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

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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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New Dates Added To Pagan Fest Tour

A few more dates have been added to the Pagan Fest Tour, which features Ensiferum, Turisas, Tyr and Eluveitie.

New dates are as follows:

May 09 San Francisco, CA - Fat City
May 13 Albuquerque, NM - The Launchpad
May 21 Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock

Confirmed tour dates: More...

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Mercenary, Cynic, Machine Men Confirmed For Wacken

Mercenary, Cynic and Machine Men have recently been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air Festival, which takes place July 31 to August 2 in Wacken, Germany.

Other bands set to perform at the festival:

3 Inches lf Blood
As I Lay Dying
At the Gates
Autumn
Avantasia
Axel Rudi Pell
Axxis
Before the Dawn
Carcass
Children of Bodom
Corvus Corax
Crematory
Destructor
Dream of an Opium Eater
Enemy of the Sun
Ensiferum
Excremetory Grindfuckers
Exodus
Girugamesh
Gorerotted
Gorgoroth
Grave
Hatebreed
Headhunter
Iron Maiden
Kamelot
Killswitch Engage
Kreator
Krypteria
Lord Belial
Lordi
Nifelheim
Nightwish
Obituary
Opeth
Powerwolf
Primordial
Psycho Punch
Sabaton
Saltatio Mortis
Soilwork
Sonata Arctica
The Bones
Van Canto
Warbringer
Watain

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Ensiferum Add New Dates To Tour

As previously reported, ENSIFERUM, TURISAS, TYR and ELUVEITIE will join forces for the Pagan Fest North American tour, running through April and May. Dates have now been announced for El Paso, TX and Hollywood and Long Beach, CA.

Confirmed dates currently include:

April
25 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
26 - Montreal, QC - Medley
27 - Worchester, MA - The Palladium
28 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
29 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s
30 - Detroit, MI - Harpo’s

May
1 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Powerfest
3 - Denver, CO - Cervantes
5 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
6 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
7 - Sacramento, CA - The Boardwalk
8 - Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues **
10 - Long Beach, CA - The Vault **
11 - Phoenix, AZ - The Cell Block
12 - El Paso, TX - Chics **
14 - Tulsa, OK - Crush Lounge
15 - Fort Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater
16 - San Antonio, TX - The White Rabbit
17 - Houston, TX - Java Jazz
22 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club

** new dates

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Ensiferum Explain Cancellation Of Illingen Show

ENSIFERUM have issued the following update:

"Ensiferum is very sorry for the cancellation of the Hexentanz gig in Illingen, Germany (on December 15th). Our guitar player Markus had to go to a hospital on the previous day in Switzerland and he had to stay in the hospital for a few days. At this moment Markus is doing fine and future gigs will be played as planned."

"We want to thank the incredible audience, crew and bands CHTHONIC and INSANIA for a great tour. Special thanks goes to the audience in Pratteln's Z7 club for understanding and to the staff for good work and great help. We salute you!"

Ensiferum plays a gig on February 4th at Helsinki Icehall, where the headliner is the legendary MEGADETH." More...

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Ensiferum Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2008

The following bands have been confirmed for next year’s installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, which is set to take place from July 31st to August 2nd in Wacken, Germany:

AS I LAY DYING
AT THE GATES
AUTUMN
AVANTASIA
AXEL RUDI PELL
AXXIS
BEFORE THE DAWN
CARCASS
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORVUS CORAX
CREMATORY
DESTRUCTOR
DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER
ENEMY OF THE SUN
ENSIFERUM
EVOCATION
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
GIRUGÄMESH
GOREROTTED
GORGOROTH
HATEBREED
HEADHUNTER
IRON MAIDEN
KAMELOT
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
KREATOR
KRYPTERIA
LORD BELIAL
LORDI
NIFELHEIM
NIGHTWISH
OBITUARY
POWERWOLF
PRIMORDIAL
SABATON
SALTATIO MORTIS
SONATA ARCTICA
THE BONES
VAN CANTO
WARBRINGER

