Sound — 10
Its a great album with a great sound. Jerry Menpaa (ex-Ensiferum, Arthemesia) is know how to do a good music. The guitar and the baas that played by Jerry himself are just prefect. Jerry's solos and riffes are prefect and deep, alots of imotions are running in this album. For exaple: the seconed solo in Beautiful Death, the riffes in Sleeping Stars, the wonderful solo in Death And The Healing etc. The drums are fit exactley to the guitars, Oliver Pokin (ex-Ensiferum) is really one of the best drumers in the metal scene. The allbum combain death metal, black metal, folk metal, and one black folk prograssive song (Starchild). I like to call it a black folk metal with touching of death album. Ok and here is the story of the CD creation. Jerry Menpaa was in the lagendray folk metal band, Ensiferum, Jerry started to work on a solo project (Wintersun), the Ensiferum's band memberes didnt liked it and gave Jerry an ultimatum: "Stop your solo project or we kick you out of the band." Jerry took Oliver Pokin with him and the results are lies just infront of you. Jerry opened a black metal band as well, called, Athemiesia, with Ensiferum's ex bass player, Jukka Pikka, and some more artists.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are deep and strong. Deep and high words are using in this album. Jerry proves he good writter and composer. You can find all kind of great comparisons and matephors, genius to be exact, in this album. The mptif of stars is using a lot in this album, and he allways have a strong meaninng. For calculation Jerry is one of the finest wrriters the world ever saw, his strong, deep and hidden meaning (it's not easy to understand his meaning) words are just another genius part in this masterpiece. The lyrics are fit perfectly with the music, Jerry is a pure genius. Jerry's vocals are exallent, perfects growls and clean vocals whom come just in time. For exaple: the clean part in Sadnnes And Hate, The final part in Sadnnes And Hate (growl), the clean part in Starchild, etc. Jerry got gret growls and great clean vocals as well.
Overall Impression — 10
I cant really compare it to other albums, beacuse of it special genre. Maybe "Cosmic Genesis" of vintersorg. But its more folk metal then black, although its a black-folk metal as well, but vintersorg combains more other genres. All of the songs in this album are impressing, every singal song is a masterpiece. Maybe Byeond The Dark sun is one level below the rest of the album, but exapet this all of them are great and unique. I like the uniqueness of this album. I like Wintersun's sepcial combain of tunes and music. The album's strong solos and riff is just unhateable. This album is a pure master piece, I've been bought him again if he was stollen.