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Helsinki, Finnland (2004 – aktuell)

Wintersun (engl. für Wintersonne) ist eine finnische -Band aus Helsinki um den Sänger und Gitarristen Jari Mäenpää.

Anfangs war Wintersun nur als Nebenprojekt geplant. Im Jahr 2004 trennte sich Jari Mäenpää jedoch von seiner vorherigen Band Ensiferum, da die Aufnahmezeiten im Studio mit einer Tour von Ensiferum kollidierten. Noch im selben Jahr produzierte er alleine die Demo Winter Madness und später mit Schlagzeuger Kai Hahto von Rotten Sound das Debütalbum Wintersun, das am 13. September 2004 durch das Label Nuclear Blast veröffentlicht wurde. Mäenpäa schrieb die veröffentlichten Stücke zwischen 1995 und 2003. Die japanische Ausgabe enthielt zudem alle drei Stücke der Demo als Bonustracks. Zu der Single „Beyond the Dark Sun“ wurde außerdem ein Video gedreht.

Um auch live auftreten zu können verpflichtete Mäenpää später noch Jukka Koskinen als Bassisten sowie Teemu Mäntysaari als zweiten Gitarristen. Er selbst übernimmt bei Liveauftritten sowohl den Gitarrenpart als auch den Gesang. Im Jahr 2006 entschied überdies Kai Hahto, bei Rotten Sound auszusteigen, um sich voll und ganz auf Wintersun zu konzentrieren. Im September 2006 erschien die Wintersun Tour-Edition mit Live-DVD vom Summer Breeze 2005.




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  • Dead-shinobi

    No wonder, the planet goes through the Kali Yuga.

    4. Jul., 12:01 Antworten
  • Blackpaper88

    Sadly, idiots dominate the planet...

    4. Jul., 8:25 Antworten
  • Brandon_Exylum

    I can't believe so many people mock and complain about this wonderful band. People seem to have a way of ruining beautiful things on the internet.

    3. Jul., 19:52 Antworten
  • Dead-shinobi

    $178.74 ? PLEASE. Also, what's this. Is Jari gonna receive any % or what?

    1. Jul., 16:44 Antworten
  • DeeSpair

    Check out this amazing custom Wintersun shirt! http://nychta.com/product/med-evil-top/

    28. Jun., 23:38 Antworten
  • Liafev

    I hate waiting for this album again, but if it's at least as good as Time I, I won't have any further complain. So take your time Jari, and make a piece of art, again !

    27. Jun., 21:34 Antworten
  • umosay

    Jari Mäenpää Wintersun 17 mins · Here´s the reality. TIME I & II and even couple of the next albums would have been out already, if I would have a studio. BUT I don´t have a studio. Studio is like an instrument of making music and I don´t have that instrument, so it´s pretty fucking hard to make albums, especially as complicated as the TIME albums are. TIME II is in good place mixwise, it´s sounding pretty damn spectacular, but there are still some difficult obstacles I´m battling with. Tuska Festival weekend is coming and I´m gonna get wasted! I´ve been working nonstop since January (and not just the TIME II, new material and there´s some other new things boiling under as well). So don´t come ask me at Tuska "when´s TIME II coming out?" hahah! Unless you buy me a beer!

    25. Jun., 16:01 Antworten
  • Nordpolar


    21. Jun., 11:43 Antworten
  • Sander1991

    He wants to accomplish the mixing of the albums himself so he doesn't need anyone to make them sound the way he wants to and I can totally understand that. In the long run he might be able to get the job done just as quick as others. Win-win situation right there.

    21. Jun., 11:42 Antworten
  • Nordpolar

    I didn't say u said that. That was just a reply to that "but so do a lot of people" of yours. I've seen the SoWaS project, yes, but I still can't comprehend why he isn't just picking one really good producer to accomplish a great result in "shorter" time. I didn't even say I'm angry about him taking so long, it's just that I can't see any point in him producing it all by himself except of his perfectionism. Problem is, "Time I" isn't that well-produced. It's okay at best.

    21. Jun., 9:46 Antworten
  • umosay

    Who said he isn't concentrating on Time II? He's written all that stuff since 2006. You might not know any band with these problems because very few are mixing it themselves on very underpowered gear, good luck taking this stuff to a studio. Have you watched the video of SoWaS project? May give you an idea. When did I say 'famous bands'? hmmm

    21. Jun., 5:56 Antworten
  • Nordpolar

    umosay: Aha. Do they? I don't know any "famous" band having these problems, sorry.

    20. Jun., 12:44 Antworten
  • Nordpolar

    Woah, he's got material for 5 albums blah blah blah. He should concentrate on "Time II" instead of boasting with "killer material" and shit.

    20. Jun., 12:41 Antworten
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Sons of Winter and Stars is easily the best fucking folk metal song I've EVER heard, and I don't see that changing. Incredible band.

    19. Jun., 3:08 Antworten
  • Blackpaper88

    This page has too many spammers...

    14. Jun., 16:34 Antworten
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    Time II 4102 AOTY!

    6. Jun., 21:34 Antworten
  • Meat_Wolf

    "but will never live up to anyone's expectations." — automatically disqualified because never speak for everyone. By now it's really futile to ponder over the release date but those who wait will keep waiting anyway.

    6. Jun., 18:00 Antworten
  • wormvortex

    Time ll 2014. hahahahahahahahahahahah

    5. Jun., 21:20 Antworten
  • anxietystomper

    Wintersun is just a social experiment masquerading as a melodic death metal band. They are performing research to determine how long people will wait in desperation for an album that is eventually supposed to be released but will never live up to anyone's expectations.

    4. Jun., 4:51 Antworten
  • Ilgu

    Jari putting up a Kickstarter would be an excellent thing! At this point I really don't dare to speculate about the release date of Time II. I really was expecting to hear some updates by now but as they remain absent I really have no idea how long we still have to wait... Maybe 2016 who knows

    31. Mai., 19:29 Antworten
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