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Ensiferum - Unsung Heroes

6.9 | 497 votes |
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

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

Guest musicians
Adrian "Ady" Vogel - vocals
Ulla Bürger - vocals
Daniel Täumel - vocals
Volkmar Weber - 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
It looks like Ensiferum, it sounds like Ensiferum, but is this actually Ensiferum?

published 27.08.2012 | Comments (65)

Guest review by
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).

published 09.08.2013 | Comments (8)

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07.09.2021 - 12:47
Rating: 7

Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 are actually not bad, better listen than One Man army.
18.06.2022 - 23:09
Rating: 8

Never actually understood why this album is so 'hated' by their fans. It has kantele, it has, flute, it's folk, it's epic, it's atmospheric, melodic, fast. It gives 'Victory Songs' vibes. Definitely, does not deserves 6.9/10, but way much more, but, hey, it's just my opinion...
30.06.2022 - 13:09
Rating: 8

How stupid have I been to trust the ratings of that albums for so many years. I never gave the album a fair chance though Ensiferum is one of my favourite bands. Now I finally do, and it's already one of my favourite post-Jari Ensiferum album! Just behind From Afar and Thalassic. Can't understand the hate at all. This will serve as a lesson for me now, I shouldn't always trust ratings, even when it's 500 people.

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