22.12.2015

Ensiferum - Acoustic shows in Finland!

Vaikka levyillä Ensiferum musiikissa akustiset soittimet luovat ison osan tunnelmasta, niin keikoilla moisia ei pahemmin ole nähty. Joten oli korkea aika ottaa härkää sarvista, raapia kasaan akustinen setti ja lähteä tanssilavoille esittelemään hieman toisenlainen puoli Ensiferumista. Keikoilla tullaan kuulemaan myös harvinaisempia ralleja, joista joitain ei olla koskaan aiemmin soitettu livenä. Toki muutamat hittibiisitkin ovat saaneet uudelleensovituksen kautta oikeutuksen sisältyä iltamien hittikavalkaadiin. Joten tukka ponnarille, ykköset päälle ja tanssahtelemaan...tai sitten laitetaan pitti pyörimään, katsotaan kuinka käy. Karkeloissa iki-ihanaa Emmi Silvennoista tuuraa digihaitarin maailmanmestari ja mestarileipuri Netta Skog!

 

15.10.2015

ENSIFERUM confirm European tour in April 2016!

Finnish Metal warriors ENSIFERUM have just announced another European headliner tour for April 2016.

Comments ENSIFERUM: “Greetings from Ensiferum camp! One Man Army -world tour has already visited many cities but there is still lot more to come. We shall not rest before every metalhead has partied with us like there is no tomorrow! Now we are very proud to announce European tour in April 2016 with brilliant lineup! More info later, so please be patient, we promise that it will be worth it. Folk on!“

ENSIFERUM
+ t.b.a.
01/04/16 DE – Lichtenfels – Ragnarök Festival
02/04/16 NL – Rotterdam – Maasilo
03/04/16 BE – Antwerp – Trix
04/04/16 DE – Frankfurt – Batschkapp
05/04/16 LU – Esch/Alzette – Kulturfabrik
06/04/16 DE – Hannover – Capitol
07/04/16 DK – Copenhagen – Amager Bio
08/04/16 DE – Leipzig – Hellraiser
09/04/16 AT – Wien – Szene
10/04/16 HU – Budapest – Barba Negra Club
12/04/16 RO – Bucharest – Arenele Romane
13/04/16 BG – Sofia – Mixtape 5 Club
14/04/16 SR – Belgrade – Dom Omladine
15/04/16 HR – Zagreb – Vintage
16/04/16 DE – Burglengenfeld – VAZ Pfarrheim
17/04/16 CH – Solothurn – Kulturfabrik Kofmehl
18/04/16 IT – Milan – Fabrique
19/04/16 DE – Karlsruhe – Substage
20/04/16 IT – Köln – Live Music Hall
21/04/16 DE – Berlin – Columbia Theater

In other news ENSIFERUM have just confirmed four shows in Finland supporting CHILDREN OF BODOM!

ENSIFERUM supporting Children Of Bodom
09/12/15 FI - Tampere / Tähtiareena
10/12/15 FI - Seinäjoki / Rytmikorjaamo
11/12/15 FI - Jyväskylä / Paviljonk
12/12/15 FI - Oulu / Super Park 

ENSIFERUM's “One Man Army” debuted at #167 on Billboard's Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #19 on Billboard's Hard Music Chart, #36 on Billboard's Independent Albums Chart and #9 on Billboard's Heekseekers Chart. In Canada, “One Man Army” placed at #69 on the Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #13 on the Hard Music Chart and #126 on the Digital Music Charts.

On the Official Top 100 Charts in Europe, the record earned the coveted #1 slot in Finland, #15 Germany, #37 Austria and #24 Switzerland. Additionally, ENSIFERUM's “One Man Army” has ranked among the top five entries in the iTunes Metal Charts in multiple territories.

ENSIFERUM's “One Man Army” is out now via Metal Blade Records. Order yours today at metalblade.com/ensiferum where you'll also find the band's recently debuted "One Man Army" video and companion making-of footage. For iTunes orders, point your browser to itunes.apple.com/album/id956849251.

