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Wintersun

Formed: 2004
From: Helsinki, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Wintersun News

Below is our complete Wintersun news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Wintersun Concert Crashed By Dom Joly

Dom Joly surprised a crowd of metal heads at a Wintersun show with his "Fool Britannia" sketch series when he appeared for an unexpected intermission. See the looks of bewilderment on the show-goers faces in the clip below, which was shot in London at The Garage on July 16th, 2013.

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Wintersun Shines In Sold Out Venue In Cambridge

The last place I ever thought I would see a show was in the middle of the campus of the “elite of society” – Harvard University. Though not confirmed, I had heard that this particular show was the first metal event at the newly opened Sinclair club, which was directly in the heart of the college. I had made the 114 mile trek to the area countless times, however, I don’t recall the traffic being this annoying. When I went to see Wintersun and Eluveitie at Royale in downtown Boston, the trip was nuisance free. But, it was Friday night, and stupidity on the road was nothing new. The area was wrought with college kids, yuppie preps and artsy types, so it was a pleasure to walk around in my Sodom – “Epitome of Torture” shirt, its double meaning was painfully clear. The venue proved to be a rather loose, without any pushy asshole bouncers and the club itself had decent sound. If you have been to the upstairs part of The Palladium in Worcester, imagine it double the size with a much better stage (raised to where you can see), much better lighting and double the upstairs space where you can view the band from just above the floor crowd from all sides/angles. More...

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Starkill Gearing Up For North American Tour

Chicago based Starkill (formerly Massakren) will be hitting the road next month in support of new album "Fires of Life," released earlier this year on Century Media Records (check out our review here).

Founding member Parker Jameson had this to say about the upcoming tour: "We're incredibly honored and excited to be touring North America with Wintersun, Fleshgod Apocalypse, and Arsis. As fans of--and having been inspired by--all of these bands, we're glad to be part of the lineup and can't wait to share the stage with these guys."

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Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2013: Day 1

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival promised to be an event to remember this year, with huge acts such as King Diamond, Wintersun and Nightwish taking command of the main stage! With finally perfect summer weather and a lineup that challenged many other summer festivals, Friday came with much awaited anticipation!

Many of the bands this year were scheduled at the same time, perhaps the cause of this was that in the past there have always been four stages, but this year there were only three. Only two of these stages allowed media to shoot footage and photos, which led to a massive and unfortunate stress factor to an otherwise phenomenal festival experience. In addition, overcrowded photo pits with unqualified photographers led to an unfortunate decline in coverage from other medias this year. Die hard Tuska fans and Medias still showed up in hordes, and showed why Tuska is still the metal festival to be at in Helsinki! More...

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Wintersun Cancels Castle Rock Festival Appearance

Finnish symphonic metal act Wintersun cancelled the band's performance at the upcoming Castle Rock Festival. The announcement by the band reads:

"Due to unforeseen logistical problems Wintersun will not be able to play this year´s Castle Rock Festival in Mülheim/Germany on July 13. Wintersun regret this decision deeply and we'll do our very best to make it to a future Castle Rock.

"The vacant headlining position has now been taken over by fellow finns Korpiklaani, who have kindly agreed to fill in for Wintersun."

The remaining dates of the Wintersun European Summer Tour are as follows:

28.06.2013 FI – Helsinki, Tuska Open Air
14.07.2013 FI – Joensuu, Ilosaarirock
16.07.2013 UK – London, The Garage
17.07.2013 UK – Manchester, Club Academy
18.07.2013 UK – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
19.07.2013 UK – Newcastle, O2 Academy 2
20.07.2013 UK – Belfast, Limelight 2
21.07.2013 IE – Dublin, The Pint
22.07.2013 UK – Bristol, O2 Academy 2
25.07.2013 DE – Chemnitz, Rock im Betonwerk
26.07.2013 SI – Tolmin, Metaldays

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Wintersun Announces North American Tour

Finnish metal act Wintersun announced a headlining tour in North America this summer. Beginning August 6th in Maryland, the band embarks on an extensive tour with supporting acts: Fleshgod Apocalypse, Arsis and Starkill. Tickets will go on-sale on Wednesday, June 5th at 10:00 am local time via TicketMaster, Live-Nation, and venue ticketing services. Additional tickets will be available via any other outlets on Friday, June 7th at 10:00 am local time.

The band commented: "We're thrilled to return to North America for a full-scale headliner tour in August and September! It will be our first longer own headlining tour ever and this time, without any setlist length limitations, we'll be able to offer the North American crowds a special show - representing both the Wintersun and TIME I albums. There might also be some surprises in the setlist as well... We are really looking forward to sharing the live magic with YOU, all the fans out there!"

