19.07.2017

Ensiferum reveals details for new album, 'Two Paths'; launches first single, "For Those About to Fight for Metal", online; announces "Two Paths: The Beginning - Tour 2017"

On September 15th, Ensiferum will release their seventh full-length, Two Paths, worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Produced by Anssi Kippo, the master was recorded on tape, for a true analog experience. To hear the first single, "For Those About to Fight for Metal", please visit: metalblade.com/ensiferum - where the record can be pre-ordered in the following formats:
--Deluxe wooden box (limited to 2500 copies worldwide)
--Limited edition Digibook CD+DVD
--CD
--180g black vinyl
--turquoise blue-green vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 500 copies)
--clear sky blue-marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
--blue/orange/yellow-splatter vinyl (Germany exclusive - limited to 200 copies - distributed by Nuclear Blast)
--golden yellow vinyl (Austria exclusive - limited to 200 copies - distributed by Napalm Records)
--olive green-marbled vinyl (Finland exclusive - limited to 100 copies - distributed by Levykauppa)
--clear frost blue-marbled vinyl (China exclusive - limited to 100 copies - distributed by Yamin Records)
--blue-gray-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive - limited to 250 copies)
--forest green-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive - limited to 250 copies)
--picture disc LP (limited to 500 copies worldwide)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

 

 

 

To view the vinyl master tape cutting, fans can watch a video by T. Ruotsalainen and A. Kippo at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KEuGT1Nfd4  

 

 You can't talk about the true greats of folk-inspired melodic death metal without reverent mention of Ensiferum, and with Two Paths they once more affirm their place in the pantheons of the genre. Further building upon the thrilling metallic hybrid honed across six full-lengths, Two Paths is simultaneously the Finnish quintet's most epic and far-reaching collection and their most organic, which definitely sets it apart from the pack. Additionally, the album literally takes the concept of Two Paths to heart, with two different versions of standout tracks "Don't You Say" and "God Is Dead". "Even though Ensiferum has always had clean vocals and choirs, harsh vocals have been the main style, and those songs worked so well with both styles that we decided to include both versions," explains bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka. With Mikko P. Mustonen again handling orchestral arrangements and Lassi Logren returning to play nyckelharpa and violin on a few songs, Hinkka is also more than happy that they brought "more bombastic orchestral and down to earth folk aspects" to the record, further fleshing out their vision. This also applies to the contribution of Gyula Havancsak, who provided the artwork for both Two Paths and its predecessor, One Man Army. "It was really nice to work with him again because he always wants to hear our ideas and then he adds his own magic and improvements to them, and the result is always astonishing."

Two Paths track-listing
1. Ajattomasta Unesta
2. For Those About to Fight for Metal
3. Way of the Warrior
4. Two Paths
5. King of Storms
6. Feast with Valkyries
7. Don't You Say
8. I Will Never Kneel
9. God Is Dead
10. Hail to the Victor
11. Unettomaan Aikaan
12. God Is Dead (Alternative Version)
13. Don't You Say (Alternative Version)

From September 27th, 2017 onward, Ensiferum will present Two Paths live on stage, splitting their European tour into two parts. The first part will be in September with six dates in three countries, and then in April 2018 there will be an extended tour through many more European countries. In between that time, Ensiferum will visit all other continents. See below for all confirmed shows, with more to be announced soon!

Ensiferum tour dates:
Aug. 17 - Summerbreeze festival - Dinkelsbuehl, Germany
Sept. 26 - Bochum, Germany - Zeche
Sept. 27 - Langen, Germany - Stadthalle
Sept. 28 - Arnhem, Netherlands - Luxor Live
Sept. 29 - Berlin, Germany - SO36
Sept. 30 - Osnabruck, Germany - Hyde Park
Oct. 1 - Paris, France - La Machine

Ensiferum line-up:
Petri Lindroos - Vocals/Guitar
arkus Toivonen - Guitar/Vocals
Sami Hinkka - Bass/Vocals
Janne Parviainen - Drums
Netta Skog - Digital Accordion/Backing vocals Ensiferum online:

http://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum
http://www.ensiferum.com
http://www.metalblade.com/ensiferum

 

28.02.2017

Ensiferum begins work on seventh full-length

Ensiferum recently entered the Astia studio in Lappeenranta, Finland, where the band recorded a few demo songs for their upcoming seventh full-length, set to be released September 2017 via Metal Blade Records. The quintet will soon return to the Astia studio to begin recording this new album, which will be produced once again by Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.).

 

Sami Hinkka (bass) comments: "Hi Folks! So, as some of you might have already noticed from our social media channels, we are getting ready to go record the next Ensiferum album pretty soon. Just a few weeks ago, we recorded demo versions with Anssi Kippo, who also recorded and produced 'One Man Army'. The demo session went smoothly, and working with Anssi is always such a pleasure because he is so full of creative ideas and positive attitude. The goal for the new album will be to capture Ensiferum's live energy on the songs, and we also plan to use analog recording as much as possible to guarantee the best possible sound.
The song material will include familiar elements, but like we always love to do, we will also take Ensiferum's mighty warship to unexplored seas of musical madness. More info later."

Before the album's release, European fans will be able to catch Ensiferum at various festivals this summer. See below for all dates, with more shows to be announced soon!

Ensiferum tour dates:

Mar. 31 - Full Metal Mountain - Troepolach, Austria
Apr. 1 - Rock In Hell - Colmar, France
Apr. 7 - Metal Franconia Festival - Dettelbach, Germany
Apr. 8 - Durbuy Rock Festival - Durbuy, Belgium
June 3 - Metal Open Air Plzen - Plzen, Czech Republic
June 22 - Nummirock - Kauhajoki, Finland
June 30 - Rockfest Barcelona - Barcelona, Spain
July 1 - Hoernerfest - Brande-Hoernerkirchen, Germany
July 13 - Dong Open Air - Neukirchen - Vlyn, Germany

Ensiferum has been flying the flag of epic, folk-infused death metal high and proud for two decades. Commended for being "their most polished album to-date," by Metal Hammer, "one of folk metal's finest acts" by Loudwire.com and "warlike and fiery" by MetalSucks.net, their latest album, One Man Army (2015), can be previewed and purchased at: metalblade.com/ensiferum 

Ensiferum online:

http://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum
http://www.ensiferum.com
http://www.metalblade.com/ensiferum