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

 

19.05.2015

Ensiferum to shoot new music video at Philadelphia show on May 28th!

Ensiferum's tour with Korpiklaani and Trollfest will draw to a close on May 29th in New York City, but the night before, Ensiferum will invite director Dave Brodsky to shoot a brand new music video! Fans in attendance on May 28th in Philadelphia at the Theatre of Living Arts will bear witness to a live video shoot for "Warrior Without a War". The video will serve as a perfect wrap up of the band's current tour, which featured guest accordion player Netta Skog, who filled in for keyboardist Emmi Silvennoinen, as previously discussed by the band in the facebook video HERE. Sami Hinkka adds: "Get yourself to Philadelphia on 28th of May, put your war paint on, warm up your vocal chords, and get ready to go berserk!"

Fans that want to be a part of this occasion can buy tickets now at livenation.com HERE.

ENSIFERUM are touring in support of their valiant One Man Army full-length, unleashed in February via Metal Blade Records. The record debuted at #167 on Billboard's Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #19 on Billboard's Hard Music Chart, #36 on Billboard's Independent Albums Chart and #9 on Billboard's Heekseekers Chart upon its first week of release. In Canada, One Man Army placed at #69 on the Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #13 on the Hard Music Chart and #126 on the Digital Music Charts.

ENSIFERUM Tour w/ Korpiklaani, Trollfest

05/12 Calgary, AB Republik
05/13 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
05/15 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
05/16 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre
05/17 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
05/18 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
05/19 Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre
05/20 Toronto, ON Opera House
05/21 Ottawa, ON Mavericks
05/22 Montreal, QC Club Soda
05/23 Quebec City, QC Imperial de Quebec
05/24 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
05/26 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small's Theatre
05/27 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
05/28 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
05/29 New York, NY Irving Plaza

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 and, "warlike and fiery," by MetalSucks, the band's predominantly analog-recorded, eleven-track One Man Army full-length was captured by award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland.

ENSIFERUM's One Man Army is out now via Metal Blade Records. Order yours today at metalblade.com/ensiferum where you'll also find the band's recently debuted "One Man Army" video and companion making-of footage. For iTunes preorders, point your browser to itunes.apple.com/album/id956849251.

"One Man Army blasts forth with symphonic guitar orchestrations, double-time drum gallops, quick- changing dynamics and operatic vocal chorales that would make 19th century homeboys Pacius and Sibelius proud." - Revolver

"An incredible album, and worthy for the thunder children.  Indeed it is a thunderous epic, and should stand alone as a fantastic addition to Metal Blade's legendary collection." - New Noise Magazine

"One Man Army is ENSIFERUM at their finest. The three years between releases worked to the band's benefit as their execution and adventurous songwriting finds them with a renewed passion and energy." - About.com

"…a solid LP forged in the crucible of war." - Sputnik Music

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

 

12.03.2015

Budapest Show 15.03.2015

Since the Budapest show in the Club 202 in Budapest is nearly sold out, Ensiferum are happy to announce that the show will now be moved to the Barba Negra Club on same date.

Tickets are available under:

http://www.eventim.hu/en/tickets/ensiferum-koncert-budapest-barba-negra-music-club-391018/event.html

All tickets bought for the show in Club 202 remain valid.

 

05.03.2015

One Man Army First Week Chart Numbers Revealed; North American Tour Draws Near

 

One Man Army, the latest studio recording from long-running Finnish folk metallers, ENSIFERUM, debuted at #167 on Billboard’s Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #19 on Billboard’s Hard Music Chart, #36 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart and #9 on Billboard’s Heekseekers Chart. In Canada, One Man Army placed at #69 on the Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #13 on the Hard Music Chart and #126 on the Digital Music Charts. On the Official Top 100 Charts in Europe, the record earned the coveted #1 slot in Finland, #15 Germany, #37 Austria and #24 Switzerland. Additionally, ENSIFERUM’s One Many Army has ranked among the top five entries in the iTunes Metal Charts in multiple territories.

