Buy for
$8.06
(10 items)

Release date: 24 August 2012
Style: Extreme folk metal

Rating:

7 | 348 votes

Owners:

299 have it
92 want it


Disc I
01. Symbols
02. In My Sword I Trust
03. Unsung Heroes
04. Burning Leaves
05. Celestial Bond
06. Retribution Shall Be Mine
07. Star Queen (Celestial Bond Part II)
08. Pohjola
09. Last Breath
10. Passion, Proof, Power
11. Bamboleo [Gipsy Kings cover] [deluxe edition bonus]

Disc II [DVD] [deluxe edition bonus]
+ From Symbols To Passion: The Making Of Unsung Heroes
+ Studio Diary: Week 1-7

The biggest letdown of 2012

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (11)


Line-up
Emmi Silvennoinen - keyboards
Petri Lindroos - guitars, vocals
Markus Toivonen - guitars, backing vocals
Janne Parviainen - drums
Sami Hinkka - bass, backing vocals

Guest musicians
Laura Dziadulewicz - vocals
Kasper Mårtenson - synthesizer
Vesa-Matti Loiri - speech
Ulla Bürger - soprano vocals
Lassi Lógren - keyed fiddle
Timo Väänänen - kantele
Pasi Puolakka - flute, descant recorder, sopranino recorder
Daniel "Fuchs" Täumel - additional voice
Adrian "Ady" Vogel - additional voice
Volkmar "Volk-Man" Weber - additional voice

Staff review by
Baz Anderson

Rating:
5.0
It looks like Ensiferum, it sounds like Ensiferum, but is this actually Ensiferum?

Read more ››
published 27.08.2012 | Comments (64)

Guest review by
bloodyrenn

Rating:
8.5
I, like most Ensiferum fans, was rather disappointed upon initially hearing the band's 2012 effort Unsung Heroes. The album's pacing was much slower than the much-heralded From Afar, the atmosphere rather mellow in comparison to their other works and the sense of composition more subdued and subtle. As most metal listeners know, the first few listens of an album can be deceiving; I mean, after all, how many of us truly wrapped our heads around Opeth's Blackwater Park the first time we listened to it? I don't mind spending some time with the albums I have at my disposal and giving Unsung Heroes a number of listens has proven to be one of the greatest rewards this habit has given me as of late. Unsung Heroes is, for all intents and purposes, quite unsung (no pun intended, of course).

Read more ››
published 09.08.2013 | Comments (6)

Found in 18 lists
Top lists

Angel_Lament Top Folkish/Neofolk/Folkrock Albums  | #55
Void Eater 2012-De Vermis Mysterlist  | #55
Iron Nostarion Most Anticipated Albums 2012  | #19
Risto 2012 Album Ranking  | #29
musclassia 2012: Favourite To Least  | #56
Giza My Super Awesome 2012 List  | #22
skime Best Folk Metal Albums In 2012  | #15
RakHiasat Best 10 Albums In August 2012  | #4
More lists with this album (18) | Create a list! ››



Comments

‹‹ Back to the Albums Pages: [1] 2 3
Comments: 119  
Users visited: 1120  
Search this topic:  


moe5512 - 02.05.2011 at 01:25  
Rating: 8 Awsome
Zio - 02.05.2011 at 01:57  
  Where did you read this information?
Troy Killjoy - 02.05.2011 at 02:08  
 
Written by Zio on 02.05.2011 at 01:57

Where did you read this information?

Check the band's official Facebook wall. Posted - as of this post - 11 hours ago.
RationalGaze713 - 02.05.2011 at 05:27  
Rating: 9 Heeeelllll yeah!!!!
cancel - 02.05.2011 at 08:42  
Rating: 8 Finally some heavy heathen material !!!
FeskarN - 02.05.2011 at 12:03  
Rating: 5 Yeah! Looking forward to this one!!
Luneth - 02.05.2011 at 14:08  
  Skeptical...
Windrider - 02.05.2011 at 16:46  
Rating: 8 YEAHHHHHHHHHHHH
Milena - 02.05.2011 at 17:42  
  Think this one won't be good. Not sure why, just have a bad feeling.
IzzyV - 02.05.2011 at 18:31  
  Looking forward to her some more of this!!
Its about time for some good metal!!
AngelofDeth - 03.05.2011 at 04:13  
Rating: 5 Awsomeeeee I hope its better than from afar
opeth771 - 05.05.2011 at 05:03  
  If they could go back to the sound in Iron and Ensiferum, it would be awesome.
Nemmeth - 06.05.2011 at 02:15  
  Woohoo!
Saeed_P - 07.05.2011 at 21:01  
  It Would Be Great
i'm sure
Wurzelbernd - 30.05.2011 at 01:03  
  I suppose it's going to be one of the greatest albums of 2011!!
beyondtehdarksun - 30.05.2011 at 11:14  
Rating: 5 I'm afraid that it'll be more like the greatest album of 2012, cause Dec 2011 is usually a placeholder
Saw them live last month, and I'm sure this one will rule!
Vikcen - 30.05.2011 at 18:11  
Rating: 8
Written by opeth771 on 05.05.2011 at 05:03

