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)
Tropes related to Wintersun:
- Audience Participation Song: Death and the Healing
- Development Hell: Time.
- Epic Instrumental Opener: When Time Fades Away and Darkness And Frost.
- Epic Rocking: Already abundant on the self-titled debut, but blown into preposterous overdrive on Time I with multi-part, ten-minute-plus tracks featuring hundreds of layers of orchestration.
- Fan Nickname: "Finnish Democracy" for Time.
- Folk Metal: Debatable. They've headlined in Folk Metal tours, but that's probably mostly due to Jari's connections to Ensiferum, as the folk elements are rather mild in their music (though Time I has some influences from Japanese folk music).
- Harsh Vocals
- Hey, It's That Voice!/All Star Cameo: Sons of Winter and Stars features a choir consisting of members of Ensiferum, Turisas, Týr and Kiuas.
- I Am the Band: Started out as a one-man-project for Jari, but Kai has been playing drums since the first album.
- I Will Find You: Sung word-by-word in Time.
- Melodic Death Metal: The metal subgenre they are perhaps closest to.
- Metal Scream
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Soft 8 to a soft 9.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Epic Death Black Neoclassical Power Folk Symphonic Metal... or something.
- Self-Backing Vocalist: All the vocals in the debut album are sung by Jari. Even the choirs. Time I has "only" most of them, with some back-up from Jukka and Teemu (also see Hey, It's That Voice! above).
- The Pete Best: Oliver Fokin played the guitar on tour 2004, but was fairly soon replaced by Teemu Mäntysaari.
- Those Two Guys: Jukka and Teemu.