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Ensiferum
st
March 2002
Released: 2001, Spinefarm Records
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: Cid

I don’t know how to describe this album other than telling you it is absolutely grandiose! The music is a blend of highly melodic black/Death Metal that ranges from super slow paced crunchy sound to a super fast attack with breath taking double basses all around. From a style point of view, you have everything here, from super classic heavy metal riffs to some brilliantly executed folk passages. As for the voice, you have intense growling vocals and lovely choirs that will make you love this band right away!



The entire album flows with gripping melodies and rhythms, amazing axe work and incredible vocal performances. Catchy as hell, I’m sure you’ll love it from the first spin. I don’t really want to give you one song as the standout of the album because every single track has its own merits and none is above another really, they are all part of a great whole that stands strong as one of the best releases of 2001. On that note, my personal favorite would have to be the folk oriented ”Eternal Wait”, but again this is only my personal choice, I’m sure you’ll love many other songs.



On the final note, comparing this outfit with any other Finn bands would be a shot in the dark (although they have been clearly influenced by Finntroll) since they have managed to create their own brand of metal here. A definite must get for any metalhead!

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