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Ensiferum Release More "Pagan Fest" Tour Dates

More dates have been released for the “Pagan Fest USA” North American tour next year that will feature ENSIFERUM, TURISAS, TYR, and ELUVEITIE:

April 25 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
April 26 - Montreal, QC @ Medley
April 27 - Worchester, MA @ The Palladium
April 28 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
April 29 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
April 30 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
May 1 - Chicago, IL @ Chicago Powerfest
May 3 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes
May 5 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
May 6 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
May 7 - Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
May 10 - Orange County, CA @ California MetalFest
May 11 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Cell Block
May 14 - Tulsa, OK @ Crush Lounge
May 15 - Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
May 16 - San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
May 17 - Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
May 22 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

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Korpiklaani Added To Summer Breeze Festival

The following bands have been confirmed for next year’s installment of the Summer Breeze festival, which is set to take place from August 14th to 16th in Dinkelsbühl, Germany:

ALL ENDS
ASP
BEHEMOTH
BORN FROM PAIN
DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA
ENDSTILLE
ENSIFERUM
EXODUS
KATAKLYSM
KORPIKLAANI
PRIMAL FEAR
PRIMORDIAL
SONIC SYNDICATE
THE VISION BLEAK

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Primal Fear Confirmed For Summer Breeze Festival

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR are the latest acts confirmed for the Summer Breeze Festival which is scheduled for August 14th - 14th in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. Acts on the bill now include: ASP, BORN FROM PAIN, DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA, ENSIFERUM, ENDSTILLE, EXODUS, KATAKLYSM, PRIMAL FEAR, PRIMORDIAL, SONIC SYNDICATE, THE VISION BLEAK.

Organizers are announcing a new band each day in December via their Adventskalender!

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Exodus Confirmed For Summer Breeze Festival

US thrash legends EXODUS are the latest act confirmed for the Summer Breeze Festival which is scheduled for August 14th - 14th in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. Acts on the bill now include: DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA, ENSIFERUM, ENDSTILLE, EXODUS, KATAKLYSM, PRIMORDIAL, SONIC SYNDICATE, THE VISION BLEAK.

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Kataklysm Confirmed For Summer Breeze Festival

Canuck extremists KATAKLYSM are the latest act confirmed for the Summer Breeze Festival which is scheduled for August 14th - 14th in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. Acts on the bill now include: ENSIFERUM, ENDSTILLE, PRIMORDIAL, SONIC SYNDICATE, THE VISION BLEAK.

Kataklysm's new album, Prevail, will be mixed by Jason Suecof (Chimaira, TRIVIUM,THE BLACK DHALIA MURDER) in January 2008 and will "drop like a nuclear explosion" on May 23rd, 2008 via Nuclear Blast.

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Darkane Confirmed For Chicago Powerfest

Sweden's DARKANE and Germany's SUIDAKRA have just been confirmed for Chicago Powerfest 2008. The sixth annual metal festival will take place on Friday/Saturday, May 2-3, at The Pearl Room in Mokena, IL. There will also be an official Powerfest "kick-off" show on May 1, featuring ENSIFERUM, TURISAS, TYR and ELUVEITIE, who will be making a stop along their Paganfest tour.

As previously announced, Powerfest promoters, CRJ Productions, have introduced an official fan sponsorship/VIP program this year that will give fans a higher level of participation in the fest and a chance to take advantage of some cool perks.

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Ensiferum Announce More Paganfest Dates

ENSIFERUM, TURISAS, TÝR and ELUVEITIE will team up for the Paganfest USA tour beginning in April. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Apr. 25 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
Apr. 26 - Montreal, QC - Medley
Apr. 27 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Apr. 28 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Apr. 29 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Apr. 30 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's
May 01 - Chicago, IL - The Pearl Room (Chicago Powerfest)
May 05 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
May 06 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
May 07 - Sacramento, CA - The Boardwalk
May 10 - Orange County, CA - California Metalfest
May 15 - Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater
May 16 - San Antonio, TX - The White Rabbit
May 17 - Houston, TX - Java Jazz
May 22 - New York, NY - BB King Blues Club & Grill

More dates will be announced soon.