The dates and venues are as follows: More...

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Wintersun To Host Fan Chat

This Friday Wintersun will kick off the band's 2013 summer tour at the Beastival in Germany. Right before that you will have the chance to chat with drummer Kai Hahto.

Tomorrow, Thursday May 30th from 17.00 – 18.00 CET you can be a part of the Wintersun live chat and ask Kai your questions at this location. Kat comments: "I am happy to spend one hour with the fans in the video chat tomorrow and answer some questions. Hope to see some of you there!"

Wintersun will be touring in support of latest album "Time I" (reviewed here). Catch the band live:

31.05.2013 DE – Geiselwind, Beastival
21.06.2013 FI – Nummijaervi, Nummirock
22.06.2013 DE - St. Goarshausen, Metalfest DE
23.06.2013 FR – Clisson, Hellfest
24.06.2013 ES – Bilbao, Rockstar
25.06.2013 ES – Madrid, Caracol
26.06.2013 ES – Barcelona, Apolo 2
28.06.2013 FI – Helsinki, Tuska Open Air
13.07.2013 DE - Mühlheim an der Ruhr, Castle Rock 14
14.07.2013 FI – Joensuu, Ilosaarirock
16.07.2013 UK – London, The Garage
17.07.2013 UK – Manchester, Club Academy
18.07.2013 UK – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
19.07.2013 UK – Newcastle, O2 Academy 2
20.07.2013 UK – Belfast, Limelight 2
21.07.2013 IE – Dublin, The Pint
22.07.2013 UK – Bristol, O2 Academy 2
25.07.2013 DE – Chemnitz, Rock im Betonwerk
26.07.2013 SI – Tolmin, Metaldays
03.08.2013 MX - Mexico City, Circo Volador
10.08.2013 CA – Montreal, Heavy Montreal
11.08.2013 CA – Toronto, Opera House

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Wintersun Announces European Shows

Wintersun has just been confirmed to play several shows in the U.K. and Ireland in July 2013. The group will rock the stages in London, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle, Belfast, Dublin and Bristol. Wintersun comments:

"We're very happy to announce a UK / Ireland Tour in July 2013! After the great reception we got during our last visit in UK at Bloodstock 2011 we're really excited to finally return to your area with seven club shows in July! Hope to see you there!"

The band also is currently working on the follow-up to "Time I" (reviewed here), which is due for release next year. More...

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Wintersun Comments On New Album "Time II"

After an 8 year wait, Wintersun fans finally saw the release of new album "Time I" (reviewed here) back in October of 2012. The band has now checked in with the following announcement about the follow-up album:

"Hi everyone! After some Festival- and Summer show announcements we thought we might also give you a heads up regarding TIME II.

"2012 was a really great year for us, the release of TIME I was a huge success and we did two successful tours and many sold out shows. But we are aiming even higher and take Wintersun to the next level in 2013! We have 3 official webstores up and running (Europe, Finland, North America) and we hope you guys like the available items. There´ll be constant updates and new products and we will also have interesting competitions and specials coming up on our pages, so be sure to check it all out.

"We are starting the mix of TIME II and it will be released early 2014. The album will continue where TIME I left, but it will be an upgrade in production, it will be equally epic, if not more. It will contain some 'fast stuff' and some guitar shredding (incl. 7 solos) like some of you metal heads and guitar wankers have been wishing for. It will also contain some of the most beautiful music ever written, that will bring a tear to your eye.

"We are playing some huge summer festivals in Finland and in EU (Incl. Tuska, Nummirock, Metalfest, Beastival, Hellfest...) and for the first time going to Spain. We are also taking part in EMMA GAALA ('Finnish Grammy') in March for the nomination of 'Best Metal Album of the Year.' We know it´s going to be an exciting year. It is because all of you who have supported us during the years, we have been able to grow and continue to do what we love.

"Thank you for all the support! Stay tuned for some further exciting live news soon! We hope to see all of you on the road and during the festival season 2013!"

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The "Big Teutonic 4" To Play Beastival 2013

Prepare to witness history being written right in front of your eyes – at the first Beastival festival in Geiselwind, Germany, that will take place from May 30th to June 1st, 2013.

The "Big Teutonic 4" – the legendary quartet of German thrash metal bands that shaped the European heavy metal scene – will share the same stage on the same evening. Kreator, Sodom, Destruction, and Tankdard will tear down the venue and thrash you into the ground at the Beastival 2013. Other confirmed bands include:

Sabaton
Wintersun
Kataklysm
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Korpiklaani

More bands are to be announced soon. Secure your tickets for this epic event at the Nuclear Blast web shop here. For further information, visit the festival's website.

