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This album should be a must own for anyone who is a fan of the original Wintersun release back in 2004.
The only drawbacks to this album are the shortness and the fact that if you are paying attention the Japanese elements are not true instruments. However I, unlike others, are not removing stars from this as I know Time II will be here soon to pair with.
The quality of the digital orchestrations is overall simply incredible. I'm not even a big fan of Symphonic metal in general as there is a huge cheese factor within alot of it for me. I do however appreciate a well produced soundtrack and this might be why my enjoyment is so high for Time I.
Over 1500 tracks have gone into the production of these 5 songs. If you purchase the DVD you will see the hard work that went into this and it shows. If you've been following the band, you are already aware of the setbacks that Jari had getting this out. There's some teasers out there too of who is in the choir.
The sound quality is amazing. You can hear so many layers if you are listening for it. You can get pleasantly lost listening to a few minor tracks in the background. If you have your mid range real low, you'll notice some sound fluctuations, you'll want to bring that up for this album to hear everything going on.
The music is not unlike what I would imagine an amazing ride on the back of an Ice Dragon while doing battle with terrible legions of orcs while snow and stars rain down around me! I can't really describe it any better! It's beautiful, enrapturing, sends chills down the spine and really just puts you in a trance.Read more ›
However, after listening to it a few more times, I didn't mind the length anymore. It's a beautifully crafted album with lots of complexities and layers in each song. You'll definitely pick up on something new with each listen. Every song is excellent, even the instrumentals.
In comparison to Wintersun's self-titled debut album, Time I has less focus on the guitar, and more on the big orchestrated sound. There's definitely less of the "noodling" around on the guitar, but I personally don't mind. Perhaps Time II will feature more guitar-oriented songs.
All in all - an superb album. They're expanding their horizons a bit with the big epic orchestrations while still sounding like Wintersun.
Intro 'When Time Fades Away' is oriental, epic and majestic. It would fit just as well onto the soundtrack of 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' or 'Hero' as it does onto this album. Subtle strings and heart-wrenching erhu melodies hook the listener with their poignance, setting the scene for track two.
Clocking in at 13:31, 'Sons of Winter and Stars' is the longest track on the album. Its four sections, (I) Rain of Stars, (II) Surrounded by Darkness, (III) Journey Inside a Dream, and (IV) Sons of Winter and Stars feature Wintersun's trademark sweep picking, executed with astonishing precision. Kai Hahto's drumming is notable, as are the Scandinavian influences that permeate the lyrics and music after the album's decidedly eastern intro.Read more ›
Like every album that grew on me, I gave it another listen, than another, now I can't stop listening to it. Seriously, I'm listening to it right now as I'm writing this. Once you accept that it's a different album than it's predecessor, the songs have that rare magic that transport you to an unexplored majestic place. This album is epic, ambitious, and at times almost too much to take in, but Wintersun pulls it off.
The lyrics are a little repetitive, but the music is good enough that I'm willing to forgive Jari for that.
If you don't like it at first, give it a few more listens. You'll be glad you did.
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Absolutely beautiful set of compositions. Must have for anyone who loves this genre of music. Jari and his band of incredible musicians took their time to produce this album- the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Daniel Ashkar
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From start to finish this has got to be one of my favourite metal albums of all time!!! You can feel and hear how much Jari had put into the record and in my opinion, it paid off! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Chris Shay