We’ve all been waiting for the new Wintersun record, Time, for how long now? Since 2004/5? And every year we hear that next year will be the year. November of last year was the last time we heard from the band pertaining to the record, and I predicted an April/May release. Obviously that was too hopeful and according to a statement from the band, it’s entirely possible it wont be out this year at all. Sad stuff. Here’s what they said:
The work on the album has been progressing but is on hold at the moment.
Jari started mixing "Time" in the beginning of February but had to put it on hold for now, because his equipment still can't quite handle the massive project.
Jari's been upgrading his home studio equipment bit by bit and has now the latest Mac Pro and Cubase 6 but most of the plugins he'd need for mixing don't exist in 64-bit format yet, so he still can't use more than 4GB of RAM.
With hundreds of tracks in each song project, the 4GB RAM limit is making his system unstable and basically impossible to work with.
Some of these 64-bit plugin updates were supposed to be released already in the beginning of 2011, but we're still waiting. Once the plugins are out and Jari gets his whole system finally working at 64-bit format and without RAM limit, the mixing will continue - hopefully much smoother and faster than before.
Meanwhile we've been preparing for the upcoming live shows by redesigning our whole live equipment setup: wireless systems, in-ear monitoring, backing tracks, pedalboards, rack cases etc.
Jari and I have been practising [sic] together for a while now, and Jukka (who injured his finger a while ago, but is already better now) will be joining us next week and Kai in a couple of weeks.
It'll be really cool getting to play live together again, especially since the band has been "inactive" for so long now. This time there won't be any cancellations, and besides the old songs we will be playing over 10 minutes of new material... ;)
Hope to see you at the shows!
There you have it, technology cannot keep up with the mighty Wintersun.
After the jump you can have a look at some of those tour dates he was talking about.
Wintersun will finally get back on stages in 2011 as we're playing the following summer festivals:
27.05.2011 Metalfest, Switzerland www.ch.metalfest.eu
28.05.2011 Metalfest, Germany www.de.metalfest.eu
29.05.2011 Metalfest, Austria www.at.metalfest.eu
03.06.2011 Metalfest, Hungary www.hu.metalfest.eu
13.07.2011 Metalcamp, Slovenia www.metalcamp.com
23.07.2011 Tuska, Finland www.tuska-festival.fi
13.08.2011 Bloodstock, UK www.bloodstock.uk.com
Besides that, we'll be joining Finntroll, Turisas, Alestorm etc. on their HEIDENFEST tour ( www.heidenfest.eu ) as a Special Guest on the following dates:
30.09.2011 DE - Geiselwind, Music Hall
01.10.2011 DE - Gießen, Hessenhalle
02.10.2011 DE - Berlin, Postbahnhof
07.10.2011 DE - Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
08.10.2011 DE - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
09.10.2011 NL - Tilburg, 013