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Formed: 1995
From: Helsinki, Finland
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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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Belphegor Annouces Additional Tour Dates

Belphegor recently added 19 additional shows to their 2008 North American tour in support of their latest album, "Bondage Goat Zombie." Alonside Belphegor will be bands Amon Amarth, Ensiferum, and The Absence. The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Amon Amarth Announces More Tour Dates

Amon Amarth have announced more tour dates for their North American run. Support on the trek will come from Ensiferum, Belphegor and The Absence.

October 1 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
October 2 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Avalon
October 3 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
October 4 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
October 5 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
October 6 - Vancouver, BC @ Croatian Culture Centre
October 8 - Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
October 9 - Calgary, AB @ The Warehouse
October 10 - Regina, SK @ Ridell Centre
October 11 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre
October 12 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
October 13 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
October 15 - Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix
October 16 - Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
October 17 - Quebec City, QC @ Theatre Imperial
October 18 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
October 19 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
October 20 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
October 21 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

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Vikings Set Sail For North American Paganfest

To begin with, Korpiklaani was not present for this leg of the Paganfest tour, and it’s nothing short of a tragedy that North Americans had to miss out on the Forest Clan for this event.

Eluveitie was also not in attendance, supposedly because they didn’t file the proper paperwork with the Canadian customs in a timely fashion, so Gwynbleidd was on hand to fill in as an opener at the Medley in Montreal, Quebec. These New Yorkers weren’t quite as folksy as their Scandinavian counterparts, yet they offered a melancholic, progressive metal – slow, dark material, somewhat similar to High On Fire, and they set the stage quite nicely for Tyr.

Tyr looked the same as ever, long-haired and bare-chested, and they treated the crowd to a song from their newest album, “Land”. Fans were pleased to see “Hail to the Hammer” and the Faroese “Ramund Hin Unge” get some play, as well as “Wings of Time”. Unfortunately, their set was cut mercilessly short after a few songs, and they were replaced by Turisas. It is safe to say, even among the crazy Ensiferum fans, that Turisas stole the show that night. They swept up the crowd into the palm of their head and collectively placed it in their pocket. More...

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Korpiklaani Speaks On The Paganfest Tour

Korpiklaani have posted the following message via their official website:

"After this great Paganfest tour we like to thank all fans who filled the venues with their enthusiasm. It was heartwarming to see how many of you showed up to see us all!

This tour was a great enjoyment for us, being together with all these cool friends from all these brilliant bands was an absolute highlight. We had a great time and lot of fun together. So thanks to all bands, also the local supporting bands, technicians, organization and of course to you... the audience!

We wish the other Paganfest bands very happy touring in the USA!" More...

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Paganfest Changes A Couple Of Venues

The May 11 Paganfest stop, featuring Ensiferum, Turisas, Tyr and Eluveitie, has been moved to a new venue. The show will now take place at Chasers Bar and Nightclub in Scottsdale, AZ.

The May 12 show in El Paso was also recently moved to a new venue. The show will now take place at Club 101 in El Paso, TX.

Here are the latest Paganfest 2008 tour dates: More...

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Ensiferum Bassist Posts Tour Update

ENSIFERUM bassist Sami Hinkka has checked in with this latest road report from the band's current spot on the Paganfest tour across Europe:

April 19, 2008 - Germany, München, Backstage

"Pfff...another gig with fever, this really starts to piss me off!! During the first song I thought I'm gonna die. Well, I survived.

Another sold out gig and another great audience (I notice that I start to repeat myself...). I try to kick others to write here too because I haven't done anything worth mention today (Finnish comedy series, some Monty Pythons and lot of sleep).

There is no döner place near here but we got some late night snack from Burger King!!! Oh yes, you might not know but there isn't any Burger Kings in Finland, so that's also something we HAVE to do every time when it's possible!

I'm off to shower (hopefully warm one this time...) and back to sleep. Rock 'n Roll glamour, eh?"

April 20, 2008 - Austria, Graz, Orpheum

"Oh Yeah! No more fever!

Very nice venue, good lights, good food, perfect!

