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WintersunAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • ASIN: B0002UOK04
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,886 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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423 of 441 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Complete Surprise February 17, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I was recomended this album/band from a friend, who said that I should definetly pick it up if I could find it. It is impossibly hard to find records from "obscure" metal bands where I live, also known as 85% of bands from outside North america. So one day while I was shuffiling through the Metal CDs at my local Record store, to my utter surprise, I found this. since I had a pocket full of recently made cash I felt I had to buy something, so not finding anything else that I was interested in, I grabbed this one. I had not heard any songs from the record, and I hadn't listened to Ensiferum or Norther, although I did hear good things. To say the least I was completely floored by just how good this album is! Wintersun is in no way a rip-off of Ensiferum, or any other band for that matter. Jari Maenpaa has made a very unique melodic death/power/folk metal blend here. to go off the topic of music for a second, I also really liked the artwork on the cover and in the booklet, it has a very cool frost-like effect on the pages where the lyrics are. At first Listen Wintersun seems to be a CoB/Kalmah/Norther rip off, but about half way through the Record you will realise that Wintersun is so much more then the aforementioned bands. So If your a fan of the melodic death metal scene, you have to listen to this. It breathes life into a genre that is getting more then a wee bit stale.

If you managed to read this entire review, and didn't feel like kicking me in the teeth after doing so, or found it remotely interesting, appealing, or helpful please take a second out of your busy day to press the "yes" button next to "Was this review helpful to you?"
Thank you,
-Igar the Terrible
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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have for fans of melodic metal July 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Wow. Just Wow. This is a brilliant CD, for several reasons. This cd contains some of the best song lyrics (and associated vocal performances) I have ever heard. You can tell that Wintersun are playing right from the soul! Jari's voice is simply AMAZING here, because he spectacular at both regular singing, and harsh growling (listen to a sample song- his growl voice is amazingly understandable and clear, and his tenor voice is beautiful). One peculiar thing that I noticed is that each song gets progressively longer than the one before it. Now for the individual song ratings:

Beyond the dark sun- (2:40)

This is the song that got me interested in the band. I had received the "Monsters of metal" nuclear blast video collection as a gift, and this song was on the 3rd volume dvd. I thought to myself that this band had extreme potential (and this was a short song, too; only 2:40) so I had to check out the rest of their material. There is a nice breakdown/tempo change at 1:20, and the lyrics are perfect for an introductory song. (10/10)

Winter Madness- (5:08)

This song starts out with furious blastbeats on the drums, with melodic guitars. Soon, Jari introduces you to his Tenor singing (absolutely great), and this makes you say "wow." The drums are relentless and insanely good here, as the drummer does blastbeats for over half of the (5:08) song. Some really fantastic lyrics here: "My hands are frozen, my mind is at the edge of madness; Oh how many nights and days, I've been lost in this land of sadness..." The lyrics are the thing that REALLY impressed me about wintersun- I can't reiterate enough how good they are. Read some of them on the internet, because they are truly impressive.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wintersun - Wintersun August 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Wintersun started as Jari Mäenpää, the former frontman of Ensiferum, left the band to pursue his musical vision of Wintersun. Many fans, including myself, mourned the loss of Jari from Ensiferum, but after listening to this beautiful debut release, I can only be joyful in Jari's brilliance at making wonderful melodic northern metal.

'Beyond the Dark Sun' is a short, but fast opener. Jari's screams are very good here and throughout the album. 'Sleeping Stars' is a great melodic viking-esque song with supurb guitar playing. 'Battle Against Time' will take the listener away to the frozen winters of northern Finland. 'Death and the Healing' is a beautiful song, more of a balland that sounds a lot like an Iron Maiden song with the leads. The closer, 'Sadness and Hate' is my favorite song on the album. Do not let this 10 minute song fool you. It is not boring and has many viking elements as Jari's vocals truly shine.

Many fans might have envisioned Wintersun's music similar to Ensiferum. This is not the case at all. Personally, I would have not minded another viking/folk metal album, but Jari Mäenpää took his vision to viking/melodic metal with hints of black metal. This debut album was a very high point of 2004, and pathos is used well in Wintersun's compositions. Jari Mäenpää is currently in the studio, and a new album will be in our hands in the near future. This is what beautiful northern music sounds like. \M/
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By OzzyApu
Format:Audio CD
Just as I was walking onto my street from school some guy in the passenger seat of a Ford Mustang leans out the side and yells," HAPPY 420!! HEY!!" Ho damn I just cracked up and knew that in England, in approximately 1 square kilometer, there were atleast 7 people smoking weed. Anyways here is another almost unheard CD released sometime ago when Green Day just sapped up the fame with their-then newly released American Idiot. However, in order to sap this review of any shame, I won't talk about Green Day anymore. What we are treated with here is simply amazing. Jari was previously in the Viking Metal band Ensiferum, but the schelduled recording of Wintersun and the Ensiferum tour was during the same date. Jari was forced to choose between his booked recording of Wintersun and Ensiferum. He eventually chose Wintersun and was forced to leave Ensiferum behind. In my case, smart move...

"Beyond The Dark Sun" is comprised of strong Power Metal drumming, melodic and catchy riffs rounded out by Death Metal vocals. The guitar work from Jari is pretty amazing. It's flashy, technical, and impressive without going over the top. Things really slow down for the better on "Death And The Healing." The folk vibe is well in tact, but musically, things are brought down several notches. Jari's guitar work is really fantastic here because he shows the audience that he doesn't have to play lightning fast to get the job done. It's laid back and you can feel the emotion he puts into it as well.

Some of the tracks here tend to get long, but because there is so much going on here it never gets boring.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
This review is for a general non-metal audience. However, metal fans should appreciate this as well. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Zach Galloway
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked Ensiferum or Melodic Death Metal In General. You will love this
After he left Ensiferum Jari Mäenpää started this project called "Wintersun". Read more
Published 8 months ago by George
5.0 out of 5 stars Took a year
to like this album,.
I didn't like it at first and didn't know why.
I like it now and still don't know why
Published 10 months ago by blackmarkedsign
5.0 out of 5 stars Wintersun
I got this album after getting Time. I was a bit apprehensive to get the band's older stuff since Time blew me away, but man I'm so glad I did. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mik
5.0 out of 5 stars My Jaw Hit the Floor...
...when I heard this band for the first time. The guitar player is every bit as technically competent as Yngwie Malmsteen but has an even better sense of fitting his solo's to the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Prez
5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly a great release from ex-Ensiferum guitarist/vocalist Jari
I remember reading about how Jari was let go from Ensiferum because of his extreme focus on the at-the-time side project Wintersun. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cody C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds great!
One of my favorite bands. Nice mix of rock and gentle music. Not a lot to say, listen to the samples.
Published 14 months ago by Zair
4.0 out of 5 stars Re: Wintersun
Though this is a good CD and I like it, I think their second CD is better. I hope to see them live this fall.
Published 16 months ago by James R. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar orgasm!
Not really sure why I'm reviewing this. There are more than enough reviews of this album to explain in vivid detail the sonic greatness within, but I just felt I had to add my two... Read more
Published 16 months ago by P. Nodine
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this-Wintersun are one of my favorite metal bands
At least in my opinion Wintersun is one of best metal bands - this cd has lot of good songs, but my favorite is Sleeping Stars, this is such a great song I can't hear it enough -... Read more
Published 18 months ago by metalon
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