Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Ensiferum album in February

Metalnews Power of Metal.dk
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, "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 Heroes" full-length and boasts the stunningly detailed, mythological cover craftings of renowned illustrator Gyula Havancsák (Annihilator, Tyr, Elvenking, Stratovarius etc).

"On the new album, we took many things musically to the next level so we decided also to try something new graphics-wise," relays Hinkka. "Gyula Havancsák did a phenomenal job! For the first time it was really nice to be more involved with designing the cover and all details. Our humble gratitude to Gyula for all the patience and really amazing results. We couldn't be more satisfied!"

As a precursor to the release, ENSIFERUM recently unleashed the fittingly-titled "Warmetal" for public consumption. Composed by Demonos Sova of Finnish black metal unit, Barathrum, the track is currently available on the covermount CD of the current issue of Germany's Legacy Magazine in all its battle-ready glory. ENSIFERUM are also the cover stars of their new issue so get it while you can!

ENSIFERUM's "One Man Army" will be released via Metal Blade Records on February 20th, 2015. Further details, including track listing and additional teaser hymns to be unveiled in the coming weeks. In the meantime, 70,000 Tons of Metal voyagers will be able to catch ENSIFERUM live next month before they kick off a massive European trek, wielding their swords alongside Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum. See confirmed dates below.

ENSIFERUM
+ Insomnium
+ Omnium Gatherum
10/03/15 DE - Lingen - Alter Schlachthof (ENSIFERUM only)
11/03/15 DE - Bochum - Zeche
12/03/15 DE - Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
13/03/15 DE - München - Backstage
14/03/15 CZ - Zlin - Masters of Rock Café
15/03/15 HU - Budapest - Club 202
16/03/15 AT - Wien - Szene
18/03/15 IT - Milan - Live Club
19/03/15 CH - Lausanne - Les Docks
20/03/15 FR - Strasbourg - La Laiterie
21/03/15 CH - Pratteln - Z7
22/03/15 FR - Lyon - Ninkasi Kao
23/03/15 FR - Paris - Le Bataclan
24/03/15 UK - London - O2 Academy Islington
25/03/15 NL - Haarlem - Patronaat
26/03/15 NL - Zwolle - Hedon
27/03/15 BE - Vosselaar - Biebob
28/03/15 DE - Bremen - Tivoli
29/03/15 DE - Hamburg - Grünspan
30/03/15 DK - Copenhagen - Vega

31/03/15 SE - Stockholm - Göta Källare
01/04/15 SE - Gothenburg - Sticky Fingers
02/04/15 NO - Oslo - Inferno Metal Festival

ENSIFERUM is:
Petri Lindroos - Vocals/Guitar
Markus Toivonen - Guitar/Vocals
Sami Hinkka - Bass/Vocals
Janne Parviainen - Drums
Emmi Silvennoinen - Keyboards/Backing vocals

http://www.ensiferum.com
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http://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum

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