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3 years, 5 months and 28 days

…since recordings of “Time” were announced to begin.

I’ve decided to start tracking how long is taking for main man Jari Mäenpää to release the now near-mythical second Wintersun album, “Time”. Wintersun’s debut album is one of my favorite metal records of all time, so when I heard he was working on a new one, I naturally came in my pants. But ever since he announced it he has had every single problem dealing with the recording/mixing process imaginable, pushing the release date for the new album into what it now seems the end of days.

Here’s a quick summary of what’s happened so far:

  • 29.09.2005: Jari announces he will be entering the studio to record the followup to Wintersun’s self titled debut album in May ’06.
  • 02.05.2006: Wintersun has entered the studio and recordings are underway. Tracklist for the new album is posted.
  • 23.10.2006: Last 3 shows from some european tour with Amon Amarth and Tyr are cancelled since Jari booked those dates at Sonic Pump studios for mixing. Apparently, there were a lot of delays during the recording process and the mixing had to be re-scheduled for later.
  • 17.04.2007: Mixing at Sonic Pump is cancelled and Jari can’t schedule another session for 2007 since it’s all booked. Jari complains about not having the right equipment for the job and gear breaking down on him all the time.
  • 04.06.2008: Jari is now mixing the album at home on his piece of shit computer that takes ages to render all of the ridiculous 200 tracks per song, blaming it on 32 bit computing. Nuclear Blast comes to the rescue with a brand new computer.
  • 27.02.2009: Due to more technical problems in the mixing process, Wintersun cancels their Summerbreeze and Bloodstock appearances. Jari refuses to play any shows until the new album is done.
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