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Eight years...EIGHT YEARS! Think about all that has happened since 2004. Three summer Olympics have passed. A young teen started high school and has now graduated college. Myspace was born, and then it died. Christopher Nolan's entire batman trilogy occurred. Jari Maenpaa's old band Ensiferum were able to release a compliation record and three studio albums in that nick of time. Also, his idol Devin Townsend has released around 11 albums since the long gone year of 2004. Eight years is an awful long time, especially when you're anticipating something throughout that tedious waiting period. Well now that Wintersun has finally taken some gumption to spit out an "album", it is a sad thing to think it's a total letdown.
Everyone knows that the reason this has taken so long to be released is because Jari and his slaves apparently couldn't stuff enough RAM into their computer while incorporating a shitstorm of tracks into what would seem to be a clusterfuck of an album. Every year, there was an annual post of news that Wintersun would give to their sheep-like fanboys and it was the same message every time. "WELL YOU SEE, I'M CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF CREATING THE GREATEST FUCKING ALBUM MANKIND HAS EVER HEARD, BUT SADLY I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH ROOM TO PUT MY 7,000th TRACK IN THIS ONE SONG! COME BACK IN A YEAR OR TWO, SO I CAN GIVE YOU THIS SAME MESSAGE!" I will go ahead and confess...I was one of those sheep-like fans - not a damned annoying fanboy, no way would I ever be one of those psychotic, obnoxious Jari lovers that roam the internet posting tiring shit such as, "JARI IS GOD!!! and JARI IS BETTER THAN MOZART!"...But I digress.
The main problem I have with this album is that when listening to it, I think to myself "Does this really, truly sound like it would take eight long years to produce?" and the answer is simply - NO! The album begins with a long, Japanese-style intro that at times bores itself out a bit. It's sounds like something you would hear in a cheesy East Asian made film, but surprisingly enough, I think that is what Jari was aiming for. It does what an intro does best, and that is to prelude the first song - Sons of Winter and Stars. Sons of Winter and Stars is the song I was anticipating most out of this long over-hyped record. What I liked about it was the speed and the unpredictability that was involved. It really had me intrigued from beginning to end with heavy, awesome riffs, kickass drumming and viking-esque chants. Sons of Winter and Stars was and is most definitely the best Jari-written song to date. But with all that is awesome with this one song...The album quickly degrades afterwards.
Land of Snow and Sorrow, Darkness and Frost, and lastly the title track - Time. I don't care how many fucking tracks you can force into these songs, because quite frankly, the problem isn't that they don't have enough tracks, that wouldn't be the problem in a million years (or should I say eight?). The problem is that these songs are fucking boring! Slow paced, uninspired boring riffs that are bound to have you snoring before they even end! Land of Snow and Sorrow revolves around a riff that a beginning guitarist could learn by ear in a heartbeat. The song is merely just a twice-as-long version of Sleeping Stars which happens to be my least favorite track off of the s/t album, it just kills me to think that I waited nearly a whole decade to hear this.
Darkness and Frost is an intro to Time...An intro! You'd think that there's usually just one intro in an album and that's to the ENTIRE ALBUM! Not one fucking song! Ughh, anyways, it's kinda cool but the problem again is that it drags itself out much like As Time Fades Away does, and sounds very Japanese at times, as As Time Fades Away does. Lastly there's the third and final song of this ridiculous EP and that is the title track. The only thing special about this song is the piano roll near the end, everything else is boring as shit. What is boring about it you ask? That would be the monotonous pace and sound the songs carries throughout with Jari's moaning vocals. To point out some lost assets within this song, I guess there is a somewhat of a nice solo halfway through that is a bit opaque with all the 200+ tracks blurring it out of the picture.
All in all, Time I was and sadly is something I spent nearly a decade of my life anticipating. Unfortunately it is a disappointment because it loses interest in itself after the second track. It took eight years to shit out, and it's really only half an album. The biggest problem I have with it is that while listening to it, at points I begin to wonder, "Why in the hell did this take so long to make?" Because with the exception of "Sons", this "album" really doesn't shine with greatness as a lot of morons were confident it would (myself included).