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Release date: 13 September 2004
Style: Extreme power metal, Progressive folk metal

Rating:

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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 [Tour Edition DVD] [Live At Summer Breeze 2005]
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: 2
Top 200 albums of all time: 54

Reviews (5)
Lyrics (8)


Additional info
Kai "the grinder" Hahto
Drums

Jari Mäenpää
Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Synths and Stress

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

Re-relased as a Special Tour Edition double-disc digipak by Nuclear Blast in 2006 (NB1221-0). Includes the studio album and the "Live At Summerbreeze 2005" DVD:

1. "Beyond The Dark Sun" (Handy Cam Sound)
2. "Battle Against Time" (Handy Cam Sound)
3. "Sleeping Stars" (Soundboard Sound)
4. "Beautiful Death" (Soundboard Sound)
5. "Death And The Healing" (Soundboard Sound)
6. "Winter Madness" (Soundboard Sound)

The 'Winter Madness' demo was used as a bonus on the Japanese version of the album:
09. Winter Madness (Demo)(06:00)
10. Beyond the Dark Sun (Demo)(02:43)
11. Death and the Healing (Demo)(06:46)

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
Hyvaarin

Rating:
10
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.

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published 16.06.2006 | Comments (79)

Guest review by
Black_Handed

Rating:
9.4
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.

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published 07.07.2006 | Comments (25)

Guest review by
Talvi

Rating:
9.2
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.

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published 29.12.2006 | Comments (5)

Guest review by
RhaegarTargaryen

Rating:
10
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.

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published 21.12.2007 | Comments (28)

Guest review by
Andro Maximus

Rating:
7.5
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.

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published 27.07.2014 | Comments (11)

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sonatoarctico - 20.11.2012 at 17:13  
Rating: 10 A fantastic journey.
Ace Frawley - 21.11.2012 at 03:51  
Rating: 8 I'd probably pick "Sadness and Hate" as the best album closer I've ever heard. What a song - it has it all.
king_matt - 20.01.2013 at 21:41  
Rating: 8 Does this album really need four reviews saying basically the same thing???

All in all, it's a decent album. Overrated as HELL.
Ace Frawley - 22.01.2013 at 03:55  
Rating: 8
Written by king_matt on 20.01.2013 at 21:41

Does this album really need four reviews saying basically the same thing???

All in all, it's a decent album. Overrated as HELL.


Doesn't need four reviews saying the same thing but I don't feel this is overrated. It's close to being a modern masterpiece of metal. The final track is an amazing song. Incredible guitar work throughout the whole album.
JÄY - 23.01.2013 at 07:37  
Rating: 10
Written by king_matt on 20.01.2013 at 21:41

Does this album really need four reviews saying basically the same thing???

All in all, it's a decent album. Overrated as HELL.


Not surprisingly, Hell is rated poorly
Atrus - 26.02.2013 at 02:02  
Rating: 10 Awesome. Varied. Epic. Emotive. Great.
musikaxtrema - 06.05.2013 at 17:28  
Rating: 10 Amazing album. Starchild is my favourite song.
RealEyes - 17.05.2013 at 21:04  
  Masterpiece
Nick K. - 27.08.2013 at 17:57  
  Liked it a lot, when i heard it the first time. And its still very good, but just nothing too special. The best power metal album it is not.
mz - 22.09.2013 at 15:14  
Rating: 5 Seriously, 4 revies with minimum of 9.2 (including 2 reviews with 10)
Fritillaria - 22.09.2013 at 15:29  
Rating: 6 four reviews for this album ?!
mz - 22.09.2013 at 15:36  
Rating: 5 Well, I admit that I used to give this album a 9 personally 4 years ago but 4 reviews with almost same context and rating is a little useless. I also do not like this situation for death's TSoP which is one of my absolute favorites
Ace Frawley - 23.09.2013 at 12:30  
Rating: 8 The four reviews are probably just an indication of a high-level of excitement about this album and people just wanted to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, so as to record their feelings about it. You'll find that Master of Puppets also has the same number of reviews and that's for the same reason, I would suggest. No point getting bitter about it. I think it's good to have multiple reviews, and if they are of a similar nature, so be it.
Fritillaria - 23.09.2013 at 12:52  
Rating: 6
Written by Ace Frawley on 23.09.2013 at 12:30

No point getting bitter about it. I think it's good to have multiple reviews, and if they are of a similar nature, so be it.

well yeah,I just didn't expect it that there is four reviews on one album by Wintersun.
mz - 23.09.2013 at 15:11  
Rating: 5
Written by Ace Frawley on 23.09.2013 at 12:30

The four reviews are probably just an indication of a high-level of excitement about this album and people just wanted to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, so as to record their feelings about it. You'll find that Master of Puppets also has the same number of reviews and that's for the same reason, I would suggest. No point getting bitter about it. I think it's good to have multiple reviews, and if they are of a similar nature, so be it.

but MoP is generally regarded as one of the most important classic metal albums, right? I do not see this quality in wintersun. Moreover, I don't think that multiple reviews with same context would be justified under any light, even it the case of MoP or TSoP (which I really like)
master 666 - 28.09.2013 at 02:40  
  Good album i cant say nothing
BloodJuNkie - 24.04.2014 at 14:11  
Rating: 5 Overrated!
Paw!! - 28.04.2014 at 11:49  
Rating: 9 This is good album dude
BlackEssence - 30.06.2014 at 09:27  
Rating: 10 It's only me, or every next track here is longer than previous?
J. N. - 27.07.2014 at 18:33  
 
Written by BlackEssence on 30.06.2014 at 09:27
It's only me, or every next track here is longer than previous?

Nope, it's only you. The version you've got is a rare out-of-print joke version that was limited to 1 copy, handed out to the guest musicians of Time I to share.

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