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TIME I

Wintersun

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.66 | 62 ratings

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ole-the-first
3 stars I have noticed this record in the list of Top 100 albums of 2012 mostly because of album's cover: it's really beautiful, and I hoped to find in music something as great as its artwork.

I've never heard this band before, but I remembered Ensiferum's cover of 'Lady in Black', so I nearly understood what I have to expect here, though I'm not very familiar with that kind of death metal music, preferring heavier sounds of certain bands such as Opeth, Leprous and Edge of Sanity.

The music here is a crossover between symphonic metal, folk metal and melodic death metal. With mix of rough and clean vocals with heavy guitars, folk melodies and symphonic sounds, it seemed to be a pretty original thing to listen to, so I managed to get this album without any hesitations. But after a few listens I feel that it's very uneasy to judge the music here (especially after such a raptured reviews from other reviewers).

The album opens with beautiful slow instrumental 'When Time Fades Away' (at one moment I wish'd if the whole album could be the same as this introductionary track).

Then it rolls into first metal track here: 'Sons of Winter and Stars'. Consisting of few parts combined together, it is a kind of prog epic. It starts with further developing of symphonic intro theme, but then heavy guitars and screaming vocals starts to blowing the fuse. Some nice melodies here.

'Land of Snow and Sorrow' musically is a highlight here. Excellent melodies. After it, we're off into a short instrumental break 'Darkness and Frost', which is nowhere as good as opening track.

The final track (not counting untitled hidden bonus track) here is called 'Time', which is another 10+ minutes long epic here. Same formula as 'Sons of Winter and Stars', it provides some more nice melodies full of pathos. Some interesting pianos closer to the end.

After all, in genreral, I can say it's not a bad album, and it's gonna be excellent work in terms of metal music, and metal kids should be bonkers about it. But I don't feel this work as any kind of essential, esspecially in terms of progressive music. It's just a good album with some beautiful moments, but it's not a milestone work.

Thus, I would rate it with 7 stars out of 10.

ole-the-first | 3/5 |

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