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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 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

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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

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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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Astral Winter Posts Wintersun Cover

Josh Young from Astral Winter and Daniel Kuzmanovski of Perpetual Dawn have teamed up to record a cover of "Sleeping Stars" by Wintersun. You can check out their interpretation of the track below.

Astral Winter also recently released a cover of "Frog's Theme" from the Chrono Trigger video game, which can be found here.

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Metalcamp 2011 Video Report Available

2 Guys 1 TV has posted a video report online from the Metalcamp 2011 festival, which features interviews with festival-goers and clips of live performances. You can check out the video report below.

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Wintersun Video Interview Posted Online

A new video interview has made its online which features Wintersun vocalist Jari Maenpaa. You can check out the interview, which was conducted by Stormbringer.at, in the player below.

Wintersun also recently posted a music video online for the song "Beyond the Dark Sun." You can watch the video clip by heading over to this location.

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Wintersun Posts "Beyond The Dark Sun" Video

Wintersun has posted a music video online for the song "Beyond The Dark Sun," which is off the band's self-titled album. You can check out the video clip in the player below.

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2011 Metalfest Open Air Trailer Posted

A new video trailer has been posted online to promote the forthcoming 2011 editions of the Metalfest Open Air events in Austria and Germany. Metalfest 2011 will take place between May 27th to 29th. You can view the trailer below.

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More Bands Added To Bloodstock Lineup

The organizers of the Bloodstock festival have issued the following announcement adding Finntroll, Wintersun, and Forbidden to the lineup:

"One of the leading names in the folk/pagan metal scene, Finntroll returns to Bloodstock after a rapturous reception back in 2007. Originally conceived as the result of a night of alcoholic carnage, when in a moment of inspiration, original guitarist Teemu 'Somnium' Raimoranta (RIP) and former vocalist Jan 'Katia' Jamsen conceived of a band that fused the darkness and grandeur of black metal with the traditional Finnish hoedown-music. The resultant sound was Finntroll.

"Joining them will be Fellow Finnish folk-freaks Wintersun, who’s set at Bloodstock this year will be highly anticipated after they were forced to pull out the 2009 event to complete their still to be released 'Time' album, expected later this year. Featuring members from some of the top names in the Finnish metal scene including Ensiferum, Rotten Sound and Norther, Wintersun are something of a super-group, with the various members influences combining to create a unique blend of melodic death and power metal with a heavy folk flavour that is bound to go down a storm with the Bloodstock crowd.

"Also added to the line-up are reformed US Thrash legends Forbidden. The recently reformed thrashers released their first album in over 13 years last October, after too-long a hiatus. 'Omega Wave,' released via Nuclear Blast records, received rave reviews in the British metal media and was rapturously received by fans, who lapped up the 12 tracks of no nonsense, back-to basics thrash on offer. Find out why Forbidden is one of the most highly regarded acts of the 80s/90s US thrash scene at this, their first ever UK festival appearance."

Additional details on the Bloodstock festival, which takes place from August 12th - 14th, are available here.

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Metalcamp 2011 Lineup Announced

Zonaria is the latest act to be confirmed for this year's edition of the Metalcamp festival, which is set to take place from July 11th - 16th, 2011 in Tolmin, Slovenia.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

ABINCHOVA
ACCEPT
ACHREN
AIRBOURNE
ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ARCH ENEMY
ARKONA
AVA INFERI
BLIND GUARDIAN
BRAINSTORM
BREZNO
BULLDOZER
DEATH ANGEL
DEICIDE
DIE APOKALYPTISCHE REITE
HATE
HEAVEN'S GREY
IMPERIUM DEKADENZ
IN EXTREMO
IN SOLITUDE
KALMAH
KATATONIA
KREATOR
KYLESA
MERCENARY
MOONSORROW
MOONSPELL
OBSCURA
OCTOBER FILE
RISING DREAM
SERENITY
SUICIDAL ANGELS
TAAKE
THAUROROD
THE OCEAN
VANDERBUYST
VIRGIN STEELE
WATAIN
WINTERSUN
ZONARIA

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Arch Enemy Confirms Festival Appearance

Swedish melodic death metal act Arch Enemy has been confirmed for this year's edition of the Metalcamp festival, set to take place between July 11th and 16th, 2011 in Tolmin, Slovenia.