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 and, “one of folk metal’s finest acts…,” by Loudwire, the band’s predominantly analog-recorded, eleven-track One Man Army full-length was captured by award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland and continues to reap critical hails from media both Stateside and abroad. MetalSucks dubs the offering, “warlike and fiery,” About.com agrees noting, “One Man Army is ENSIFERUM at their finest. The three years between releases worked to the band’s benefit as their execution and adventurous songwriting finds them with a renewed passion and energy.” Sputnik Music applauds, “a solid LP forged in the crucible of war,” while Revolver adds, “One Man Army blasts forth with symphonic guitar orchestrations, double-time drum gallops, quick-changing dynamics and operatic vocal chorales that would make 19th century homeboys Pacius and Sibelius proud.”

ENSIFERUM will return to North America this Spring on a co-headlining tour with country-mates, Korpiklaani. Scheduled to commence on May 6th in Los Angeles, the band will pillage their way through nearly two dozen cities with the march coming to a close on May 29th in New York City. Additional support will be provided by Trollfest. The tour follows the band’s European trek alongside Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum later this month.

ENSIFERUM w/ Frosttide:
3/06/2015 Lutakko – Jyvaskyla, FI
3/07/2015 Nosturi – Helsinki, FI

w/ Craving:
3/10/2015 Schlachthof – Lingen, DE (“Fan Appreciation Show” by EMP)

w/ Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum:
3/11/2015 Zeche – Bochum, DE
3/12/2015 Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, DE
3/13/2015 Backstage – München, DE
3/14/2015 Masters of Rock Café – Zlin, CZ
3/15/2015 Club 202 – Budapest, HU
3/16/2015 Szene – Wien, AT
3/18/2015 Live Club – Milan, IT
3/19/2015 Les Docks – Lausanne, CH
3/20/2015 La Laiterie – Strasbourg, FR
3/21/2015 Z7 – Pratteln, CH
3/22/2015 Ninkasi Kao – Lyon, FR
3/23/2015 Le Bataclan – Paris, FR
3/24/2015 O2 Academy Islington- London, UK
3/25/2015 Patronaat – Haarlem, NL
3/26/2015 Hedon – Zwolle, NL
3/27/2015 Biebob – Vosselaar, BE
3/28/2015 Tivoli – Bremen, DE
3/29/2015 Grünspan – Hamburg, DE
3/30/2015 Vega – Copenhagen, DK
3/31/2015 Göta Källare – Stockholm, SE
4/01/2015 Sticky Fingers – Gothenburg, SE
4/02/2015 Inferno Metal Festival – Oslo, NO

w/ Korpiklaani, Trollfest:
5/06/2015 House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA [tickets]
5/07/2015 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA [tickets]
5/08/2015 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR [tickets]
5/09/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA [tickets]
5/10/2015 Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, BC [tickets]
5/12/2015 Republik – Calgary, AB [tickets]
5/13/2015 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB [tickets]
5/15/2015 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO [tickets]
5/16/2015 Bourbon Theater – Lincoln, NE [tickets]
5/17/2015 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN [tickets]
5/18/2015 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL [tickets]
5/19/2015 Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH [tickets]
5/20/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON [tickets]
5/21/2015 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON [tickets]
5/22/2015 Club Soda – Montreal, QC [tickets]
5/23/2015 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC [tickets]
5/24/2015 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA [tickets]
5/26/2015 Mr. Small’s Theater – Pittsburgh, PA [tickets]
5/27/2015 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD [tickets]
5/28/2015 Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA [tickets]
5/29/2015 Irving Plaza – New York, NY [tickets]

2015 Summer Festivals:
8/13/2015 Rockstadt Extremefest – Rasnov, DE 6/19-21/2015 Hellfest – Clisson, FR
7/30-8/1/2015 Wacken Open Air – Wacken, DE
8/06-08/2015 Party San Open Air – Schlotheim, DE
8/08/2015 IntoThe Grave Festival – Leeuwarden, NL
8/09/2015 Bloodstock Open Air – Walton-On-Trent, GB
8/13-15/2015 Summer Breeze – Dinkelsbühl, DE

ENSIFERUM’s One Man Army is out now via Metal Blade Records. Order yours today at metalblade.com/ensiferum where you’ll also find the band’s recently debuted “One Man Army” video and companion making-of footage. For iTunes preorders, point your browser to itunes.apple.com/album/id956849251.

