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Hellfest Festival 2015

July 16th, 2015

Hellfest Festival 2015

@ Clisson, France

19th-21st June 2015

Review by Anna Dumpe and Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs

Photos by Gavin Lowery and Ritchie Birnie

Break out the balloons – it’s birthday time! No, not just mine (although thank you very much), but Hellfest’s big 1-0, the crossing point into double figures, the decade marker.  It’s practically an institution now, not just in France, not just in Europe but across the world with folks coming from every which place to rock n revel. Hellfest is just about the best damn festival out there, so you KNOW this is going to be special.

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Ensiferum to shoot new music video at Philadelphia show on May 28th

May 21st, 2015

Ensiferum‘s tour with Korpiklaani and Trollfest will draw to a close on May 29th in New York City, but the night before, Ensiferum will invite director Dave Brodsky to shoot a brand new music video! Fans in attendance on May 28th in Philadelphia at the Theatre of Living Arts will bear witness to a live video shoot for “Warrior Without a War“. The video will serve as a perfect wrap up of the band’s current tour, which featured guest accordion player Netta Skog, who filled in for keyboardist Emmi Silvennoinen, as previously discussed by the band in the facebook videoHERE. Sami Hinkka adds: “Get yourself to Philadelphia on 28th of May, put your war paint on, warm up your vocal chords, and get ready to go berserk!

Fans that want to be a part of this occasion can buy tickets now at livenation.com HERE.

ENSIFERUM are touring in support of their valiant One Man Army full-length, unleashed in February via Metal Blade Records. The record debuted at #167 on Billboard’s Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #19 on Billboard’s Hard Music Chart, #36 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart and #9 on Billboard’s Heekseekers Chart upon its first week of release. In Canada, One Man Army placed at #69 on the Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #13 on the Hard Music Chart and #126 on the Digital Music Charts. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ensiferum – Interview with Petri Lindroos

April 8th, 2015

Interview with Petri Lindroos of Ensiferum

Interviewed on March 21 2015 @ O2 Islington, London
by Demitri Levantis

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Finland’s folk metal force Ensiferum dropped by London’s O2 Islington Academy on Tuesday 24 March to promote their sixth album, One Man Army. I caught up with their vocalist/ guitarist Petri Lindroos to discuss the album, upcoming shows, touring and the state of the metal world and the music industry today.

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Ensiferum @ O2 Academy, Islington with Omnium Gatherum and Insomnium

April 8th, 2015

Ensiferum

with Omnium Gatherum and Insomnium

O2 Academy, Islington, London
March 21 2015

Review by Demitri Levantis
Photos by Michelle Murphy

The masters of Epic Folk Metal flew in from Finland to promote their sixth studio album One Man Army on Tuesday 21 March.

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ENSIFERUM: Finnish Folk Metal Collective To Release New Full-Length This February Via Metal Blade Records

December 17th, 2014

Finland’s favorite folk metal collective and recent Metal Blade signees, ENSIFERUM, will unleash their sixth studio album this Winter. Titled One Man Army, the predominantly analog-recorded offering was tracked between September and November of this year with award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland.

 

Elaborates ENSIFERUM bassist/vocalist Sammi Hinkka of the sessions, “The recording process was long, hard, rewarding and full of incredible moments. Instruments were actually played and left as they were instead of creating tracks from hundreds of different takes, moving them to the grid and modifying things. Of course computers were used but overall we made everything as analog as possible. Listeners can experience a better sound and natural groove, something that we think most metal albums lack these days. Overall, the album sounds much more like a band playing live rather than ‘midi-metal.'”

 

Commended by Outburn for songs that are consistently “epic” in scope with a “reliance on catchy melodies,” ENSIFERUM‘s One Man Army serves as the follow-up to 2012’s lauded Unsung Heroesfull-length and boasts the stunningly detailed, mythological cover craftings of renowned illustrator, Gyula Havancsak (Annihilator, Tyr, Elvenking, Stratovarius etc.).

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ENSIFERUM nearing completion on recording new album

October 5th, 2014

ENSIFERUM have been locked away in Astia Studio (astiastudio.fi) in Lappeenranta in Finland with producer Anssi Kippo for three weeks. Drums, bass, and most of the guitar parts have been recorded. At the end of last week, guest musician Timo Väänänen tracked some takes with hiskantele, and over the weekend, vocalist Petri Lindroos began tracking vocals!

Bassist Sami Hinkka comments: “Hi folks! For last few days, Mahi and Pete have sweated their asses off while recording guitars. Songs sound, like our friends in UK would say, bloody awesome! Today (Friday, September 26) we recorded kantele and some special guitar tracks. Tomorrow it’s time to set up a microphone and start to record vocals. Things are proceeding as planned.

The album is tentatively scheduled for release worldwide on Metal Blade Records in early 2015.