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Queensryche Confirmed For Bang Your Head Festival

QUEENSRŸCHE have been confirmed as one of the headlining acts for next year's instalment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place on June 27-28, 2008 in Balingen, Germany. The band will deliver a very special three-hour performance with the full "Operation: Mindcrime" sets along with a huge stage production including stage actors, dialogue intermissions, video screens and other audio-visual effects.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AGE OF EVIL
AGENT STEEL
BREAKER
CONTRACRASH
ENSIFERUM
FORBIDDEN
GRAVE DIGGER
GREAT WHITE
KORPIKLAANI
LIZZY BORDEN
OBITUARY
ONSLAUGHT
QUEENSRŸCHE
RAGE
SAXON
SECRECY
TANKARD
TRAMP'S WHITE LION
TYR

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Turisas Announce European Headlining Tour

After a support slot for ICED EARTH and ANNIHILATOR, Finnish warlords TURISAS will be on the road again in March and April 2008.

Commented Warlord Nygard: "The tour with ICED EARTH and ANNIHILATOR in October was great; we made a lot of new friends and fans, and both bands were great guys to be on the road with. The reactions were awesome, even if there was a lot of people in the crowd who had never heard of us before. However, we could easily understand that some of our fans weren't prepared to pay the tickets on some 30 euro for seeing us play for 30 minutes — that's one euro a minute if you were not too bothered about the other two bands! This is why we are now returning to play full headline sets in Europe for a reasonable ticket price. We are all very excited about getting back on the road and doing our first headlining European tour."

TURISAS European tour dates:

Mar. 01 - Northampton, UK @ Soundhouse
Mar. 02 - Sheffield, UK @ Corporation
Mar. 03 - Aberdeen, UK @ Moshulu
Mar. 04 - Edinburgh, UK @ Studio 24
Mar. 05 - Liverpool, UK @ Academy 2
Mar. 06 - Norwich, UK @ Waterfront
Mar. 07 - Peterborough, UK @ Park
Mar. 08 - Leeds, UK @ Cockpit
Mar. 10 - Exeter, UK @ Cavern
Mar. 11 - Cardiff Clwb, UK @ Ifor Bach
Mar. 12 - Southampton, UK @ The Brook
Mar. 13 - London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
Mar. 14 - Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
Mar. 15 - Haarlem, Netherlands @ Patronaat
Mar. 16 - Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Doornroosje
Mar. 18 - Hamburg, Germany @ Marx
Mar. 19 - Karlsruhe, Germany @ Substage
Mar. 20 - Munich, Germany @ Metropolis
Mar. 21 - Winterthur, Switzerland @ Salzhaus
Mar. 22 - Bochum, Germany @ Matrix
Mar. 23 - Berlin, Germany @ Kato
Mar. 25 - Vienna, Austria @ Planet Music
Mar. 26 - Bratislava, Slovakia @ Randal
Mar. 27 - Prague, Czech Republic @ Rock Café
Mar. 28 - Lichtenfels, Germany @ Ragnarök Festival
Mar. 29 - Osnabrueck, Germany @ Tomahawk Festival
Mar. 31 - Malmö, Sweden @ KB
Apr. 01 - Gothenburg, Germany @ Musikens Hus
Apr. 02 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ The Rock
Apr. 03 - Oslo, Norway @ John Dee
Apr. 04 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben More...

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Chthonic Prepare For Ensiferum Tour

The Taiwanese symphonic black metal band CHTHONIC kicks off the third and final leg of its European "UNlimited" tour Friday night (Nov. 30) in Hamburg, Germany. For the next two weeks, the group will support the Finnish "heroic folk metal" act ENSIFERUM.

CHTHONIC's European tour began earlier this month with a week's worth of UK dates with 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, with whom they shared the stage at this summer's Ozzfest. "Touring with 3 INCHES OF BLOOD made us miss the Ozzfest days," says CHTHONIC vocalist Freddy Lim. "We have so many good memories from Ozzfest, and we made so many friends there. I hope we can tour with such good bands again in the future."