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

 

02.03.2015

One Man Army #1 in the Finnish album charts!

We're delighted to announce that Ensiferum’s newly released album "One Man Army" debuted at #1 in the Finnish album charts this week. Alongside this have been top 5 entries in the iTunes metal charts in multiple countries, as well as receiving accolades in many other Metal charts, including the top spot on EMP's charts.

Friday and Saturday will see the band's final 2 shows on the Finnish leg of the tour, before heading out on their full European tour, which will kick off March 10th in Lingen (DE) with a special"Fan Appreciation Show".

 

17.02.2015

US/Canada tour with KORPIKLAANI and TROLLFEST in May 2015-02-17

ENSIFERUM is Kicking off an US/Canada tour by May 6th 2015 in order to promote their upcoming album “One Man Army”, which will be released Tuesday, February 24th by Metal Blade Records.

See the dates here!

 

13.02.2015

Finnish Folk Metallers Partner With Spotify To Bring Fans One Man Army In Its Entirety

Captured by award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland, ENSIFERUM's predominantly analog-recorded One Man Army brandishes eleven stunning tracks of the band's signature synthesis of Viking, folk and power metal swathed in fantastical themes of Scandinavian lore. In celebration of its release, now less than two weeks away, the band has partnered with Spotfiy to bring fans a stream of the record in its entirety.

Hosted by EMP (GER), Inferno Mag (FI) and Decibel Magazine (US), each day Spotify will add an additional One Man Army track to their player leading up to the record's final descent. First two cuts, “March Of War,” and “Axe Of Judgement” are currently punishing internet airwaves. Check them out at THIS LOCATION.

One Man Army Spotify Schedule:

1. March Of War - 2/13/2015
2. Axe Of Judgement - 2/13/2015
3. Heathen Horde - 2/14/2015
4. One Man Army - 2/13/2015
5. Burden Of The Fallen - 2/15/2015
6. Warrior Without A War - 2/15/2015
7. Cry For The Earth Bounds - 2/16/2015
8. Two Of Spades - 2/17/2015
9. My Ancestors' Blood - 2/18/2015
10. Descendants, Defiance, Domination - 2/19/2015
11. Neito Pohjolan - 2/20/2015

One Man Army is already procuring the praise of media outlets both stateside and abroad. Revolver Magazine champions the record noting, “Finland’s ENSIFERUM have long traded in their designation as a “folk metal” group, but on the band’s sixth studio album the metal side of that label is decidedly dominant. And it’s epic metal at that: ‘One Man Army’ blasts forth with symphonic guitar orchestrations, double-time drum gallops, quick-changing dynamics and operatic vocal chorales that would make 19th century homeboys Pacius and Sibelius proud,” Metal Hammer gushes, "ENSIFERUM have produced their most polished album to date; one that bulges with bombast and rages with frostbitten grit… these northern sword-wielders are close to finding the perfect recipe for taking folk into the mainstream of metal - all without losing a shred of authenticity," while MetalSucks, in a near perfect 4/5 ratingm commends the band for being “warlike and fiery,” dubbing One Man Army, “a perfect example of the band’s standout sound: it’s definitely a genre piece, but it’s the best of its kind.”

Loudwire concurs, "ENSIFERUM has become one of folk metal's finest acts…ENSIFERUM's music awakens one's inner warrior… it's a pity fighting to the death with swords and battle axes is illegal nowadays.”

Following the worldwide release of One Man Army, ENSIFERUM will pillage their way through Europe wielding their swords alongside Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum. The tour follows a handful of one-off shows and a special “Fan Appreciation Show" by EMP.

