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Formed: 1995
From: Helsinki, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

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Ensiferum To Record New Album

Finland's Ensiferum has spent the Summer so far on tour through Europe, and will also perform in Japan this Winter.

In the midst of bringing a melodic folk-infused attack to stages worldwide, the band has been crafting songs for a sixth studio album (and Metal Blade Records debut), and the writing process is nearing completion.

Ensiferum plans to record the new album in September and October of this year with producer Anssi Kippo at Astia Studio in Finland. The release date is tentatively scheduled for early 2015.
Bassist Sami Hinkka offered the following update:

"Hi folks! They say that time flies when you are having a good time and we couldn't agree more. We have been quite busy touring around the world since our previous album came out few years ago. Between tours we have worked hard with new songs and now we are very proud to announce that Ensiferum will hit studio again right after summer festival season. More...

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Lake Of Tears Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2015

70,000 Tons of Metal promoters UMC added the 20th act to the 2015 edition of the world's largest heavy metal cruise: Swedish gothic metal act Lake of Tears.

The world's largest metal cruise casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com.

Lake of Tears joins previously announced bands below, with 40 bands still to be announced:

Annihilator
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Chimaira
Ensiferum
Equilibrium
Grave Digger
Heathen
In Extremo
Kataklysm
Korpiklaani
Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock
Origin
Therion
Threshold
Triosphere
Xentrix More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal 2015 Adds Triosphere

70,000 Tons of Metal promoters UMC added the 19th act to the 2015 edition of the world's largest heavy metal cruise: Norwegian power/progressive act Triosphere, which features vocalist/bassist Ida Haukland, who recently took part in the latest album from Epysode "Fantasmagoria." legendary Michael Schenker with the Temple of Rock and Canadian death metal act Kataklysm.

Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock will feature Michael Schenker on guitars, Herman Rarebell on drums, Francis Buchholz on the bass guitar, Doogie White on vocals and Wayne Findlay on Guitars and Keyboards.

The festival casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com.

Triosphere joins the previously announced bands below, with 41 bands still to be announced:

Annihilator
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Chimaira
Ensiferum
Equilibrium
Grave Digger
Heathen
In Extremo
Kataklysm
Korpiklaani
Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock
Origin
Therion
Threshold
Xentrix More...

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70,000 Tons Launches Channel, Announces Two Acts

70,000 Tons of Metal promoters UMC launched a new YouTube Channel at this location and continued the countdown of 60 bands for the upcoming 2015 edition of the largest cruise festival, adding the 17th and 18th band: legendary Michael Schenker with the Temple of Rock and Canadian death metal act Kataklysm.

Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock will feature Michael Schenker on guitars, Herman Rarebell on drums, Francis Buchholz on the bass guitar, Doogie White on vocals and Wayne Findlay on Guitars and Keyboards.

The festival casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com.

Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock and Kataklysm join previously revealed bands, with 42 band left to be announced:

Annihilator
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Chimaira
Ensiferum
Equilibrium
Grave Digger
Heathen
In Extremo
Korpiklaani
Origin
Therion
Threshold
Xentrix More...

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Morbid Angel To Play Eindhoven

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very happy to welcome U.S. death metal band Morbid Angel again at this year's edition, set to take place December 12th & 13th, 2014 at the reputable Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

The band will play the "Covenant' album in its entirety, followed by a shorter best-of set list. Also exclusively confirmed are Swiss atmospheric black metallers Bolzer! A few more bands will be announced soon. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

Blasphemy
Bölzer
Cruachan
Ensiferum
Evil Invaders
Exhumed
Holy Moses
Morbid Angel
Morbus Chron
One Tail, One Head
Onslaught
Origin
Primordial
Thyrfing
Triptykon
Unleashed
Urfaust
Saille
Sinister
The Vision Bleak
Woland

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Eindhoven Confirms New Bands For 2014 Festival

Unleashed, One Tail One Head, Sinister, The Vision Bleak, Cruachan, Saille, and Evil Invaders are the latest bands to have been confirmed for this year's Eindhoven Metal Meeting festival.

