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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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Bill Zebub's "Pagan Metal:A Documentary" Announced

Pagan/folk metal has been growing in popularity for years and has virtually overthrown black metal in Europe. These bands have tested the American shores playing to sold-out venues from coast to coast.

"Pagan Metal: A Documentary" is the first documentary of its kind and features in-depth examinations of some of the genre's most coveted bands including: Korpiklaani, Primordial, Finntroll, Ensiferum, Leaves' Eyes, Turisas and Tyr. Enjoy live performances, learn about the subculture, and gain insight into the music. The artists give cordial and informative interviews.

The documentary was created by Bill Zebub (Grimoire Of Exalted Deeds Magazine, Metal Retardation, Breaking Her Will et al) and will be released on December 8, 2009.

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Lazarus A.D. Issues Update from Ensiferum Tour

Lazarus A.D.'s Jeff Paulick checks in from the road!

"What's good dwellers of the Lazarus legion?!? Giving you a quick update from the road on our last-second venture with Ensiferum and Blackguard. Shit has been pretty awesome thus far. We left late Friday night, after the guys went and saw Job for a Cowboy, Gwar, and LoG in our hometown, the show was pretty fucking sick, headed off to Allentown, PA where the infamous Croc Rock pizza awaited...it wasn't so hot haha! We really had no idea what to expect as this tour as it's a little bit different genre-wise. It's been hit or miss, but for the most part I think it's getting through. Hopefully Peter and Alexi can get into the country asap so Hypocrisy can start tearing it up every night as well!

"The second night we played at Volume 11 in Raleigh, NC...and we have a little history there. As our previous three visits we laid a goose egg on merch every time, this time through, we finally got some good merch sales and had some very generous friends smoke us out, which meant our perception of Volume 11 did a huge 180! We grilled out that night with the guys from Blackguard (totally awesome brothers and an amazing band, definitely check them out!) shared a bottle of Jay-mo and woke to the sound of angry businessmen telling us to move our vehicle from their parking lot. We obviously denied the mess of beer cans strewn about the outside of the bus haha, but hey, I didn't know anything about that!!

"After Atlanta we drove straight to Jacksonville, FL where some friends of ours reside, just dodging Ida on the way, very lucky there, our bus and trailer don't mix with tropical storms. Our show was cancelled in Ft. Lauderdale which totally blew cuz we all were really looking forward to heading to the beach down south. SO, we made up for it and spent the day at Universal Studios, and needless to say, it was fucking awesome. Most of us had never been there before and it's easily one of the most fun parks I've ever been to. It was a pretty cloudy day so NOBODY was there; we went on everything multiple times through. We shared some drinks and lunch at the Hard Rock (we saw Dime's Crown Royal Guitar and Vinnie's full Pearl set used at the show where Dime was shot, pretty intense shit). Met up with the guys from Blackguard and hit some coasters with them. We grabbed a hotel and passed the fuck out as I had been up for 36 hours straight ensuring we could make this awesome day happen in time.

"Last night was Orlando, FUCK downtown Orlando parking. We had to park a mile away after we unloaded, after we played had to come back again, and then there was some confusion with payment as we were playing this Anti Pop festival, which had a million shows going on, the city was fucking packed, so we sat double parked on a one way street in front of the venue until payment was received haha...and it was.

"Long drive ahead to Texas and then to CALI!! Can't fucking wait, I'll be throwing some more updates at ya next week, until then spread the word that we are on "The Tour from Afar" with Ensiferum, Hypocrisy, and Blackguard, then hopping on with Vader and Warbringer for a couple weeks, see all you fucks on the road!!! Oh and there's a video coming soon of what we do most while on the road...COD...constantly haha! Light em up and drink em down!"

In related band news, Lazarus A.D. has posted live videos of "Who I Really Am" and "Revolution" filmed at The Rave in Milwaukee from their show with Gojira on October 7th. Fans can check out raw footage of both songs below.


