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

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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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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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Graveworm Announce European Tour Dates

Italian black/ gothic metallers GRAVEWORM have confirmed the dates for their European tour with Scandinavians ENSIFERUM and COMMUNIC.

List of dates includes: More...

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Hammerfall, Equilibrium Added To Wacken Open Air

Hammerfall and Equilibrium are the latest bands to be added to the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, scheduled to take place August 4-6 in Wacken.

Here is the complete roster of confirmed bands thus far: More...

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Wintersun Fan Forum Now Up

Wintersun, featuring former Ensiferum vocalist Jari Mäenpää and Rotten Sound drummer Kai Hahto, have a new fan forum up and running at this location. The band's line-up was recently rounded out by bassist Jukka Koskinen and guitarist Teemu Mäntysaari.

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Tristania Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2005

The 2005 edition of the Wacken Open Air Festival is scheduled to take place August 4th - 6th in Wacken, Germany. The latest acts confirmed for the festival are TRISTANIA, NAGLFAR and SONATA ARCTICA.

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

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Ektomorf Confirmed For Up From The Ground Festival

The 2005 edition of the Up From The Ground festival is scheduled for August 26th - 27th in Gemunden/Steinwiesen, Germany.

The latest acts confirmed for the festival are ANTICHRIST, END OF GREEN, EKTOMORF, DARK AGE and DEFLESHED.

Acts currently confirmed for the festival now include: EKTOMORF, DEFLESHED, ANTICHRIST, END OF GREEN, DARK AGE, HATESPHERE, ENSIFERUM, MY DARKEST HATE, PATH OF GOLCONDA, HEAVEN SHALL BURN and NAPALM DEATH. More acts will be announced soon.

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Turisas Enlist Accordian Player

Finnish heathen/battle metal kings Turisas have posted this message on the band's official website:

2005 is here and the upcoming tour with Die Apokalyptischen Reiter is drawing closer. A new accordion player has been found and our lineup completed. We will travel down with eight members including the mentioned accordeon player and live violin. We hope to see as many of you as possible joining us for the thirty parties ahead.

Two more gigs have been added (without DAR): we're starting out our campaign at Nosturi/Helsinki on Friday 04.02.2005 accompanied by Ensiferum and Soulgrind, and taking part in one more fight at Underworld/London 20.03.2005 before sailing back home. See you there!!!

For a complete listing of the tour dates, go here.

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More Details On Finnish Dimebag Tribute

More details on the Dimebag tribute have been announced.

The tribute will take place at Rock 'n' roll Station, VR Makasiinit, Helsinki, Finland on January 15.
21.00 CR (ex-Condition Red)
22.30 The Scourger
23.30 Dimen Nimeen! (Dimebag tribute band)

Dimen Nimeen! tribute band will feature the following artists: More...

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Ensiferum Bassist Quits, Replacement Found

Ensiferum regretfully announces, that the bassplayer Jukka-Pekka Miettinen has resigned from the band for personal reasons. He doesn't have time for Ensiferum anymore. Miettinen will play in the two last gigs this year in X mass festival Dec. 18 in Holland and Dec. 19 in Belgium. A new bass player is found for Ensiferum. Bass will be played by Sami Hinkka.

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Finntroll Confirmed For Wacken 2005

Finland's Finntroll is the latest act to be confirmed for the Wacken Open Air festival, scheduled to take place on August 4-6, 2005 in Wacken, Germany.

The other confirmed bands to appear are Accept, Sinner, Nightwish, Marduk, Overkill, Obituary, Axel Rudi Pell, Edguy, Ensiferum, Illdisposed, Endstille, Turisas, Mercenary, Eisregen and Potentia Animi. More bands will be announced soon.

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More Bands Announced For Wacken Open Air Fest

Axel Rudi Pell, Edguy, and Overkill are the latest names to be added to next year's Wacken Open Air Festival, slated to take place on August 4-6 in Wacken, Germany. Other bands scheduled to appear at the festival are Accept, Nightwish, Sinner, Marduk, Ensiferum, Mercenary, Illdisposed, Endstille, and Turisas. More bands will be announced soon.

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Norther To Record New EP In December

Finland's NORTHER will enter Astia Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland in December to record a new, as-yet-untitled EP. The CD will include five songs.

NORTHER's sophomore full-length album, "Mirror or Madness", was released in 2003 through Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Dreams of Endless War" effort was recorded at Astia with producer Anssi Kippo.

As previously reported, NORTHER's Petri Lindroos has been named a permanent member of the Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM. Lindroos will handle the vocals and guitar in the group, who parted ways with singer/guitarist Jari Mäenpää earlier in the year.

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Overkill Confirmed For ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

Long-running New Jersey-based metallers Overkill are the latest band confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Rock Hard Festival, set to take place May 13-15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen. Other groups scheduled to appear at the festival include The Haunted, Children Of Bodom, Unleashed, Amon Amarth, Masterplan, Ensiferum and Heaven Shall Burn. More information (in German) is available at this location.

Overkill's last studio album, "Killbox 13", was released in 2003 via Spitfire Records.

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