I know a lot of people who are dying with anticipation for a new Wintersun record, namely my partner in crime here at Metal Injection, Frank Godla. Just last year, at the sight of a new song from the band, Frank declared that their sophomore release, Time was reaching Chinese Democracy levels of anticipation. Guess what, Frank? Time is coming out…twice… as a double album!
Mainman Jari Mäenpää issued an update the band's official website:
Time for some album(s) news. Wintersun's "Time" is going to be two albums, titled TIME I & TIME II. We made this decision simply because of few reasons:
– All the 80min of material won´t fit on a regular CD and we didn´t want to cut anything out.
– We want you to be able to hear new material sooner and not wait any longer and we want to go on tour sooner.
– The music is very full and complex, so listening this kind of "hard listening (not easy listening)" material straight for 80 minutes is a bit too much (even for me). Both albums will be approx. nice 40 min epic packages of fireworks.
– We like the idea of releasing two albums within one year, so the band will stay more visible longer, which is important in these "modern times". No more years of silence for us!
We hope you´ll approve our new little "plan" and support us when the "Time" comes!
The tracklisting for TIME I looks like this:
1. When Time Fades Away
2. Sons of Winter and Stars
I Rain of Stars
II Surrounded by Darkness
III Journey Inside a Dream
IV Sons of Winter and Stars
3. Land of Snow and Sorrow
4. Darkness and Frost
TIME I mix is set to be finished by July, mastered in the beginning of July and released in early fall of 2012! TIME II will be released in 2013. Conception of album artworks, videos, live shows incl. rehearsals will keep us busy during the summer and I´ll also continue mixing TIME II meanwhile. We´ll be hopefully posting some videos and teasers during summer. Also some new live show announcements soon, so stay tuned for those!
We can´t wait for you guys to hear TIME I material and play it to you live! Have a great summer!
Jari & Wintersun boys
Surely, Wintersun fans should feel pleased by this news. Sorry for calling you Shirley. Of course, I would say don't hold your breathe until all is said and done, and we start seeing packaging and such for the Time record. Who knows? Maybe during mixing and mastering, Jari will decide that he hates everything and wants to start over. Although at this point, that would be pretty insane.
Then again… Necrophagist!