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

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Below is our complete Ensiferum news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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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Chthonic To Tour Europe With Ensiferum

Taiwanese metal icons CHTHONIC — currently impressing American crowds at Ozzfest, where they're the first-ever Asian extreme metal act to perform — have confirmed their first European tour, which will see them play alongside "heroic folk metal" warriors ENSIFERUM (Spinefarm Records). The Finnish band had a No. 1 single and a Top 10 album in its home country earlier this year and also recently cracked the Top 40 on the German album chart. Dates and venues will be announced in the coming weeks.

"We're very excited to continue taking the 'UNlimited' tour abroad," says CHTHONIC vocalist Freddy Lim. "It's always been a dream to tour internationally, and it's amazing that within a few months' time, we've been able to play the biggest metal festivals in both America and Germany and tour so extensively. Europe will never be the same after the Taiwan Typhoon strikes!"

CHTHONIC's "UNlimited" tour — named to protest how the United Nations (UN) limits Taiwan's full participation as an independent country — 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 North American leg consists of 60 shows, including two dozen "off-fest" concerts with NILE and a handful of September dates supporting black metal legends CRADLE OF FILTH.

CHTHONIC, who also performed at the sold-out Wacken Open Air festival in Germany earlier this month, will kick off their European tour by playing alongside TWISTED SISTER, MY DYING BRIDE, THE 69 EYES, TESLA and dozens more at the Hard Rock Hell festival in Minehead, England on Nov. 9.

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Ensiferum Update European Festival Schedule

ENSIFERUM have updated their European festival schedule. It is now as follows:

June
1 - Turku, Finland - Klubi
21-23 - Nummijärvi, Finland - Nummirock (New date)
29 - Tavastia, Helsinki - Tuska After Party (New date)

July
6 - Geiselwind, Germany - Geiselwind Festival
14 - Neukirchen, Germany - Dong Open Air
20 - Tolmin, Slovenia - Metalcamp 2007

September
22 - Lichtenfels, Germany - Hellflame Festival (New date)

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Ensiferum Post "Ahti" Video Online

ENSIFERUM's video for the song "Ahti" has been posted at YouTube. The track comes off the Finnish group's third album, "Victory Songs", which recently entered the Finnish national chart at position No. 6. More...

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Ensiferum Update Tour Schedule

ENSIFERUM have updated their European tour schedule with two shows in Germany and five shows in Finland. It is now as follows:

April
6 - London, England at Fridge
7 - Dublin, Ireland at Voodoo Lounge
8 - Bradford, England at Gasworks
10 - Charleroi, Belgium at Le Coliseum
11 - Freiburg, Germany at Crash
13 - Wangen, Germany at Jugendhaus
14 - Winterthur, Switzerland at Gaswerk
15 - Modena, Italy at People Of Art **
16 - Milano, Italy at Transilvania Live **
18 - Hildesheim, Germany at Rockclub **
20 - Wien, Austria at Arena **
21 - Budapest, Hungary at Almassy MK **
22 - Salzburg, Austria at Rockhouse **
23 - Geiselwind, Germany at Geiselwind Music Hall **
24 - Rockwerk in Hof, Germany **
25 - Frankfurt, Germany at Nachtleben **
26 - München, Germany at Backstage **
27 - Walpurgis Metal Days in Hauzenburg, Germany

May
4 - Haugesund, Norway at Karmageddon Metal Festival
16 - Helsinki, Finland at Nosturi
17 - Tampere, Finland at Yo-Talo
18 - Kuopio, Finland at Henry's Pub
19 - Kouvola, Finland at Rytmikatti
25 - Leipzig, Germany at Hellraiser Festival
26 - Abtsgmünd, Germany at Sundown Festival

June
1 - Turku, Finland at Klubi

July
6 - Geiselwind, Germany at Geiselwind Festival
14 - Neukirchen, Germany at Dong Open Air
20 - Tolmin, Slovenia at Metalcamp 2007

** co-headlining tour with SUIDAKRA

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Ensiferum Post New Song Online

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM has posted a new song, entitled "One More Magic Potion", to its MySpace page. The track comes off the group's third album, "Victory Songs", which is scheduled for release on April 20. Check out the cover artwork for the CD at this location. The CD was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki with producer Janne Joutsenniemi. A limited-edition version of the album will include an extra track, "Lady in Black", and a bonus DVD. A CD single, "One More Magic Potion", will precede the album.

ENSIFERUM last year entered the Music DVD chart in their home country at position No. 2 with their "10th Anniversary Live" (Spinefarm) effort. The disc was recorded at the band's 10th-anniversary celebration concert, which took place December 31, 2005 at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland.

ENSIFERUM, who feature in their ranks NORTHER frontman Petri Lindroos, released an EP, entitled "Dragonheads", in February 2006 via Spinefarm.

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New Ensiferum Album Release Delayed

Ensiferum have posted the following message on their official web site:

"Due to contractual obligations, promotional deadlines and manufacturing delays, we have been forced to move the release of 'Victory Songs' to the 20th of April 2007!
This is very unfortunate, and we're very sorry about the delay, but there's not much that we or our record companies can do to make this album hit the stores any earlier. If we could, we certainly would because we know that all of you are eager to get a listen to the new songs!

