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Helsinki, Finland (2004 – present)

Founded by ex-Ensiferum frontman Jari Mäenpää in Helsinki, Finland in 2004. Wintersun is a Finnish Metal band with an array of influences ranging from (but not limited to): Power Metal, Folk Metal, Melodic Death Metal and even Progressive Metal. Ultimately melodic death/power metal.

Jari has spoken about the genre of Wintersun’s music, and says “Well it´s difficult to put into a certain genre, cause there’s lots of variation. But to describe it, I would say something like: Extreme Majestic Technical Epic Melodic Metal.” He has also stated “But it’s really not death metal. It’s very difficult even for me to label it, but if somebody would put a gun on my forehead, I would probably say something like Extreme Melodic Majestic Metal.”

The first Wintersun album, “Wintersun” was scheduled for recording early in 2004 a time frame which clashed with the Ensiferum European tour. Jari Mäenpää was forced to choose between his booked recording time for Wintersun, or the Ensiferum tour; he chose Wintersun and was forced to leave Ensiferum behind.

The album was released on September 13, 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records.

Wintersun’s self titled album was produced solely by Jari Mäenpää himself, with only a session drummer (Kai Hahto) to perform the drums and percussion. Jari performed the vocals, bass, guitars and programmed the synth on his own. Indeed, the album was conceptualised purely as a solo project in tandem to Ensiferum (evident by the fact that the Wintersun album bears Mäenpää’s name on the front).


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  • AnarchyBrony

    Ne Obliviscaris is actually pretty amazing, I still think Portal of I is their opus, although the majority says Citadel is their best.

    25 Apr 7:37pm Reply
  • bassius

    Craving some Wintersun? Maybe Ne Obliviscaris will scratch that itch. They are pumping out the material at least, already have more music out there than Winterjoke.

    25 Apr 1:01pm Reply
  • CircleOvTyrants

    Finland has some good bands like Impaled Nazarene [2] Jari & The Sunshine Girls [6]

    24 Apr 10:11am Reply
  • AnarchyBrony

    OH GOD QUICK, SOMEONE THROW SOME BUMZER AT THE NICKELBACK SHOUTBOX. Before they spread their STDs more than Chin Chin's Chromosomes!

    23 Apr 9:56pm Reply
  • NotCharmader

    vv avatar of beauty and teh beast (from right to left), inversely to this bands albums (2004>2012)

    23 Apr 6:39pm Reply
  • MartianReaper

    worshipping a band that released 1 and a half of albums in like... 15 years? Lol. [7] Jari & The Sunshine Girls [5]

    21 Apr 9:14pm Reply
  • Meat_Wolf

    vv Maybe you're more right about thaе than you think.

    21 Apr 2:09pm Reply
  • dark_wisdom

    Time II will be just another disappointment like Time I anyway

    20 Apr 10:24pm Reply
  • spineshank155

    Pretty sure there will be a global collapse before Time II is finished.

    18 Apr 7:47pm Reply
  • Acid_XenomorpH

    Should we wait like another 8 years for Time part II to come out?

    18 Apr 2:46pm Reply
  • NargaCuuga

    Jari & The Sunshine Girls [4]

    18 Apr 7:55am Reply
  • dark_wisdom

    this shoutbox has become the burzum shoutbox

    17 Apr 2:57am Reply
  • spineshank155

    circle jerking

    16 Apr 5:56pm Reply
  • Caravanheart

    What's going on here? o.o

    16 Apr 2:37pm Reply
  • Meat_Wolf

    "worshipping a band that released 1 and a half of albums in like... 15 years? Lol" - Lykathea Aflame, Betray My Secrets, Storm, Control Denied etc. They're not just worshipped, they are considered to be KVLT. So why not to move on to the respectful shoutboxes. Plenty of jimmies to rustle there. "he hasnt written sh1t except for 2 songs he plays" - you can't know that, moreover it was said he has nothing more but then he played Forest, thus disproving the statement. Dirty little liar, you.

    15 Apr 10:22am Reply
  • equilibrium846

    Seems like human waste likes to gather on and circle jerk in Wintersun related sites.

    14 Apr 11:47pm Reply
  • NotCharmader

    Jari & The Sunshine Girls [3]

    14 Apr 3:00pm Reply
  • Big_TV

    Jari & The Sunshine Girls [2]

    14 Apr 10:30am Reply
  • Kitten-of-love

    Finland has some good bands like Impaled Nazarene, and a load of crap (Children Of Boredom, Pansyferum, Jari & The Sunshine Girls, etc.)

    14 Apr 2:34am Reply
  • dark_wisdom

    "worshiping a band that released 1 and a half of albums in like... 15 years? Lol" Not to mention they are either money wasters or simply fucking retards considering they have had the same recording-money-delay situation in all of their albums.

    13 Apr 7:52pm Reply
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