Earlier in the month, Guitarhoo! conducted an intervied with guitarist Teemu Mantysaari of the Finnish epic metal group WINTERSUN. Teemu shares his background and early days as musician, how he joined WINTERSUN in 2004, WINTERSUN's approach to performing its intricate and multi-layered arrangements live, the guitar gear he prefers and more. You can now watch the chat below.
After several sold-out shows last year on their inaugural North American co-headlining tour with ELUVEITIE, WINTERSUN will return to North American shores once again for a headlining tour this August/September. Joining them are Italian symphonic death metal champions FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, melodic tech-death kings ARSIS and up-and-comers STARKILL.
Says WINTERSUN: "We're thrilled to return to North America for a full-scale headliner tour in August and September! It will be our first longer own headlining tour ever and this time, without any setlist length limitations, we'll be able to offer the North American crowds a special show — representing both the 'Wintersun' and 'Time I' albums. There might also be some surprises in the setlist as well... We are really looking forward to sharing the live magic with YOU, all the fans out there!"
WINTERSUN's "Time I" was nominated in the "Metal Album Of The Year" category at this year's Emma Gaala (Finnish Grammy equivalent), which was held on March 1 at Barona Areena in Espoo, Finland.
"Time I" sold nearly 4,000 copies in its first week of release in the United States to land at position No. 109 on The Billboard 200 chart.