Wintersun
Time I


2.0
poor

Review

by ImTheOnlyThugInTheBuildin USER (142 Reviews)
October 26th, 2012 | 131 replies | 3,827 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Victim to overhype

12 of 18 thought this review was well written

Another month comes, and yet another album that falls victim to being subject to too much hype has been released into the metal community. This particular album, Wintersun's Time I, has been many years in the making, with recording starting as early as 2006. This had been hyped up as being an epic album, with insane degrees of complexity, that would seamlessly fuse intricate symphonies with brutal guitar work and drumming, coupled with Jari Maenpaa's instantly recognizable vocals, both screamed and cleanly sung, to make the ultimate in symphonic metal releases. Unfortunately, things did not quite work out that way, and in my opinion, this is a poor release, which spends too long messing around with strange structures and the orchestral arrangements, and in this sense the songs became too over drawn out.

This album is five songs long, with a hidden track at the end, with two epics each lasting more than eleven minutes. The former of these, Sons Of Winter And Stars, is divided into four parts, each progressing the story a little more. This is the best of all the songs on the album, showcasing some gorgeous instrumental work, packing a real punch to it when it truly kicks in. The screamed vocals on here, however, are dreadful. They are overly raspy, and highlight the real problem with this release. Given that this is partially a melodic death metal album, one would expect at least a fair degree of heaviness. However, this album proved only one or two moments that are truly heavy and have a lasting impact, with many of the guitar riffs in particular feeling lackluster. The emphasis of this album is clearly on the symphonies themselves, as the true metal instrumentals are very weak and half formed. The drumming is sub-par, with a few quick beats that are bland, and the slower beats being a discredit to Kai Hahto's name, especially given how solid his performance on their self titled debut was.

The real success of this album is that it truly has an atmosphere of a land completely left to decay. Many of the songs have suggestive themes in their titles, such as Darkness, Snow, Frost and Sorrow, and all of these are fully realized within the overly complex instrumentals. Once again, it is the symphonies that hammer home these feelings, clearly having had a lot of time put into them. They are nothing when compared to such classics as Ride Of The Valkyries, but they are powerful enough in their own sense, with each instrument to be included having a good sense of depth to it. However, they are far from perfect, and are often far too long, impacting on the song's abilities to leave a lasting memory. The first listen to this album will almost certainly blow the listener away, but they just grow tiring upon multiple listens. Compare this to another band that has crazily long songs and a huge amount of style changes, such as Opeth or X Japan, and it becomes painfully obvious where the weakness lies. The songs on this release are, for the most part, overly long and never get straight to the point. No amount of precisely written symphonies can take away the fact that songs such as Land Of Snow and Sorrow or Time are just too long. Even Sons Of Winter And Stars tends to drag on as it goes through, without ever having a real feel of progression. They are good and epic enough in their own merits, but this does not make for a good solid investment in time, as proven by releases such as this one.

When Time Fades Away is, in my opinion, the worst track on this album, for the fact that it is not a song in its own right. This just feels like an introduction to Sons Of Winter And Stars, which really does not need a four minute instrumental introduction to it, as it takes long enough to build up on its own. No amount of Japanese culture influenced melody can really take away from the fact that this song is pure dull, with no real sense of accomplishment behind it. This is a song that feels to have just been slapped on the album as an introduction, a way to build an atmosphere before the coming storm of the 13 minute epic that follows it, but surprisingly enough, this is the one song that FAILS to create any form of mood to it. This is the absolute most pointless song on the album, not fitting in with the categorization of metal that this album has had slapped onto it at all. This album has two instrumental songs, both of which really fail in their aims to create any form of atmosphere or sense of desperation that should accompany an album like this.