The UK tour also included a stop at the inaugural Hard Rock Hell festival, where CHTHONIC performed alongside recent U.S. tour mates CRADLE OF FILTH as well as such legends as SAXON and TWISTED SISTER. "We were so excited when TWISTED SISTER took the stage," Lim admits. "Those old headbangers really encouraged us to keep rocking for many more decades!" More...

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Paganfest USA Tour Dates Announced

ENSIFERUM, TURISAS, TÝR and ELUVEITIE will team up for the Paganfest USA tour beginning in April. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Apr. 25 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
Apr. 26 - Montreal, QC - Medley
Apr. 27 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Apr. 28 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Apr. 29 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
May 01 - Chicago, IL - The Pearl Room (Chicago Powerfest)
May 05 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
May 06 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
May 07 - Sacramento, CA - The Boardwalk
May 10 - Orange County, CA - California Metalfest
May 15 - Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater
May 16 - San Antonio, TX - The White Rabbit
May 22 - New York, NY - BB King Blues Club & Grill

More dates will be announced soon.

Commented ENSIFERUM bassist Sami Hinkka comments: "Across the oceans, through the storms. Towards Vinland, brave warriors of the North! The time has come for us to unite, brothers and sisters; hold your swords up high! With our allies; ELUVEITIE, TÝR and TURISAS, eternal glory and victory waits for us! May beer flow and the Skydome rumble during our quest, so that even the Gods know, it is time for a Paganfest..."

ENSIFERUM recently entered the German chart at position No. 37 with its third album, "Victory Songs". The CD also debuted on the Finnish national chart at No. 6.

"Victory Songs" was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki with producer Janne Joutsenniemi. A limited-edition version of the album includes an extra track, "Lady in Black", and a bonus DVD. An e-card for the CD can be found here. Check out the video for the song "Ahti" at YouTube.

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Saxon And More Confirmed For Bang Your Head

SAXON, ONSLAUGHT, ENSIFERUM and LIZZY BORDEN have been confirmed for next year's Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 27-28, 2008 at Messegelände in Balingen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AGENT STEEL
AGE OF EVIL
ENSIFERUM
GRAVE DIGGER
GREAT WHITE
LIZZY BORDEN
ONSLAUGHT
RAGE
SAXON
TANKARD
TYR
WHITE LION

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Chthonic And Ensiferum Announce European Tour

Taiwanese extreme metalists CHTHONIC — fresh from a tour of duty with Ozzfest and currently in the midst of their first-ever North American headline shows, which precede a brief tour with CRADLE OF FILTH — have confirmed their first batch of fall European tour dates. They are as follows:

Nov. 09 - Hard Rock Hell Festival - Minehead, U.K.
Nov. 30 - Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany
Dec. 01 - Lindenpark - Potsdam, Germany
Dec. 02 - Alte Spinnerei - Glauchau, Germany
Dec. 04 - Bastard Club - Osnabruck, Germany
Dec. 06 - Romein - Leeuwarden, Holland
Dec. 07 - Biebob - Vosselaar, Belgium
Dec. 09 - Substage - Karlsruhe, Germany
Dec. 11 - Wigwam - Budapest, Hungary
Dec. 12 - Fleda - Brno, Czech Republic
Dec. 13 - Colos Saal - Aschaffenburg, Germany
Dec. 14 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
Dec. 15 - Hexentanz Festival - Illingen, Germany

All concerts in continental Europe will see CHTHONIC play alongside Finnish "heroic folk metal" warriors ENSIFERUM (Spinefarm Records). Additional performances — including the band's first-ever U.K. tour — will be announced shortly.

CHTHONIC will hold a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 13, just hours before they play the nearby Jaxx nightclub in West Springfield, Virginia.