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Ensiferum Announces Chinese Tour

Ensiferum have announced they will be performing five Chinese tour dates in January of 2010 immediately after their Australian tour dates. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

01.01.2010 Australia, Sydney, Screamfest
03.01.2010 Australia, Brisbane, Hi Fi
05.01.2010 Australia, Melbourne, Billboard
07.01.2010 Australia, Perth, Capitol
09.01.2010 China, Beijng, Mao Livehouse
10.01.2010 China, Xi An, Sunset Bar
13.01.2010 China, Shanghai, Yu Ying Tang
15.01.2010 China, Guang Zhou, Tekkwun Livehouse
17.01.2010 China, Taipei, The WALL Livehouse

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Ensiferum Cancels Ft. Lauderdale Show

Ensiferum have issued the following statement about canceling their tour date in Ft. Lauderdale on November 10th:

"We are sorry to announce that the show on 10/11 at the Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale has been canceled due to circumstances beyond Ensiferum's control. We are sorry to our fans in Florida, but hope to return as soon as we get an opportunity."

Ensiferum's updated tour schedule is as follows:

06.11.2009 Jaxx - Springfield, VA w/ Swashbuckle
07.11.2009 Crocodile Rock - Allentown, PA w/ Swashbuckle
08.11.2009 Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
09.11.2009 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
11.11.2009 AKA Lounge (part of the Anti*Pop Music Festival) - Orlando, FL
13.11.2009 Meridian - Houston, TX
14.11.2009 Emo's - Austin, TX
15.11.2009 Ridglea Theatre- Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
17.11.2009 Galaxy Theatre - Santa Ana, CA
18.11.2009 Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
19.11.2009 DNA Lounge - San Francisco, CA
20.11.2009 Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
21.11.2009 Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
22.11.2009 Rickshaw - Vancouver, BC
23.11.2009 Warehouse - Calgary, AB
24.11.2009 Starlite - Edmonton, AB
27.11.2009 The Zoo - Winnipeg, MB
28.11.2009 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
29.11.2009 Logan Square Auditorium - Chicago, IL
30.11.2009 Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
01.12.2009 Opera House - Toronto, ON w/ Swashbuckle
02.12.2009 Imperial - Quebec City, QC w/ Swashbuckle
03.12.2009 Medley - Montreal, QC w/ Swashbuckle
04.12.2009 The Palladium - Worcester, MA w/ Swashbuckle
05.12.2009 Irving Plaza - New York, NY w/ Swashbuckle

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Lazarus A.D. Added To Ensiferum Tour

Lazarus A.D. has jumped on board for the upcoming Ensiferum tour in November. This will be their first tour in the U.S. since their trip to Japan to play Loud Park and will be followed by more dates alongisde Vader.

Vocalist/bassist Jeff Paulick comments: “When the call came in about jumping on the Ensiferum tour we set everything aside and rallied the troops. As you all know we have been home few months with our thumb up our asses (except for that little trip to Japan!), ever since Dan broke his hand. This is going to be a great tour an it’s hitting cities we have played in the past and new cities we have yet to play. We are looking forward seeing old can’t friends and making new friends. So you better break out the weed & beer - Lazarus A.D. is back on the mother f*$&^@# road.”

Tour with Ensiferum, Hypocrisy, Blackguard, and Swashbuckle:

11/07 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock Café
11/08 Raleigh, NC Volume 11
11/09 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
11/10 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
11/11 Orlando, FL AKA Lounge AntiPop Music Festival
11/13 Houston, TX Meridian
11/14 Austin, TX Emo’s
11/15 Fort Worth, TX Ridglea Theatre
11/17 Santa Ana, CA The Galaxy Theatre
11/18 Hollywood, CA The Key Club
11/19 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
11/20 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
11/21 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
11/22 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
11/23 Calgary, AB The Warehouse

Tour with Vader: More...

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Hypocrisy To Miss Some US Dates Due To Visa Issues

Swedish death metallers HYPOCRISY have issued the following statement in regards to their upcoming tour with ENSIFERUM that starts on Friday, November 6th:

“Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are forced to stay home until U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services process and authorize our working visas. This is the first time the band has faced a situation like this and it’s extremely frustrating, as well as depressing, since the last thing we want to do is disappoint our loyal fans who have waited years to see us live in the US. We filed for our visas with plenty of time, but as some probably don’t know, the US government has changed its rules when it comes to visas issued to artists so it’s become tougher. Even if we have already toured the US numerous times.

As it stands now, we are on stand-by mode and waiting to receive the green light. We hope it’s just a few days before that happens, in the meantime we want to apologize to all the fans that planned on going to see us tear shit up live. We will do our best to re-join the tour as soon as possible!”

HYPOCRISY have enlisted the help of CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist/frontman Alexi Laiho to temporarily fill the vacant second guitarist spot on their tour alongside ENSIFERUM, HYPOCRISY, EX DEO, BLACKGUARD, SWASHBUCKLE. More...

