Ensiferum - Unsung Heroes


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Release date: 24 August 2012
Style: Extreme folk metal

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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

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

Guest musicians
Daniel Täumel - vocals
Volkmar Weber - vocals
Ulla Bürger - vocals
Adrian "Ady" Vogel - vocals
Laura Dziadulewicz - vocals
Kasper Mårtenson - synthesizers
Vesa-Matti Loiri - speech
Lassi Lógren - keyed fiddle
Timo Väänänen - kantele
Pasi Puolakka - flute, recorder

Staff review by
Baz Anderson
Rating:
5.0
It looks like Ensiferum, it sounds like Ensiferum, but is this actually Ensiferum?

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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).

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published 09.08.2013 | Comments (6)

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02.05.2011 - 01:25
Rating: 8
moe5512
Awsome
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02.05.2011 - 01:57
Zio
Where did you read this information?
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02.05.2011 - 02:08
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
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.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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02.05.2011 - 05:27
Rating: 9
RationalGaze713
Heeeelllll yeah!!!!
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02.05.2011 - 08:42
Rating: 8
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Finally some heavy heathen material !!!
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02.05.2011 - 12:03
Rating: 5
FeskarN
Yeah! Looking forward to this one!!
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02.05.2011 - 14:08
Luneth
Skeptical...
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Apocalypse, X-Men
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02.05.2011 - 16:46
Rating: 8
Windrider
Raureif
YEAHHHHHHHHHHHH
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02.05.2011 - 17:42
Milena
Learning To "X"
Think this one won't be good. Not sure why, just have a bad feeling.
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"There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors."
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02.05.2011 - 18:31
IzzyV
Looking forward to her some more of this!!
Its about time for some good metal!!
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03.05.2011 - 04:13
Rating: 5
AngelofDeth
Cyborg Raptor
Awsomeeeee I hope its better than from afar
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pewpew.. gotcha
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05.05.2011 - 05:03
opeth771
If they could go back to the sound in Iron and Ensiferum, it would be awesome.
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06.05.2011 - 02:15
Nemmeth
Woohoo!
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07.05.2011 - 21:01
Saeed_P
It Would Be Great
i'm sure
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30.05.2011 - 01:03
Rating: 7
Wurzelbernd
I suppose it's going to be one of the greatest albums of 2011!!
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30.05.2011 - 11:14
Rating: 5
beyondtehdarksun
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!
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"We are blind to the world within us, waiting to be born"
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30.05.2011 - 18:11
Rating: 8
Vikcen
Metálico
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)
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03.07.2011 - 22:33
Kurty Wurty
Amatsu Mikaboshi
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...
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05.08.2011 - 21:21
Rating: 8
moe5512
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
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07.08.2011 - 22:02
Rating: 8
Vikcen
Metálico
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 =).
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08.08.2011 - 01:23
Rating: 8
moe5512
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
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09.08.2011 - 00:15
Rating: 8
Vikcen
Metálico
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.
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11.08.2011 - 03:23
BeastOfMetal456
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Lindroos has great harsh vocals. Better than Jari IMO. Anticipated for this.
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14.08.2011 - 20:03
Rulatore
I like Petri's vocal, looking forward to this
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15.08.2011 - 18:12
BeastOfMetal456
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Written by Rulatore on 14.08.2011 at 20:03

I like Petri's vocal, looking forward to this

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31.12.2011 - 07:09
Rating: 8
Rozz
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.
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02.01.2012 - 05:14
RavenKing
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.
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They say we'll be your friends we'll stick with you till the end
But everybody's only looking out for themselves
And you say who can you trust I'll tell you nobody
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02.01.2012 - 12:49
Milena
Learning To "X"
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.
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02.01.2012 - 17:54
Rating: 5
beyondtehdarksun
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.
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07.02.2012 - 22:13
Hawkk44
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.
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