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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 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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Wintersun Posts Facebook Fan Interview, Pt. III

Finnish metal act Wintersun posted a third installment of a series of Facebook fan interview videos featuring Jari Mäenpää discussing the upcoming "Time I" release. The interview was conducted by Bleeding Red frontman Timo Joos. "Time I" is scheduled for release on October 19th (Europe) and 22nd (North America) release through Nuclear Blast with "Time II" expected in 2013. A teaser for the album can be heard at this location.

Check out part III of the Facebook Fan Interview here:

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Wintersun Posts "Time I" Teaser

Eight years in the making, the release of the new Wintersun album "Time I" was recently pushed back due to manufacturing issues, and is now set for an October 19th (Europe) and 22nd (North America) release through Nuclear Blast. In anticipation of the pending release, a new teaser trailer has been posted online and can be viewed below.

The band will also headline the Heidenfest Tour in Europe October/November and embark on a North American run with Eluveitie at the end of 2012. Pre-orders for the new album "Time I" can be found at this location. Limited edition versions will feature a bonus 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) More...

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Wintersun Pushes Back Album Release

Wintersun and Nuclear Blast have issued the following announcement about pushing back the "Time I" release date:

"As we want to give all our incredible fans something truly special and outstanding for our second album 'Time I,' there is going to be a limited mediabook edition including DVD available, but due to unfortunate manufacturing delays the 'Time I' album release has been postponed by a week. The new release dates are:

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

"We feel very bad about this. This is a big hit for us, so we need your support now more than ever! Be sure to come by our shows in Finland the week before album release, as we play the TIME I album live for the first time ever! See you there!"

Pre-Orders are available for "Time I" via the Nuclear Blast webstore right here.

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Wintersun Posts Choir Recordings Studio Footage

Finnish metal band Wintersun posted additional studio footage for the forthcoming "Time" albums, this time focusing on the choir recordings for the final chorus of "Sons of Winter and Stars." "Time I," is scheduled for release on October 12, 2012 (EU) and October 19, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast.

The band commented on the video: "We asked some friends from fellow bands to help us out. We were honored that all of them were excited to do it. We knew that this would turn out to be something special. The recording took place at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland. The choir consisted of Markus and Sami from Ensiferum; Mathias, Olli and Jukka-Pekka from Turisas; Heri from Tyr; Mikko from Kiuas and Teemu and Jukka from Wintersun. It was a real pleasure to see all these talented guys around the microphone singing their hearts outs! And the end result was amazing! Thanks guys! Here´s some video footage from the session, enjoy!"

Previous trailers can be viewed here and at this location. The band will be touring North America for the first time with Eluveitie and Varg this December. For complete dates, head over to this location. A trailer for the tour can be seen below following the studio footage.

The track listing for "Time I" 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

Check out the studio footage here: More...

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Wintersun Announces First North American Tour

Finnish metal band Wintersun announced that the band tour North America for the first time in support of Swiss folk masters Eluveitie. Additional support will come from pagan metal lords Varg. The tour is set to commence on November 28, 2012 in Tempe, AZ at 910 Live and end on "apocalypse day," December 21, 2012 in Boston at Royale. The band's new LP "Time I" is scheduled for release on October 12th, 2012 (EU) and October 19th, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast with "Time II" expected in 2013.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

11/28/12 910 Live – Tempe, AZ
11/29/12 The Roxy Theater – Hollywood, CA
11/30/12 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
12/01/12 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
12/02/12 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
12/03/12 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
12/05/12 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
12/06/12 Republik – Calgary, AB – CANADA
12/07/12 Louis’ Pub – Saskatoon, SK – CANADA
12/08/12 West End Cultural Centre – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
12/09/12 Station 4 – Saint Paul, MN
12/11/12 Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
12/12/12 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
12/13/12 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
12/14/12 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON – CANADA
12/15/12 Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA
12/16/12 Imperial – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
12/18/12 Water Street Music Hall (at The Club) – Rochester, NY
12/19/12 Mr. Small’s Theatre – Millvale, PA
12/20/12 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
12/21/12 Royale Boston – Boston, MA More...