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Ensiferum Posts "Twilight Tavern" Video

Finnish viking metallers Ensiferum have posted a music video online for the track "Twilight Tavern," which is off their most recent album "From Afar." The video clip can be viewed below. More...

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Leaves' Eyes Confirmed For Metal Camp Open Air

Leaves' Eyes is the latest band to be confirmed for the Metal Camp Open Air 2010 festival. The festival will take place from 05.07.-11.07.2010 in Tomin, Slovenia.

The currently confirmed line-up is as follows:

Leaves' Eyes
The Devil's Blood
The Exploited

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Ensiferum Streaming New Song Online

Finland's Ensiferum has issued the following brief update about streaming a new song online from their latest album:

"You can now find a sample of the new song 'Heathen Throne' off 'From Afar' on our Myspace player."

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Blackguard Checks In with Tour Recap, Album Update

Blackguard vocalist Paul Ablaze has checked in with the following Summer Slaughter Tour recap and new album update:

"Hey everyone! Paul Ablaze here. I'm very sorry for the lack of updates, these things slip my mind sometimes . But here it is finally (better late than never i suppose) a little something to let you all know what's gone down and what's in the works!

"Summer Slaughter Re-cap (i started writing this a while ago)

"This years summer slaughter has come and gone. Beers were drunk, blood was shed, vomit covered jeans, didn't see anyone cry but who knows? Point is no one came out the other end of this beast unchanged in some way, and we are without a doubt stronger than we've ever been as a band because of it.
This being only our second full north american tour we had everything to prove to both the fans and our peers, and i believe we won the respect of both along the way. I had said early on in the tour how amazed i was on how social everyone was and how much we as a tour came together and pulled for one another. I truly believe that the only reason this tour finished when it was suppose to and not 4 weeks earlier was because of the strength in character everyone displayed and how devoid everyone was of any kind of "ego" or "rock star" mentality.

"There are certain memories that surly stick out amongst the never ending (sometimes fuzzy) memories of good times that happened over the past month and a half. a few note worthy ones include: More...

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Ensiferum Posts New Music Video Online

Finnish viking metal band ENSIFERUM recently shot a video for the song "From Afar," the title track off their forth coming full-length album, which is scheduled for release on September 8th in the US. The video can be seen below or here.


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Ensiferum Announces Australian Tour Dates

Finnish folk metallers Ensiferum have announced the following string of Australian tour dates:

03.01.2010 Australia, Brisbane, Hi Fi
05.01.2010 Australia, Melbourne, Billboard
07.01.2010 Australia, Perth, Capitol

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Swashbuckle To Join Ensiferum On Tour Dates

Pirate metallers Swashbuckle have announced that they will be joining Ensiferum, Hypocrisy, Ex Deo, and Blackguard on select dates of their upcoming U.S. tour. The only confirmed date so far has been 11/6 in Springfield, Virginia. More information about specific dates will be announced as it comes available.

Swashbuckle's list of other tour dates are as follows: More...

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Ensiferum Confirmed For Australia's Screamfest

Ensiferum have issued the following announcement about making an appearance at the upcoming Screamfest in Australia:

"Ensiferum are delighted to confirm their appearance at Sydney's Screamfest. The show is on New Year's Day 2010 (01.01.10) and the band share the stage with acts such as Sonata Arctica, Edguy & Destruction.

"For more info and tickets, please visit Screamfest here."

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Ensiferum Streaming New Album Sample Online

Finnish folk metallers Ensiferum have posted a sample online of the track "Smoking Ruins," which is off their upcoming album "From Afar." The sample can be heard at the band's MySpace page.

The track listing for "From Afar" will be as follows:

1. By The Dividing Stream
2. From Afar
3. Twilight Tavern
4. Heathen Throne
5. Elusive Reaches
6. Stone Cold Metal
7. Smoking Ruins
8. Tumman Virran Taa
9. The Longest Journey (Heathen Throne Part II)
10. Vandraren (limited-edition bonus track; NORDMAN cover)

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Ensiferum Reveals New Album Details

Finnish folk metallers Ensiferum have issued the following update about their upcoming album "From Afar:"

"Our live keyboard player since 2007, Emmi Silvennoinen, has been enthroned as official band member during the making of 'From Afar' in which she also performs. So give her a big Myspace welcome. 'From Afar' will be released worldwide on week 37, depending on the usual release date of your country.

