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

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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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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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