At the press conference, which will be moderated by Jaxx owner Jay Nedry, the band will discuss the message behind their current tour, which they've dubbed "UNlimited" to protest how the United Nations (UN) limits Taiwan's full participation as an independent country. The Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune, among others, have recently devoted lengthy features to the message behind the tour.

CHTHONIC will continue its historic "UNlimited" tour later this month, when it will perform its first headlining concerts in America.

"Ozzfest has been a great experience for CHTHONIC, but we're excited to perform for our fans for longer than 20 minutes," Freddy Lim stated.

In concert, CHTHONIC (pronounced "THON-ick") will continue to perform the tour's theme song, "UNlimited Taiwan", written and recorded this spring "to emphasize the 'UNlimited' potential of Taiwan and the Taiwanese people," Lim says. Like the tour — which kicked off in Taipei earlier this summer following the international re-release of 2002's "Relentless Recurrence" and last year's "A Decade On The Throne" two-CD/DVD live set — the song was named to protest how the United Nations (UN) limits Taiwan's full participation as an independent country. The Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune, among others, have recently devoted lengthy features to the message behind the tour.

With a new session of the United Nations General Assembly scheduled to open in New York on Sept. 18, many pro-Taiwan rallies will be held around the city in the days beforehand. To coincide with the UN session's kickoff — where Taiwan will once again petition to be formally recognized as an independent country, and not a Chinese province — CHTHONIC will hold a special "UNlimited New York" concert at Manhattan's Highline Ballroom, located less than three miles from the UN, on Sept. 16.

Because this is the group's third New York City concert in recent weeks, coming on the heels of an Aug. 21 performance with NILE and a Sept. 6 concert alongside KATATONIA, CHTHONIC has arranged for the Highline Ballroom to offer tickets for only $5 to anyone who redeems a ticket stub from one of their previous shows at the venue's box office. For everyone else, a $2 discount can be obtained by purchasing the tickets online at www.highlineballroom.com (enter "un4taiwan" in the access code field). Furthermore, the first 100 fans in the doors will receive a free set of CHTHONIC "paper dolls," which are sold in toy stores throughout Asia.

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Ensiferum Part Ways With Keyboardist

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM has parted ways with keyboardist Meiju Enho. Meiju's statement regarding his decision to leave the group can be found below.

Dear friends,
I’ve now reached the moment in my life when I need to stay out of the battle. It’s time for somebody else to take my place in Ensiferum. These almost 6 years have been totally unforgettable but also rough. After giving my absolutely 100% to this music, playing and shows I now feel exhausted but happy; it has been worth it. Nevertheless, I feel now it’s time for me to head out for new adventures.

Carry on holding the sword! I feel deep gratitude to all fans and friends who have encouraged me during these years. I want to thank Markus, Sami, Janne and Pete for all those once-in-a-lifetime moments and the inspirational atmosphere there has always been. You’re like brothers to me.

I wish good luck to my follower and true warrior spirit to all our listeners.
As long as there’s good beer left in the world, you can never really give up.

- Meiju Enho
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Emmi Silvennoinen from the band EXSECRATUS has filling in for Meiju since the beginning of this year and will continue to act as the live/session keyboard player for ENSIFERUM until further notice.

Fan-filmed video footage of ENSIFERUM's performance at the 21st edition of the Nummirock festival — which took place June 22-23 in Nummijärvi, Finland — can be viewed below.

ENSIFERUM recently entered the German chart at position No. 37 with its third album, "Victory Songs". The CD also debuted on the Finnish national chart at No. 6.

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Ensiferum Announce Canadian Dates

ENSIFERUM have confirmed their previously announced Canadian tour schedule. It is as follows:

November
6 - Théatre Plaza - Montreal, Quebec
8 - Cabaret du Capitole - Quebec City, Quebec
9 - Trash Bar - Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
10 - The Metal Bar - Toronto, Ontario
11 - The Underground - Hamilton, Ontario
12 - Jubilee Hall - Sudbury, Ontario

OBSCURIS ROMANCIA will be the support act on the tour. PROFUGUS MORTIS will perform at the November 11th show in Sudbury.

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