F E A T U R E

New Interview with Wintersun!
5/17/2013 6:42:42 PM by Etiam




The concert room of The Bottom Lounge is a drafty place on a winter afternoon. Doors on three sides open to the elements, skeletal stage gear sprawls across the empty floor, and the few ceiling radiators are no match for a close-pressed, sweating, crowd—conspicuously absent before nightfall. It was in this dim cavern that I watched two Finns at rock-paper-scissors, best out of three to determine who would represent Wintersun in interview that night. The brainchild of Jari Mäenpää, Wintersun has become modern legend since the release of their 2004 self-titled debut; eight years would pass before its successor, 'Time', and the band's long-awaited debut on American shores.

Paper covered rock in the deciding throw, pairing me with Teemu Mäntysaari, the precocious young gun at Jari's side since shortly after the self-titled's release. Though soft-spoken and reflective, a glinting eye and cagey grin hinted at his sharply dry sense of humor. Throughout our chat I was refreshed to hear no burden of regret or disillusionment even after so many years spent toiling over 'Time'. Rather, the tenor was affirming and fluid, comfortable up in the cosmos of the band's naturalist lyrics as well as down in the details of their touring rigs and gear preferences. Our conversation—at least until we gave off recording and went for a gear tour—can be read below. --Etiam


[Interview Link]



<< back >>






RANDOM ACTS OF METAL
· Cathedral· Mudvayne
· Nightwish· The Great Deceiver
· Vehemence· White Skull
· Vicious Mary· Chaingunn
· Twilight Odyssey· Big Dumb Face
· Immolation· Misery Index
· Dokken· Rebellion
· Impellitteri· Stratovarius
· Goatwhore· Machine Head
· Seether· Godflesh
· Ravage· Legend
· Angel Dust· Black Label Society
· Johnny Lokke· Goat Horn
· Agony Divine· Iced Earth
· Inner Rage of Emotion· Godiva
· Thunderbolt· Curriculum Mortis
· King Diamond· Lanfear
· Assrockers· Guardians Of Time
· Tad Morose· Vhaldemar
· Pharaoh· Deivos
· Killik· Devil To Pay
· Outworld· Graveland
· Icon And The Black Roses· Skyfire
· Disarmonia Mundi· Gamma Ray
· Metalium· Ministry
· Judas Priest· House of Lords
· Goatsnake· Joey Belladonna
· Meliah Rage· Metal Church
· Occult· Aina
· Tearabyte· Scavenger
· Polterchrist· Jamie. St. James
· House of Shakira· Avenue F
· Fifth Cross· Of Infinity
· Milkweed· Image
· Ligeia· Requiem Aeternam
· Astral Doors· Heartcry
· Mechanical Poet· Nevermore
· the missing:· Samael
· Diecast· Oathean
· God Fear None· Axis Of Perdition
· Frantic Bleep· Chastain
· Debris Inc.· Kryoburn
· Ignitor· Impiety
· Burden Of Grief· Ivory Knight
· Disbelief· Manntis
· Amorphis· God Among Insects
· Vicious Art· Sentenced
· Taake· Morgana Lefay
· Warchild· Nuclear Assault
· Mercyful Fate· Peccatum
· Black Majesty· Eternal Reign
· Ignarus· Barcode
· Third Degree· Mabon
· Running Wild· Paths Of Possession
· Dreamland· Doomfoxx
· Overmars· Skullshifter
· God Forbid· Torture Killer
· Gorefest· Khold
· Detonation· Absolution
· Craft· Fallen Wisdom
· Totalisti· Upwards of Endtime
· Scum· The Smackdown
· Athanator· Cataract
· Black Crucifixion· Space Odyssey
· Hydrogyn· Nachtmystium
· Fleshgore· Mouth of the Architect
· Shadows Within· Burialmound
· Abominant· Belphegor
· Myon· Rotting Christ
· Escape The Fate· Panzerchrist
· Starkweather· Lecherous Nocturne
· Phazm· Stonegard
· Lost Eden· Omnium Gatherum
· Lord Belial· Marc Sasso
· White Willow· Nominon
· Manes· David Galas
· Fight· Randy Ellefson
· Destynation· Night Ranger
· Ride The Sky· Gutted With Broken Glass
· Father Befouled· The Obsessed
· Celestia· End of Man
· Winterfylleth· Nasty Idols