The festival is set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the reputable Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. More bands will be announced soon. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

Aborted
At The Gates
Attic
Blasphemy
Cruachan
Ensiferum
Evil Invaders
Exhumed
Holy Moses
Morbus Chron
One Tail, One Head
Onslaught
Origin
Primordial
Thyrfing
Triptykon
Unleashed
Urfaust
Saille
Sinister
The Vision Bleak
Woland More...

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Thyrfing, Ensiferum, And More Playing Eindhoven

Ensiferum, Blasphemy, Thyrfing, Aborted, Onslaught, Exhumed, Origin, Attic, and Woland are the latest bands to have been confirmed for this year's Eindhoven Metal Meeting festival.

The 2014 edition is set to take place December 12th & 13th at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. More bands will be announced soon.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

Aborted
At The Gates
Attic
Blasphemy
Ensiferum
Exhumed
Holy Moses
Morbus Chron
Onslaught
Origin
Primordial
Thyrfing
Triptykon
Urfaust
Woland

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Ensiferum, Turisas and Thaurorod at The Circus!

It was to be a more eventful Easter Sunday then most, as instead of the awkward family dinners and drinking binges at a dive bar, I was looking forward to spending an epic evening at The Circus in Helsinki for Ensiferum, Turisas and Thaurorod. There would from that moment on be only small amounts of the required holiday binge drinking at a respectable venue, and in well supplied company!

Though much of the city was quiet, even a half hour before the sold out show was to be played there was a line well outside of the club area, and extending into the square. Red and Black facepaint, and warrior costumes were the attire of the night, it was easy to feel underdressed in a sea of war paint and leather. Drinking horns were clipped to belts and kilts (ie acceptable man skirts), as the Vikings of the city came out to pay tribute to their heroes.

There had been a late announcement only hours before the show that Petri Lindroos was having some painful issues with his hand, and would not be playing guitar that evening. Luckily the day was saved by Jukka Pekka Miettinen (Jukkis) (ex-Ensiferum, ex-Turisas, ex-ArthemesiA) and the sold out show would still occur as scheduled. More...

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Apocalyptica Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2015

70,000 Tons of Metal promoters UMC continued the countdown of 60 bands for the upcoming 2015 edition of the largest cruise festival, adding the 16th band: Finnish symphonic metal act Apocalyptica.

The festival casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages.

All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com. Booking is now open to all starting today!

Apocalyptica joins previously revealed bands, with 44 still to be announced:

Annihilator
Arch Enemy
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Chimaira
Ensiferum
Equilibrium
Grave Digger
Heathen
In Extremo
Korpiklaani
Origin
Therion
Threshold
Xentrix More...

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Korpiklaani Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2015

70,000 Tons of Metal promoters UMC continued to count down the list of 60 bands for the upcoming 2015 edition of the largest cruise festival, this time adding the 14th band: Finnish folk metal act Korpiklaani.

The festival casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages.

All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com. Booking commenced on March 18th for previous cruisegoers and will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, March 21st.

Korpiklaani joins previously revealed bands, with 46 still to be announced:

Annihilator
Arch Enemy
Blind Guardian
Chimaira
Ensiferum
Equilibrium
Grave Digger
Heathen
In Extremo
Origin
Therion
Threshold
Xentrix More...

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Origin And Grave Digger Added To 70,000 Tons

70,000 Tons of Metal promoters UMC kept up a torrid pace of band announcements for the 2015 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal, this time adding the 12th and 13th bands: U.S. brutal death metal act Origin and German power metal legends Grave Digger.

The festival casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages.

All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com.

Origin and Grave Digger join previously revealed bands, with 47 still to be announced:

Annihilator
Arch Enemy
Blind Guardian
Chimaira
Ensiferum
Equilibrium
Heathen
In Extremo
Therion
Threshold
Xentrix More...

