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The Forest Seasons
Vinyl record
Reissue on Clear with Green Splatter 2xLP.

Ah, Wintersun. For a band with only two full-length records under their belt, they sure do generate a lot of hype. And rightly so; the brainchild of Finnish musician Jari Mäenpää, who formed Wintersun as a side-project when he was in folk metal mainstays Ensiferum, the self-titled debut has become something of a legend in metal circles. Jari wrote all the music himself and enlisted the talents of drummer extraordinaire Kai Hahto, who was probably the one of the only drummers who could keep up with the extreme technicality Wintersun's music demanded. Combining folk melodies with supersonic riffs and an epicness that rivaled that of a battle scene from Lord of the Rings, Wintersun was about as close to a perfect debut as a band could get. The eight years between it and the band's follow-up, Time I, revealed Jari's penchant for being a perfectionist, which is one of his greatest strengths as a musician, but also, as it turns out, his greatest flaws.


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Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring)
The Forest That Weeps (Summer)
Eternal Darkness (Autumn)
Loneliness (Winter)

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Founded by ex-Ensiferum frontman Jari Mäenpää in Helsinki, Finland in 2004. Wintersun is a Finnish Metal band with an array of influences ranging from (but not limited to): Power Metal, Folk Metal, Melodic Death Metal and even Progressive Metal. Ultimately melodic death/power metal. Jari has spoken about the genre of Wintersun's music, and says "Well it´s difficult to put into a certain genre, cause there’s lots of variation. But to describe it, I would say something like: Extreme Majestic Technical Epic Melodic Metal." He has also stated "But it's really not death metal. It's very difficult even for me to label it, but if somebody would put a gun on my forehead, I would probably say something like Extreme Melodic Majestic Metal." The first Wintersun album, "Wintersun" was scheduled for recording early in 2004 a time frame which clashed with the Ensiferum European tour. Jari Mäenpää was forced to choose between his booked recording time for Wintersun, or the Ensiferum tour; he chose Wintersun and was forced to leave Ensiferum behind. The album was released on September 13, 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records. Wintersun's self titled album was produced solely by Jari Mäenpää himself, with only a session drummer (Kai Hahto) to perform the drums and percussion. Jari performed the vocals, bass, guitars and programmed the synth on his own. Indeed, the album was conceptualised purely as a solo project in tandem to Ensiferum (evident by the fact that the Wintersun album bears Mäenpää's name on the front). The live Wintersun line up consists of two other players in addition to Hahto; Teemu Mäntysaari (Imperanon) plays guitars and Jukka Koskinen (Norther) plays bass. Live keyboards come from background tapes because Wintersun hasn't yet found a suitable keyboardist. This is due to the fact that there are a lot of intricate keyboard passages in Wintersun's music and Jari has stated that there would probably have to be two live keyboardists in the band to make it work. The second Wintersun album is called "Time" and was to be released in late 2006, but the schedule was changed to a release in 2012 because of delays in recording and technical difficulties. Wintersun: Jari Mäenpää (vocals, guitar) Kai Hahto (drums) Teemu Mäntysaari (guitar) Jukka Koskinen (bass) Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.