ENSIFERUM w/ Frosttide:
2/27/2015 Pakkahuone - Tampere, FI
2/28/2015 Rytmikorjaamo - Seianajoki, FI
3/06/2015 Lutakko - Jyvaskyla, FI
3/07/2015 Nosturi - Helsinki, FI

w/ Craving:
3/10/2015 Schlachthof - Lingen, DE ("Fan Appreciation Show" by EMP)

w/ Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum:
3/11/2015 Zeche - Bochum, DE
3/12/2015 Rockfabrik - Ludwigsburg, DE
3/13/2015 Backstage - München, DE
3/14/2015 Masters of Rock Café - Zlin, CZ
3/15/2015 Club 202 - Budapest, HU
3/16/2015 Szene - Wien, AT
3/18/2015 Live Club - Milan, IT
3/19/2015 Les Docks - Lausanne, CH
3/20/2015 La Laiterie - Strasbourg, FR
3/21/2015 Z7 - Pratteln, CH
3/22/2015 Ninkasi Kao - Lyon, FR
3/23/2015 Le Bataclan - Paris, FR
3/24/2015 O2 Academy Islington- London, UK
3/25/2015 Patronaat - Haarlem, NL
3/26/2015 Hedon - Zwolle, NL
3/27/2015 Biebob - Vosselaar, BE
3/28/2015 Tivoli - Bremen, DE
3/29/2015 Grünspan - Hamburg, DE
3/30/2015 Vega - Copenhagen, DK
3/31/2015 Göta Källare - Stockholm, SE
4/01/2015 Sticky Fingers - Gothenburg, SE
4/02/2015 Inferno Metal Festival - Oslo, NO 2015

Summer Festivals:
8/13/2015 Rockstadt Extremefest - Rasnov, DE
6/19/2015 - 6/21/2015 Hellfest - Clisson, FR
7/30/2015 - 8/1/2015 Wacken Open Air - Wacken, DE
8/06/2015 - 8/8/2015 Party San Open Air - Schlotheim, DE
8/08/2015 - Into The Grave Festival - Leeuwarden, NL
8/09/2015 Bloodstock Open Air - Walton-On-Trent, GB
8/13/2015 - 8/15/2015 Summer Breeze - Dinkelsbühl, DE

Forged in 1995 as a trio by guitarist/vocalist Markus Toivonen, and presently featuring current and former members of October Falls, Rapture, Norther, Barathrum and Sinergy, ENSIFERUM has been flying the flag of epic, folk-infused death metal high and proud for two decades. The band's One Man Army full-length will be released via Metal Blade Records on February 24th, 2015 and includes an accompanying four-track bonus CD. Preorder bundles for One Man Army are currently available at metalblade.com/ensiferum where you'll also find the band's recently debuted "One Man Army" video and companion making-of footage. For iTunes preorders, point your browser itunes.apple.com/album/id956849251

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

 

03.02.2015

New Hymn From Finnish Folk Metallers Streaming At Loudwire; One Man Army Release Day Looms

With the release of One Man Army, the forthcoming new studio offering from Finnish folk metal collective, ENSIFERUM, now just two weeks away, today Loudwire offers up "Heathen Horde," for public consumption.

Captured by award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland, the predominantly analog-recorded One Man Army wields eleven tracks of the band's signature synthesis of Viking, folk and power metal swathed in fantastical themes of Scandinavian lore. Already reaping critical acclaim from media outlets globally, Metal Hammer gushes of the record: "ENSIFERUM have produced their most polished album to date; one that bulges with bombast and rages with frostbitten grit… these northern sword-wielders are close to finding the perfect recipe for taking folk into the mainstream of metal – all without losing a shred of authenticity."

Notes Loudwire, "ENSIFERUM has become one of folk metal's finest acts, experiencing a huge surge in popularity during the last few years. ENSIFERUM's music awakens one's inner warrior… it's a pity fighting to the death with swords and battle axes is illegal nowadays."

Sample "Heathen Horde" at loudwire.com.

Following recent performances at the 2015 edition of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, ENSIFERUM will pillage their way through Europe later this month, brandishing their swords alongside Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum.