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Wintersun Updates Tour Schedule

Wintersun, which released long-awaited new album "Time I" back in October, has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming tour dates:

"Hi everyone! Checking in from the ongoing North American tour (right now we´re in Canada) and we´re more than happy to announce further shows in 2013. This time: SPAIN! We´ll be playing the following cities:

24.06.2013 Bilbao, Rockstar
25.06.2013 Madrid, Caracol
26.06.2013 Barcelona, Apolo 2

"Stay tuned for updates. Here the remaining dates of the North American Tour. Make sure to buy your tickets asap as they keep selling fast!"

07.12.12 Louis' Pub Saskatoon, Canada
08.12.12 West End Cultural Centre Winnipeg, Canada
09.12.12 Station 4 St Paul, MN
11.12.12 Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
12.12.12 Peabody's Cleveland, OH
13.12.12 The Opera House Toronto, Canada
14.12.12 Mavericks Ottawa, Canada **SOLD OUT**
15.12.12 Club Soda Montreal, Canada **SOLD OUT**
16.12.12 Imperial Quebec City, Canada
18.12.12 Water Street Music Hall (at The Club) Rochester, NY
19.12.12 Mr. Small's Theatre Pittsburgh, PA
20.12.12 Gramercy Theatre New York, NY **SOLD OUT**
21.12.12 Royale Boston Boston, MA

Confirmed festival shows 2013:
30.05. - 01.06.12 Beastival Geiselwind, Germany - www.beastival.com
20.06. - 22.06.12 Metalfest Loreley St. Goarshausen, Germany - www.metalfest.eu
28.06.12 Tuska Open Air Helsinki, Finland More...

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Wintersun Posts Lyric Video

Wintersun has posted a lyric video online for the "Time" track, which comes off the band's recently release new album "Time I." The album is available for order right here. Check out the clip below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. When Time Fades Away
2. Sons of Winter and Stars
I Rain of Stars
II Surrounded by Darkness
III Journey Inside a Dream
IV Sons of Winter and Stars
3. Land of Snow and Sorrow
4. Darkness and Frost
5. Time

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Wintersun Issues Tour Recap

Wintersun, which finally released the long-awaited "Time I" album (reviewed here), has checked in with the following tour recap and update about upcoming shows:

"HEIDENFEST TOUR DONE! NEXT STOP: NORTH AMERICA We arrived home yesterday from the Heidenfest Tour. The tour was a great success and we had a really good time on the road delivering the TIME I live experience to packed venues and loads of people all over Europe!

"We would like to thank all the fans who came to the shows; all the other bands on the tour - Korpiklaani, Varg, Trollfest, Krampus, Finntroll, Eisregen and Arkona; our fabulous crew; the local promoters and everybody else involved who shared the good times with us!

"Our next stop will be North America which we'll hit the first time ever on November 28, followed by 21 shows together with Eluveitie across USA and Canada. We can't wait to get there and hope to see a lot of people there as well! Stay tuned for more news about the tour!

"As far as we´re informed, the tickets for these shows are selling quite fast, so all of you folks from North America who wanna see us and this tour package - be sure to get your tix soon so we won´t miss to see you on our first ever N. A. tour!

"We will hit Europe again in Summer 2013 and do few selected festivals as well as some club shows inbetween the festivals. If you want to see Wintersun on a festival or club near you - write to the festivals and club promoters to reach out for a Wintersun show." More...

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Eluveitie To Perform Full "Helvetios" Album

Swiss folk metal act Eluveitie has issued the following announcement about performing the full "Helvetios" album on upcoming tour dates with Varg:

"North American tour update: the full album 'Helvetios' to be performed live! We cannot wait to be back to North America in support of our two recent releases, for the first time headlining with material from our latest concept album. To celebrate this occasion, we have decided to treat our North American fans to a very special show, one that in fact we have only performed once before: Besides a selection of our all-time hits, we will be playing the full album 'Helvetios' from beginning to end, live on stage, every night!

"Tickets are going fast, so make sure you get yours in time! Links can be found in the touring section on our website. Also included on the billing are Wintersun (who have just celebrated worldwide charts success with their long-awaited release 'Time I') and the German folk metal heroes from Varg." More...