If they could go back to the sound in Iron and Ensiferum, it would be awesome.


Don't expect that, since the great difference is marked by this genius* : Jari Mäenpää.

* (talent even in the vocals, and more if we compare with Petri Lindroos)
Amatsu Mikaboshi - 03.07.2011 at 22:33  
  I really want Brian Blessed to appear on the next Ensiferum album, then the sound of a mountain collapsing, a thunderbolt or something like that...
moe5512 - 05.08.2011 at 21:21  
Rating: 8
Written by Vikcen on 30.05.2011 at 18:11

Written by opeth771 on 05.05.2011 at 05:03

If they could go back to the sound in Iron and Ensiferum, it would be awesome.


Don't expect that, since the great difference is marked by this genius* : Jari Mäenpää.

* (talent even in the vocals, and more if we compare with Petri Lindroos)

But it was still Markus who wrote the music so I'd say he is the genius in Ensiferum. Jari can do whatever awesome stuff with Wintersun instead
Vikcen - 07.08.2011 at 22:02  
Rating: 8
Written by moe5512 on 05.08.2011 at 21:21

Written by Vikcen on 30.05.2011 at 18:11

Written by opeth771 on 05.05.2011 at 05:03

If they could go back to the sound in Iron and Ensiferum, it would be awesome.


Don't expect that, since the great difference is marked by this genius* : Jari Mäenpää.

* (talent even in the vocals, and more if we compare with Petri Lindroos)

But it was still Markus who wrote the music so I'd say he is the genius in Ensiferum. Jari can do whatever awesome stuff with Wintersun instead


"Apparently" viewing the booklets the music is fifty fifty more or less ("apparently" a little more by Markus in the first album: Ensiferum, but apparently, remember that all the solos in this album are from Jari), and all the lyrics from Jari. Apparently because... why is there the difference of quality that you can see between the albums Ensiferum, Iron, Wintersun and Victory Songs, From Afar.

Iron: All solos by Jari, less "Into Battle" by Markus

02. Iron - Lyrics: Jari Music: Markus and Jari
03. Sword Chant - Lyrics: Jari Music: Jari
05. Tale Of Revenge - Lyrics: Jari Music: Markus
06. Lost In Despair - Lyrics: Jari Music: Markus
07. Slayer Of Light - Lyrics: Jari Music: Markus and Jari
08. Into Battle - Lyrics: Jari Music: Markus and Jari
09. LAI LAI HEI - Lyrics: Jari Music: Jari
10. Tears - Lyrics: Jari and Kaisa Saari Music: Markus


But, well, Markus is very good, yeah =).
moe5512 - 08.08.2011 at 01:23  
Rating: 8
Written by Vikcen on 07.08.2011 at 22:02

"Apparently" viewing the booklets the music is fifty fifty more or less ("apparently" a little more by Markus in the first album: Ensiferum, but apparently, remember that all the solos in this album are from Jari), and all the lyrics from Jari. Apparently because... why is there the difference of quality that you can see between the albums Ensiferum, Iron, Wintersun and Victory Songs, From Afar.

Iron: All solos by Jari, less "Into Battle" by Markus

02. Iron - Lyrics: Jari Music: Markus and Jari
03. Sword Chant - Lyrics: Jari Music: Jari
05. Tale Of Revenge - Lyrics: Jari Music: Markus
06. Lost In Despair - Lyrics: Jari Music: Markus
07. Slayer Of Light - Lyrics: Jari Music: Markus and Jari
08. Into Battle - Lyrics: Jari Music: Markus and Jari
09. LAI LAI HEI - Lyrics: Jari Music: Jari
10. Tears - Lyrics: Jari and Kaisa Saari Music: Markus


But, well, Markus is very good, yeah =).


