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Wintersun – Time I (Album Review)

According to the official Metalscape Wintersun “Time” release date counter, it was 7 years and 20 days since the legendary album was announced until it was finally released. That’s a lot of Time indeed, and as such, a lot was expected.

Wintersun’s debut album “Wintersun” is still one of my favorites to date. Great melodies, solid production and all around fantastic songwriting made every song on that album a classic. It’s one of those albums that stays with you and brings fond memories whenever you hear one of its awesome songs. Which is why the news of a second Wintersun album were received with hysterical euphoria among the 5 people who know what a Wintersun is (Jari Maenpaa included).

It actually grew into some sort of religious watch, as the new album’s release had taken on a deeper meaning for some people, and words like “greatest metal album of all time” and “holy shit” where commonly used to describe the advent of what eventually, on the pinnacle of its hype, was to be acclaimed as the event that would supersede the second coming of Jesus Christ, in the form of a metal record.
Anyway, the album got relased to general internet rave. It took me about a month to actually get the album myself and give it a proper listen. I’m not fond of long ass reviews, so here it is in a nutshell: Meh.

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Holy Shit the New Absu Album is Here!

Absu is without a doubt, one of my favorite bands of all time. I like pretty much everything they’ve ever released, including their “comeback” album, 2009’s “Absu”. But with this, the second in the new trilogy, Absu seems to be lacking some fire. I don’t want to say they’ve lost it yet.

In one word I would have to call the album, unimaginative. All the elements of Absu are there but nothing really stands out, it almost feels like these are songs they cut out of the 2009 release because they simply weren’t all that good.

Every Absu release has at least a few sections where to this day but I can’t help but grin and get all giddy because of the sheer brilliance that is blasting through my ear holes. This is usually due in a big way to Proscriptor’s drumming. Syncopated drum patterns driving under a sky of solid of wailing leads with a carfull of solid riffs.

This time around there doesn’t seem to be much off-the-wall or out-of-the-box drumming like we’re used to. It’s just standard fare played at hyper speeds. This only draws attention to the mediocrity of the rest of the arrangement. There’s no cool fusion-y stuff going on and the album as a whole sounds very “Vanilla”.

The ambiance of the album is also lacking. Other Absu releases truly earned the “Mythological Occult Metal” moniker. They sounded as if some ancient Celtic beast had been awakened and was creating music via three guys from Texas. This album sounds like three guys from Texas with great musical ability got together to sing about some ancient Celtic beast. Similar, but in no way the same.

2.5 out of 5

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7 Years and 20 Days and it's finally out!