"The CD was produced by Tero Kinnunen (NIGHTWISH, AMORPHIS) and Janne Joutsenniemi ('Victory Songs' producer) and was mixed by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, SENTENCED, AMORPHIS). We have shot music video from the title song 'From Afar' and it will be release in the end of August. Check our DOWNLOADS page for short clips of new songs!"

The track listing for "From Afar" is as follows:

1. By The Dividing Stream
2. From Afar
3. Twilight Tavern
4. Heathen Throne
5. Elusive Reaches
6. Stone Cold Metal
7. Smoking Ruins
8. Tumman Virran Taa
9. The Longest Journey (Heathen Throne Part II)
10. Vandraren (limited-edition bonus track; NORDMAN cover)

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Ensiferum, Hypocrisy, Ex Deo & Blackguard to Tour

Fresh off a successful stint on this year's Summer Slaughter Tour, Finnish folk metallers Ensiferum will kick off an American headlining tour with support from Nuclear Blast recording artists Hypocrisy and Ex Deo as well as Sumerian recording artists Blackguard.

Said Ensiferum guitarist Markus Toivonen:

"We had a great time on this year's Summer Slaughter tour. Thanks to all the bands involved, and to all the fans that came to see us. We're very excited to come back to [America] in November to support our new album, From Afar. Hypocrisy, Ex Deo and Blackguard are great bands. It should be great fun for everyone!"

Swedish death metal legends Hypocrisy will be touring in support of their soon-to-be-released and highly anticipated new full-length, "A Taste Of Extreme Divinity." The record will mark the band's their first full-length since 2005's "Virus."

Commented frontman Peter Tagtgren on the record:

"We’re happy of the result so far; its got everything a Hypocrisy album should have in our own point of view. We will release it October 23rd (Europe) and November 3rd (North America) and start touring in [America], supporting Ensiferum!"

Roman-themed death metal troop Ex Deo, featuring members of Kataklysm, Martyr and Blackguard, will be touring in support of their recently issued debut, "Romulus."

"I would like to thank everyone from the Ensiferum camp for this generous invitation," said mainman Maurizio Iacono. "We cordially accept the offer, but make no mistake: Rome bows to no one and our American legions are growing rapidly. We come for blood and we shall take no prisoners and in the great words of Caesar, 'Vini, Vidi, Vici,' and this is what we intend to do in November.”

The folk-influenced progressive metal act Blackguard are currently celebrating the release of their debut, "Profugus Mortis." Added Blackguard vocalist Paul Ablaze:

"We had such a blast with our Finnish brothers Ensiferum on the Summer Slaughter tour that a second round seems appropriate. Magnified by the legendary Hypocrisy and our friends in the Roman legion of Ex Deo, this will be the show to see this late fall."

Tour dates to be announced.

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Ensiferum Updates Upcoming Tour Dates

Finnish folk metallers Ensiferum have issued the following update about upcoming tour dates:

"We regret to inform you that Ensiferum's scheduled show at Let's Open Air in Instanbul, Turkey has been canceled. We apologize to all Turkish fans but this issue was out of our control.

"The good news is that 2 more shows have been confirmed for the From Afar European tour in the Netherlands and Germany on 30/10 and 31/10"

Ensiferum's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Ensiferum Announces August Festival Dates

Finnish folk metallers Ensiferum have announced the following festival appearances in August:

1/08 Finland, Vantaa, Korso, Ankkarock
2/08 Ukraine, Kiev, Global East Rock Festival (Open Air)
7/08 Turkey, Istanbul, Let's Open Air Fest
8/08 Finland, Mikkeli, Jurassic Rock

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Ensiferum Reveal New Album "From Afar" Details

Finnish folk metallers Ensiferum have set "From Afar" as the title of their fourth album, due on September 9 via Spinefarm Records. The CD was produced by Tero Kinnunen (Nighwish, Amorphis) and Janne Joutsenniemi ('Victory Songs' producer) and was mixed by Hiili Hiilesmaa (Him, Sentenced, Amorphis).

The track listing for the CD is as follows:

1. By The Dividing Stream
2. From Afar
3. Twilight Tavern
4. Heathen Throne
5. Elusive Reaches
6. Stone Cold Metal
7. Smoking Ruins
8. Tumman Virran Taa
9. The Longest Journey (Heathen Throne Part II)
10. Vandraren (limited-edition bonus track; NORDMAN cover)

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