Well solos are maybe not the element that makes Ensiferum good because they have very few (3-4 per album) And about the lyrics, well, I won't say that Jari's Ensiferum lyrics suck but they are definitely not good comparing to Sami's lyrics who doesn't only write lai lai hei and battle! fight! dragon!!! It's actually kinda weird, Jari makes awesome lyrics for Wintersun.
I think that Jari is only credited as a co-music-writer because of solo's and maybe some riffs.

I don't really care if you think that older Ensiferum is better or not but you gotta admit that they are more complex and much more interesting nowadays
Vikcen - 09.08.2011 at 00:15  
Rating: 8
Written by moe5512 on 08.08.2011 at 01:23

Written by Vikcen on 07.08.2011 at 22:02

"Apparently" viewing the booklets the music is fifty fifty more or less ("apparently" a little more by Markus in the first album: Ensiferum, but apparently, remember that all the solos in this album are from Jari), and all the lyrics from Jari. Apparently because... why is there the difference of quality that you can see between the albums Ensiferum, Iron, Wintersun and Victory Songs, From Afar.

Iron: All solos by Jari, less "Into Battle" by Markus

02. Iron - Lyrics: Jari Music: Markus and Jari
03. Sword Chant - Lyrics: Jari Music: Jari
05. Tale Of Revenge - Lyrics: Jari Music: Markus
06. Lost In Despair - Lyrics: Jari Music: Markus
07. Slayer Of Light - Lyrics: Jari Music: Markus and Jari
08. Into Battle - Lyrics: Jari Music: Markus and Jari
09. LAI LAI HEI - Lyrics: Jari Music: Jari
10. Tears - Lyrics: Jari and Kaisa Saari Music: Markus


But, well, Markus is very good, yeah =).


Well solos are maybe not the element that makes Ensiferum good because they have very few (3-4 per album) And about the lyrics, well, I won't say that Jari's Ensiferum lyrics suck but they are definitely not good comparing to Sami's lyrics who doesn't only write lai lai hei and battle! fight! dragon!!! It's actually kinda weird, Jari makes awesome lyrics for Wintersun.
I think that Jari is only credited as a co-music-writer because of solo's and maybe some riffs.

I don't really care if you think that older Ensiferum is better or not but you gotta admit that they are more complex and much more interesting nowadays


Your first response was about the "music" (i understood it from a strictly instrumental point of view), so my answer was in that direction: who wrote this "music"?. Now for your second response, well, what is better, the old Ensiferum?, the new? my answer: seems clear that this difference of quality is not only because this "music", the singer is also very important (in this case, he even making all the lyrics while he was in Ensiferum) , this is music too, talent that doesn't have Markus.
BeastOfMetal456 - 11.08.2011 at 03:23  
  Lindroos has great harsh vocals. Better than Jari IMO. Anticipated for this.
Rulatore - 14.08.2011 at 20:03  
  I like Petri's vocal, looking forward to this
BeastOfMetal456 - 15.08.2011 at 18:12  
 
Written by Rulatore on 14.08.2011 at 20:03

I like Petri's vocal, looking forward to this

Mr.Tugboat ;) - 31.12.2011 at 07:09  
Rating: 8 LOL they will never make an album better then the first two, it's a harsh fact, just like bodom will never make an album better then the first 3 or 4.
RavenKing - 02.01.2012 at 05:14  
 
Written by Milena on 02.05.2011 at 17:42

Think this one won't be good. Not sure why, just have a bad feeling.


Perhaps because they haven't released anything good since Jari left.
Milena - 02.01.2012 at 12:49  
 
Written by RavenKing on 02.01.2012 at 05:14

Perhaps because they haven't released anything good since Jari left.

They were pretty listenable for me, but I haven't listened to them in ages. Maybe it's just my general lack of interest in folk metal... I probably won't check this out until some months after the release.
beyondtehdarksun - 02.01.2012 at 17:54  
Rating: 5
Written by RavenKing on 02.01.2012 at 05:14
Perhaps because they haven't released anything good since Jari left.

