Finnish folk metal group Wintersun are headling the upcoming Heidenfest and a short trailer has been released. The reason this is important is because it features two audio snippets of songs from the band’s upcoming album TIME I. The album is scheduled for release on October 12 via Nuclear Blast and is a follow up to the bands self titled 2004 debut.
To find the trailer and hear some new Wintersun music click here.
Wintersun are embarking on a supporting tour upon the release of the TIME I. It is also being released as the first part in a double album. The second record will be called (appropriately enough) TIME II. For a list of upcoming tour dates and reasons that this is a double album click here.
Wintersun Tour Dates:
10/12/2012 FI – Jyväskylä, Lutakko (Tickets)
10/13/2012 FI – Helsinki, Nosturi (Tickets)
10/19/2012 DE – Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle *Extended Show*
10/20/2012 DE – Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn *Extended Show*
10/21/2012 NL – Tilburg, 013 *Extended Show*
10/22/2012 CH – Pratteln, Z7
10/23/2012 CH – Fribourg, Fri-Son
10/24/2012 IT – Bologna, Estragon
10/25/2012 AT – Wien, Gasometer
10/26/2012 DE – Leipzig, Hellraiser
10/27/2012 CZ – Prague, KD Vltavska
10/28/2012 PL – Krakow, Studio
10/29/2012 DE – Hamburg, Markthalle
10/30/2012 DE – Berlin, Postbahnhof
10/31/2012 DE – Munich, Backstage
11/01/2012 DE – Saarbrücken, Garage
11/02/2012 DE – Geiselwind, Music Hall *Extended Show*
11/03/2012 DE – Gießen, Hessenhallen *Extended Show*
11/04/2012 BE – Antwerp, Trix
Wintersun recently had this to say about the upcoming tour:
“We’re excited to start the ‘Time’ world tour from our home country with two shows in October! These two special album-release shows will be our first club gigs in Finland since 2006 and the first time ever ‘Time I’ songs will be heard live! The show attendees will also be the first ones to have a chance to get a signed copy of the new album.
“During the rest of the summer, we’ll be rehearsing the new material and working on a new enhanced live show as well as doing some promo and preparing bonus material for the album. Right after the Finnish gigs, we’ll continue on to Heidenfest tour in Central Europe and after that… Well, more shows will be announced soon. Stay tuned and hope to see you at the gigs!”
Reasons Wintersun are releasing a two part album:
-”All the 80 minutes of material won’t fit on a regular CD and we didn’t want to cut anything out.
-”We want you to be able to hear new material sooner and not wait any longer and we want to go on tour sooner.
-”The music is very full and complex, so listening this kind of ‘hard listening (not easy listening)’ material straight for 80 minutes is a bit too much (even for me).
-”Both albums will be approximately. nice 40 min epic packages of fireworks.
-”We like the idea of releasing two albums within one year, so the band will stay more visible longer, which is important in these ‘modern times.’ No more years of silence for us!”