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Wintersun Streaming New Album Online

The fans had to wait for 8 years but now on Friday, October 19th the new Wintersun album "Time I" will finally be released via Nuclear Blast. To shorten the wait, the band is currently streaming the whole album on its official homepage here and has also revealed all lyrics to the songs.

From Friday on the band will also be headlining the Heidenfest tour 2012. You can find all info, dates, running orders, and more at this location. The "Time I" track listing is as follows:

1. When Time Fades Away
2. Sons of Winter and Stars
I Rain of Stars
II Surrounded by Darkness
III Journey Inside a Dream
IV Sons of Winter and Stars
3. Land of Snow and Sorrow
4. Darkness and Frost
5. Time More...

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Wintersun Posts Performance Footage

Wintersun has posted footage of the band, with both a front cam and a drum cam, performing live in Helsinki on October 13th, 2012. Check out the clips below. Wintersun will be hosting a live chat with fans later today at 3:00 PM EST. You can access the stream at this location.

The band will also be releasing the long-awaited new album "Time I" this coming October 19th (Europe) and October 22nd (North America) via Nuclear Blast. The complete track listing is available after the jump.

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Wintersun To Host Live Chat With Fans

Members of Finnish act Wintersun will be participating in a live video web chat on Monday, October 15th. Fans can visit this location at Noon PST / 3 pm EST / 9 pm CET on the 15th to speak with guitarist Teemu Mäntysaari and bassist Jukka Koskinen.

The new album "Time I" will be released October 19th (Europe) and October 22nd (North America) via Nuclear Blast and has the following track listing:

1. When Time Fades Away
2. Sons of Winter and Stars
I Rain of Stars
II Surrounded by Darkness
III Journey Inside a Dream
IV Sons of Winter and Stars
3. Land of Snow and Sorrow
4. Darkness and Frost
5. Time

The bonus DVD includes:
1. Land Of Snow And Sorrow (Live At Rehearsals, Helsinki)
2. Darkness And Frost & Time (Live At Rehearsals, Helsinki)
3. Sons Of Winter And Stars (Live At Rehearsals, Helsinki)
4. Licks & Tricks Of TIME I With Each Band Member
5. Sons Of Winter And Stars – Project Demonstration (Interview at Jari´s Home Studio)
6. Photo Gallery (Live At Rehearsals, Helsinki)

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Wintersun Posts Third "Time I" Album Preview

Finnish act Wintersun posted the third album preview for the long awaited upcoming release of "Time I," the sophomore effort eight years in the making. This preview is a continuation of the previous, entitled "Licks & Tricks with Teemu" and showcases the bonus DVD that will accompany the album. "Time I" will be released October 19 in Europe and October 22nd in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.

Wintersun will perform its first North American tour this December with Eluveitie and Varg. For dates and venues, head on over to this location.

The entire "Licks & Tricks" series will be part of the DVD, which includes the following:

1. Land Of Snow And Sorrow (Live At Rehearsals, Helsinki)
2. Darkness And Frost & Time (Live At Rehearsals, Helsinki)
3. Sons Of Winter And Stars (Live At Rehearsals, Helsinki)
4. Licks & Tricks Of TIME I With Each Band Member
5. Sons Of Winter And Stars – Project Demonstration (Interview at Jari´s Home Studio)
6. Photo Gallery (Live At Rehearsals, Helsinki)

Check out part three here: More...

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Varg Confirms North American Tour

Today, German pagan metallers Varg confirm their first North American tour, starting next month, alongside Nuclear Blast recording artists Eluveitie and Wintersun. Touring in support of the forthcoming "Guten Tag" album - set for North American release on November 27th through NoiseArt (and distributed by NAPALM), along with a reissue of last year's "Wolfskult" album - the 21-date tour will start out west on November 28th and then conclude out east on December 21st.

The band also commented: "Soon we will come to America and Canada to support the mighty Wintersun and the great Eluveitie. It's our very first North American tour, so it's up to you to show us how you metalheads party over there. Watch out for our last Wolfmetal massacre Wolfskult, which entered the German Album charts on #33, and be prepared for our new album Guten Tag hitting stores in late November - two albums full of pure Wolfmetal and Rock 'n' Roll! Let's have a big Rock'n Roll Party! The German Wolves are coming! Skål!" More...

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Wintersun Posts Second "Time I" Album Preview

Finnish act Wintersun posted the second album preview for the long awaited upcoming release of "Time I," the sophomore effort from the band that is eight years in the making. This preview entitled "Licks & Tricks with Kai" showcases the bonus DVD that will accompany the album. "Time I" will be released October 19 in Europe and October 22nd in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.

The first preview can be seen at this location. Check out the preview here:

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