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

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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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BLIND GUARDIAN - 12.10.2012 at 23:56  
Rating: 8
Written by FeskarN on 12.10.2012 at 21:41

It's hard to realize that the album will finally be out. Live show today so we can expect some new live video of the new songs tomorrow


indeed!
Wes - 13.10.2012 at 08:58  
Rating: 10 Someone uploaded a short clip of some new songs but it was taken down pretty quickly. Oh well its coming soon! Honestly I'd rather hear the studio before live. So I'm fine waiting. Wintersun is meant to be heard quietly alone with some nice speakers/headphones.
kalmah999 - 13.10.2012 at 22:04  
Rating: 9 It leaked!
kaspair - 13.10.2012 at 23:11  
Rating: 10 First listen. There are no words to describe this masterpiece. I now understand why this took so long.
Void Eater - 13.10.2012 at 23:20  
  Damnit, I can't find this stupid leak... Somebody better upload the album to Jewtube soon.
Aight, found it, yup this is good. Based on about two minutes, this should be the album of the year.
ablis89 - 13.10.2012 at 23:40  
Rating: 10 It's better, and better with each listen. I can't wait till a 320+ rip, or till I receive the album in the mail. Sons of Winter and Stars is beyond amazing!
Wes - 14.10.2012 at 00:16  
Rating: 10
Written by kaspair on 13.10.2012 at 23:11

First listen. There are no words to describe this masterpiece. I now understand why this took so long.


Absolutely breathtaking. The song Time brings me to tears, I am literally weeping each time I listen to it, even as I write this.
Unbelievable.
FeskarN - 14.10.2012 at 00:17  
Rating: 10 This album is HUGE. I'm overwhelmed. Can't wait til a better quality download comes out or the CD arrvies in the mail. Jari's vocals has improved alot over the years, he sounds even more amazing than before! "Sons of Winter and Stars" is a masterpiece for sure
Milena - 14.10.2012 at 00:28  
Rating: 9 I have to say, honestly, I expected to like it way less than the previous one, but it's more enjoyable so far (finishing the second listen). Definitely made the s/t sound like an 8, instead of a 9 it had in my ratings. Can't wait for the physical CD to arrive.

Yeah, the cleans have improved a lot, my only concern is that, when they play this live, 50% of the music will come from the backing tracks... the keys and the "orchestral" tracks have an immense presence here. And even with my newfound distaste for "big" and "epic", it doesn't bother me at all.
Wes - 14.10.2012 at 00:38  
Rating: 10
Written by Milena on 14.10.2012 at 00:28

I have to say, honestly, I expected to like it way less than the previous one, but it's more enjoyable so far (finishing the second listen). Definitely made the s/t sound like an 8, instead of a 9 it had in my ratings. Can't wait for the physical CD to arrive.

Yeah, the cleans have improved a lot, my only concern is that, when they play this live, 50% of the music will come from the backing tracks... the keys and the "orchestral" tracks have an immense presence here. And even with my newfound distaste for "big" and "epic", it doesn't bother me at all.


I had the same concern, but not personally really worried. Even if the majority is from backing tracks there is enough material on guitars alone to make it a very enjoyable live experience. Anyway I'm glad to hear you like it. Since it's really just half an album, its hard for me to compare it to the s/t, but so far I am enjoying it just as much if not more. I'm loving the orchestrations as well. I'm on my 2nd listen.
Codorna - 14.10.2012 at 02:10  
Rating: 9 Pretty fucking great.
RhaegarTargaryen - 14.10.2012 at 04:02  
Rating: 10 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...
CrowKiller - 14.10.2012 at 09:02  
Rating: 10
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...


Well then you are an idiot because if you knew anything about anything, you would know that he has decided to divide the album into two parts because it was so long. This is only the first part of a two part "album". The second is to be released next year called "Time II". It was just so epic that it had to be released in two parts.
jesterhead57 - 14.10.2012 at 09:32  
Rating: 10
Written by CrowKiller on 14.10.2012 at 09:02

Well then you are an idiot because if you knew anything about anything, you would know that he has decided to divide the album into two parts because it was so long. This is only the first part of a two part "album". The second is to be released next year called "Time II". It was just so epic that it had to be released in two parts.


