From left to right: Kai Hahto, Jari Mäenpää, Teemu Mäntysaari, Jukka Koskinen
Wintersun is a Finnish Extreme Metal
band founded by the former Ensiferum
Originally a side project, Jari had started writing songs for Wintersun in 1995, and drafted the first album along with his band duties in Ensiferum. However, due to the clashing schedules for recording the debut album and already booked Ensiferum tour he was forced to quit the band and focus solely on Wintersun.
The debut album
was finally released in 2004, with Jari performing all the guitars, bass, keyboards and vocal duties and drums played by Kai Hahto. It was a critically acclaimed success, regarded as a modern classic in Finnish heavy metal scene, and Jari formed a actual band to go touring. Everything seemed optimistic and joyful...
...Until 2006 came, and Jari started working on the next album. Titled Time
, it was planned to up the production and composition of the debut, but it also proved to be a real pain to work out and ended up in the Development Hell
. Jari planned to create full orchestral backgrounds out of sound samples, but due to the complexity of the composing process, inexperience in working with the samples, writer's blocks and the computers crashing unable to run the strenuous programs the release date had to be pushed further and further. Some of the new songs were played live in 2011 as a assurance of the work, but the wait started to feel unbearable.
The wait was finally rewarded in 2012, when Time was announced to be released - in two parts. Time I finally saw daylight in October 2012. Time II is currentlynote
being mixed, and has been pushed to early 2014 release.
- Jari Mäenpää − vocals, guitar, keyboards (2003–present), bass (2004)
- Kai Hahto − drums (2004–present)
- Teemu Mäntysaari − guitar, backing vocals (2004–present)
- Jukka Koskinen − bass, backing vocals (2005–present)
- Oliver Fokin − guitar (2004)
- Wintersun (2004)
- Time I (2012)
- Time II (2014)
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