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This is aboot the fowk metal baund. For their debut album see Ensiferum (album).
Ensiferum
Ensiferum Metalcamp2007 01.jpg
Ensiferum performin live at Metalcamp festival in Tolmin, Slovenie, 2007
Background information
Origin Helsinki, Finland
Genres Pouer metal, Viking metal, Fowk metal[1]
Years active 1995–present
Labels Spinefarm
Associatit acts Wintersun
Arthemesia
Cadacross
Finntroll
Moonsorrow
Norther
Waltari
Sinergy
Rapture
Wabsteid Offeecial: www.ensiferum.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum
Members Petri Lindroos
Markus Toivonen
Sami Hinkka
Janne Parviainen
Emmi Silvennoinen
Past members Kimmo Miettinen
Jukka-Pekka Miettinen
Sauli Savolainen
Jari Mäenpää
Oliver Fokin
Meiju Enho
Henri "Trollhorn" Sorvali

Ensiferum (Frae the Latin ensĭfĕrum (neuter adjective) meanin "swuird beirin") is a Fowk metal baund frae Helsinki, Finland. The baund cry thaimsels Heroic Fowk Metal.

Baund History[eedit | eedit soorce]

Ensiferum wis foondit in 1995 bi Markus Toivonen (guitar), Sauli Savolainen (bass) an Kimmo Miettinen (drums). The neist year Jari Mäenpää jyned the baund as singer an seicont guitarist. In 1997 the first demo conteenin three sangs wes released. In 1998 Sauli an Kimmo quat the baund an wis replaced bi Jukka-Pekka Miettinen (Kimmo's wee brithir that wis than juist 14 year auld) an Oliver Fokin. In 1999 twa mair demos wis released. In 2000 they contractit tae Spinefarm Records an gaed intae the studio for tae wark on their first album Ensiferum that wis released in August 2001. Juist efter the album wis released, Meiju Enho jyned thaim as keybuirdist. Efter the wark on the seicont album Iron wis duin in 2003, singer Jari quat the baund for tae concentrate mair on his project Wintersun. This coud hae caused a wheen o problems for the baund sen he wis the main leeracist an scrieved a lot o the muisic an aw. The baund, nivertheless, decidit tae continue athoot him an pressed on wi promotin the album an scrievin new sangs. For the tour wi Finntroll for tae promote the album, Petri Lindroos frae Norther replaced Jari as guitarist an singer, an offeecialy jyned the baund permanent efter the tour. Jukka-Pekka quat the baund in December 2004 an wis replaced bi Sami Hinkka, wha is the main leeracist the nou. Oliver quat in 2005 tae be replaced bi Janne Parviainen. The new line-up o Ensiferm returned tae the studio later that year for tae record an EP cried Dragonheads. It wis released in February 2006. As weel as the title sang, it haed twa rewrocht sangs frae their early days, an Amorphis kiver an a short rendeetion o the Kalevala melody an a medley o three tradeetional Finnish fowk sangs. In June 2006 the baund released their live DVD, 10th Anniversary Live that haed been recordit in Nosturi, Helsinki on Hogmanay 2005. The recordin o the third studio album, cried Victory Songs, teuk place atween November 2006 an early 2007. It wis released in April 2007. A single cried One More Magic Potion wis released in Februar for tae promote the album, as wis the video for the album track Ahti.

In September 2007, langtyme keybuirist Meiju Enho quat the baund. Tho she haed taen mair o a role in the baund on the Victory Songs album, helpin wi the screivin o the sangs Ad Victorium an Raised By The Sword, she haed also taen a temporary leave o absence fer tae complete her studies, an decidit she wisnae able tae keep up her commitments tae the baund.

Muisical chairacteristics[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Harsk vocals aften mixed wi clean vocals for owerwirds an brigs.
  • Fowk melodies pleyed on lead guitar or keybuird owerlayin hivier tradeetional hivy metal backin rheethms sic as clessic gallop rheethm.
  • Leerical themes realatin tae fantastic, archaic or heroic stories for ordinar wi heroic sentiment. Leerics is inspired bi leeterature, films an poesie, sic as the Finnish naitional epic Kalevala an the Norse Sagas

Discography[eedit | eedit soorce]

Albums[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Ensiferum (2001)
  • Iron (2004)
  • 1997-1999 (Ltd. edition re-Release o first thrie demos, 2005)
  • Victory Songs (2007)
  • From Afar (2009)

EPs[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Dragonheads (2006)

Singles[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Tale of Revenge - frae an tae promote the Iron album (2004)
  • One More Magic Potion - frae an tae promote the Victory Songs album (2007)

Demos[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Demo (1997)
  • Demo II (1999)
  • Hero in a Dream (1999)

DVDs/ Promos[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • 10th Anniversary Live (2006)
  • Ahti - frae an tae promote the Victory Songs album (2007)

Line-up[eedit | eedit soorce]

Current members[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Petri Lindroos - Harsk Vocals an Guitars
  • Markus Toivonen - Guitars, Clean an Backin Vocals
  • Emmi Silvennoinen - Keybuirds
  • Sami Hinkka - Bass, Clean an Backin Vocals
  • Janne Parviainen - Drums

Umwhile members[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Kimmo Miettinen - Drums
  • Jukka-Pekka Miettinen - Bass
  • Sauli Savolainen - Bass
  • Jari Mäenpää - Harsk/ Clean Vocals an Guitars
  • Oliver Fokin - Drums
  • Meiju Enho - Keybuirds

Session/ Guest Muisickers[eedit | eedit soorce]

Ensiferum[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Henri "Trollhorn" Sorvali - Keybuirds
  • Marita Toivonen - 36 string Kantele
  • Johanna Vakkuri - Female Vocals
  • Teemu Saari - Vocals
  • Antti Mikkonen - Vocals

Iron[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Kaisa Saari - Female Vocals, Recorders an Whistles
  • Vesa Vigman - Bouzoukim, Mandolin, Saz, Dulcimer an Kantele
  • Eveliina Kontio - Kantele
  • Ritual - Vocals
  • Valtias Mustatuuli - Vocals
  • Mikko Kaipainen - Vocals
  • Markus Österlund - Vocals
  • Henrik Kumlin - Vocals
  • Miska Engström - Vocals
  • Frostheim - Vocals

Dragonheads EP[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Kaisa Saari - Female Vocals, Recorders
  • Vesa Vigman - Mandolin
  • Frostheim - Kantele

Victory Songs[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Aleksi Parviainen - Lead an Backing Vocals
  • Euge Valovirta - Acoustic Guitar
  • Timo Väänänen - Kantele
  • Lassi Logrén - Nyckelharpa
  • Kaisa Saari - Thin whistle an Recorder
  • Vesa Vigman - Mandolin, Buzuki an Saz
  • Petri Prauda - Bagpipe
  • Johanna Vakkuri - Flute
  • D.P. – Harsk Vocals

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Bowar, Chad. "Victory Songs review". About.com. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 

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