I think he was being sarcastic lol.
CrowKiller - 14.10.2012 at 09:59  
Rating: 10
Written by jesterhead57 on 14.10.2012 at 09:32

Written by CrowKiller on 14.10.2012 at 09:02

Well then you are an idiot because if you knew anything about anything, you would know that he has decided to divide the album into two parts because it was so long. This is only the first part of a two part "album". The second is to be released next year called "Time II". It was just so epic that it had to be released in two parts.


I think he was being sarcastic lol.


Ahhh....I take it back then. Sorry. I haven't heard it yet but I cannot imagine one spends 8 years on an album and it will be horrible. I hope he is right because he seems to love it.
quisableed - 14.10.2012 at 12:36  
Rating: 8 I really missed them. Vocals, riffs, keyboards are amazing. It's a masterpiece
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.10.2012 at 12:42  
 
Written by CrowKiller on 14.10.2012 at 09:59

I haven't heard it yet but I cannot imagine one spends 8 years on an album and it will be horrible.



Have you heard Chinese Democracy by Guns 'n' Roses? They spent 13 years on that
Milena - 14.10.2012 at 13:58  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 14.10.2012 at 13:39

This is not the best metal album... It is the BEST F*CKING MUSIC ALBUM EVER AT ALL! All those Satrianis or Turillis are crap in comparison to this!

I am looking forward to read some opinions from elitists who call the first album "average and boring".

I adore the first album but give me a break. People who dislike an album, any album, and say it out loud, aren't elitists. People who insist that everyone must like the same things they like, ARE elitists

Or, in graphic form:
Mr. Doctor - 14.10.2012 at 14:52  
Rating: 5
Written by Guest on 14.10.2012 at 14:04
You can dislike an album and still not call it "average" or "boring", you know? Wintersun is for sure pretty unique and interesting in its approach - and this has nothing in common with subjective view of each listener based on his/her genre preferences or other factors.


Everything that comes out of your mouth is subjective, you know. Same goes to everyone else... Therefore I have all the right to say that I DO find Wintersun hella boring and TO ME it's very average. That's not elitism under any light: It's having a different opinion.

Call things for what they are instead of making it sound like those who honestly don't find it special are trolls, elitists or whatever just because they don't agree with you and have no problem saying it out loud.
Unhealer - 14.10.2012 at 15:07  
Rating: 6 Oh, not yet another objective/subjective discussion... I thought the first one had nothing special, not bad but nothing I'd want to listen to again. Checked a few bits of this one and it seems more interesting.
Zaphod - 14.10.2012 at 15:25  
Rating: 7
Written by Guest on 14.10.2012 at 15:12

"Everything that comes out of your mouth is subjective. Everything that comes out of your mouth is subjective" - This is definitely not true. Are you even serious with this?

"Therefore I have all the right to say that I DO find Wintersun hella boring and TO ME it's very average." - This is elitism in its pureness. ,-)

That's not elitism, that's expressing an opinion...
Zaphod - 14.10.2012 at 15:49  
Rating: 7
Written by Guest on 14.10.2012 at 15:35

And I do even find average a lot of bands that are in my favourite list.

Something just doesn't add up here, if only I could put my finger on it.
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.10.2012 at 15:54  
  E·lit·ist  /ɪˈlitɪst eɪˈli‐/ Show Spelled[ih-lee-tist ey-lee‐] Show IPA
adjective
1. (of a person or class of persons) considered superior by others or by themselves, as in intellect, talent, power, wealth, or position in society: elitist country clubbers who have theirs and don't care about anybody else.
2. catering to or associated with an elitist class, its ideologies, or its institutions: Even at such a small, private college, Latin and Greek are under attack as too elitist.
3. a person having, thought to have, or professing superior intellect or talent, power, wealth, or membership in the upper echelons of society: He lost a congressional race in Texas by being smeared as an Eastern elitist.
4. a person who believes in the superiority of an elitist class.
Fredd - 14.10.2012 at 16:04  
Rating: 8 CHILDREN, CHILDREN! STOP IT!

