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Formed: 1995
From: Helsinki, Finland
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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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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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Ensiferum Updates Tour Schedule

Finnish metallers Ensiferum have announced their full tour schedule for the rest of the year. The currently confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Behemoth Added To 3 Summer Slaughter Dates

Behemoth has been added to three Summer Slaughter dates in early July, playing alongside bands such as Necrophagist, Ensiferum, Darkest Hour, Winds of Plague, and more:

7/5 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
7/6 - Calgary, AB @ The Whiskey
7/7 - Spokane, WA @ The Knitting Factory

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Ensiferum Adds Finnish and Estonian Shows

Finnish folk metal band Ensiferum has added three Finnish and one Estonian shows to their upcoming European tour this fall. Metsatöll and Tracedawn will support.

Here are the rest of the confirmed European tour dates:

Oct. 01 Hamburg, DE - Markthalle
Oct. 02 Leeuwarden, NL - Romein
Oct. 03 Hamm, DE - Devil's Revenge Festival
Oct. 04 Köln, DE - Essigfabrik
Oct. 06 London, UK - Scala
Oct. 07 Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
Oct. 08 Glasgow, UK - Cathouse
Oct. 09 Dudley, UK - JB's
Oct. 10 Vosselar, B - Biebob
Oct. 15 Bilbao, ES - Santana 27
Oct. 16 Madrid, ES - Heineken
Oct. 17 Alicante, ES - Nave 8
Oct. 18 Barcelona, ES - Salamandra 1
Oct. 20 Bologna, IT - Sottotetto
Oct. 21 München, DE - Backstage
Oct. 22 Wien, AT - Arena
Oct. 23 Jena, DE - F-Haus
Oct. 24 Lichtenfels, DE - Hellflame Festival
Oct. 26 Aschaffenburg, DE - Colos Saal
Oct. 28 Pratteln, CH - Z7
Oct. 29 Karlsruhe, DE - Substage

Ensiferum will be releasing their fourth studio album on September 9th in most countries.. More info TBA.

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Ensiferum Announces European October Tour Dates

Ensiferum have issued the following update about their upcoming album and tour schedule:

"Ensiferum can now reveal their European tour in support of the new album! More shows will be added shortly, accompanied with tour name and detailed information. Support acts: Metsatöll (EST) & Tracedawn (FIN)

"The still untitled album is in the process of being recorded as we speak. Release date for the coming album is 9th of September 2009 in most countries. The band is posting video blog from the studio at their homepage and Myspace/Facebook sites."

The currently confirmed tour dates are as follows:

01.10.2009 GER Hamburg Markthalle
02.10.2009 NL Leeuwarden Romein
03.10.2009 GER Hamm Devils Revenge Festival
04.10.2009 GER Köln Essigfabrik
06.10.2009 UK London Scala
07.10.2009 UK Nottingham Rescue Rooms
08.10.2009 UK Glasgow Cathouse
09.10.2009 UK Dudley JB's
10.10.2009 B Vosselar Biebob
15.10.2009 ESP Bilbao Santana 27
16.10.2009 ESP Madrid Heineken
17.10.2009 ESP Alicante Nave 8
18.10.2009 ESP Barcelona Salamandra 1
20.10.2009 IT Bologna Sottotetto
21.10.2009 GER München Backstage
22.10.2009 AT Wien Arena
23.10.2009 GER Jena F- Haus
24.10.2009 GER Lichtenfels Hellflame Festival
26.10.2009 GER Aschaffenburg Colos Saal
28.10.2009 CH Pratteln Z7
29.10.2009 GER Karlsruhe Substage

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Ensiferum Announces New Album Release Date

Finnish viking metal band Ensiferum has issued the following update about the release about their upcoming fourth studio album:

"The release date has been confirmed as 9th September (some countries will differ slightly). There will be more information on the new album soon!"

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Bands Announced For Summer Slaughter 2009

This year's edition of the Summer Slaughter tour will be headlined by death metal legends Necrophagist and will also feature fellow death metal favourites Suffocation, along with Darkest Hour, Dying Fetus, Origin, Born Of Osiris, After The Burial and Winds Of Plague. Beneath The Massacre and Decrepit Birth will also be performing on the first half of the tour, with Ensiferum and Blackguard replacing them afterwards. Stay tuned for details.

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Firewind Confirmed For Rocktower Festival

Firewind has been confirmed for the Rocktower Festival, set to take place on April 11th in Lübeck, Germany.

Other bands announced for the festival include Ensiferum, Paul Dianno, Haggard and Korpiklaani. More TBA.

For more information, visit www.rocktower.de

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Ensiferum to Perform for Mumbai Victims

Indian Express reports:

When the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB) begins with Livewire — Mood Indigo’s platform for the best bands in India— students, band members and rock-lovers alike will pay tribute to the victims of Mumbai Terror strikes in a unique way.

For the first time, an international band will perform on a city stage without charging the audience an entry fee — something unheard of in a city where entertainment tax is often the biggest dampener for audiences and bands alike.

The concert will be dedicated to victims of the terror attacks, something organisers of the festival feel they must do as a means to show their solidarity with them.

Finnish rock band Ensiferum will perform on December 20, at the Open Air Theatre at IITB. The band comprises Petri Lindroos (vocals, guitar), Markus Toivonen (guitar, vocals) Sami Hinkka (bass, vocals), Janne Parviainen (drums) and Emmi Silvennoinen (live/ session keyboards).

“We had called the band in September. They confirmed it recently. When we told them about dedicating it to the victims, they were extremely willing and said it gave them an even better reason to come,” said third year mechanical engineering student Ishank Gupta, co-ordinator, Media and Public Relations.

As a policy, says Gupta, Mood Indigo has never charged an entry fee for the concerts. “But this is the first time that an international concert is being held without an entry fee being charged. Professional rock bands usually have high charges for entry, anywhere between Rs 500 and Rs 1,000. But we decided to waive it as a symbolic gesture,” he said.

“We are not donating any money, but we are waiving the entry fee. We already have a special cause lined up for Mood Indigo this year. Starting from December 4th, we have a blood donation drive from 18 locations around the city. We will give the blood to hospitals that have the maximum number of victims,” he said.

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Ensiferum Bassist Checks In From Amon Amarth Tour

Ensiferum bassist Sami Hinkka has checked in with this latest road report:

"Damn I'm angry (with) myself, I was sleeping while we drove to San Francisco and I missed Alcatraz prison.

"We cant get our travel guitars to stay in tune. Damn. We change strings tomorrow and hopefully that will do the trick.

"Today's stage was very small, and we had to put drums behind me so I didn't have room to move at all. Gig was awesome! Special thanks to front row singers! Hottest show so far and of course there is no shower.

"During our gig it started to rain. C'mon! Rain in California?" More...

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