Ensiferum Premiere “Andromeda” Video

Ensiferum have premiered a new video for their new song “Andromeda.” This track is from the band’s new album “Thalassic,” which will be released on July 10. In other news, the group will also be hosting a virtual record release show from Sonic Pump Studio in Helsinki, Finland on July 10 at 12 p.m. EST / 9 a.m. PST. You can watch that at Keikalla.fi.

Ensiferum Premiere New Song “Rum, Women, Victory”, Reveal Details For New Album “Thalassic”

Ensiferum have premiered a new song titled “Rum, Women, Victory.” This track is from the band’s new album “Thalassic,” which will be released on July 10.

“Thalassic” Track Listing:

01. “Seafarer’s Dream”
02. “Rum, Women, Victory”
03. “Andromeda”
04. “The Defence Of The Sampo”
05. “Run From The Crushing Tide”
06. “For Sirens”
07. “One With The Sea”
08. “Midsummer Magic”
09. “Cold Northland (Väinämöinen Part III)”
10. “Merille Lahteva” (bonus track)
11. “I’ll Stay By Your Side” (bonus track)

Sami Hinkka had the following to say about “Thalassic,” which translates to “of or relating to seas” from ancient Greek:

“I think we managed to take another step ahead musically and we also utilized the best parts of our old sound. There are lots of Ensiferum’s trademarks: beautiful folkish melodies, ass-kicking riffs, a nice mix of different vocals and great singalong choruses.”

He also revealed that the record has a theme:

“The idea of it started to brew in my mind when I was doing interviews for ‘Two Paths’ and many journalists asked if it was a theme album, and I noticed that I was answering all the time that because of the way we compose it’s almost impossible to make a theme album. This really started to piss me off and the decision was made: the next album would have a theme. At that time, we already had a few songs almost ready for the next album, and I started to listen to the demos much more from the feeling aspect instead of analyzing them musically. For some reason, all of them took me to a seashore, and the theme was found: something related to sea or water. So I started to read about history, myths and legend around the world that had something to do with the theme, but even though all of the lyrics are obviously inspired by this, I tried my best to keep Ensiferum’s heroic mentality in them. In the end, there were too many ideas for lyrics, because I didn’t set myself any boundaries — like all stories would have to be Nordic, etc, and one of my favourite songs on the album tells about Andromeda from Greek mythology. I can’t promise that this way of lyric-writing will be the future of Ensiferum, but at least we did this once.”

He also added the following about working with producer Janne Joutsenniemi:

“We like to go to a studio when we have all the songs 99.9% ready so the producer’s main job is to kick our asses while we record. Of course Janne Joutsenniemi is a world-class producer, and we asked his opinion if we were doubting any details. It was really a pleasure to work with him again, and I think this was one of the most easy-going studio sessions I have ever been part of. We are extremely happy with the result.”

Ensiferum Finish Recording New Album

Ensiferum have finished the recording process for their new album. The band will begin mixing the effort on February 17.

Sami Hinkka commented:

“Hi folks! 🙂

The new Ensiferum album is recorded and the mixing starts on Monday. Just the raw tracks sound incredible and I personally think it’s the best album Ensiferum has ever made. The way i see it, we managed to combine the best elements of the old school and the more recent elements of Ensiferum’s music. I can’t wait to hear the final mixes and most of all, to play these songs live!

We’ll have some surprises coming up with Metal De Facto during the spring plus we’ll start working with our second album quite soon. So remember to like/follow us to get all the news.

Have a brilliant weekend!”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ensiferum Announce North American Tour With Kalmah, Abigail Williams, & Aenimus

Ensiferum have announced a North American tour with Kalmah, Abigail Williams, and Aenimus. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

11/14 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
11/15 Reading, PA – Reverb
11/16 Ottawa, ON – Maverick’s
11/17 Montreal, QC – Corona Theater
11/18 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
11/19 Chicago, IL – Reggies
11/20 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
11/21 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
11/23 Calgary, AB – Dickens
11/24 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
11/25 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
11/26 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
11/27 Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House
11/29 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
11/30 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
12/01 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
12/02 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
12/03 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
12/05 Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall
12/06 TBA – TBA
12/07 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
12/08 New York, NY – The Warsaw

Arsis Added To Ensiferum & Septicflesh’s North American Tour

Arsis have been added to Ensiferum and Septicflesh’s upcoming North American tour. You can see the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