ENSIFERUM:
2/27/2015 Pakkahuone – Tampere, FI
2/28/2015 Rytmikorjaamo – Seianajoki, FI
3/06/2015 Lutakko – Jyvaskyla, FI
3/07/2015 Nosturi – Helsinki, FI

w/ Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum:
3/11/2015 Zeche – Bochum, DE
3/12/2015 Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, DE
3/13/2015 Backstage – München, DE
3/14/2015 Masters of Rock Café – Zlin, CZ
3/15/2015 Club 202 – Budapest, HU
3/16/2015 Szene – Wien, AT
3/18/2015 Live Club – Milan, IT
3/19/2015 Les Docks – Lausanne, CH
3/20/2015 La Laiterie – Strasbourg, FR
3/21/2015 Z7 – Pratteln, CH
3/22/2015 Ninkasi Kao – Lyon, FR
3/23/2015 Le Bataclan – Paris, FR
3/24/2015 O2 Academy Islington- London, UK
3/25/2015 Patronaat – Haarlem, NL
3/26/2015 Hedon – Zwolle, NL
3/27/2015 Biebob – Vosselaar, BE
3/28/2015 Tivoli – Bremen, DE
3/29/2015 Grünspan – Hamburg, DE
3/30/2015 Vega – Copenhagen, DK
3/31/2015 Göta Källare – Stockholm, SE
4/01/2015 Sticky Fingers – Gothenburg, SE
4/02/2015 Inferno Metal Festival – Oslo, NO

Festivals Summer 2015:
8/13/2015 Rockstadt Extremefest – Rasnov, DE
6/19/2015 – 6/21/2015 Hellfest – Clisson, FR
7/30/2015 – 8/1/2015 Wacken Open Air – Wacken, DE
8/06/2015 – 8/8/2015 Party San Open Air – Schlotheim, DE
8/09/2015 Bloodstock Open Air – Walton-On-Trent, GB
8/13/2015 – 8/15/2015 Summer Breeze – Dinkelsbühl, DE

Forged in 1995 as a trio by guitarist/vocalist Markus Toivonen, and presently featuring current and former members of October Falls, Rapture, Norther, Barathrum and Sinergy, ENSIFERUM has been flying the flag of epic, folk-infused death metal high and proud for two decades.

The band's One Man Army full-length will be released via Metal Blade Records on February 24th, 2015 and includes an accompanying four-track bonus CD. Preorder bundles for One Man Army are currently available at metalblade.com/ensiferum where you'll also find the band's recently debuted "One Man Army" video and companion making-of footage. For iTunes preorders, point your browser HERE.

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

 

20.01.2015

ENSIFERUM: Finnish Folk Metallers Unveil One Man Army Studio Footage

Finnish folk metal victors, ENSIFERUM, will release their sixth studio album next month via Metal Blade Records. Titled One Man Army, the predominantly analog-recorded, eleven-track offering was captured by award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland and wields their signature methodic, yet organically-executed synthesis of Viking, folk and power metal adorned in fantastical themes of Scandinavian lore.

In celebration of its release, today ENSIFERUM offers fans an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look into the creation of their most epic offering to date. Watch bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka discuss One Man Army at THIS LOCATION where you’ll also find the band’s recently debuted “One Man Army” video and companion making-of footage.

In related news, 70,000 Tons of Metal voyagers will be able to catch ENSIFERUM’s battle-ready live performance next week before the band kicks off a lengthy European live incursion, wielding their swords alongside Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum. See confirmed dates below:

ENSIFERUM:
1/22-1/26/2015 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise – Miami, FL
2/27/2015 Pakkahuone – Tampere, FI
2/28/2015 Rytmikorjaamo – Seianajoki, FI
3/06/2015 Lutakko – Jyvaskyla, FI
3/07/2015 Nosturi – Helsinki, FI

