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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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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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More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

British metal festival Bloodstock Open Air has announced that Municipal Waste, Enslaved and Million Dollar Reload have been added to the bill. The festival takes place from August 14th-16th at the Catton Hall in Derbyshire.

The lineup is now as follows:

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

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More Bands Confirmed For Summer Breeze Open Air

The following bands have now been confirmed for Germany's Summer Breeze Open Air Festival 2009:

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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Apocalyptica Confirmed For Bloodstock 2009

Finnish symphonic inspired metal act Apocalyptica has been confirmed as the latest band for the Bloodstock Open Air Festival which will be held at Catton Hall, Walton on Trent in Derbyshire, United Kingdom. Fans in Britain should also note that this will be their only performance in the U.K. in 2009. Other bands on the bill include Saxon, Satyricon, Amon Amarth, Sabaton, Crandlemass, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, The Haunted, Turisas, Wintersun and Katatonia.

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Amon Amarth Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

Swedish viking metal act Amon Amarth are the latest band to be confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air festival which is set to be held from August 14th-16th in Derbyshire, England. The festival will also feature performances from Saxon, Satyricon, Sabaton, Crandlemass, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, The Haunted, Turisas, Wintersun and Katatonia.

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Satyricon Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

Norwegian black metal legends Satyricon are the latest act to be confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air festival which will be held in Derbyshire, England from Augus 14th-16th. The festival will also feature performances from Saxon, Sabaton, Candlemass, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, The Haunted, Turisas, Wintersun and Katatonia.

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Candlemass Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air 2009

Candlemass are the latest act to be confirmed for the 2009 edition of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival. The festival will be held from August 14th-16th next year at Catton Hall in Derbyshire and also features The Haunted, Sabaton, Katatonia, Turisas, Wintersun and Die Apokalyptischen Reiter.

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Korpiklaani Added To Metal Camp 2008

Korpiklaani have been confirmed for this year’s Metal Camp Festival set to take place July 3rd to 9th in Tolmin, Slovenia.

Other bands to appear include Behemoth, In Flames, Rage, Soilwork, Apocalyptica, Ministry, Kataklysm and Wintersun.

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Wintersun Discuss Technical Delays

The oft-delayed sophomore effort from former ENSIFERUM frontman, Jari Mäenpää (who celebrated a birthday on December 23rd) is STILL in the works. Drummer Kai Hahto offered the following litany of technical issues revolving around Time's timetable.

"I'm making a little statement where we are at the moment. Jari has struggled with the technical problems but there is light in the end of the tunnel. So we got the computer finally from Finland. It's new and it works but it didn't work as we hoped. We found out that 32 bit Windows only allows 2 GB RAM memory to be used and since he has 4 in his computer now, he can't use it all. It sucks! So we are buying a device to help us, a receptor. The receptor has 2 GB RAM and it's a rack device that will help us to use it for some of the synths." More...

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Apocalyptica Confirmed For Metalcamp 2008

The 2008 edition of Slovenia's Metalcamp festival (www.metalcamp.com) is scheduled to take place July 3rd - 9th in Tolmin.

The latest act confirmed is APOCALYPTICA.

Acts confirmed for the festival currently include: APOCALYPTICA, BEHEMOTH, BRAINSTORM, CATAMENIA, CELTIC FROST, DARK FORTRESS, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, HELLOWEEN, KATAKLYSM, MINISTRY, MYSTIC PROPHECY, PERSIHING MANKIND, RAGE, SKYFORGER, TANKARD, WINTERSUN.

More details to follow.

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"20 Years Of Nuclear Blast" Trailer Posted Online

A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips and a four-part history of the label hosted by DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer.