I still don't understand why so many people dislike From Afar. I think it's an outstanding and album and has a very unique sound, so it can hardly be even compared to Iron.
Hawkk44 - 07.02.2012 at 22:13  
  I cannot wait for this album. I love all of their releases (not just the first two). They are all fantastic, and I really don't get why people think Victory Songs and From Afar are so different. Petri has done nothing but further the band's career.
kaspair - 09.03.2012 at 22:56  
Rating: 7 December? I would at least expect a summer/early autumn release because they are recording right now. Hope it will be sooner!
iamnotananimal - 09.05.2012 at 03:03  
  Their 2012 European tour is called "Bearer of the Sword". Possible album title?
Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk - 10.05.2012 at 09:08  
  Lol, recheck what the band's name means.
FeskarN - 13.05.2012 at 13:23  
Rating: 5 I'm so looking forward to this. I have no clue how it will sound this time though, Sami mention in a interview that there will be some orchestration like they had on "From Afar".
JÄY - 18.05.2012 at 00:31  
Rating: 7
Written by Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk on 10.05.2012 at 09:08

Lol, recheck what the band's name means.

I like this
Hero In A Dream - 08.06.2012 at 22:08  
Rating: 10 Patiently waiting...................still waiting.....COME ON!!!!!!
FreddeSwede - 09.06.2012 at 22:44  
Rating: 6 Not the best sound but a full new song live from some third world country (Poland). Song is called Burning Leaves.

Video can be viewed below. Personally I really like this song. Can't wait to hear the album.
FreddeSwede - 09.06.2012 at 22:45  
Rating: 6
FeskarN - 10.06.2012 at 14:41  
Rating: 5 Sounds really good. Looking forward to the album
Rulatore - 11.06.2012 at 02:28  
  Sounds very good, cant wait anymore =(
Zaphod - 26.06.2012 at 17:33  
Rating: 6
Written by FreddeSwede on 09.06.2012 at 22:44

some third world country (Poland).



OT: I saw them play a new song live last Friday and it was pretty much what I'd expect from Ensiferum. The solo kicked ass though.
Warman - 26.06.2012 at 17:36  
Rating: 7 High expectations considering I thought "From Afar" was their best effort to date.
Baz Anderson - 29.06.2012 at 03:06  
  I got this from the label today and have listened to it almost twice. I am not impressed at all.
Rulatore - 29.06.2012 at 04:12  
 
Written by Baz Anderson on 29.06.2012 at 03:06

I got this from the label today and have listened to it almost twice. I am not impressed at all.

Damn you ! Hope it isnt your cup of tea
FeskarN - 29.06.2012 at 13:03  
Rating: 5
Written by Baz Anderson on 29.06.2012 at 03:06

I got this from the label today and have listened to it almost twice. I am not impressed at all.

Just talked with a journalist, had she wasn't impressed either. It sounded like this might be their worst album.. Let's hope I won't be dissapointed. :/
Baz Anderson - 29.06.2012 at 15:34  
  Well I'm telling you now, it is disappointing. It has no pace, nothing catchy... at times I wondered if it was the same band.
Still, I will give it plenty more listens and give a fair review when the time is right.
Risto - 29.06.2012 at 15:40  
Rating: 6
Written by Baz Anderson on 29.06.2012 at 15:34

Well I'm telling you now, it is disappointing. It has no pace, nothing catchy... at times I wondered if it was the same band.

Well, thanks for making me interested
FeskarN - 09.07.2012 at 23:15  
Rating: 5 Burning Leaves studio version. I'm starting to like this song afterall

Vikcen - 10.07.2012 at 22:53  
Rating: 8
Written by FeskarN on 09.07.2012 at 23:15

Burning Leaves studio version. I'm starting to like this song afterall




Very good, i like it .
FreddeSwede - 17.07.2012 at 20:00  
Rating: 6 Below: Making of the new video for the song "In My Sword I Trust". They play a loop of the actual song, so you get a nice chunk from it. Good or bad? I think it sounds awesome.


Advertise on Metal Storm
Pages: [1] 2 3


Login or register to post here.



Similar topics

Forum Topic Similarity Started
News Ensiferum - Unsung Heroes Finnish Tour Announced 6 18.06.2012 by ianathema
Reviews Ensiferum - Unsung Heroes 6 27.08.2012 by Loathera
Reviews Ensiferum - Unsung Heroes 6 09.08.2013 by Zaphod
Albums The Gathering - Heroes For Ghosts [Single] 4.5 18.05.2011 by tirim4
Albums Organized Chaos - Inner Conflict 3 19.07.2013 by LeKiwi



Hits total: 25067 | This month: 225