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26/11/14 JP – Tokyo – Club Duo Exchange
27/11/14 JP – Osaka – Mamba Rocket
13/12/14 NL – Eindhoven – Metal Meeting
22/01-26/01/15 US – Miami – 70,000 Tons Of Metal
30/07/15 – 01/08/15 DE – Wacken – Wacken Open Air
13/08/15 RO – Rasnov – Rockstadt Extremefest
13/08 -15/08/15 DE – Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze Festival

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Ensiferum nearing completion on recording new album

September 29th, 2014

Helsinki, FinlandSeptember 29th, 2014Ensiferum have been locked away in Astia Studio (astiastudio.fi) in Lappeenranta in Finland with producer Anssi Kippo for three weeks. Drums, bass, and most of the guitar parts have been recorded. At the end of last week, guest musician Timo Väänänen tracked some takes with his kantele, and over the weekend, vocalist Petri Lindroos began tracking vocals!

Bassist Sami Hinkka comments:”Hi folks! For last few days, Mahi and Pete have sweated their asses off while recording guitars. Songs sound, like our friends in UK would say, bloody awesome! Today (Friday, September 26) we recorded kantele and some special guitar tracks. Tomorrow it’s time to set up a microphone and start to record vocals. Things are proceeding as planned.

The album is tentatively scheduled for release worldwide on Metal Blade Records in early 2015.

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Thyrien – lead singer/guitarist Oskari Koivisto

June 26th, 2014

 Lead singer/guitarist Oskari Koivisto – Thyrien

 Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack for getting this interview done.
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing the promo pics

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Thyrien origins from the land of the thousand lakes -Finland and is a brand new battle/folk metal act that currently released their debut album titled HYMNS OF THE MORTALS – SONGS FROM THE NORTH. Me and lead singer/guitarist Oskari Koivisto hooked up and had a talk about the bands history, the debut album and the guests appearances on it and what the band is up to next. If you’re into folk metal with death metal influences then check out the music of Thyrien.

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ENSIFERUM sign worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records

April 24th, 2013
ENSIFERUM  (Photo Credit: Stephanie Cabral)Finland’s ENSIFERUM have spent the past 18 years honing the steel of their folk-infused battle metal auditory attack. Their albums are further bolstered by a live show that has become one of the most entertaining in all of metal. Proof of ENSIFERUM’s status as one of the most vital bands in modern metal was made apparent through their headlining slot on this year’s Paganfest USA tour. To further spread the band’s music to a worldwide audience, ENSIFERUM has forged a deal with Metal Blade Records! The band inked the deal with Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel during the Paganfest USA tour, and all parties are enthusiastic about new music and new possibilities.

Bassist/backing vocalist Sami Hinkka comments: “We are really looking forward to our co-operation with such a great and legendary label as Metal Blade. The next full length album should be out in early 2015. We have already started working with the new songs and it’s obvious that the next album will be another step ahead for Ensiferum. And now that we have united forces with mighty Metal Blade nothing can stop us! The next album is going to be something that will rock the very foundations of folk metal genre.

“We also would like to thank Spinefarm Records for all these 13 years, it’s been as blast but now it is time for us to move on and head bravely towards new challenges.

The future looks bright for Sword Bearers!”
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ENSIFERUM: Finnish Folk Metal Merchants To Kick Off Paganfest Saturday

March 29th, 2013
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Finnish folk metal merchants ENSIFERUM will return to North America as headliners of the fourth edition of Paganfest! The ceremonies will commence tomorrow in Denver and plunder through 21 cities with an included evening of pillaging at this the fifteenth addition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest in Worcester, Massachusetts. Among the strongest Paganfest lineups assembled thus far, support will be provided by Týr, Heidevolk, Trollfest and Helsott.

Comments the band: “Only one day to go before the most anticipated tour of the year begins! Needless to say, we are really pumped for this one because it’s been way too long since we raised pints with our North American brothers and sisters. With such a great lineup, Paganfest will take no prisoners and leave no heroes unsung. So, fellow sword bearers, are you with us?! See you all on the road!”

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ENSIFERUM: Finnish Folk Metal Merchants To Headline Paganfest America IV

January 29th, 2013

Finnish folk metal merchants, ENSIFERUM, are pleased to announce their return to North American soil as headliners of the fourth edition of Paganfest America. The epic jaunt will commence March 30th in Denver and pillage through 21 cities and includes a slot on this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Fest in Worcester, Massachusetts. Among the strongest Paganfest lineups assembled thus far, support will be provided by Týr, Heidevolk, Trollfest and Helsott.

Comments the band: “Finally, ENSIFERUM will to return to North America! It’s been way too long since we shared wild Paganfest nights with our brothers and sisters across the ocean. We will not come to pillage your cities alone; it’s a great honor to join forces with Týr, Heidevolk, Trollfest and Helsott for this once-in-a-lifetime tour.”

