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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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Buried Realm Premieres "Asphyxiation’s Lullaby"

Colorado musician/vocalist Josh Dummer's solo project Buried Realm premieres a new song entitled "Asphyxiation’s Lullaby", taken from the upcoming new album "The Ichor Carcinoma", which is set for release on September 29th, 2017.

The release boasts a list of guest appearances including Bob Katsionis (Firewind, Septicflesh), Brandon Ellis (Arsis, The Black Dahlia Murder, Cannabis Corpse), Christopher Amott (Arch Enemy, Armageddon), Dean Paul Arnold (Vital Remains), Marios Iliopoulos (Nightrage), Peter Wichers (Soilwork), Ryan Strain (Recode The Subliminal), Teemu Mäntysaari (Wintersun), and Travis Montgomery (Threat Signal, Jeff Loomis band).

Check out now "Asphyxiation’s Lullaby" below.

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Arch Enemy Announces 2nd Leg Of European Tour

Melodic metal masters Arch Enemy are ready to conquer fans worldwide as they embark on the headlining international "Will To Power Tour" this Fall in support of the highly anticipated new release, "Will To Power," which drops September 8th via Century Media Records.

The first leg of the tour will trek across Eastern Europe from 9/15 - 10/11 with special guest Jinjer. The band are excited to announce the second round of dates for the "Will to Power Tour" will take place in early 2018 from 1/12-2/7 across Western Europe and feature support from Wintersun, Tribulation and Jinjer. All the dates can be found below.

Bandleader and chief songwriter Michael Amott comments: “Very happy to already announce our 'Will To Power' European headline tour for early 2018. We can't wait to get back out there with a new fresh Arch Enemy show full of cool surprises! And what a lineup! We have assembled a killer tour package with some amazing bands for you. Wintersun, Tribulation and Jinjer are all bands with their own unique and impressive live performances. This all adds up to an epic night of Metal that should not be missed!"

Wintersun commented, "We're super excited to announce that we will be supporting the mighty Arch Enemy on their European tour in January-February 2018! Hope to see you all there!“

Labelmates Tribulation also commented: “It is happening again! We are returning to the road in conjunction with the release of our new album, first stop Europe with no other than Arch Enemy. See you all soon!”

Jinjer chimed in stating,"We are literally counting the days until this tour starts! It's everything that we've been working up to for the past few years: bigger venues, bigger crowds and smashing the stage every night with the likes of a heavy metal giant like Arch Enemy. This tour will be one for the record books for sure!" More...

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Wintersun Debuts New Lyric Video

Finnish symphonic/melodic black metal act Wintersun debuts a new lyric video for "Awaken From the Dark Slumber", taken from the band's brand new album "The Forest Seasons", which was released on July 21, 2017 via Nuclear Blast.

Check out now "Awaken From the Dark Slumber" below.

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Wintersun Releases "The Forest Seasons" Trailer

Finnish symphonic/melodic black metal act Wintersun issued a trailer for the upcoming new album "The Forest Seasons." The album is expected to drop on July 21st via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Awaken from the Dark Slumber (Spring)

Part I: "The Dark Slumber"
Part II: "The Awakening"

2. The Forest That Weeps (Summer)
3. Eternal Darkness (Autumn)

Part I: "Haunting Darkness"
Part II: "The Call of the Dark Dream"
Part III: "Beyond the Infinite Universe"
Part IV: "Death"

4. Loneliness (Winter)

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Wintersun Announces Second Guitarist

Wintersun - the band that bilked you all out of €439,840 for a digital album release at €50 a pop - proudly presents a new second guitarist today: 27 year old Asim Searah. Asim was born in Pakistan and moved to Finland at the age of 18 to pursue a career in music and has been playing in several bands and projects since then.

Jari Mäenpää commented: "We've known him for a long time and we knew he is a great singer, but we didn't realize how a talented and skillful guitar player he is. Asim was actually the first one who sent us an audition video, which surprised us very positively. After the video auditions and two rounds of live auditions we realized he was exactly what we were looking for. He is very motivated and passionate with a good heavy metal attitude - a great guitar player and vocalist to improve the live sound of Wintersun even further!"

Asim commented: "It's an honour to be a part of a band that I have looked up to for many years. It's definitely a dream come true and I'm super excited to share the stage with Wintersun!" More...