This is just another album that has suffered from being over hyped. By its own merits, this is a good enough album, possibly a 3. However, the fact that, going into this release, the listener expects one of the finest albums of the year and then are underwhelmed is just too great to ignore. The symphonies drag on too long, and the metal sections are just not enough from what the band's previous, self titled album would lead the listener to expect. This is the first in a two part release, with the second part due next year, and hopefully that will be a huge improvement, and focus more on the actual metal side of things than spending too long with symphonies. Even the soloing on this album is kept to a minimum, with there only being one memorable one throughout the entire album. This truly was a disappointing release, that is underwhelming in nearly every sense of the word, no matter how many glorious instrumental sections penetrate the listener's ears.



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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2012



4339 Comments


I dont know how you can average two reviews a day and have them all be no less than 4 paragraphs long. That alone deserves a POS. Review is pretty decent though.

XingKing
October 26th 2012



9173 Comments


Seconding the removal of "in my opinion". You want to be as objective as possible. I kind of agree with your opinion, though I really just wanted a well constructed neg of this review. Your review reads a little higher than a 2 to me though.

I've always disliked this band. My friends worshiped them and it always left me baffled because they are so unremarkable. Do Jari's cleans kind of sound like Ihsahn to anyone?

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2012



18639 Comments


they need to just make you contributor.

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zxlkho
October 26th 2012



3425 Comments


Best review for this album so far.

Tyrael
October 26th 2012



20441 Comments


ah

XingKing
October 26th 2012



9173 Comments


That was me and Hitler, I believe. I think 2 is a little too low for this actually, and I hate metal. There's some nice melodies.

Ponton
Emeritus
October 26th 2012



5775 Comments


Going to have to neg

They are nothing when compared to such classics as Ride Of The Valkyries, but they are
powerful enough in their own sense, with each instrument to be included having a good sense of depth
to it. However, they are far from perfect, and are often far too long, impacting on the song's
abilities to leave a lasting memory. The first listen to this album will almost certainly blow the
listener away, but they just grow tiring upon multiple listens. Compare this to another band that
has crazily long songs and a huge amount of style changes, such as Opeth or X Japan, and it becomes
painfully obvious where the weakness lies.


VAGUE VAGUE VAGUE VAGUE. listen to this or this band and know why this is bad? really?

this is the one song that FAILS to create any form of mood to it.


this isn't facebook or a comments section.

This is just another album that has suffered from being over hyped. By its own merits, this
is a good enough album, possibly a 3.


this section is why this is a bad review. Clunkiness aside, why base your negative view on album in
its pre-release hype? that doesn't doesnt determin shit when it comes to quality. why say "3" in a
review? why have awkward grammar?

you have been PONTON PUNTED

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2012



18639 Comments


Dumbass (ponton not you)

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2012



48587 Comments


You really need to work on writing actual summaries


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Ponton
Emeritus
October 26th 2012



5775 Comments


staff are looking for some actually good contribs so ill be reading and negging like hell. the user pool is shit

XingKing
October 26th 2012



9173 Comments


If you honestly think Icy's review of this was good, you are insane. Literally.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2012



18639 Comments


@ponton, you hardly even contribute though two reviews in the last two months and you're talking shit

Chortles
October 26th 2012



17517 Comments


no he just has down syndrome but it's fine

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2012



18639 Comments


yeah ponton check out my reviews too lol i've been writing like 1 a day and any constructive criticism would be helpful.

XingKing
October 26th 2012



9173 Comments


Do contributors even get anything other than the word contributor next to their name?

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2012



18639 Comments


@xingking, not really maybe album streams

Chortles
October 26th 2012



17517 Comments


a sense of satisfaction

Ponton
Emeritus
October 26th 2012



5775 Comments


you just said constructive feedback is talking shit lol if any of the users actually read reviews they would find gobs of garbage but no all you do, and most of the staff and contributors is say "good review, pos" when its really just elementary garbage.

well duh im retired but i can still read

Keyblade
October 26th 2012



13292 Comments


lol even on your own review you mention Icy like 10 times damn bro

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2012



18639 Comments


@ponton, even if there's stuff to work on in this review it's not gargabe.



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