I'm really sorry to inform that due to personal reasons, I can't make it to Summer Breeze and Rockstad: Falun festivals next weekend. But fear not! Mr. Jukka-Pekka Miettinen has kindly promised to jump in my sweaty battle boots for those two shows.
Nothing is wrong with me, but sometimes in life, schedules simply clash and even though Ensiferum's music is full of magic and mayhem, we still haven't figured out how to be in two places at the same time.
See you all at Heidenfest!
-Sami / Ensiferum
We want to welcome you all to our new official fan club Twilight Tavern!
We have had our mobile backstage application up and running for years but now it is time to take it to the next level with the new and improved official fan club: Twilight Tavern - now also here on our website. Stay updated with what's going on with Ensiferum on and off stage, see exclusive material from tours and studio sessions, chat with other fans near you and around the world, get unique offers from our merch shop, participate in exclusive competitions and much more!
Unfortunately, it will not be possible for Emmi Silvennoinen (keyboards) to perform on the South American tour starting next week due to personal reasons. The shows will go ahead as planned and the band will perform with Emmi's parts as backing tracks, so you needn't worry about the shows missing the signature Ensiferum melodies! We'd like to assure you that everything is fine within the band - Emmi is healthy and this is just for this tour because of circumstances beyond her control. She will be performing at future Ensiferum shows. We hope to see as many of you as possible at the shows and look forward to playing in South America for the first time!
Agoura Hills, CA - April 23rd, 2013 - Finland's ENSIFERUM have spent the past 18 years honing the steel of their folk-infused battle metal auditory attack. Their albums are further bolstered by a live show that has become one of the most entertaining in all of metal. Proof of ENSIFERUM's status as one of the most vital bands in modern metal was made apparent through their headlining slot on this year's Paganfest USA tour. To further spread the band's music to a worldwide audience, ENSIFERUM has forged a deal with Metal Blade Records! The band inked the deal with Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel during the Paganfest USA tour, and all parties are enthusiastic about new music and new possibilities.
Bassist/backing vocalist Sami Hinkka comments: "We are really looking forward to our co-operation with such a great and legendary label as Metal Blade. The next full length album should be out in early 2015. We have already started working with the new songs and it's obvious that the next album will be another step ahead for Ensiferum. And now that we have united forces with mighty Metal Blade nothing can stop us! The next album is going to be something that will rock the very foundations of folk metal genre.
"We also would like to thank Spinefarm Records for all these 13 years, it's been as blast but now it is time for us to move on and head bravely towards new challenges.
The future looks bright for Sword Bearers!"
ENSIFERUM will be touring throughout Europe and South America this summer as they continue their live campaign in support of their most recent album, Unsung Heroes. Confirmed dates can be seen below, as well as on ensiferum.com and facebook.com/Ensiferum. ENSIFERUM merch is available now at http://shop.ensiferum.com/.
04/26 Oulu , FI Teatria
04/27 Helsinki, FI Virgin Oil
04/28 Losheim Am See, DE Hexentanz Festival
05/05 Istanbul, TR Headbangers Weekend Istanbul
05/18 Gelsenkirchen, DE Rock Hard Festival
05/20 Leipzig, DE Wave Gothic Treffen
06/07 Espoo, FI Kivenlahti Rock
06/20-22 Nummijärvi, FI Nummirock
06/26-30 Tokaj-Rakamaz, HU Hegyalka Festival
07/11-13 Ballenstedt, DE Rockharz Open Air
07/22-26 Tolmin, SL Metaldays
08/07-10 Jaromer, CZ Brutal Assault
08/09-10 Villena, ES Leyendas del Rock Festival
08/15-17 Dinkelsbühl, DE Summer Breeze
08/15-17 Falun, SE Rockstad Falun
South American Tour
05/28 Bogota, CO Teatro Las Vegas Nevada
05/30 Santiago, CL Blondie Club
05/31 Buenos Aires, AR Teatro Vorterix
06/01 Sao Paulo, BR Carioca Club
06/02 Rio De Janeiro, BR Teatro Odisséia
Petri Lindroos - vocals/guitar
Markus Toivonen - guitar/backing vocals
Sami Hinkka - bass/backing vocals
Janne Parviainen - drums
Emmi Silvennoinen - keys/backing vocals
For more information on ENSIFERUM, which in latin means "sword bearer", view their complete history at ensiferum.com.