Friday, December 19, 2014

New Release From Ensiferum Due Out February, Huge European Tour Planned

ENSIFERUM (photo: Facebook)

"Folk metal lives! The legendary Ensiferum will be releasing their sixth studio album, One Man Army, on February 24th, 2015 via Metal Blade Records. Let's see those horns way, way up for this one.

The impressive album artwork was done by illustrator Gyula Havancsák, who has previously inked cover art for bands such as Annihilator, Tyr, Elvenking, and Stratovarius.

Track listings and hopefully a preview or two will be released soon, and we'll post 'em when we sees 'em.

Vocalist/bassist Sammi Hinkka said this of the new album:

"Recording process was long, hard, rewarding and full of incredible moments. Instruments were actually played and left as they were instead of creating tracks from hundreds of different takes, moving them to the grid and modifying things. Of course computers were used but overall we made everything as analog as possible. Listeners can experience a better sound and natural groove, something that we think most metal albums lack these days. Overall, the album sounds much more like a band playing live rather than ‘midi-metal.’

On the new album, we took many things musically to the next level so we decided also to try something new graphics-wise. Gyula Havancsák did a phenomenal job! For the first time it was really nice to be more involved with designing the cover and all details. Our humble gratitude to Gyula for all the patience and really amazing results. We couldn’t be more satisfied!"

Ensiferum also has a massive tour planned for those eternally lucky bastards across the pond in Europe, but with the exception of the 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise in Tampa, FL, they have yet to announce any dates over here in the US. My fingers are crossed that they will make a triumphant return to Paganfest when that time of the year rolls around again, but who knows?

All of the European tour dates can be found here.

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