01/05 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
01/06 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
01/07 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
01/08 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell
01/09 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
01/10 Toronto, ON – Opera House
01/11 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
01/12 Joliet, IL – The Forge
01/13 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
01/14 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
01/15 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
01/17 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
01/18 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
01/19 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
01/20 Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House
01/21 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
01/22 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
01/23 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
01/24 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
01/25 Austin, TX – Come and Take it Live!
01/26 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
01/28 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Hell)
01/29 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum

Ensiferum & Septicflesh Announce North American Tour

Ensiferum and Septicflesh have announced a North American tour together. You can see the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

01/05 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
01/06 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
01/07 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
01/08 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell
01/09 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
01/10 Toronto, ON – Opera House
01/11 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
01/12 Joliet, IL – The Forge
01/13 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
01/14 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
01/15 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
01/17 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
01/18 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
01/19 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
01/20 Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House
01/21 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
01/22 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
01/23 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
01/24 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
01/25 Austin, TX – Come and Take it Live!
01/26 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
01/28 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Hell)
01/29 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum

Ensiferum Part Ways With Netta Skog, Announce European Tour With Ex Deo

Ensiferum have parted ways with accordionist Netta Skog. She said decided to leave so she could “move on and focus on other things in [her] life.”

The band said the following:

“In life, there are times when you have to take a look in the mirror and be totally honest with yourself and those around you. Those moments usually culminate in big decisions. Today, that moment has arrived for Ensiferum as our dear friend Netta Skog will no longer be a member of Ensiferum.

There is no drama here. Sometimes, time schedules overlap and priorities change meaning they no longer match with the people who you are working with. In these situations, it’s better for everyone to take your separate paths and to move on.

We want to thank Netta for all the great times on the road and in the studio and we wish her all the best on her new journey.”

Skog added:

“I’ve gotten to spend amazing times with great people and I could not be more grateful for what I have experienced. So many great memories with one of the coolest band ever! But unfortunately now it is time for me to move on and focus on other things in my life at the moment and head into new adventures. Thank you all for your great support on the road and I wish nothing but the best for the boys in the band! See you somewhere in the future! Love you all!”

The band then concluded:

“At the moment we are not looking for a replacement and we will inform more about our future plans soon. All confirmed shows will happen as planned and more gigs will be announced soon.”

In other news, Ensiferum have also announced a European tour with Ex Deo:

04/03 Hamburg, Germany – Gruenspan
04/04 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
04/05 Stockholm, Sweden – Klubben
04/06 Gothenburg, Sweden – Sticky Fingers
04/07 Aarhus, Denmark – Royal Metal Festival
04/08 Rostock, Germany – Mau
04/09 Gdynia, Poland – Ucho
04/10 Warsaw, Poland – roxima
04/11 Katowice, Poland – Mega Club
04/12 Wroclaw, Poland – Zaklete Rewiry
04/13 Zlin, Czech Republic – Masters Of Rock Cafe
04/14 Leipzig, Germany – Hellraiser
04/15 Ludwigsburg, Germany – Rockfabrik
04/17 Dornbirn, Austria – Conrad Sohm
04/18 Strasbourg, France – La Laiterie
04/19 Grenoble, France – Belle Electric
04/20 Limoges, France – John Lennon
04/21 Barcelona, Spain – Salamandra 1
04/22 Murcia, Spain – Garaje
04/23 Madrid, Spain – Mon
04/25 Toulouse, France – Le Metronum
04/26 Milan, Italy – Live Club
04/27 Bologna, Italy – Zona Roveri
04/28 Geiselwind, Germany – Music Hall
04/29 Drachten, Netherlands – Iduna
04/30 Kortrijk, Belgium – De Kreun
05/01 London, England – O2 Academy Islington
05/02 Cologne, Germany – Essigfabrik
05/03 Hannover, Germany – Musikzentrum
05/04 Munich, Germany – Backstage
05/05 Dresden, Germany – Loco Club
05/06 Vienna, Austria – Szene
05/08 Budapest, Hungary – Barba Negra Track
05/09 Zagreb, Croatia – Klub Mochvara
05/10 Bratislava, Slovakia – Majestic Music Club
05/11 Wörgl, Austria – Komma
05/12 Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
05/13 Nijmegen, Netherlands Doornroosje

Ensiferum Share Studio Documentary & Vinyl Stream For New Album “Two Paths”

Ensiferum have shared a studio documentary, along with a vinyl stream of their new album “Two Paths,” which will be released tomorrow (September 15). You can check those out via the below Facebook video: