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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 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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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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