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New Bands Added To Brutal Assault 2017

A bunch of new bands have been announced for the 22nd edition of Brutal Assault, which takes place this year in Fortress Josefov near Jaromer in the Czech Republic on August 9-12. Returning once more are heavy-weights Hatebreed, who last graced the fortress stages in 2012 and 2013. This is reportedly in response to festival-goers requests for more hardcore in the line-up.

The Dillinger Escape Plan will be including the festival in their series of farewell dates. It looks like the band's appearance here won't be affected by the bus crash that caused some European tour dates to be cancelled last month. Dillinger last played Brutal Assault in 2015.

Thrash veterans Overkill, touring in support of their recently released 18th studio album, "The Grinding Wheel", have also been added. No stranger to the fortress stage, Overkill last appeared at the festival in 2013.

Helsinki's Wintersun are newcomers to Brutal Assault, appearing for the first time. Can we assume they will be playing material from their long-awaited third album? There's no official word as yet. More...

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Wintersun Launches Crowd Funding Campaign

That long-awaited crowd funding campaign for the upcoming Wintersun album (no, not "Time II") has arrived... and great ready to take a hit to your bank account. There's only one pledging tier available: 50 Euro (around $53) and its digital only, with no physical edition of the album. Ouch.

The uber fans who are going to be into this no matter what can make their contribution for "The Forest Season" at IndieGogo here. Those who want a less-spendy physical edition can pick it up via Nuclear Blast at a date to be determined. The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring) 14:41
Part I The Dark Slumber
Part II The Awakening
2. The Forest That Weeps (Summer) 12:18
3. Eternal Darkness (Autumn) 14:08
Part I Haunting Darkness
Part II The Call of the Dark Dream
Part III Beyond the Infinite Universe
Part IV Death
4. Loneliness (Winter) 12:54 More...

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Wintersun Reveals "The Forest Seasons" Track List

Finnish act Wintersun issued the track listing for the upcoming new release "The Forest Seasons." An Indigogo campaign for the album commences on March 1st (stay tuned for link). Today, vocalist/guitarist Jari Mäenpää revealed track-by-track information about each song on the release.

In a statement on Facebook, Mäenpää stated: "This album is more primitive and organic than I normally like to do, but still modern, melodic, epic, bombastic yet also dark and dare I say even shocking and we love it! It is new and different, 'cause I don´t like doing the same thing over and over, but it's still very much a Wintersun album - although Wintersun can be anything, even techno/trance/pop... There are no limits with the music of Wintersun!

"It is a longer album than 'TIME I' running over 53 minutes and for once I'm 100% happy with the sounds and the production. The sound fits PERFECTLY for this album! This album actually sounds great in every sound system/speakers/headphones I've listened to it! If you are a Wintersun fan you won't be disappointed! It has everything you would expect from a Wintersun album, that we can promise you! And if you're not a fan, you might like it anyway, because it has lot of variety and new dimensions to our sound and style.

"'The Forest Seasons' album was something that I could do with my current resources, but it doesn't take anything away how great the album is. Because it is killer! And music isn't measured in money. Album costing hundred bucks or a million bucks can be equally good albums. (But the unfortunate thing is that certain albums can only be done with higher end production and then again some albums would sound like shit with a big budget production and vice versa, some albums would sound like shit with low budget production and some albums would sound killer with low budget production!)

"The album has four epic and monumental songs, all very different, but still merging together perfectly like the season changes. Two of the songs, 'Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring)' and 'Eternal Darkness (Autumn)' are multipart songs like 'Starchild' and 'Sons of Winter and Stars'.


"'Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring)' is the starting track. It's a very energetic song illustrating the awakening of nature and it will build up to a big climax! (This song has this album's "killer riff"... forest style!) More...

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Wintersun Unveils "The Forest Seasons" Artwork

Finnish symphonic epic black metal act Wintersun revealed the artwork for the upcoming new album "The Forest Seasons."

The band commented: "We're proud to show you guys our NEW 3rd full length album cover! The album cover was made in collaboration by Gyula Havancsák and Jari Mäenpää. It illustrates THE AWAKENING of a mystical forest where the seasons are merging together.

"Enjoy guys! This album is sick and minds will be blown! Our INDIEGOGO crowdfunding campaign will start on March 1st where you can order the new album DIRECTLY from us with the highest quality!"

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Wintersun Announces Studio Crowd Funding Campaign

Last week Finnish group Wintersun unveiled the track list for third studio album "The Forest Seasons" that will see the light of day in 2017. This new full-length album of 53 minutes follows the concept of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons," but will feature epic death metal on four massive tracks.