The confirmed line-up includes:

ABINCHOVA
ACCEPT
ACHREN
ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ARCH ENEMY
ARKONA
AVA INFERI
BLIND GUARDIAN
BRAINSTORM
BREZNO
BULLDOZER
DEATH ANGEL
DEICIDE
HATE
HEAVEN´S GREY
IMPERIUM DEKADENZ
IN EXTREMO
IN SOLITUDE
KALMAH
KREATOR
KYLESA
MERCENARY
MOONSORROW
MOONSPELL
OBSCURA
OCTOBER FILE
RISING DREAM
SERENITY
SUICIDAL ANGELS
TAAKE
THAUROROD
THE OCEAN
VANDERBUYST
VIRGIN STEELE
WATAIN
WINTERSUN

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The Black Dahlia Murder Confirms Festival Date

American death metal act The Black Dahlia Murder has confirmed that it will be appearing at the Austrian edition of Metalfest 2011, set to take place between May 27th, 28th and 29th, 2011. The event will be taking place at Mining am Inn, Austria.

The confirmed line-up includes:

AMON AMARTH
SABATON
CRADLE OF FILTH
ARCH ENEMY
WINTERSUN
SAXON
AMORPHIS
EQUILIBRIUM
ENTOMBED
SODOM
WATAIN
PRIMORDIAL
RAGE
EISREGEN
DESTRUCTION
ARKONA
BELPHEGOR
SUICIDAL ANGELS
KALMAH
MERCENARY
WHILE HEAVEN WEPT
SECRETS OF THE MOON
KRISIUN
MILKING THE GOATMACHINE
THAUROROD
KIVIMETSÄN DRUIDI
ALCEST
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
WE BUTTER THE BREAD WITH BUTTER
NEAERA

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Thaurorod To Play Metalcamp Festival

Thaurorod has issued the following announcement about performing at the 2011 edition of the Metalcamp festival:

"Thaurorod is confirmed to play at Metalcamp 2011. It is absolutely great to play on this amazing festival with beautiful location in Tolmin Slovenia together with all the great bands as Blind Guardian, Accept, Kreator, Amorphis, Death Angel, Wintersun, Alestorm, Kalmah and many many more...

"We hope we can give something totally outrageous for the audience coming to see us to boost even more your mood on these headbangers holidays! Until then... take a listen to the new track 'Morning Lake' we just posted from the album! Thaurorod wishes you a magnificent year 2011!"

Additional details on the Metalcamp festival can be found at this location.

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Cain's Offering Signs To Frontiers Records

Frontiers Records has announced the signing of Cain's Offering for their debut album “Gather the Faithful,” to be released on August 28th in Europe and September 11th in the USA.

The band is the new artistic creation of Jani Liimatainen, the guitarist/songwriter formerly of Sonata Arctica and Altaria. In 2007 Jani parted ways with Finnish power metal act Sonata Arctica, a band he has contributed to found in 1996 and to which he devoted his full time and energy for more than 10 years.

Following his departure from one of Finland's biggest music exports in recent years, all eyes were set upon his newest creation: Cain's Offering. “After parting ways with Sonata Arctica, I took 'a leave of absence' from the metal circles, feeling that I had not much to offer at the time and that I needed a break to charge my batteries” states Liimatainen. “After a year or so the hunger to play metal returned with a vengeance, and so I decided to put together a new group of my own. I gave a call to a few friends, and voila: Cain's Offering! Cain’s Offering is a collaboration of a world-class musicians and one of the best singers in the world of Heavy Metal. All of these guys are handpicked from the very best the Finnish metal scene has to offer and I’m very proud to have them join me in this band.”

Joining Jani are vocalist Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius, Kotipelto), keyboardist Mikko Harkin (Solution.45, Mehida, ex-Sonata Arctica, ex-Wingdom, ex-Kenziner), bassist Jukka Koskinen (Norther, Wintersun) and drummer Jani "Hurtsi" Hurula (Paul Di'Anno).