w/ Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum:
3/11/2015 Zeche – Bochum, DE
3/12/2015 Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, DE
3/13/2015 Backstage – München, DE
3/14/2015 Masters of Rock Café – Zlin, CZ
3/15/2015 Club 202 – Budapest, HU
3/16/2015 Szene – Wien, AT
3/18/2015 Live Club – Milan, IT
3/19/2015 Les Docks – Lausanne, CH
3/20/2015 La Laiterie – Strasbourg, FR
3/21/2015 Z7 – Pratteln, CH
3/22/2015 Ninkasi Kao – Lyon, FR
3/23/2015 Le Bataclan – Paris, FR
3/24/2015 O2 Academy Islington- London, UK
3/25/2015 Patronaat – Haarlem, NL
3/26/2015 Hedon – Zwolle, NL
3/27/2015 Biebob – Vosselaar, BE
3/28/2015 Tivoli – Bremen, DE
3/29/2015 Grünspan – Hamburg, DE
3/30/2015 Vega – Copenhagen, DK
3/31/2015 Göta Källare – Stockholm, SE
4/01/2015 Sticky Fingers – Gothenburg, SE
4/02/2015 Inferno Metal Festival – Oslo, NO

Festivals Summer 2015:
8/13/2015 Rockstadt Extremefest – Rasnov, DE
6/19/2015 – 6/21/2015 Hellfest – Clisson, FR
7/30/2015 – 8/1/2015 Wacken Open Air – Wacken, DE
8/06/2015 – 8/8/2015 Party San Open Air – Schlotheim, DE
8/09/2015 Bloodstock Open Air – Walton-On-Trent, GB
8/13/2015 – 8/15/2015 Summer Breeze – Dinkelsbühl, DE

Forged in 1995 as a trio by guitarist/vocalist Markus Toivonen, and presently featuring current and former members of October Falls, Rapture, Norther, Barathrum and Sinergy, ENSIFERUM has been flying the flag of epic, folk-infused death metal high and proud for two decades. The band’s One Man Army full-length will be released via Metal Blade Records on February 24th, 2015 and includes an accompanying four-track bonus CD.

Preorder bundles for One Man Army are currently available at THIS LOCATION. For iTunes preorders, point your browser HERE.

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

 

12.01.2015

ENSIFERUM: Finnish Folk Metal Forbearers Unleash New Video; One Man Army Full-Length To See Release Next Month

“One Man Army” is the sixth studio album from Finnish folk metal forbearers, ENSIFERUM. Set to drop next month via Metal Blade Records, the predominantly analog-recorded offering was captured by award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland and delivers eleven punishingly epic odes alongside a four-track bonus CD featuring the band’s rendition of Barathrum’s “Warmetal,” Iron Maiden’s “Wrathchild,” Uriah Heep’s “Lady In Black,” and Judas Priest’s “Breaking the Law,” initially unveiled as the covermount CD of issue #94 of Germany’s long-running Legacy Magazine.

In anticipation of the forthcoming release, today ENSIFERUM unveils the official new video for One Man Army’s title track! ENSIFERUM’s One Man Army will be released via Metal Blade Records on February 24th, 2015. 70,000 Tons of Metal voyagers will be able to catch ENSIFERUM’s battle-ready live performance next week before the band kicks off a lengthy European live incursion, wielding their swords alongside Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum.

See confirmed dates below:

ENSIFERUM:

1/22-1/26/2015 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise – Miami, FL
2/27/2015 Pakkahuone – Tampere, FI
2/28/2015 Rytmikorjaamo – Seianajoki, FI
3/06/2015 Lutakko – Jyvaskyla, FI
3/07/2015 Nosturi – Helsinki, FI


w/ Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum:
3/11/2015 Zeche – Bochum, DE
3/12/2015 Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, DE
3/13/2015 Backstage – München, DE
3/14/2015 Masters of Rock Café – Zlin, CZ
3/15/2015 Club 202 – Budapest, HU
3/16/2015 Szene – Wien, AT
3/18/2015 Live Club – Milan, IT
3/19/2015 Les Docks – Lausanne, CH
3/20/2015 La Laiterie – Strasbourg, FR
3/21/2015 Z7 – Pratteln, CH
3/22/2015 Ninkasi Kao – Lyon, FR
3/23/2015 Le Bataclan – Paris, FR
3/24/2015 O2 Academy Islington- London, UK
3/25/2015 Patronaat – Haarlem, NL
3/26/2015 Hedon – Zwolle, NL
3/27/2015 Biebob – Vosselaar, BE
3/28/2015 Tivoli – Bremen, DE
3/29/2015 Grünspan – Hamburg, DE
3/30/2015 Vega – Copenhagen, DK
3/31/2015 Göta Källare – Stockholm, SE
4/01/2015 Sticky Fingers – Gothenburg, SE
4/02/2015 Inferno Metal Festival – Oslo, NO