Even though it was Sunday people were really in to music! One of the best gigs ever!!! Thank you one more time!! Markus had a surprise act (even for us!) while he dropped his kilt and posed with his ...well, let's say, not so beautiful underwear.

Now we are in a bit of hurry because we have to drive almost 900km to the next venue. So, see ya tomorrow!"

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Tyr Delay New Album, "Land," and Reveal Artwork

Faroe Islands metallers TÝR will release their fourth full-length album, "Land", on May 30 in Europe and June 10 in the U.S. via Napalm Records. According to the band, the follow-up to 2006's "Ragnarok" "contains mostly Faeroese, but also Icelandic and Norwegian traditionals, re-arranged into heavy metal. The second most prevalent language is English." The CD was recorded at Jacob Hansen's (RAUNCHY, ROB ROCK, HATESPHERE, MERCENARY) studio in Ribe, Denmark.

"Land" track listing is as follows:

01. Gandksvaedi Tróndar
02. Skinlars Visa
03. Gátu Rima
04. Brennivin
05. Ocean
06. Fipan Fagra
07. Valkyrjan
08. Lokka Tattur
09. Land
10. Hail To The Hammer More...

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Complete NEMHF 2008 Lineup Revealed

The complete lineup for the 10th Anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, set for weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachussetts has been confirmed.

The largest and most successful metal festival in the United States will be presented this year by ESP, Randall, EMG, exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, and "Summer Slaughter Tour" second stage sponsor Sumerian Records.

"When we first started, we never could have much this festival would have grown," said festival co-founder Scott Lee. "It started out of our love for metal and it’s been amazing to be able to share that with fans who love it as much as we do. It’s also gratifying to be able to give exposure to up-and-coming bands and watch them develop into international stars."

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will present Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire on Friday night. Doors will open Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday will kick off the full two-stage set up at 11:30 a.m. with for the Fallen Dreams, Veil of Maya, Trap Them, COCKPUNCH!, Xtryrantx, Winds of Plague, From A Second Story Window, Soilent Green, Arsis, Sleeping Giant, Stick to Your Guns, First Blood, Disfear, Municipal Waste, The Ghost Inside, Embrace the End, The End, Keep Of Kalessin, Monstrosity, Skeletonwitch, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Heaven Shall Burn, Vital Remains, Kataklysm, Hate Eternal, The Acacia Strain, Overkill, Behemoth, Shadows Fall, and Dimmu Borgir.

Sunday’s lineup includes Classic Struggle, Stray from the Path, Waking the Cadaver, Unholy, Cold World, Recon, Elysia, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, On Broken Wings, Dead to Fall, Full Blown Chaos, Ligeia, Since the Flood, Shai Hulud, Hemlock, After the Burial, Unexpect, Thy Will Be Done, Born of Osiris, Impending Doom, Kid Deposit Triumph, Vanna, Emmure, A Life Once Lost, Despised Icon, God Forbid, Eluveitie, Tyr, Turisas, Ensiferum, Nevermore, Meshuggah, and Ministry. The show will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The full schedule of set times will be announced soon.

The festival will also host the popular vendor area, where fans can pick up an assortment of rare CDs, t-shirts, and other memorabilia. Artists performing at the show will be on hand for meet and greets throughout the three days.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Metal Edge Magazine, Monster Energy, All In Merchandise, 518 Prints, MTV’s Headbanger’s Blog, The Syndicate, Mazur PR, Heavy Hitter, Scott Lee Clothing, and many more to be announced.

Tickets are $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass.

Tickets are available at all Strawberries and FYE Stores, online at tickets.com and enterthevault.com, or by calling 1-800-477-6849.

The Palladium is located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, MA.

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Korpiklaani To Play First Ever Romanian Show

Finland's KORPIKLAANI have issued the following update:

"Dear friends,

We are happy to announce that we will move our asses to two countries we have never been before. We will play on Rock 'n Lasi Open Air in Romania (May 24th) and at Lagoa Burning Live Festival in Portugal (July 27th).

Soon we will join the other (great) bands for the big European Paganfest Tour. The Paganfest at Masters Of Rock Café (April 13th), Zlin (Czech Republic) is already sold out.

Would be cool to meet all of you (again)!"

