|Genre||Melodic Death Metal|
Sensational debut of ex-Ensiferum singer/guitarist Jari Mäenpää. Finnish Metal at its best. Invidious, hymnic and embossed. This will hit the spot for anyone who likes a mixture of Dissection, Moonsorrow, Children Of Bodom and Ensiferum.
Tracklist - Wintersun
- 1.Beyond the dark sun
- 2.Winter madness
- 3.Sleeping stars
- 4.Battle against time
- 5.Death and the healing
- 7.Beautiful death
- 8.Sadness and hate
EMP Editorial Team (18.11.2005)
Don't be irritated by the stupid cover. That winterly landscapes have their beauty, too, is well known since Dissection's "Storm Of The Light's Bane". Wintersun is the new band of the ex- Ensiferum singer/guitarist, Jari Mäenpää. His debut was a fine mixture of melody, speed and epic elegance. The first two songs, 'Beyond The Dark Sun' and the fantastic 'Winter Madness' remind me of Dissection. Yet, with their folk epics and the anthemnic choirs, Wintersun always sound very unique. Epic compositions like the 10-minute 'Sadness And Hate' document the artistic class of the Finns. Rotten Sound-drummer Kai Hahto is a master on his instrument (what fine blasts!) and the filigree guitars of Mäenpää's ain't too bad, either. If you like Children Of Bodom, Moonsorrow, Dissection and Ensiferum you won't get by this killer album - rounded off by a crystal clear production by Tico Tico, mixed in the well known Finnvox. Phenomenal! (Patrick Schmidt - July 2004)
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This album is very easy to review, I've played it hundreds of times over the years since it's release in 2004.
Ex Ensiferum singer/guitarist, Jari Mäenpää stared a new project playing all the instruments himself, except the drums.
What you get is almost the perfect mix of black, death, symphonic, power and even a bit of folk metal thrown in.
But what gives this album it's unique sound, is the Fender Telecaster that Jari uses on many of the songs.
Now this guitar is rarely seen or heard in metal. It's more common appearance in country music or probably made famous by Bruce Springsteen as his main guitar for many years.
Eight songs, all are killer and pack a mean punch, full of many layers that require repeated listening to fully appreciate.
In my top 5 albums of all times and an essential addition to any metalhead's collection.
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