"Despite this time-taking trouble, it's going to be one killer of an album and we hope that you will have the patience to wait just a little longer!

"Wishing you all the best,
Ensiferum"

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Ensiferum Recruits Temporary Synth Player

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM has posted the following message on its official web site:

"For the last [few] years, Meiju Enho [synths] has been constantly balancing between the band, school and work and now we are granting her a little breather, so she can complete her schooling. That means that ENSIFERUM will be playing the [upcoming] concerts with Emmi Silvennoinen, the synth player from the band EXSECRATUS." More...

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Ensiferum Plan Studio Time In November

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM will enter the studio in November to begin recording their third album for a tentative February 21, 2007 release through Spinefarm Records.

ENSIFERUM recently entered the Music DVD chart in their home country at position No. 2 with their "10th Anniversary Live" (Spinefarm) effort. The disc was recorded at the band's 10th-anniversary celebration concert, which took place December 31, 2005 at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland.

ENSIFERUM, who feature in their ranks NORTHER frontman Petri Lindroos, released an EP, entitled "Dragonheads", in February via Spinefarm. The mini-CD was recorded and mixed in November at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki by Nino Laurenne (THUNDERSTONE) and was mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios. It contains one new track, new studio recordings of several old demo songs, and a couple of traditional Finnish folk covers.

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Blind Guardian Confirmed For Earthshaker Fest

BLIND GUARDIAN, GOREFEST, MENDEED and JUSTICE have been confirmed for the 2006 edition of the Earthshaker Fest, set to take place July 21-22 in Kreuth. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

APO REITER
ARCH ENEMY
BLIND GUARDIAN
BRAINSTORM
CALIBAN
COMMUNIC
DEATHSTARS
EDGUY
EKTOMORF
ENSIFERUM
EQUILIBRIUM
EVERGREY
GOREFEST
HAMMERFALL
JON OLIVA'S PAIN
JUSTICE
KATAKLYSM
KNORKATOR
LORDI
MENDEED
NEVERMORE
ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET
OPETH
RAGE
SATYRICON
SAXON
SCAR SYMMETRY
SODOM
SOILWORK
TESTAMENT
THREAT SIGNAL
VENOM
WINTERSUN

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Five More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

Five more bands have been confirmed for BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR, which takes place on 14th-15th July 2006. The festival, in its second year, will offer the UK an equivalent show to the major European Metal Festivals, albeit on a smaller scale for a 5000 capacity. However all the things you would expect from such a festival will be present. Food, Stalls, Camping, Beer tent (housing the second stage) with Metal Karaoke up to 2am each night for those of you who can stand 14 hours of metal per day.

The following bands were just confirmed for Bloodstock Open Air 2006:

Metal Church (Friday)
Callenish Circle (Saturday)
Evile
Headless Cross
Pitiful Reign

and The UK's own THRASH TILL DEATH TOUR appearing on STAGE 2 on Friday 14th July.

The full BOA lineup currently consists of: More...

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My Dying Bride To Headline Bloodstock 2006

British Doom Metallers MY DYING BRIDE have been confirmed as the headliners of the 6th annual Bloodstock Festival to be held at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, UK on 29th-30th September 2006. MY DYING BRIDE are only the second UK band to have headlined the event, previously SAXON headlined in 2001 and 2003.

The current Bloodstock line-up is shaping up as follows:

AGANKAST
AWAKEN
AXEL RUDI PELL
BEYOND AFTERLIFE
BRAINSTORM
CAPTIVE AUDIO
DEADFALL
DIED SMILING
EDEN
ENEMY UNKNOWN
ILLUMINATUS
MACHINE MEN
MAEL MORDHA
MAJESTY
MARSHALL LAW
MY DYING BRIDE
OMNIUM GATHERUM
ONSLAUGHT
PRIMAL FEAR
SPELLBLAST
STEEL TORMENTOR
SWORN AMONGST

Another 6 bands are to be announced over the forthcoming weeks, including 2 special slots given over to bands that have entered a raffle to play the show. Any band interested in entering the raffle should contact the organisers at the BLOODSTOCK festivals new website.

In related news, the second BLOODSTOCK OPEN-AIR festival is taking place on July 14th-15th 2006 at Catton Hall, South Derbyshire, UK. Currently confirmed bands are:

ASHTAR
ATHEIST
ENSIFERUM
NOCTURNAL RITES
PYRAMAZE
RAUNCHY
SEASON'S END
TURISAS

More bands will be announced over the forthcoming weeks. Tickets (which will be sent out during April) for both shows are available from bloodstock.uk.com.

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Ensiferum To Release Live DVD

Ensiferum is planning on releasing a DVD of their 10th anniversary celebration concert in Nosturi, Helsinki on December 31, 2005. The DVD will be released sometime in June or July.