Although the album is already finished, front man and mastermind Jari Mäenpää now needs the support of his loyal fans in a way he stated a few years back would be simply impossible: there will be a Wintersun studio crowd funding campaign starting March 1st. Jari, Jukka, Kai, and Teemu issued this statement:

"During last autumn, we had long and productive negotiations with our record label Nuclear Blast and we finalized it in November 2016. We came to a good solution, a win-win deal that will benefit everyone - Wintersun, Nuclear Blast, and especially the fans! This means that we will do the crowdfunding and it will include our NEW album 'The Forest Seasons!'

"The purpose of this crowdfunding is to build the Wintersun Headquarters studio. As some of you may know this has been in the plans for a long time. It is our long time goal and dream. Building the studio is absolutely essential in order to finish 'Time II' and produce our future albums as fast as possible and with the best production. All the money we raise will go directly to Wintersun, 100%, which we will use for building the Wintersun Headquarters. More...

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Wintersun Reveals New Album's Track List

Wintersun recently announced the follow-up to "Time I" (reviewed here) will be a completely different album than expected titled "The Forest Seasons." The track listing has now been revealed below, and the band also comments:

"Yes, you guessed it! This album is our version of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, but it hasn't got anything to do with Vivaldi musically or with classical music. It is 100% original and solid Wintersun material! It is something new and different. Let´s just say it has a bit more darker tone overall... ;)

"Next week you will know how we are releasing our new album so stay tuned for more details! Click those notifications ON in all our Facebook pages, you don't want to miss the important updates of our new album! (Because of Facebook algorithm reach limit)." More...

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Wintersun Unveils New Album Title

Following the "Time I" album from back in 2012 (reviewed here), Wintersun has revealed a new album is finally coming, but it won't be the long-expected "Time II." The band comments:

"Wintersun's 3rd full-length album name is... 'The Forest Seasons!' That's right folks, we'll leave you pondering a bit what this name means. Next week we'll release the album track list and everything will become very clear to you! Promise!"

Jari Mäenpää recently issued a lengthy post explaining why this album won't be "Time II" and gave a hint of what to expect instead at this location. More...

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Wintersun Comments On New Album And "Time II"

It's time for another "Time" rant from Jari Mäenpää of Wintersun! After announcing a new album is coming that won't be "Time II," Jari issued this update to fans:

"Little addendum to clear some confusion about 'Time II...'

"'Time II' was already recorded the same time as 'Time I,' but the mixing of Time II came to a halt in 2014 when I realised that I could not finish the album with my resources. The album is just too big and I will not compromise and release it prematurely like I had to do with 'Time I.'

"'Time I' and 'Time II' are huge and just insane projects. They are big budget albums that I should have not probably even started working on at that point in my career. But at that time, I had a vision for those albums and that was the only music I wanted to make. So despite the lack of funding, I wanted to challenge myself and I started working on those albums with what I had...

"There were lots of technical problems and other obstacles along the way and those problems could have been solved or avoided with proper resources. Somehow I still managed to pull off at least something close to my vision for 'Time I.' I had to use time to compensate for the lack of funding and overcome the technical issues. You can literally buy money with time and buy time with money. Money = time = money. I wasn't 100% happy with the result, but the pressure was just too high to release 'Time I' and get the ball rolling. That won't happen again. 'Time II' will not be finished until I have the proper resources for it, but hopefully soon that's about to change! ;) More...

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Wintersun Announces New Album

Maybe Wintersun wasn't trolling as much as we thought, as the band today announces a new album is coming... except it's not "Time II" but rather something completely different. The group issued this message online:

"It's 2017 folks and it's going to be a great year! Time for some big Wintersun news? Yes it is!
When we said that 'IT IS DONE,' we did not mean 'Time II,' but we meant a NEW ALBUM for sure! 'Time II' won´t be the next Wintersun album, because of reasons you already know from past updates and interviews.

"So what is IT? IT is a NEW ALBUM and it is 100% done! And no, that's not the name of the album. This album will be something new and different, but equally great or perhaps even better in some ways. Over 53 minutes of solid Wintersun material (with no intro tracks) and with a killer concept!

"This album will be the 3rd full-length Wintersun album. We will release the name of it soon and other details like track list etc. We're gonna start putting the pieces of the puzzle together for you guys how it's going to be released and what will happen... It will be a whole new experience to enjoy a Wintersun album! It will all make sense to you very soon!

