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Ensiferum performing live at Metalcamp festival in Tolmin, Slovenia, 2007
Ensiferum performing live at Metalcamp festival in Tolmin, Slovenia, 2007
Background information
OriginHelsinki, Finland
GenresFolk metal
Viking metal
Melodic death metal[1]
"Heroic folk metal"
Years active1995–present
MembersPetri Lindroos
Markus Toivonen
Sami Hinkka
Janne Parviainen
Emmi Silvennoinen
Past member(s)Kimmo Miettinen
Jukka-Pekka Miettinen
Sauli Savolainen
Jari Mäenpää
Oliver Fokin
Meiju Enho
Henri "Trollhorn" Sorvali

Ensiferum is a folk metal band from Helsinki, Finland. The name comes from the Latin word ensĭfĕrum which means "sword bearer". (someone who carries a sword) The members of the band call their music "heroic folk metal."[2] Ensiferum has made four albums, one EP, one compilation, three singles, and three demo albums.

Musical style[change | change source]

Ensiferum's music has harsh vocals. They are normally mixed with clean vocals for choruses and bridges. The band often plays Metal and folk tunes on lead guitar or keyboard with heavier traditional heavy metal sounds such as gallop rhythm. It is common for them to use acoustic guitar at the start of songs. Their lyrics often deal with fantastical, or historic stories. These stories usually have heroic themes.

Albums[change | change source]

  • Ensiferum (2001)
  • Iron (2004)
  • Victory Songs (2007)
  • From Afar (2009)
  • Unsung Heroes (2012)
  • One Man Army (2015)
  • Two Paths (2017)
  • Thalassic (2020)

References[change | change source]

  1. Garry, Sharpe-Young. "Ensiferum at MusicMight". MusicMight. Archived from the original on 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  2. "MetalStorm interview". Retrieved 29 December 2008.