Back in mid-2014, Wintersun expressed the urge to create a crowdfunding campaign for their nonexistent album Time II. Wintersun mastermind Jari Mäenpää once confessed:
“…But the problem is this. I have a record deal with Nuclear Blast. If I would do a Kickstarter with a downloadable album for example, they would come with lawyers and take % share (more than half) away from the money that is your money meant for the Wintersun studio and the album production. “
We aren’t sure what happened since, but it seems a deal was made and Wintersun launched an IndieGoGo campaign roughly 24 hours ago. The campaign is for their third studio album The Forest Seasons out later this year via Nuclear Blast and they’ve already reached about 90% of their goal.
The band first announced on their Facebook:
“We welcome you to change the future of Wintersun and the Wintersun fans for the better! We are doing this crowdfunding campaign by working directly with you guys to take Wintersun together to the next level. We are offering you an amazing crowdfunding package called the FOREST PACKAGE, which has a lot of epic Wintersun content including our 3rd full length album THE FOREST SEASONS.
PLEASE GO TO OUR INDIEGOGO PAGE TO CHECK OUT OUR CROWDFUNDING VIDEO to learn more about our vision for the future, about our NEW ALBUM and all the great stuff we are offering! And remember, this deal and the crowdfunding will last only this month, ending on March 31st 2017! Make sure to watch the whole video! Music from the new album throughout the video! TURN UP THE VOLUME AND ENJOY! 😉
Please share this update and our Indiegogo page link! IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that we get a good launch and reach lot of people! Thank you guys!!!
– Jari, Jukka, Kai, Teemu”
A few hours later, the band wrote again stating their gratitude:
“We want to thank everyone who has already supported our campaign! EPIC LAUNCH GUYS!!! We have already reached 105k, 70% of our safe goal, in less than 12h after our official launch!!! Let’s keep the momentum up to reach the whole safe goal! TOGETHER WE HAVE THE POWER!
Here is our crowdfunding video introducing our FOREST PACKAGE and our plan for the future!
Please also check out our Indiegogo page and hope you will support! “
The campaign includes an eleven-minute video explaining, in excessive detail, why you should contribute € 50 Euro for the Wintersun Forest Package, which, it should be noted, doesn’t even include a physical copy of the album.