"And this album is not the only thing we've done, not by a long shot! In fact your minds will be blown soon! That is a guarantee. So click the notifications ON in our Wintersun Facebook Page, if you don't want to miss out on the new Wintersun album! (Because of Facebook algorithm reach limit). THANKS GUYS!" More...

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Wintersun Trolls Fans Seeking New Album

Echoing the "it is 100% done" comments from back in July, Wintersun has again taken to trolling fans. Yesterday the group posted the image below online, only to be followed up today with this comment from Jari Mäenpää:

"Damn, I love the sense of humor of the Wintersun fans! :D And btw, over 16.000 personal likes broken. Very nice! Thank you! Keep'em coming! Can I get over 20.000 before March? "

Needless to say, some weren't exactly impressed by this latest round of non-updates from the band, while others were more good natured about it. By far the best comment on Wintersun's Facebook page has been this prescient musing on two things that are never actually going to be released:

I have a bet going with my sister that if "Time 2" comes out before George RR Martin's "The Winds of Winter" that she has to buy it for me. And if the book comes first I get it for her. This bet has been going for about 2 years now. Maybe I'll win.

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Wintersun Announces... Something

Following that whole debacle with "Time II" not getting released due to, ahem, let's call them "studio issues," Wintersun is trolling now trolling fans by announcing that something or other is done... but not precisely what "it" actually is.

Seriously guys, don't expect an album, they're being way too coy for that. Jari Mäenpää issued this statement via Facebook, which was subsequently shared on the Wintersun page:

"When I announced last week that 'it is done,' I did not mean that IT is done. I meant that IT is done! :D

"But seriously, after almost two years of insane amount of work (not to mention a lifetime of practicing and developing music composing, lyric writing, playing, singing, production and engineering skills etc.), something big and amazing that will blow your mind has finally been completely finished, 100%! We thought (and I'm sure you did too) that this day would never come, but it's finally here. I feel I did the impossible! Feeling very proud and happy!

"The question now though is, will it ever be released? Well it will be sooner or later, but that is yet to be determined. I have sent a long email to Nuclear Blast and we are now in negotiations with them. That's all I can tell you right now. Keep your fingers crossed!"

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The 70,000 Ton Hangover

Can 21st-century metalheads ever be truly happy if they’re not bitching about something on the web?

The pointless arguments over bands’ music, which mostly boil down to matters of taste, are exhausting enough. And there’s a simple solution to dissatisfaction with a particular tour package: stay home and masturbate.

But complaining about festival lineups? Really?

I have some news for you, sport: the only Perfect Metal Festival Lineup, which exists only in an individual’s imagination, attracts an audience of one. Your Perfect Lineup is different from mine.

There needs to be a common denominator, a compromise. I don’t know about you, but when I’m not basking in my serene, elite metal knowledge via trve and righteous, smarmy and self-congratulatory screeds on Facebook, I actually enjoy watching a live show in the company of others. And in reaching the compromise to make that social event possible, everyone’s Perfect Lineup inevitably becomes less than perfect. Such is the transition from fantasy to reality.

In the process, like small children finally realizing that vegetables aren’t going to kill them, we learn that the reality is almost always better than the fantasy (discounting the fact that the latter doesn’t exist). MTV’s Butt-Head once mused on this very issue: “If nothing sucked, and everything was, like, cool all the time… how would you KNOW it was cool?”

At a several-day festival with dozens of bands on multiple stages, we NEED at least a handful of acts we know we can ignore. Otherwise, think of the immense pressure to be constantly on our feet, rushing back and forth, watching every equally important band with rapt attention. Even if possible, it would be simply overwhelming. We’d pass out from exhaustion and forget to enjoy ourselves. Plus, the truly special acts wouldn’t seem as special.

Last summer at Tuska Open Air in Helsinki, rather than bitch about the injustice of Bring Me The Horizon directly preceding Anthrax, I was grateful for the chance to relax and have a beer before catching a show by one of the Big Four. More...

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Timo Häkkinen To Fill In For Kai Hahto

Wntersun has issued the following statement about Kai Hahto missing upcoming tour dates:

"Due to the Nightwish duties Kai is not able to perform the upcoming Wintersun live shows with us. Therefore we are proud to announce that Timo Häkkinen (Sotajumala) will be filling in for the time being. A great drummer and also Kai’s friend, we are going to blast our live shows like before! Cheers!"