1) I like this album as much as I liked their first.
2) The cleans are muuuch awesome-er.
3) Land Of Snow And Sorrow is my favourite track.
4) I'll probably rate it 9.
5) This is in list form because I am an asshole.
deliverance7 - 14.10.2012 at 16:11  
  IT'S A FUCKINGGGGGGGG M-A-S-T-E-R-P-I-E-C-E !!
Cynic Metalhead - 14.10.2012 at 16:17  
Rating: 6
Written by deliverance7 on 14.10.2012 at 16:11

IT'S A FUCKINGGGGGGGG M-A-S-T-E-R-P-I-E-C-E !!



Written by Fredd on 14.10.2012 at 16:04

CHILDREN, CHILDREN, STOP IT.

1) I like this album as much as I liked their first.
2) The cleans are muuuch awesome-er.
3) Land Of Snow And Sorrow is my favourite track.
4) I'll probably rate it 9.
5) This is in list form because I am an asshole.


Mr. Doctor - 14.10.2012 at 16:27  
Rating: 5
Written by Guest on 14.10.2012 at 15:12
"Therefore I have all the right to say that I DO find Wintersun hella boring and TO ME it's very average." - This is elitism in its pureness. ,-)

I would like you to read Marcel comment to know what elitism actually means but I'm obviously asking too much.
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.10.2012 at 16:28  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 14.10.2012 at 16:27

Written by Guest on 14.10.2012 at 15:12
"Therefore I have all the right to say that I DO find Wintersun hella boring and TO ME it's very average." - This is elitism in its pureness. ,-)


I would like you to read Marcel comment to read what elitism actually means but I'm asking too much.



Btw not only MetalHOe should read that, but also Milena
Mr. Doctor - 14.10.2012 at 16:29  
Rating: 5
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.10.2012 at 16:28
Btw not only MetalHOe should read that, but also Milena


Just scratch that and put "everyone"...
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.10.2012 at 16:31  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 14.10.2012 at 16:29

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.10.2012 at 16:28
Btw not only MetalHOe should read that, but also Milena


Just scratch that and put "everyone"...


true
Mr. Doctor - 14.10.2012 at 16:33  
Rating: 5
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.10.2012 at 16:31

Written by Mr. Doctor on 14.10.2012 at 16:29
Just scratch that and put "everyone"...
true


The funny thing is that we just entered a loop since we consider ourselves superior because we know what the word elitism means and why MetalHOE isn't using it right by saying I'm elitist...

Okay, that was the last offtopic post by me.
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.10.2012 at 16:35  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 14.10.2012 at 16:33


The funny thing is that we just entered a loop since we consider ourselves superior because we know what the word elitism means and why MetalHOE isn't using it right by saying I'm elitist...

Okay, that was the last offtopic post by me.



my last off-topic post here as well. But many times I do even consider myself an elitist, and tbh I am not ashamed of it.
Zaphod - 14.10.2012 at 16:38  
Rating: 7
Written by Guest on 14.10.2012 at 15:59

...? You can enjoy a band very much, call it your favourite and still be objective enough to find it average and not very interesting in relation to all the bands and genres in the world of music.

Calling some band boring based on your enjoyment is subjective. Calling some band boring based on what new/different it delivers is objective. The same goes with unique/average.

Ok
R'Vannith - 14.10.2012 at 16:43  
Rating: 7 This thing has leaked I see
BlueMobius - 14.10.2012 at 17:35  
Rating: 8 I will wait to get my copy in the mail. This forum is entertainment enough to hold me over.

On another note, I wonder if Nuclear Blast will sue the illegal downloaders of the Wintersun album à la Century Media's Iced Earth and Lacuna Coil dling response.
FreddeSwede - 14.10.2012 at 18:25  
Rating: 9
Written by ablis89 on 13.10.2012 at 23:40

It's better, and better with each listen. I can't wait till a 320+ rip, or till I receive the album in the mail. Sons of Winter and Stars is beyond amazing!


There's a version in 320 out now.
Unhealer - 14.10.2012 at 19:19  
Rating: 6
Written by BlueMobius on 14.10.2012 at 17:35

On another note, I wonder if Nuclear Blast will sue the illegal downloaders of the Wintersun album à la Century Media's Iced Earth and Lacuna Coil dling response.