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Xentrix And In Extremo The Latest Named To 70K '15

70,000 Tons of Metal promoters UMC kept up the swift pace of band announcements for the 2015 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal, this time adding the 10th and 11th bands: U.K. thrash legends Xentrix and German modern folk pioneers In Extremo.

The festival casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages.

All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com.

Xentrix and In Extremo join the previously revealed bands, with 49 still to be announced:

Annihilator
Arch Enemy
Blind Guardian
Chimaira
Ensiferum
Equilibrium
Heathen
Therion
Threshold More...

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Five More Bands Named To 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2015

Just shortly after naming the first three bands: Blind Guardian, Arch Emeny and Ensiferum to the 2015 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal, promoters UMC kept the momentum going with five more bands: Chimaira, Heathen, Threshold, Annihilator and Equilibrium.

The festival casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages.

All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com.

So the complete lineup thus far: More...

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Ensiferum Third Band Named To 70K 2015

Just shortly after naming the first two acts Blind Guardian and Arch Emeny, promoters of the annual 70,000 Tons of Metal Festival (UMC) remained busy...announcing the third band: Ensiferum.

The festival casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages (possibly five)/

All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com. More...

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From Dicks To Chicks

When a very attractive, scantily clad young woman claims she loves metal, get a second opinion.

Yeah, I said that.

And I’m not claiming you’re all fakes, female metal fans. I know you’re out there. Most of us can personally attest to that. I’m talking about the posturing selfie types.

You know the ones. They lurk online, Facebooking, Tweeting, posing in metal-looking gear with an Impaled Nazarene logo prominently displayed, skin showing, pouty siren’s call etched across the face.

Sometimes they actually go to the lengths of posting music videos, and when they go there, they go big. “ROOOOTS, BLOODY ROOOOTS <3 METALCHICK FOR LIFE <3 DEATH TO ALL BUT METAL” and so on. Methinks the ladies doth protest too much.

With a few exceptions, these girls do this for one primary reason: they know how to attract men via the path of least resistance. Make that ZERO resistance. Metal is an overwhelmingly male-dominated genre, fostering a “homoerotic relationship between bands and their fans,” as former Sepultura merchbabe Marta Svetek puts it.

So when such a photo goes up, the hungry dogs swarm for their scraps, as it were. You don’t even need to read the Tolstoy-length comment thread to guess its simple pig-swooning gist. How could some girls resist?

A female musician I spoke with, who wishes to remain anonymous (more on that later), recalled of playing with her former metal band:

“Crowds of girls would come into the club between sets and prey on all the guys, then go outside for nearly the band’s entire set, probably blasting Miley or One Direction in their earbuds. I actually remember talking to some girl about a band whose T-shirt she was wearing. She said, ‘Oh, this band? I just thought the shirt was cute.’”

This tactic has suckered many a metalhead, and many enterprising folks have seized on it. Why else would countless popular metal sites and blogs hire “spokesmodels” to push their merchandise? Why else would niche custom fashion lines like Toxic Vision gain such a mammoth following? Why else would 70,000 Tons Of Metal hire “pool girls?”

Why, in other words, does metal culture virtually have to IMPORT hot women like Julius Caesar providing for the appetites of his legions?

Simple: because metalheads (i.e., dudes) like to stare at girls’ tits and asses, and some girls, spurred on by the “hot groupie fantasy,” (in Svetek’s words) like to provide such sights. Capitalism, baby.

I’m not saying I’m above all this, and I’m not exactly judging the arrangement. I believe in the free market. However, I don’t have to embrace everything the market produces, and one very dubious aspect of this Budweiser-ad approach in metal is when it manifests in the music itself. More...