Kai had this to say: "As most of the shows during 2015 will collide with Nightwish there was no other option than to get Timo to do the shows I can't. I will be back in 2016 for sure. Cheers!!"

Timo also adds: "I am very honored to fill in for Kai and to help the band out. Kai is a dear friend as well as my all-time favorite drummer. I look forward to the experience and embrace the challenge - see you on the road!" More...

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Paganfest 2015 Lineup Announced

Finland's Wintersun has been confirmed as one of the main headliners of the upcoming Paganfest tour 2015. Wintersun will team up with Finnish comrades Turisas and Dutch folksters Heidefolk. Support acts will be Obscurity and Frosttide.

Furthermore, some of the dates will be Paganfest extended shows led by folk metal superstars Korpiklaani. They are joined by Hannover’s finest Grailknights and Germany's Finsterforst to complete the Paganfest 2015 billing.

Currently announced dates are as follows:

19.03. DE Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
20.03. DE Leipzig - Hellraiser *Extended Show
21.03. DE Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle *Extended Show
22.03. NL Tilburg - 013 *Extended Show
23.03. DE Hamburg - Markthalle
24.03. CH Pratteln - Z7
25.03. DE Saarbrücken - Garage
26.03. DE Frankfurt - Batschkapp
27.03. DE München - Backstage *Extended Show
28.03. AT Wien - Arena *Extended Show
29.03. DE Berlin - Postbahnhof *Extended Show

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Wintersun To Launch Studio Crowd Funding Campaign

The Wintersun studio saga continues...

After posting a lengthy message online back in July about how no lesser studio could possibly do justice to the follow-up to the "Time" album (reviewed here) and trying to leverage the online rage of fans to force Nuclear Blast into building the band its own studio (followed by an even lengthier message defending the first one that had people pulling out the popcorn), Wintersun will now be launching a crowd funding campaign so the fans can foot the bill for said studio.

The following message gauging interest in such a campaign was posted on the Wintersun Facebook page:

"Wintersun Studio & Time II crowd funding survey (Please read first before liking!): Good news guys! We have reached an agreement with Nuclear Blast. We gotta give them big props for coming through for us! But first, we need to do a little survey to estimate if we could actually reach our crowd funding goal (which is pretty damn high) before we rush into it.

"We need to estimate carefully our goal, what is possible and what is not before we can move forward with our plans. This is sort of a test run, but this will hopefully determine approximately how much support we would have. We also want to be clear that the crowd funding is not a charity, we are not asking for donations or anything for free. You would totally get your monies worth!

"So we would like to know... If we did this crowd funding project, how many of you guys would be willing to pre-order a TIME II High Quality download package? Stem mixes and many other killer goodies would be included in the perk. All details will be revealed later, but this package would be huge, something never done before! Here´s a little taster what the package would include:

- High quality full album download (wav 24bit, 44.1kHz), exactly the way the album was recorded, mixed and mastered
- Includes all tracks (Fields of Snow, The Way of the Fire, One with the Shadows, Ominous Clouds, Storm, Silver Leaves)
- Beautiful PDF extended digital booklet with all crowd funding backer names included (optional)

- Separated mix tracks for all Drums, Bass, Rhythm Guitars, Melody Guitars & Solos, Vocals, Orchestrations of all songs
- Make your own mix, adjust the levels for your own liking, listen all the main instruments separately, discover and learn all the secrets inside the mix layers

"But that´s just for starters, this package would include many other items and surprises. We feel very confident about this and trust that you all would go crazy about it! And this package is just the first perk on the list. But this would be our main focus for the campaign.

"The price would be very affordable and with the guarantee that 100% of the raised money would go for the funding of our studio and Wintersun´s album productions. This would be your chance of a lifetime to support us directly and get an insane TIME II package for your money at the same time (pun intended!). So win-win! All we want you to do for now is...

"Please LIKE this post if you would buy and support us.

"Please DO NOT click the LIKE if you would not buy.

"AND PLEASE SHARE THIS POST TO EVERYONE!!! Because it's important that all our potential supporters see this post and we get some idea whether there's a chance to reach our goal. Thanks!"

So, what do you guys think - is this legitimate use of crowd funding in a win/win for fan and musician, or should the group suck it up and do what ever other metal band on the planet with a major label record contract manages to do and release albums on a regular schedule? More...

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