2013 at 08:55

Pretty much this is what I was expecting. I grew up listening to lots of COB, KALMAH, Ensiferum, etc. Many people think the melodeath genre has gone stale, but it's still my favorite, and Wintersun are at the top of their game this go around. Can't wait for part two.



Jusy such a shame that all the bands you mentioned don't play melodeath at all They all play a more extreme version of power metal, nothing to do with melodeath.
SWAMPL0RD - 05.02.2013 at 15:59  
Rating: 10
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 05.02.2013 at 11:57

Written by SWAMPL0RD on 05.02.2013 at 08:55

Pretty much this is what I was expecting. I grew up listening to lots of COB, KALMAH, Ensiferum, etc. Many people think the melodeath genre has gone stale, but it's still my favorite, and Wintersun are at the top of their game this go around. Can't wait for part two.



Jusy such a shame that all the bands you mentioned don't play melodeath at all They all play a more extreme version of power metal, nothing to do with melodeath.


Ah, I stand corrected
LeKiwi - 09.02.2013 at 01:52  
Rating: 10
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 05.02.2013 at 11:57

Written by SWAMPL0RD on 05.02.2013 at 08:55

Pretty much this is what I was expecting. I grew up listening to lots of COB, KALMAH, Ensiferum, etc. Many people think the melodeath genre has gone stale, but it's still my favorite, and Wintersun are at the top of their game this go around. Can't wait for part two.



Jusy such a shame that all the bands you mentioned don't play melodeath at all They all play a more extreme version of power metal, nothing to do with melodeath.


Not quite, Ensiferum are extreme folk and Kalmah have undeniable melodic death influences.
Alex Fenger - 12.02.2013 at 21:40  
Rating: 3
Written by LeKiwi on 09.02.2013 at 01:52

Kalmah have undeniable melodic death influences.

Really? Such as? Kalmah, Ensiferum, and COB each play extreme power metal, pretty much no melo-death influence at all
Vombatus - 12.02.2013 at 22:35  
Rating: 3 Most would say Kalmah has melodeath influences... well, at least most websites do (including this one), reviews and whatnot.

I think there was a topic about extremepower/melodeath for all genre-pickiness fans, gave good insight about it.
Alex Fenger - 13.02.2013 at 16:57  
Rating: 3 I take that back. I can hear the death metal influence in Kalmah. Listening through Swamplord again and there are definite death metal influences
AngelofDeth - 03.03.2013 at 01:41  
Rating: 6
Written by Alex Fenger on 12.02.2013 at 21:40

Really? Such as? Kalmah, Ensiferum, and COB each play extreme power metal, pretty much no melo-death influence at all

I dont really see the big deal in calling those bands melodeath. Sure if you wanna be technical they are extreme power but everyone from where Im from just uses Melodic death as an umbrella term for these bands, its just an easier term to use when talking casually.
Lord_Regnier - 03.03.2013 at 02:09  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 05.02.2013 at 11:57

Jusy such a shame that all the bands you mentioned don't play melodeath at all They all play a more extreme version of power metal, nothing to do with melodeath.

I know people on other forums who would argue with you that bands like COB, Kalmah, Ensiferum, etc are melodic Death Metal.
However, I think they are wrong and I agree with you. When I hear those bands, the music reminds me a lot of 90s Stratovarius, only with some blastbeats and semi-harsh vocals thrown in.
Not heavy enough to be labelled as Death Metal, Imo.
Rhiannon - 13.03.2013 at 14:09  
Rating: 8 I love this album, just like the previous one. After the long wait and computer problems (if there were really), etc. I was expecting a disaster, but it was a pleasant surprise. Ok, first the songs sounded like a synth-mess, and overproduced, but after a few listens I realized that they are actually really good. My only problem is that it's so short, and we only got half of the album But money rules, I guess.
TyR-Metalmaeniak - 26.03.2013 at 17:47  
  Compared to their first album this is a joke ... dunno why but I have a strange feeling about the actual albums of the metal world that all have a sense to popularize their stuff. Underground FTW
JÄY - 03.04.2013 at 04:56  
Rating: 10 Finally has to bump it up to 10....
RealEyes - 17.05.2013 at 21:05  
  Too much melody 8.3-8,4
Stunning Cactus - 29.07.2013 at 00:59  
Rating: 8 Who's going to see them during their tour?
Spanishkiller - 08.08.2013 at 17:31  
Rating: 8
Written by RealEyes on 17.05.2013 at 21:05

Too much melody 8.3-8,4


I definietly like the new style. At least Jari is doing something different form most bands. That is why I like this album.

Anyway it looks like Time 2 will be more melodeath-stylish...
Vikcen - 12.08.2013 at 16:29  
Rating: 9 I saw them on live recently, and i have to admit that the new songs sounded better.
master 666 - 28.09.2013 at 02:49  
  Wwoooooooooooooooww
essbee - 16.12.2013 at 14:22  
Rating: 5 After listening to it again, the instrumentation is not that bad but it still sounds like the gayest album I have ever heard, wow. Sons of winter and stars is the epitome of gayness.
dr devil - 15.01.2014 at 10:04  
Rating: 10 Rating : 10 awesome 4 ever.
God Alone - 08.02.2014 at 14:31  
Rating: 1 One of the few 1s I'll ever give. If you want to torture me, there's no need to skin me alive; just lock me in a room, put this album on and my brain will slowly burst out from my ears.
Northern Danger - 15.06.2014 at 19:56  
Rating: 8
Written by Lord_Regnier on 03.03.2013 at 02:09

I know people on other forums who would argue with you that bands like COB, Kalmah, Ensiferum, etc are melodic Death Metal.
However, I think they are wrong and I agree with you. When I hear those bands, the music reminds me a lot of 90s Stratovarius, only with some blastbeats and semi-harsh vocals thrown in.
Not heavy enough to be labelled as Death Metal, Imo.

You say that Kalmah sound like 90's Stratovarius, give me a break

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