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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Wintersun frontman Jari Maenpaa issues update on upcoming album

Finnish metallers Wintersun have finally issued another update on the status of their next album, over 4 years in the making.  No updates have been posted on the band's website since February 2009 when singer, guitarist, album artist (seriously, he drew the cover art) and producer Jari Maenpaa announced the cancellation of all Wintersun live shows.

Wintersun's debut self-titled album is one of my all-time favorites, but waiting for the new album, tentatively titled "Time" has been sheer torture.  Jari has posted irregularly timed updates on the status of the album, and each update has been more and more disheartening.  In 2009 he claimed to have "writers' block" which rendered him unable to work on the album, in addition to complaining about not having good enough computer hardware to handle the mixing process.

This update, however, brings good news.  Jari now says that Nuclear Blast Europe has given Wintersun an advance to purchase better computer hardware, and he aims to start and finish the mixing process around Christmas.  In order to obtain this advance, however, Wintersun had to agree to play a short run of festival shows in Europe, so, once again, all of my European readers (lol) can celebrate!

Here's the full text of the news release:

Hi everyone! It´s been a while.

I´ve been working very hard with the synths&orchestrations and I can finally say that I´m feeling very positive about finishing this long and gruesome task by christmas. So hopefully around the end of December I can finally start mixing the album. I still have a few vocal parts unfinished, but I will be singing them meanwhile I´m mixing.

The only problem about the mixing is that my current computer gear simply cannot handle these insanely huge projects. And the other problem is that I have no money for new gear. So we have discussed about this problem with our label&management and they have agreed to help us with an advance to buy new and more powerful computer gear, but only if we agree to play a few shows and show people that Wintersun is still alive. So after carefully weighting all the different possibilies, we think we need to play these shows to help the completion of the album.

The shows will be for now:

Metalfest (3 shows)
Metalcamp (1 show)

There´s lot of work and preparation to do for these shows, ´cause we have to update our live gear as well, sort out technical difficulties and of course rehearse the songs. This will most likely affect negatively with the mixing schedule, so I can´t give any predictions with that yet. I also need to try out the new computer gear first and see how it handles these projects. The software is still not 64-bit, so the "infamous 4GB RAM limit" might also be a problem with the mixing, since these projects already eat about 3GB without any plugins. But I will do my best to overcome this challenge the fastest way I can.

And no worries, these shows will definitely not be cancelled. So we are looking forward to you guys, see you at the gigs! Who knows, we might even play a one new riff... I mean a song! ;)

Jari, Kai, Teemu & Jukkis

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