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Equilibrium Gearing Up For Heidenfest

German epic metal act Equilibrium will return to the road this week, taking part in this year’s edition of the Heidenfest tour alongside Finnish genre mates Ensiferum and Turisas, as well as Suidakra and special guests Frosttide. Don’t miss the madness on the following dates:

20.09. D Leipzig - Hellraiser
21.09. D Giessen - Hessenhalle (Extended#@)
22.09. BE Antwerp - Trix (Extended *@)
23.09. F Paris - Bataclan
24.09. D Saarbrücken - Garage
25.09. I Milano - Live Club
26.09. A Wien - Arena
27.09. D Geiselwind - Musichall (Extended #@)
28.09. D München - Backstage (Extended #@)
29.09. CH Pratteln - Z7
30.09. D Hamburg - Markthalle
01.10. D Berlin - Postbahnhof
02.10. CZ Zlin - Masters of Rock Cafe
03.10. A Wien - Arena
04.10. D Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn (Extended #@)
05.10. D Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle (Extended *#@)
06.10. NL Tillburg - O13 Heidenfest (Extended *@)

HEIDEVOLK (*)
RIGER (#)
GERNOTSHAGEN (#)
WINTERSTORM (@)

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Ensiferum Keyboardist To Miss Upcoming Shows

Ensiferum just recently returned to the stage after Markus Toivonen experienced a health issue, and now the band has issued the following update about keyboardist Emmi Silvennionen missing upcoming shows:

"Unfortunately, it will not be possible for Emmi Silvennoinen (keyboards) to perform on the South American tour starting next week due to personal reasons.

"The shows will go ahead as planned and the band will perform with Emmi's parts as backing tracks, so you needn't worry about the shows missing the signature Ensiferum melodies! We'd like to assure you that everything is fine within the band - Emmi is healthy and this is just for this tour because of circumstances beyond her control. She will be performing at future Ensiferum shows.

"We hope to see as many of you as possible at the shows and look forward to playing in South America for the first time!"

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Ensiferum Returning To The Stage

Ensiferum had previously been forced to cancel several shows due to Markus Toivonen's health issues preventing him from flying. He has now checked in with the following update about returning to the stage:

"I just want to give some update for all of our fans about my health issue. My right ear has been a bit better since last week. Last week, I had hearing tests again and I met with the ear doctor. My hearing is a bit better now and the middle ear is completely recovered.

"There is still something going on in my inner ear, but the doctor's opinion is that it should recover and I am able to fly again. So Ensiferum will be back on road this weekend, starting with the Rock Hard Festival (Gelsenkirchen, Germany). See you soon!"

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Ensiferum To Miss Upcoming Show

After canceling the band's appearance at Hexentanz, Markus Toivonen of Ensiferum has now checked in with the following update about missing the Headbangers Weekend:

"Unfortunately Ensiferum have been forced to cancel the show at Headbangers Weekend in Istanbul 5.5.2013, because of my medical condition. My right ear has been blocked and I've been half deaf for nine days now. There is also constant buzzing/noise.

"The whole issue began around 10 days ago, whilst flying back home from our North-American tour. During these nine days I met four different doctors and I've been having hearing tests. Until this point, they had given me hope that my ear would be fine before this upcoming show in Istanbul, but unfortunately it has not recovered.

"Today I met with a second ear doctor who told me that I cannot fly because of the pressure. It seems that the problem is in the inside of the ear. There was also infection in the middle of the ear, which has cleared up since. More tests (including x-rays) will follow next week.

"This cancellation is nothing to do with the promoter. They did everything 100% correct (including payments and booking flights). This is strictly about my medical condition. We were forced to cancel one show last Sunday in Germany (Hexentanz festival) as well because of the same issue.

"We really hope to get another chance to perform in Turkey soon and I am very sorry about this unexpected cancellation."

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Ensiferum To Miss Hexentanz Fest Appearance

Ensiferum, which recently inked a deal with Metal Blade Records, has checked in with the following announcement about missing the band's scheduled performance at the Hexentanz Festival:

"Unfortunately Ensiferum have been forced to cancel their appearance at Hexentanz Festival festival today. Markus has gotten a bad ear infection and is not able to fly under his doctor's orders.

"We apologize to fans who are going to the festival to see Ensiferum, but hope you understand that this is out of the band's control."

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