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2012 release, the long-awaited sophomore album from the Finnish Metal band. The follow-up to their 2004 debut, Time 1 is the first of a two-part concept album that the band has spent the last eight years working on.
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  • Audio CD (October 22, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast America
  • ASIN: B00902MCVY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,036 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Cerulean Nightmare on October 25, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is my first review on Amazon. I don't typically review anything and I feel I must do this somewhere on a site that is well trafficked.

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.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Disrespect on October 22, 2012
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After my first listen I was mildy disappointed at how short the album felt. There's 5 songs (2 of which are instrumentals) which add up to about 40 minutes.

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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By HeavyMetalManitou on November 28, 2012
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Album of the year? Definitely. Album of the decade? Could be. Without becoming tangled in comparisons and superlatives, I'll put it like this: 'Time I' is epic in vision, theme and musical execution. Not chained by the restraints of stereotypical metal, Jari Mäenpää and his Wintersun compadres explore musical styles from Chinese traditional (using instruments such as the sublime-sounding erhu) to precision-picked extreme metal with blast-beat drumming and choral backing vocals à la Nightwish. Indeed, 'Time I' has an epic soundtrack-like quality to it that is often reminiscent of Nightwish at their best. As has been pointed out by many others, the wait for this album was inordinately long. Every time I listened to Wintersun's flawless debut album, I wondered when - and sometimes if - they would get around to releasing a follow up. Jari is a perfectionist with every detail of the music he creates. That, combined with financial issues, delayed the album. The resulting masterpiece is well worth the wait.

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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lance D Conrad on October 25, 2012
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I was a little disappointed after the first time I listened to this album a couple days ago. It's relatively short, a small chunk taken up by mellow instrumental intros to songs, and the lead guitar work that blew everyone's mind on the first album is sparse. What the hell, we waited all those years for this?

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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