The following clips can be found on the "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set:

01. DIMMU BORGIR - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
02. IMMORTAL - One By One
03. HYPOCRISY - Scrutinized
04. GOREFEST - The Glorious Dead
05. KATAKLYSM - Manipulator Of Souls
06. BENEDICTION - I Bow To None
07. PUNGENT STENCH - Shrunken And Mumified Bitch
08. BELPHEGOR - Sanctus Perversum
09. NILE - The Language Of The Shadows
10. DEATH - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
11. MALEVOLENT CREATION - Assasin Squad
12. DESTRUCTION - The Butcher Strikes Back
13. DEW SCENTED - Cities Of The Dead
14. ANTHRAX - What Doesn’t Die
15. EXODUS - Riot Act
16. DEATH ANGEL - The Devil Incarnate
17. I - Warriors
18. SONIC SYNDICATE - Psychic Suicide
19. CLAWFINGER - The Price We Pay
20. CHIMAIRA - Worthless
21. IN FLAMES - Only For The Weak
22. MESHUGGAH - Future Breed Machine
23. SOILWORK - Exile
24. THE DESTINY PROGRAM - Project Hoax
25. SCAR SYMMETRY - The Illusionist
26. THREAT SIGNAL - Counterbalance
27. MNEMIC - Ghost
28. EKTOMORF - Destroy
29. AGNOSTIC FRONT - Warriors
30. ALL SHALL PERISH - Eradication
31. BLEED THE SKY - God In The Frame
32. DARKANE - Solitary Confinement
33. THE DUSKFALL - Trust Is Overrated
34. ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET - So Grim, So True, So Real
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
40. SONATA ARCTICA - Caleb
41. GOTTHARD - Master Of Illusion
42. RAGE - Full Moon
43. GRAVE DIGGER - Valhalla
44. HELLOWEEN - Immortal
45. STRATOVARIUS - Why Are We Here
46. TAROT - Before The Skies Comes Down
47. THUNDERSTONE - Face In The Mirror
48. COMMUNIC - Conspiracy In Mind
49. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
50. CANDLEMASS - Of Stars And Smoke
51. CATHEDRAL - Corpsecycle
52. NIGHTWISH - Eva
53. AFTER FOREVER - Transitory
54. EPICA - Never Enough
55. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Voices In A Dream
56. SIRENIA - The Other Side
57. DEATHSTARS - Greatest Fight On Earth
58. SAMAEL - Valkyrie’s New Ride
59. THE KOVENANT - In The Name Of The Future
60. AMORPHIS - The White Swan
61. THERION - Der Mitternachtslöwe
62. CREMATORY - Revolution
63. FARMER BOYS - For The World To Sing
64. PYOGENESIS - Addiction Pole
65. LIQUIDO - Ordinary Life
66. CHROME DIVISION - Serial Killer
67. DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER - Riders On The Storm
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...

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Wintersun Delay New Album

WINTERSUN guitarist/vocalist Jari Mäenpää (ex-ENSIFERUM) has issued the following update:

"The mix has been cancelled and the release of [the second WINTERSUN album] 'Time' is delayed even more. I'm sorry to disappoint everyone...again, but the album is not gonna be released this year. And unfortunately Nino has the Sonic Pump Studios booked full for this year, so we might have to think of something else.

"Reason for this delay is that, I've set the bar really high on this album, but my equipment isn't even close what I need to work faster. I have to push the gear what I have to the limits to get the best out of them and I have to do a LOT of workarounds which is very time-consuming. Then all the thousand technical problems added into the mix isn't helping. Basically every piece of gear has been broken at one time or another during the making of this album, feels like there's a curse. Takes ages to solve the problems and send the stuff back and forth making the warranty changes. All this has made me very frustrated and uninspired. Hasn't helped with my stress about the deadlines either, slowing me even more. I work the best when I'm happy and lots of times I haven't been. It's been the most difficult record to make in my life. The album is very huge, I don't know if it's gonna fit even in the 74 minutes of a CD. The track count is very high, about 200 tracks per song. So it's almost like two albums in one (or three SLAYER albums :P). But I'm gonna finish this, no matter what. More...

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