12:31 - Lokaeda :p I like the sound of that instrument a lot. Make sure to check bands like Huun-Huur-Tu, Chirgilchin, Ensemble Khna Bogd to get a glimpse at it (as well as to Mongol/Tuvan folk music in general). Well worth it in my opinion :)
12:29 - Redn1ght Again with F? Meant lute. screw typos. :(
Ensiferum bassist Sami Hinkka announced that he will not be performing with the rest of the band at the upcoming festivals this coming weekend: Rockstad: Falun and Summer Breeze Open Air. Replacing him on these two shows will be Jukka-Pekka Miettinen, the former bassist of the band.
Ensiferum keyboardist Emmi Silvennoinen won't be taking part in the folk metallers upcoming South American tour set to start on May 28th "due to personal reasons". The band's guitarist Markus Toivonen also recently had a health issue but has since then recovered from a problem in his ear.
Finland's Ensiferum have forged a deal with Metal Blade Records. The band inked the deal with Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel during the Paganfest USA tour and while they are already working on new songs, it will still be a while before they release a new album.
Last month, the line-up for the 4th edition of Paganfest America was announced and now the tour dates have finally been disclosed. The trek across the United States and Canada will be headlined by Ensiferum with support from Týr, Heidevolk, Trollfest, and Helsott in March/April.
The line-up of the 4th edition of Paganfest America will include Finland's Ensiferum as headliners, along with the return of Týr and additional support from Heidevolk, Trollfest, and Helsott. The tour is scheduled to kick off late March 2013 and will cover both the United States and Canada.
Unsung Heroes, the entire new album from the Finnish folk metallers Ensiferum, has been made available for streaming at this location. The album was released in Finland today on August 24th and will hit stores on August 27th and August 28th in the rest of Europe and North America through Spinefarm Records.
Finns Ensiferum have just released a brand new video today for the song "In My Sword I Trust", which was directed by Rafal Szermanowicz. The song will appear on the upcoming release Unsung Heroes, which hits stores on August 27th through Spinefarm Records. The new video for the song "In My Sword I Trust" can be watched below and you can get all the details about the video here.
Finnish folk metal group Ensiferum is offering a new look behind the scenes of the making of their new video for the song "In My Sword I Trust". The new song will be featured on their upcoming album Unsung Heroes, out on August 27th through Spinefarm Records. More album details here and here.
Finnish extreme folk masters Ensiferum have just unveiled the album artwork for the band's fifth studio album Unsung Heroes. The album is due for release on August 27th through Spinefarm Records. The album's artwork was created by Kristian Wåhlin. More album details were previously reported here.
Finns Ensiferum will be releasing their new album Unsung Heroes on August 27th through Spinefarm Records. The group has now checked in with the following announcement about new Finnish tour dates in September: "Before the band take to the road for the Bearers Of The Sword European Tour in support of the new album, Ensiferum are pleased to announce the Unsung Heroes Finland Tour. Featuring 5 shows across the country, Ensiferum will bring their signature folk-infused metal to all corners of Suomi, with support on this trek coming from Finnish "Reindeer" metallers A.R.G."
Ensiferum's fifth studio album will have the title Unsung Heroes and will be released via Spinefarm on the 27th August 2012.
Produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Sentenced, Apocalyptica, etc.) and also containing a 16 minute-plus epic "Passion Proof Power", the band comment:
"We've tried to push the different aspects of what we do as far as we can..." "...the sonic scope is wider than ever. The folk elements go further down that path and the metallic parts will absolutely rip your face off!"
Once again, album art has been supplied by Kristian Wahlin, with featured special guests including members of Die Apokalyptischen Reiter plus legendary Finnish singer & actor, Vesa-Matti Loiri.
Finnish metallers Ensiferum have announced the Bearer Of The Sword Tour 2012 that will take them across Europe during the months of September and October. Support acts will include Profane Omen and another band yet to be confirmed.
Finnish metallers Ensiferum have entered the studio to begin recording their fifth album for a late spring/early summer release via Spinefarm Records. The drums, bass, grand piano and Hammond organ parts are being tracked at Petrax studio in Hollola, Finland while the rest will be laid down at Yellow House studio in Hämeenlinna, Finland with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Lordi, Apocalyptica, Sentenced, Amorphis).
The first in a series of webisodes featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the new CD recording process can be viewed at this location.
Ensiferum members Jukka-Pekka Miettinen and Sami Hinkka are featured on the special version of Takao, the new single from Taiwanese black metal band Chthonic.
This special version is included as a bonus track on the digital release of Takao, available on iTunes. A short teaser is available in the clip below.
Commented the band: "The melody of Takao's chorus is based on the tones of Taiwanese lyrics, but it's so unbelievable that when we try to single it in English, it sounds very Finnish, Irish, or generally European! Maybe the folk music in different nations have some kind of connection!"
"Takao" comes off of the band's upcoming new album, entitled Takasago Army, which will be released on July 6th through SPV Records.