Drawing its musical influence from both the classic hard rock scene, the fast-paced European power metal and a very modern heavy metal sound, Cain's Offering is a perfect example of today's living and breathing Finnish music scene. “To me Cain's Offering is a perfect combination of the things I value in music: beautiful melodies, emotions, top-notch musicianship and some kick-ass Metal! Basically it represents music as I like to hear it; every element is in its rightful place. I feel that what we came up with has all the traditional values, that so many metal-heads, myself included, hold so dear, but with a fresh new twist to it” says Jani. “Lyrically the songs deal with very basic, almost primal emotions and subjects most people will be able to relate to … and … there are absolutely no dragons allowed :)”

“Gather The Faithful” includes the following songs:

My Queen Of Winter
More Than Friends
Oceans Of Regret
Gather The Faithful
Into The Blue
Dawn Of Solace
Thorn In My Side
Morpheus In A Masquerade
Stolen Waters
Elegantly Broken

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More Bands Confirmed For Summer Breeze Open Air

The Summer Breeze Open Air Festival 2009 will take place August 13 - 15 in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany. The latest bands to be confirmed for the festival are Evergreen Terrace, The Cumshots, and Excrementory Grindfuckers.

The other bands already confirmed for the festival include:

Amon Amarth, Amorphis, Backyard Babies, Battlelore, Before the Dawn, Beneath the Massacre, Brainstorm, Callejon, Cataract, Corvus Corux, Dagoba, Entombed, Epica, Equilibrium, Evocation, Firewind, Ghost Brigade, Grand Magus, Grave, Hate Eternal, The Haunted, Katatonia, Legion of the Damned, Misery Index, Narziss, One Way Mirror, Opeth, Powerwolf, Raunchy, Sacred Steel, Unhelig, Unsun, Vader, Volbeat, Vomitory, Vried, Waylander, Wintersun.

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Moonspell Added To Bloodstock Open Air 2009

Portugese gothic metal band Moonspell are the latest band to be confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air festival this year. The event will be held at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England and takes place between August 14th and 16th.

The lineup for the festival is now as follows:

Amon Amarth
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Candlemass
Carcass
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Gwar
Katatonia
Million Dollar Reload
Moonspell
Municipal Waste
Sabaton
Satyricon
Saxon
Turisas
The Haunted
Wintersun

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Wintersun Cancels All Upcoming Show Dates

Finnish band Wintersun has issued the following announcement about canceling all upcoming show dates:

"There has come again unexpected problems with technology, which will make finishing the "Time" album even more harder than it has been. Which will delay it even more. There..s also some personal problems concerning my apartment.

"Because of all the problems, I have fallen under a serious amounts of stress, which is sometimes causing me "writer..s blocks". This album making is now turned into such a "risky business", that I have no choise, but to cancel Summerbreeze and Bloodstock.

"The thing is, the album has to be done first, before we can play any shows. Playing just old songs after many years isn..t something we want to do and what probably no one wants to see.

"After the album has been mixed, I need to mix again a "backuptrack livemix" (of the synths&orchestrations). Then we have to of course practise the new songs and arrange them into "live format" (especially mine and Teemu..s guitar parts). We also need to update our humble live gear. More...

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Carcass And Arch Enemy Added To Bloodstock 2009

Reunited British death metal legends Carcass and Swedish metallers Arch Enemy have both been named as the latest acts for this year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival. The festival takes place between August the fourteenth and sixteenth at the Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England.

The lineup is now as follows:

Amon Amarth
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Candlemass
Carcass
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Gwar
Katatonia
Million Dollar Reload
Municipal Waste
Sabaton
Satyricon
Saxon
Turisas
The Haunted
Wintersun

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Gwar Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air 2009

Shock rock legends Gwar have been confirmed for this years edition of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival. The event will be held at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England from August 14th-16th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Amon Amarth
Apocalyptica
Candlemass
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Gwar
Katatonia
Million Dollar Reload
Municipal Waste
Sabaton
Satyricon
Saxon
Turisas
The Haunted
Wintersun

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