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Wintersun Posts Facebook Fan Interview Video

Finnish metal act Wintersun posted a Facebook fan interview video featuring Jari Mäenpää discussing the upcoming "Time I" release. The interview was conducted by Bleeding Red frontman Timo Joos. "Time I" is scheduled for release on October 12th, 2012 (EU) and October 19th, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast with "Time II" expected in 2013.

Samples of the album were recently embedded into the trailer for the upcoming Heidenfest 2012 tour, which can be seen at this location.

Check out the interview here:

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Wintersun Posts Song Snippets In Heidenfest Clip

Finnish metal act Wintersun debuted clips from the upcoming "Time I" release via the new trailer for the upcoming Heidenfest 2012 tour. "Time I" (shown below) is scheduled for release on October 12th, 2012 (EU) and October 19th, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast with "Time II" expected in 2013.

The Heidenfest 2012 tour features Wintersun as headliners along with Korpiklaani, Varg, Trollfest, Krampus and special guests extended shows. Confirmed dates are as follows:

+ SPECIAL GUESTS at extended shows*
FINNTROLL + EISREGEN (DE Shows) + ARKONA (NL Shows)

19.10.2012 DE - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle *Extended Show*
20.10.2012 DE - Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn *Extended Show*
21.10.2012 NL - Tilburg, 013 *Extended Show*
22.10.2012 CH - Pratteln, Z7
23.10.2012 CH -- Fribourg, Fri-Son ***NEW***
24.10.2012 IT - Bologna, Estragon
25.10.2012 AT - Wien, Gasometer
26.10.2012 DE - Leipzig, Hellraiser
27.10.2012 CZ - Prague, KD Vltavska
28.10.2012 PL - Krakow, Studio
29.10.2012 DE - Hamburg, Markthalle
30.10.2012 DE - Berlin, Postbahnhof
31.10.2012 DE - Munich, Backstage
01.11.2012 DE - Saarbrücken, Garage
02.11.2012 DE - Geiselwind, Music Hall *Extended Show*
03.11.2012 DE - Giessen, Hessenhallen *Extended Show*
04.11.2012 BE - Antwerp, Trix

Check out the trailer and new Wintersun song sound bytes here: More...

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Wintersun Unveils "Time I" Album Artwork

Finnish metal act Wintersun unveiled the album artwork for "Time I" (shown below), which was created by artist Cameron Gray. "Time I" is scheduled for release on October 12th, 2012 (EU) and October 19th, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast with "Time II" expected in 2013.

The band commented on the artwork:

"We searched many options who could actually make the cover for Time I. Cameron´s way of creating art was just something that stood out immediately and we feel it suited best for Jari´s vision as a cover for TIME I. We are really happy for the result and hopefully this collaboration continues in the future releases as well!"

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 Facebook Fan Interview, Pt. I

Wintersun posted the first part of the Facebook fan interview with guitarist/vocalist/keyboardist Jari Mäenpää which was conducted by Bleeding Red frontman Timo Joos after the "Time I" listening party on July 28, 2012 at the Nuclear Blast headquarters in Donzdorf, Germany.

"Time I" is scheduled for release on October 12th, 2012 (EU) and October 19th, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast. 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

Check out part one of the interview here: More...

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Wintersun Posts New Album Teaser

A new video teaser has been posted online of first impressions of the new Wintersun album "Time I," which was shot just after a listening session at the Nuclear Blast headquarters. Check out the footage below.

"Time I" is scheduled for release on October 12th, 2012 (EU) and October 19th, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast 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 More...

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Wintersun Posts "Photoshoot Time I" Video

Finnish metal band Wintersun posted a behind the scenes video featuring the "Time I" photo shoot. The band is putting the finishing touches on the long awaited "Time" albums. The first, "Time I," is scheduled for release on October 12, 2012 (EU) and October 19, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast.

The track listing for "Time I" 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

Check out the video here: More...

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Wintersun Posts Studio Trailer III For "Time I"

Finnish metal band Wintersun a third studio trailer for the forthcoming "Time" albums. The first, "Time I," is scheduled for release on October 12, 2012 (EU) and October 19, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast.

Previous trailers can be viewed here and at this location.

The track listing for "Time I" 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

Check out Part III here: More...