That was for sharers only.
Until the End - 14.10.2012 at 19:44  
Rating: 9
PocketMetal - 14.10.2012 at 19:53  
Rating: 8
Written by R'Vannith on 14.10.2012 at 16:43

This thing has leaked I see


yeah I was like let me check "a few" comments before getting this
scapeplan - 14.10.2012 at 20:05  
Rating: 8 Guis
Guis stahp
Warman - 14.10.2012 at 20:38  
Rating: 9
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 14.10.2012 at 16:17



Sync - 14.10.2012 at 21:41  
Rating: 9 Blimey, the pre-release arguements/'i don't care about this even though i'm posting LOL XDXDXD' is getting a little much. Anywayz...

Don't really get tracks 1 & 4, but the other three are just amazing imo.
JÄY - 14.10.2012 at 22:54  
Rating: 10
Written by Sync on 14.10.2012 at 21:41

Don't really get tracks 1 & 4

Just intro and outro...
Sync - 14.10.2012 at 23:08  
Rating: 9
Written by JÄY on 14.10.2012 at 22:54

Just intro and outro...

Yah, but it didn't really do anything for me. So I just skipped them haha.
MetalSpider - 14.10.2012 at 23:23  
Rating: 9 Well after 8 years I have to say Wintersun did not disappoint with Time I. I've only listened to the album once so far and it's epic and very well done, but it didn't wow me the same way their debut did when I listened to it for the first time. But I'll have to listen to it more than once because there's so much that's going on in this album!

I had high expectations of this album, but I wasn't/am not one of those fans whose been waiting patiently and painstakingly for the last 8 years for this album to come out (although I kind of did in the beginning when the album was first announced). Having said that it's finally nice to hear new Wintersun.
Verdun_sc - 14.10.2012 at 23:35  
Rating: 5 This album is...

Well. I grew out of this music so I dont really care. It's definitely not half as good as the s/t though. It tries way too hard to be way too grandiose.
TomDLR - 15.10.2012 at 00:25  
  An amalgam of folkloric influences serves as base to an album that diverges from any scheme; Jari Mäenpää demonstrates that he has not spawned the typical Death Metal album. Combining folk sounds, explosive percussion blasts and screams of extravagant vocal registers, 'Time I' demonstrates the ability of composition that the leader of this Finnish group possesses. With only 40 minutes long and an extension of ​​five songs, the first part of this ambitious project immerses the listener in a blazing trip whose details are beautifully constructed in order to detach from the formulas of modern Metal, Mäenpää is a musician faithful to experimentation.
Starting with the Japanese folk intro, 'When Time Fades Away', whose tempo increases to give rise to volatile epic song of 'Sons of Winter and Stars' with its catchy chorus. The album's atmospheric character brings a mysterious feeling to the volatile, like if the album in question was a snowstorm. 'Land of Snow and Sorrow' reduces the tempo of the previous joining clean vocals with an acoustic guitar. 'Darkness and Frost' serves as interlude, with a futuristic sound and electronic touches to the Scandinavian folklore that dominates this track. Closing the album, 'Time' follows the same line of sound that precedes the interlude until Mäenpää launches a bone-chilling cry that disrupts peace. Following the story of human life on Earth, the lyrics are very well accompanied by an instrumentation that exposes how elaborate and well-structured this album is. A piano gives closure to violence, diluting itself into a mysterious outro of tubular bells that (confirmed by Mäenpää himself) serves as a bridge between the two parts of 'Time'.
 
Those listeners who have high expectations for this album will not be disappointed, and those who did not have much hope will receive a very pleasant surprise. Wintersun has made a work of art, something that could be labeled under the nonexistent genre of "Majestic Metal". 'Time I' is a Da Vinci of its genre and it will surely be acclaimed by the Metal community.
bodi10 - 15.10.2012 at 02:12  
 
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.
atkmetal123 - 15.10.2012 at 07:03  
  Not as good as the previous one imo, but still awesome
jesterhead57 - 15.10.2012 at 09:00  
Rating: 10 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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