The recording of Ensiferum's third studio album begins this fall and the release will be at the end of this year at the earliest.

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Ensiferum Completes "Dragonheads" EP

Ensiferum's new EP "Dragonheads" is completed even down to its mastering. The mini-CD was recorded and mixed last November at Sonic Pump Studios by Nino Laurenne and mastered by Mika Jussila from Finnvox.

"Dragonheads" contains the following six tracks:

1. Dragonheads
2. Warrior's Quest
3. Kalevala Melody
4. White Storm
5. Into Hiding
6. Finnish Medley:
- Karjalan Kunnailla - Myrskyluodon Maija - Metsämiehen Laulu

Spinefarm Records has announced that the release date for "Dragonheads" is February 15, 2006.

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Ensiferum To Release 'Dragonheads' In February

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM, now featuring in its ranks NORTHER frontman Petri Lindroos, have set "Dragonheads" as the title of their new EP, due in February 2006 via Spinefarm Records. The mini-CD is being recorded at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki and will contain one new track, new studio recordings of several old demo songs, and a couple of traditional Finnish folk covers. The group's next full-length release is scheduled to be recorded in the summer of 2006. A European tour is tentatively slated to kick off in March 2006.

As previously reported, ENSIFERUM will film their New Year's Eve (Dec. 31) 10-year anniversary concert at the Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland for an upcoming DVD.

ENSIFERUM's sophomore album, "Iron", was released in April 2004 through Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Ensiferum" was recorded in the summer of 2003 at Sweet Silence studios in Copenhagen, Denmark with producer Flemming Rasmussen (METALLICA, ARTILLERY, MORBID ANGEL).

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X-Mass Tour With Morbid Angel Cancelled

According to a post on the official Ensiferum website, the X-Mass Fest European Tour with Morbid Angel, Enthroned, Primordial and Ensiferum, has been cancelled because headliners Morbid Angel had decided to pull out from the tour. The preliminary schedule indicates that the next Ensiferum tour will begin in March of 2006.

Upcoming Ensiferum appearances:

Nov. 26 Arnhem Metal Meeting, Arnhem, Holland
Dec. 31 Nosturi, Helsinki (Ensiferum's 10th Anniversary celebration concert)

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Spinefarm Metal DVD 2 Out Now

Spinefarm Record has released "Spinefarm Metal DVD 2." The contents:

1. Children of Bodom - Trashed, Lost & Strungout
2. To/Die/For - Little Deaths
3. Finntroll - Trollhammaren
4. Norther - Mirror of Madness
5. Tarot - Pyre of Gods
6. Entwine - Bitter Sweet
7. Children of Bodom - Sixpounder
8. Turmoin Katilot - Verta Ja Lihaa
9. Nightwish - Bless the Child
10. Ajattara - Haureus
11. Norther - Death Unlimited
12. Ram-Zet - Queen
13. Lowe Motor Corporation - Soul of a Pagan
14. Rotten Sound - Burden
15. Reverend Bizarre - Doom Over the World
16. Amoral - Other Flesh
17. Sonata Arctica - The Cage (Tavistia live)
18. To Separate the Flesh from the Bones - The Final Extinction (Tavastia live)
19. Rotten Sound - Targets (Tuska live)
20. To Separate the Flesh from the Bones - Drowned in Semen (Tavastia live)
21. Sonata Arctica - Kingdom for a Heart (Tavastia live)
22. Ensiferum - Battle Song (Party San live)
23. Children of Bodom - Bodom Beach Terror (Tuska live)

For more information, visit the Spinefarm Records website at www.spinefarm.fi.

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Ensiferum Replaces Drummer

Ensiferum has posted this message on their website regarding the change of drummers:

"As some of you may have already noticed, there's been a new man behind the drums at the live concerts during the past six months. Janne Parviainen has been substituting for Oliver Fokin and is now a steady member. The main reason for this change in the band was that there were too many differences of interests.

"On a happier note, Metal Hammer magazine's website has included us to it's "Meet & Greet" section, which let's the readers and fans ask questions directly to the band via message board.
Look into it by visiting http://www.hammer-mag.de/Home.html"

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Ensiferum To Record Third Album In 2006

Ensiferum have announced that the band will be recording a third studio album in the summer of 2006.

Also, in a posting on their official website, the band writes:

For our Spanish fans: Ensiferum has been looking for a way to somehow compensate the canceled concerts in Spain. However the band has very little control where the play, so the band asks for the fans to have patience.

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Candlemass Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Reunited Swedish doom legends Candlessmass have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken.

The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Up From The Ground Fest

Hypocrisy, Mnemic and Misery Index are the latest confirmations for the Up From The Ground festival, set to be held August 26-27 in Gemünden/Steinwiesen, Germany.

The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:
Antichrist
Dark Age
Defleshed
Ektomorf
End of Green
Ensiferum
Fearer
Hatesphere
Heaven Shall Burn
Hypocrisy
Koldbrann
Misery Index
Mnemic
My Darkest Hate
Napalm Death
Path of Golconda
Primordial
Unleashed

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