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Wintersun Unveils "Time I" European Release Date

Finnish metal band Wintersun announced that the first of two new releases, "Time I," is scheduled for release in Europe on October 12, 2012 via Nuclear Blast. Previously, the band announced that the North American release date is October 19, 2012.

In other news, the band will the band will perform two special album release shows in Finland, Lutakko in Jyväskylä on October 12th and at Nosturi in Helsinki on October 13th. Support acts for these shows will be Thaurorod and Medicated.

The band commented on the album and shows:

"We're excited to start the Time World Tour from our home country with two shows in October! These two special album release shows will be our first club gigs in Finland since 2006 and the first time ever Time I songs will be heard live! The show attendees will also be the first ones to have a chance to get a signed copy of the new album.

"During the rest of the summer we'll be rehearsing the new material and working on a new enhanced live show as well as doing some promo and preparing bonus material for the album. Right after the Finnish gigs we'll continue on to Heidenfest tour in Central Europe and after that... Well, more shows will be announced soon :) Stay tuned and hope to see you at the gigs!"

The band previously issued the first two trailers for "Time I," which can be viewed at this location and here.

The track listing for "Time I" is as follows: More...

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Wintersun Posts Second "Time I" Studio Trailer

Finnish metal band Wintersun posted the second in a series of studio trailers for the forthcoming "Time" albums. The first, "Time I," is scheduled for release on October 19, 2012 via Nuclear Blast. In this update, Teemu Mäntysaari records some guitar parts.

The first trailer can be viewed at this location.

The track listing for "Time I" 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

Check out the second trailer here More...

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Wintersun Posts First In Studio Trailer For "Time"

After eight years, Finish symphonic black metal act Wintersun posted the first in a series of studio trailers for the forthcoming "Time" albums. The trailer contains a part of the orchestration effects in the song "Sons of Winter and Stars." The first of the two, "Time I," will be released October 19, 2012 via Nuclear Blast.

The band announced the new releases at the end of May.

The track listing for "Time I" 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

Check out the first trailer here: More...

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Elvenking Announces Guest Musicians

Italy's Elvenking has issued the following update about releasing a new album and recruiting guest musicians:

"This summer is magical boys and girls! We hope you are already enjoying your summer holidays or that you planning your trips and your relax time.

"As you know the new Elvenking album is ready and it will be hopefully released inSeptember 2012. We will inform you about the final release date as soon as we'll have more news about it. We'll try to give you some updates about the new album every week. In the meantime we are preparing things around the new video clip shooting and we will film it while you'll have a swim at your favourite pool or a good hot night at the seaside!

"You already know that the Mountain King himself, Mr. Jon Oliva, will be guest on the new album leading his voice on two tracks. But we have also other great guest performance on the album. Wintersun’s guitarist Teemu Mäntysaari laid down an Incredible guitar solo on a track called 'Walking Dead' (oh yes, this is the very first new title revealed! …cool as the tv series at least!!). You will hear it.

"Also Maurizio Cardullo from our dear fellows Folkstone has taken care of all the folk instruments in the album. So you will hear a lot of bagpipes, tin whistles, low whistlesthrough the songs. What do you think about that?And last but not least the gorgeous and amazing Finnish singer Netta Dahlberg performed some female vocals. If you have the lastAmorphis album, well she IS that amazing voice! More...

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Wintersun To Release Two New Albums

Finland's Wintersun has finally released the following update regarding the band's long-awaited second album and follow-up to the debut self-titled album:

"Hello friends! Time for some album(s) news. Wintersun's Time is going to be two albums, titled TIME I & TIME II. We made this decision simply because of few reasons:

"All the 80min of material won't fit on a regular CD and we didn't want to cut anything out. We want you to be able to hear new material sooner and not wait any longer and we want to go on tour sooner.

"The music is very full and complex, so listening this kind of 'hard listening (not easy listening)' material straight for 80 minutes is a bit too much (even for me). Both albums will be approx. nice 40 min epic packages of fireworks.

"We like the idea of releasing two albums within one year, so the band will stay more visible longer, which is important in these 'modern times.' No more years of silence for us! We hope you'll approve our new little 'plan' and support us when the 'Time' comes! The track listing for TIME I looks like this:

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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