Ensiferum - From Afar

8.3 | 790 votes |
Release date: 9 September 2009
Style: Extreme folk metal


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01. By The Dividing Stream
02. From Afar
03. Twilight Tavern
04. Heathen Throne
05. Elusive Reaches
06. Stone Cold Metal
07. Smoking Ruins
08. Tumman Virran Taa
09. The Longest Journey (Heathen Throne Part II)
10. Vandraren [Nordman cover] [feat. Heri Joensen] [limited edition bonus]

The Best Pagan/Viking/Folk Metal Album Of 2009

Staff review by
Baz Anderson
Ensiferum have been on a journey in recent years and have become one of the most followed bands of this time. From Afar is therefore an extremely eagerly anticipated album from these Finnish masters of folk metal. The good news is that From Afar shows Ensiferum make their return in fine form. The album has no drastic changes in sound or personnel, making this the second album with Petri Lindroos leading the sword-wielders into battle.

published 08.09.2009 | Comments (43)

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17.03.2010 - 15:08

Posts: 4
From: Poland
Very good album !

Ensiferum Rulezzz
27.03.2010 - 17:13
Rating: 9

Posts: 45
From: France

I'm actually surprised it isn't rated higher by members. From Afar is pure brilliance, independently of which kind of Metal you usually prefer.
27.03.2010 - 19:33
Heaven Knight

Posts: 8284
From: Czech Republic

Well i think the rating is quite fair, people are giving 8, 9 or 10...there are only very few lower marks...problem is the understanding of rating - 8.5 should be considered "high" rating, since it is only one and half points from being "perfect"
So behold the flight of the sapphire dragon
soaring through the skies once again

29.03.2010 - 04:44
Rating: 6

Posts: 1451
From: South Africa

Guess Im one of those culprits. Not impressed at all...first song starts amazingly then Petri stuffs it in the butthole.
29.03.2010 - 11:32
Heaven Knight

Posts: 8284
From: Czech Republic

And i guess you are just Jari loving whiny...
So behold the flight of the sapphire dragon
soaring through the skies once again

29.03.2010 - 11:46
Rating: 7
Space For Rent!

Posts: 1522
From: Austria

I think it's by far their worst album and I absolutely don't care who sings on it
11.06.2010 - 10:07
Rating: 8

Posts: 15
From: Costa Rica

Yeah maybe their worst, I still prefer Petri's vocals on Victory Songs... and I don't like the orchestal/symphonic stuff, they don't need that to make their music more "epic".....
18.01.2011 - 22:45
Rating: 6

Posts: 186
From: Iran

After Jari Mäenpää , i can't stand Ensiferum
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25.11.2011 - 02:41
Rating: 8
Cyborg Raptor

Posts: 1174
From: USA

Harder to digest than previous albums with longer more complex
and far less catchy songs. but after a few spins itll grow on ya. not as good as previous albums but nonetheless a good effort
pewpew.. gotcha
06.03.2012 - 12:02
Rating: 9
Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk
To Mega Therion

Posts: 330
From: Serbia

Depends if you'd rather trust the community of MS or a reviewer from another site
I'd say self-named ftw.

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19.08.2012 - 19:57
Rating: 8

Posts: 1424
From: UK
A very good album by Ensiferum, in which near enough every song is as epic as possible. Although the opening song 'By the dividing Stream' isn't that much of a strong introduction to the album, the quirkiness of 'the title track soon invites the listener into its brand of heathenish folk metal. I generally like this album very much, though it is slightly irritating that the two songs running over two minutes long seem to be dragged out a bit. Nonetheless, this album has just enough of everything to make it a damn good folk metal album.
29.08.2012 - 18:30
Rating: 9

Posts: 901
From: Spain

This album lives up to its best albums, with a sound and emotion achieved to an impressive level that gets a special feeling overall in the album, with those spectacular choirs, that fantastic drum, the guitars... Where highlights four super bombs like are From Afar, Twilight Tavern, Elusive Reaches and Stone Cold Metal, that stays probably within the best songs in the Ensiferum's discography.

But when one puts to listen the entire album from the start to the end, i find in my opinion two defects, first i would cut at least two minutes on the song Heathen Throne and maybe to move it after Elusive Reaches, and then i think the cut would not be so drastic, i like this song, i think it is a very good song, with great moments, and good melodies, but at the end you feel that it is too long. And the second, the intro song of By The Dividing Stream is also too long and repetitive, also i would cut one minute, good melodie, but repeated too much, for the purpose that has this song. And it can be example of the handicap in the last times on Ensiferum: they are able to exchange between the kind of metal more fast with the metal more paused that they know to do, but as they know to do so well this fast, exciting and vibrating metal, that it's hard to overcome this contrast with the parts more slow for the listener, and you get a weapon of double-edged.
10.10.2012 - 06:05
Rating: 9

Posts: 61
From: Canada
It's a pretty good album but I just hate the vocals, he sounds the exact same in every song and it makes it kind of boring at times.
29.01.2016 - 09:16
Rating: 6

Posts: 249
From: Estonia

Written by moonsorrow1992 on 11.06.2010 at 10:07

Yeah maybe their worst, I still prefer Petri's vocals on Victory Songs... and I don't like the orchestal/symphonic stuff, they don't need that to make their music more "epic".....

This is a pretty old quote for me to drag into the sunlight, but...

... I simply can't agree more. The symphonic metal sound is pretty annoying on this album. "Unsung Heroes" might have been Ensiferum's first truly bad album, but this album was where they lost my interest. Ensiferum is a band I grew up with and in my opinion it wasn't Jari leaving that ruined them, it was teaming up with Tero Kinnunen, who of course is known for being Nightwish's producer. Oceanborn era Nightwish was pretty good, but that symphonic style really didn't fit with Ensiferum's music at all. When I think of folk metal, I don't think of orchestras. Also, some of the riffs on this album are still pretty good and the orchestrations only serve to distract me from them.
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