ENSIFERUM: Paganfest America IV

w/ Týr, Heidevolk, Trollfest, Helsott

3/30/2013 The Summit – Denver, CO

4/01/2013 901 Live – Tempe, AZ

4/02/2013 TBA – Los Angeles/West Hollywood, CA

4/03/2013 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA

4/04/2013 The Alley – Reno, NV

4/05/2013 Hawthorne – Portland, OR

4/06/2013 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA

4/07/2013 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC

4/09/2013 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB

4/10/2013 The Exchange – Regina, SK

4/11/2013 Zoo Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB

4/12/2013 Station 4 – Saint Paul, MN

4/13/2013 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL

4/14/2013 Al Rosa Villa – Columbus, OH

4/15/2013 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD

4/16/2013 The Note – Philadelphia, PA

4/17/2013 Opera House – Toronto, ON

4/18/2013 Metropolis – Montreal, QC

4/19/2013 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY

4/20/2013 The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal & Hardcore Fest)

4/21/2013 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

 

ENSIFERUM will be touring in support of their mammoth Unsung Heroes full-length released in North America last Fall via Spinefarm Records U.S. Produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Sentenced, Apocalyptica), with special guest appearances by members of Die Apokalyptischen Reiter and legendary Finnish singer/actor, Vesa-Matti Loiri, Unsung Heroes continues to earn praise from critics and fans domestically and abroad. “…Mount the longboats, light the torches, and prepare for battle,” warns Metal Injection, while Outburn gushes, “Unsung Heroes is a totally solid entry ionto the hallowed halls of Valhalla made by a band that knows what it’s doing,” commending its “epic scope and reliance on catchy melodies.” Stereokiller boasts, “This is nothing short of amazing, beautiful in every way possible.” Elaborates Blistering in an 8/10 rating: “ENSIFERUM weren’t necessarily the first band out of the epic/folk gate, but they’re probably the best… One jaunt through 2009’s thoroughly captivating From Afar supports that notion, as the Finns were able to brandish a mighty sonic sword that kept the speed on 10, the jovial acoustics ‘a hustling, and above all else, managed to bring a sort of mild sophistication to a style that is usually anything but. Essentially, ENSIFERUM doesn’t play the stupid, folk metal game, and on Unsung Heroes, they manage to stay the course with sterling results.”

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Rock the Nation America announces Paganfest 2013 line-up

December 2nd, 2012

       

Rock the Nation America is very proud to bring you the 4th edition of Paganfest America!

One of the strongest line-ups assembled so far, with none other than Finland’s melodic folk masters ENSIFERUM! Our fellow vikings will assure a strong support with the return of TYR (Faroe Islands), and introducing HEIDEVOLK (The Netherlands) for the first time in North America. Also for the first time on our lands, a warm welcome to Norway’s TROLLFEST! Opening the festival will be Los Angeles’ own pagan lords HELSÓTT.

The tour is scheduled to kick off late March 2013 and will cover both the United States and Canada. ENSIFERUM comments:

“So finally, ENSIFERUM will to return to North America. It’s been way too long since we shared wild Paganfest nights with our brothers and sisters across the ocean. We will not come to pillage your cities alone; it’s a great honor to join forces with TYR, HEIDEVOLK and TROLLFEST for this once in a lifetime tour. See you soon folks!” – ENSIFERUM

Tour dates coming soon…Mead, beer & wine – let the festivities begin!!

Rock the Nation online:

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ENSIFERUM – Headliners of Niflheim Festival

October 13th, 2012

Waiting is finally over… We are very pleased to reveal the headliner of Niflheim Festival II – it is nobody less than the folk metallers ENSIFERUM from Finland. The festival line-up is now complete.

We are looking forward to 2nd March 2013, when the Finnish horde will hit the stage of LKA-Longhorn in Stuttgart.

Tickets are available on the festival website for the fair price of only 25 EUR.

www.niflheim-festival.com

See you all in March!

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ENSIFERUM @ O2 Islington Academy

September 26th, 2012

Ensiferum @ O2 Islington Academy

18th September 2012

Review by Rhiannon Marley

Photography by Andre Purvis



If you’re a miserable human being, don’t go to see Ensiferum!

I worked that out during the 2011 Ugly World Tour, on which they were joined by fellow Scandinavians Amon Amarth and Children of Bodom, and tonight, I couldn’t wait to see if Ensiferum would slay the crowd again – this time, in leading role!
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ENSIFERUM INTERVIEW With Bassist Sami Hinkka

September 26th, 2012

Ensiferum Interview

with Bassist Sami Hinkka

http://www.Ensiferum.com

@ O2 Academy Islington

18th September 2012

Interview By Rhiannon Marley



Apparently, you can’t have picnics in the park in Finland anymore. “Well, you can, but if you go by the book [of public protocol], it’s not allowed. It’s stupid! I love a drink in the sun!” claims Sami Hinkka.

How did we get talking about picnics in parks, I hear you ask? Well, we’re doing the interview outside and the sun is shining with the security guard of the O2 Islington just admonished Sami for wanting to bring his beer out to join him. Bad times!

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