Festivals Summer 2015:
8/13/2015 Rockstadt Extremefest – Rasnov, DE
6/19/2015 – 6/21/2015 Hellfest – Clisson, FR
7/30/2015 – 8/1/2015 Wacken Open Air – Wacken, DE
8/06/2015 – 8/8/2015 Party San Open Air – Schlotheim, DE
8/09/2015 Bloodstock Open Air – Walton-On-Trent, GB
8/13/2015 – 8/15/2015 Summer Breeze – Dinkelsbühl, DE

Forged in 1995 as a trio by guitarist/vocalist Markus Toivonen, and presently featuring current and former members of October Falls, Rapture, Norther, Barathrum and Sinergy, ENSIFERUM has been flying the flag of epic, folk-infused death metal high and proud for two decades. A Latin word translating to "sword bearer," ENSIFERUM's valiant tale begins humbly with three meticulously composed demos that raised the collective eyebrows of the extreme metal underground with their sharp and dexterous fusion of Bathory-esque darkness, Amorphis-styled melody and poignant accounts of ancient sagas and warrior quests. Released in 1999, it was the third demo, “Hero In A Dream”, which included the band's first-ever integration of female vocals, that reaped the praise and support of Finland's Spinefarm Records, where the band would remain for five conquering studio offerings.

ENSIFERUM recorded their self-titled debut in November of 2000 at Sundi-Coop Studios in Savonlinna with Tuomo Valtonen (Rapture, Nattvindens Gråt, Darkwoods My Brotherhood). Released during the new millennium's emerging Viking metal movement, the album featured such guest musicians as Trollhorn (keyboards), Marita Toivonen (kantele) and Johanna Vakkuri (guest female vocals who first appeared on the Hero In A Dream demo). Christened, "an excellent platter of Viking metal," by Sputnik Music, furthering that "The Finns put forth an excellent effort, one that combines heavy, yet melodic riffing, impressive, folky interludes, and fun sing/growl-along atmospheres," the record's methodic, yet organically-executed synthesis of Viking, folk and power metal adorned in fantastical themes of Scandinavian lore sans the more kitschy humppa trappings of many of their sword-wielding peers, earned ENSIFERUM the mass reverence of fans on European shores and beyond.

Second full-length, “Iron”, found ENSIFERUM holed up in Copenhagen's Sweet Silence Studios. There in Denmark, during the Fall of 2003, the band's second full-length was captured by the gifted hands of producer Flemming Rasmussen, notorious for his work on such groundbreaking recordings as Metallica's Master of Puppets and Ride the Lightning. For the next decade, ENSIFERUM would gallop their way further into the hearts of metallers of all walks with their epic hymns and grandiose, cinematic live performances. Honing their creative skills both compositionally and thematically with each passing effort, the band's unification of technically adept metallic guitar sweeps with the more traditional sounds of their homeland a la Finnish kantele, bagpipes, nyckelharpa and bodhrans, and the gentle balance of vocalist/guitarist Petri Lindroos warring growls with Toivonen's and bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka's harmonized choruses, proved continually and deliberately infectious.

By 2013, ENSIFERUM - Toivonen, Hinkka and Lindroos alongside drummer Janne Parviainen and keyboardist/vocalist Emmi Silvennoinen – had become an international folk metal sensation having spread their valiant battle anthems to the stages of some of Europe's most prestigious metal festivals as well as lengthy live pillagings through North America, Australia, South Africa, China, South and Central America. That year, the collective joined the legendary ranks of heavy metal powerhouse, Metal Blade Records, for the release of their sixth studio album.

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