Korpiklaani

Pagafest Europe features ENSIFERUM (headliner), KORPIKLAANI, MOONSORROW, TYR and ELUVEITIE. Dates are as follows:

April
2 - Bremen, Germany - Tivoli
3 - Tilburg, Holland - O13
4 - Antwerp, Belgium - Hof Ter Loo
5 - Essen, Germany - Funbox Amalie
6 - London, UK - Koko
7 - Leeds, UK - Rios
8 - Dudley, UK - JBs
9 - Paris, France - Locomotive
10 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
11 - Linz, Austria - Posthof
12 - Wien, Austria - Planet Music
13 - Zlin, Czech Republic - Masters of Rock Cafe (SOLD OUT)
14 - Budapest, Hungary - Petoefi Hall
15 - Innsbruck, Austria - Hafen
16 - Ludwigsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
17 - Berlin, Germany - SO 36
18 - Leipzig, Germany - Hellraiser
19 - München, Germany - Backstage
20 - Graz, Austria - Orpheum
21 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Garage
22 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp

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Suidakra Confirm Release Date Of Upcoming DVD/CD

SUIDAKRA is gearing up for the release of a DVD / CD Best Of package entitled "13 Years Of Celtic Wartunes". It will be released on April 25th. The DVD will feature Suidakra's 2007 performance at the Wacken Open Air and an acoustic show, while the CD will feature re-mastered and newly recorded songs.

Suidakra will play the following west coast dates on the upcoming Pagafest Tour in the US, also featuring ENSIFERUM, TURISAS, TYR and ELUVEITIE:

May
5 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
6 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
7 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
8 - Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
9 - Santa Clara, CA - The Avalon
10 - Long Beach, CA - The Vault

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Tyr Confirm New Album Title and Release Date

Faroese pagan metal band TÝR have issued the following update:

"The new album by Týr will be called Land. It is scheduled for release on May 8th and it contains mostly Faeroese, but also Icelandic and Norwegian traditionals, re-arranged into heavy metal. The second most prevalent language is English."

ENSIFERUM, TURISAS, Týr and ELUVEITIE will join forces for the Pagan Fest North American tour, running through April and May, with SUIDAKRA joining the tour for six west coast dates. More...

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10th Annual NEMHF Details Revealed

This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, the largest and most successful metal festival in the United States.

This year’s show, presented by ESP, Randall, EMG, and exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, will take place the weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., its home since its inception. Sumerian Records will sponsor the “Summer Slaughter Tour” second stage.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will present Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire on Friday night. Saturday will be headlined by Dimmu Borgir, Shadows Fall, and Behemoth. Ministry, Meshuggah, and Nevermore will close out the festival on Sunday night.

Other bands scheduled to perform include: A Life Once Lost, The Acacia Strain, After the Burial, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Belay My Last, Born of Osiris, Braindrill, Classic Struggle, Cockpunch!, Cold World, Dead to Fall, Demiricous, Dillinger Escape Plan, Disfear, Eluveitie, Elysia, Embrace the End, Emmure, The End, Ensiferum, First Blood, From a Second Story Window, Full Blown Chaos, The Ghost Inside, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Hemlock, High on Fire, Impending Doom, Job for a Cowboy, Keep Of Kalessin, Kid Deposit Triumph, Ligeia, Mensrea, Monstrosity, Municipal Waste, On Broken Wings, Overkill, Recon, Red I Flight, Rhinoceros, Shai Halud, Shipwreck a.d., Since the Flood, Skeletonwitch, Sleeping Giant, Soilent Green, Sons of Azrael, Stick to Your Guns, Stray from the Path, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Trap Them, Turisas, Tyr, Unexpect, Unholy, Vanna, Veil of Maya, Vital Remains, Waking the Cadaver, Winds of Plague, Withered, and Xtyrantx.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Metal Edge Magazine, Monster Energy, All In Merchandise, 518 Prints, The Syndicate, Mazur PR, Heavy Hitter, Scott Lee Clothing, and many more to be announced.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 15 at 10 a.m. EST. The cost is $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass. Tickets available at all Strawberries / FYE Stores, by calling (800) 477-6849 or online at tickets.com.

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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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