01. Intro 02. Hero In A Dream 03. Token Of Time 04. Guardians Of Fate 05. Old Man (Väinämöinen) 06. Little Dreamer (Väinämöinen Part II) 07. Abandoned 08. Windrider 09. Treacherous Gods 10. Eternal Wait 11. Battle Song 12. Goblins' Dance
2001 was just about to become history when I received this cd in the mail. It was three days before 2002 and I found myself on an airplane home to spend the New Year. The plane had just taxied off the runway as I placed Ensiferum's debut self-titled album in my cd player. I had not heard much about this young Finnish band before I had ordered the CD but was told, since I like Moonsorrow and Finntroll, I would eat this cd up for breakfast lunch and dinner. Well, I am still eating it and it sounds better every fucking time.
What makes this cd so epic for me is the amazing mesh of Viking folk melodies throughout the entire cd. Each song interprets a certain aspect of Viking folklore that creates a very melodic and relentless atmosphere. Also the choruses in each of the tracks are creatively done. I could notice other Finnish influence that creeps up throughout the album but for the most part Ensiferum have their own sound going and are a welcome breath of cold fresh Finnish winter air.
I would normally write about my favorite song but the whole damn album is amazing. Though when you play "Treacherous Gods", and "Battle Song" you will hopefully hear what I do in this band. This was my choice for number one of 2001, and with some luck they can top that in 2003 with their second album.
I strongly recommend Ensiferum. Trust me, on this one you cannot go wrong.
My first experience with growls started by chance when I was searching amazon for new metal and I discovered the genre of viking metal. This immediately caught my attention and I read several bands with special interest the reviews on Ensiferum, which obviously had some good debut album released in 2001. Then I searched other sources for this band because amazon did not have it available so I got me a copy via eBay. Of a three cd order this was the first one I listened to and I was shocked, because yet I had not come across growls that have a quite aggressive impact on the ear when you hear them for the first time, but the winds from the north a blowing fortunately strong, below I will tell you why: