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Ensiferum’s Acoustic tour comes to Europe this December

Posted in Metal, Misc., News with tags , , on 22nd October 2018 by izaforestspirit

The Finnish folk metal band Ensiferum have announced that they will be playing a series of acoustic shows in Europe this December. Here is more details about this special tour from their bassist Sami Hinkka:

“Just to tell you guys a bit more about the whole idea of these acoustic gigs. Ensiferum has always had acoustic elements and also whole acoustic songs on the albums but those have been impossible to add to traditional metal gigs. So we decided to create a setlist that would include songs that haven’t ever been played outside of Finland. Not just acoustic songs but also some very rare songs that we rearranged a bit to fit the acoustic atmosphere. Most of the setlist will be songs that haven’t been heard ever outside of Finland so even if you saw Ensiferum within the last years, this show will blow your mind! Partying, beer, moshpits, singalong, crowd surfing has always been a big part of Ensiferum’s metal gigs, how about this time? Fear not, it’s not going to be a ballads-only-evening, because we also include some old hit songs that went through an acoustic metamorphosis to keep the party spirit high! So see you all in the acoustic moshpit!

They will be joined by a Finnish acoustic rock band called TRIO DE FACTO.

To give you an idea of what kind of show you can expect, here is a video of one of their acoustic performances in Helsinki back in 2016:

For the full schedule check out the poster below:

For more information visit:

http://www.ensiferum.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Ensiferum/

 

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Ex Deo announce 2018 European tour with Ensiferum

Posted in Metal, Misc., News with tags , , , , on 23rd December 2017 by izaforestspirit

The Canadian symphonic death metal band Ex Deo are due to hit the European shores again next year. This time they have teamed up with the Finnish folk metallers Ensiferum for their ‘Path To Glory’ tour starting in April 2018.

For the full schedule see the poster below:

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For further information visit:

http://www.ensiferum.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum/

https://www.facebook.com/exdeo/

Ensiferum reveal new album title

Posted in Metal, Misc., News with tags , , on 19th July 2017 by izaforestspirit

The Finnish folk metal band Ensiferum are back and have just announced that their new album will be entitled ‘Two Paths’. The new record will be released worldwide on 15th September via Metal Blade Records.

You can check out the track-listing and the cover-art below:

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)

They are also embark on a European tour starting in August 2017. Here is the schedule for the first part of the tour:

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

More dates will be announced soon.

In the meantime you can check out the lyric video for the first single here:

 

For more information visit:

https://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum/

http://metalblade.com/ensiferum/

 

Ensiferum announce tour dates for 2016

Posted in Metal, Misc., News, Uncategorized with tags , on 27th November 2015 by izaforestspirit

The Finnish folk metal band Ensiferum are due to hit the road again next year. They will be visiting The UK and Ireland in February with the Estonian folk metal band Metsatöll as support. Check the poster below for the dates:

They have also announced their European tour dates for April 2016.

Here is a statement from the band:

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!”

There hasn’t been any details about who their support acts will be but you can check the dates below:

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

Finnish fans have an opportunity to see them live this year during their Finland tour in support of Children of Bodom on these dates:

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

https://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum

http://www.ensiferum.com/

http://www.metalblade.com/ensiferum

Ensiferum announce plans to record sixth studio album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 10th July 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Finland’s heroes of folk metal, Ensiferum will be returning to the studio later this year to record the sixth album in their ongoing saga. Whilst touring Europe recently, the band have been crafting new battle hymns for the sixth album which will be acting as their debut on Metal Blade Records.

Ensiferum plan to record the new album in September and October of this year with producer Anssi Kippo at Astia Studio in Finland. The release date is tentatively scheduled for early 2015. Bassist Sami Hinkka has offered the following update:

Hi folks! They say that time flies when you are having a good time and we couldn’t agree more. We have been quite busy touring around the world since our previous album came out few years ago. Between tours we have worked hard with new songs and now we are very proud to announce that Ensiferum will hit studio again right after summer festival season.

On the new album we will take everything to eleven, it’s going to be fast, furious, epic and full of surprises but of course there will be classic Ensiferum elements included.

We will do the album with the one and only Mr. Anssi Kippo. Pre-production is already going really well and in few weeks we will record another demo of all new songs. Then it’s time to continue twisting and turning all the details so that in early 2015 our fans on every continent can be sure to get in their hands the best folk metal album ever made. Stay tuned for more info!

Ensiferum online:

http://ensiferum.com
http://twitter.com/EnsiferumMetal
http://facebook.com/Ensiferum

Lost Society give the low down on the first five tracks from Terror Hungry

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 12th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Lost Society are set to unleash their new album Terror Hungry next month through Nuclear Blast. In anticipation of the new album, the guys have filmed a video giving fans the down low on the album. Lost Society decided to do this while on tour so each track is covered in a different country and/or city, giving fans a chance to see what life on the road with these four Finnish dudes is like. The first clips which covers the first five tracks can be viewed just below:

Part One: Spurgatory

Part Two: Game Over and Attaxic

Part Three: Lethal Pleasure and Terror Hungry

Lost Society online:

http://facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland
http://youtube.com/lostsocietyfinland
https://twitter.com/lostsocietyfi

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The Privateer – Monolith

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , on 13th December 2013 by izaforestspirit

The Privateer
Monolith
Released 15th November 2013
Power Metal/ Folk Metal
Released via Trollzorn Records

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‘Monolith’ is the second album from the pirate themed German power metal band The Privateer. It is the follow up to their debut The Tempest’ which was released in 2011.

After a short instrumental intro it’s straight on to the first full track; the folkish sounding, violin-infused ballad A sequel from a distant visit, which seems a world away from the usual pirate themed metal clichés such as Alestorm. Although this is still technically falling under the power metal banner, there’s a lot more depth to The Privateer than your standard “let’s all dress up as pirates, drink ourselves silly and wave some plastic swords in the air” -metal. For starters, violin is a prominent feature in their music, giving the songs a slight melancholic feel which is evident in tracks such as Ember Sea, a track packed with atmospheric elements mixed in with the guitars and catchy “epic” choruses.

There’s also a handful of faster, catchy and more upbeat songs on here such as the title track, which brings back some of the “fun” and energy that was missing earlier. The aforementioned track incorportates elements of Ensiferum (the chorus singing style) along with hints of both Eluveitie and Apocalyptica. They have even decided to add a German-language track Störtebeker, which reminds me of earlier works by Die Apokalyptischen Reiter for some reason. The lead vocals tend to vary slightly in style depending on the track, offering a somewhat unusual mixture of rock and melodeath-styled semi-growls.

Then it’s back to good old “epic” power metal for the remainder of the album with tracks like their namesake The Privateer, providing the obligatory pirate anthem complete with lyrics about “Jolly Rogers” and For what lurks in the storm, which features a female backing vocalist. The only exception is the melodic, acoustic instrumental The Tides, which highlights the skill of both the guitarist and the violin player. A pleasant addition but I’m not sure if it’s enough to make this album stand out.

Overall ‘Monolith’ reveals the ambitious nature of the band and their willingness to experiment with different genres. Mixing folk and power metal may be a bold move but it’s not an easy one to execute properly. Whilst I value the effort and applaud their skills as musicians, I think that The Privateer have bitten off more than they can chew with this release.

3.5/5

Iza Raittila