• Wintersun - Time (2012) (4,5/10)

    Genre: Symphonic Metal / Melodic Death Metal / Folk Metal
    Label: Nuclear Blast Records
    Playing time: 40:07
    Band homepage: Wintersun

    Tracklist:

    1. When Time Fades Away
    2. Sons Of Winter And Stars
    3. Land Of Snow And Sorrow
    4. Darkness And Frost
    5. Time

     

    Wintersun - Time I 

    "Time, what is time?" once asked BLIND GUARDIAN on their legendary Power Metal release "Somewhere Far Beyond".

     

      

     

    Sometimes, good things need some time to be done but this is not the case for WINTERSUN's new output that has been released eight years after their first strike after many complicated recording sessions, lots of announcements and promises and more and more elevated expectations from critics and fans. The difference between GUNS 'N ROSES' "Chinese Democracy" and the new WINTERSUN record is that nobody really expected anything special coming from the one man project of Axl Rose but the record turned out to be quite decent without being a masterpiece while in the other case what has become a one man project of Jari Mäenpää was expected to be a masterpiece and is nothing but a big deception. Could one have seen this coming?

       

    "Only time will tell." realized the British Heavy Metal flagship IRON MAIDEN on its dark "A Matter Of Life And Death" release.

       

    Jari Mäenpää announced in fact that his new material was so complex that it needed new and revolutionary recordings procedures. This complexion led to a quite predictable result as the new overhyped record turns out to be completely overloaded. The guitar riffs feel lackluster and are buried under a too big amount of symphonic elements. Despite the length of the single tracks, they show no progression whatsoever. The calmer moments lack of emotions, the louder parts lack of energy and the productions is without dynamics.

       

    "We got a little time to make up our minds." stated the pioneer band of European Power Metal HELLOWEEN on the first part of their legendary "Keeper Of The Seven Keys" trilogy.

       

    During the whole process of that difficult birth that Jari Mäenpää gave to his new baby, he seems to have either worked too much on the tracks as they feel very complicated and inaccessible or not worked enough on them as they lack of consistency. The whole record has no catchy moments even though the same patterns are heavily repeated as we vary from calm Ambient or Folk Rock introductions to Extreme Symphonic Metal or Melodic Death Metal parts to calmer Folk Metal sections before the entire circle is repeated again and again and soon starts to get quite predictable. The few new elements such as the Japanese folk parts are overused in the genre and don't fit at all to the topic of ice and snow. That being sad, the song titles lack as much of originality as the tracks themselves do.

       

    "I've been here before, was it all just wasted time?" questioned the German Power Metal band EDGUY on their "Rocket Ride" release.

       

    In the end, there is nothing left to say but that this record collapses under its own pressure and feels directionless and overloaded. Maybe the sound would have been more mature and natural if the release would have taken less time. I can understand that the band finally wanted its material to be released but maybe they should have worked on something completely different and new as time went by. The plan to make two records out of one is a good commercial idea but artistically, it just stretches the whole chapter and people like me are not looking forward for the second part of this release at all. But maybe time will change things again and the band will actually revise its initial decision or work on their songs to make them sound more natural. As most of the reviews are surprisingly positive, they though surely don't feel the need to improve so that my expectations are very low for the upcoming release.

       

    "Tears of time - just an illusion." concluded the legendary German Gothic Metal band Crematory on their perfectly entitled "Illusions" release. 

     

     

    (Online December 12, 2012)

     

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