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]

Deftones, Faith No More, System Of A Down, Etc. Set For 2020 Hellfest

The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 Hellfest Open Air Festival. The event will be held in Clisson, France on June 19-21 and the daily stage lineups can be found below.

June 19:

Mainstage 01: Deftones, Incubus, Opeth, Leprous, Ego Kill Talent, Soen, and Frog Leap

Mainstage 02: Volbeat, The Offspring, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Inspector Cluzo, Ghostemane, Danko Jones, The Wildhearts, and Laura Cox.

Altar Stage: Obituary, Death DTA, At The Gates, Entombed A.D., Grave, Unleashed, Cadaver, Necrowretch, and Tremplin Voice Of Hell.

Temple Stage: Mayhem, Abbath, Rotting Christ, Primordial, The Great Old Ones, Seth, Mephorash, Numen, and Tremplin Voice Of Hell.

Valley Stage: Electric Wizard, Baroness, OM, Witchcraft, Black Mountain, Elder, ASG, Greenleaf, and Ecstatic Vision.

Warzone Stage: Body Count, Suicidal Tendencies, Powerflo, Youth Of Today, Dog Eat Dog, Slapshot, Jesus Piece, Higher Power, and In Other Climes.

June 20:

Mainstage 01: Faith No More, Infectious Grooves, Alter Bridge, Heaven Shall Burn, Thy Art Is Murder, Crystal Lake, and Fire From The Gods.

Mainstage 02: Deep Purple, Airbourne, Steel Panther, Alestorm, The Darkness, Last In Line, L7, The Dead Daises, and Galactic Empire.

Altar Stage: Sepultura, Sacred Reich, Flotsam And Jetsam, Exciter, Loudblast, Xentrix, Rectal Smegma, Brutal Sphincter, and Karras.

Temple Stage: Wardruna, The Hu, Ensiferum, Taake, Kamppfar, Einjerjer, Helheim, Aktarium, and Artus.

Valley Stage: Envy, Mono & The Jo Quail Quartet, John Garcia & The Band Of Gold, High On Fire, Pelican, Me And That Man, The Picturebooks, Duel, and Point Mort.

Warzone Stage: Social Distortion, The Toy Dolls, Agnostic Front, Reverent Horton Heat, Anti-Flag, Frustration, Guerilla Poubelle, Lion’s Law, and Grade 2.

June 21:

Mainstage 01: System Of A Down, Korn, Maximum The Hormone, BABYMETAL, Jinjer, Lacuna Coil, Kontrust, and Deadly Apples.

Mainstage 02: Judas Priest, Running Wild, Down, Michael Schenker, Doro, Delain, Sortilege, Battle Beast, and Tempt.

Altar Stage: Devin Townsend, Meshuggah, The Black Dahlia Murder, Periphery, Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Ingested, Dyscarnate, and Exocrine.

Temple Stage: Watain, Alcest, Belzebubs, Borknagar, Gaahls Wyrd, Regarde Les Hommes Tomber, Numenorean, Penitence Onirique, and Deliverance.

Valley Stage: Killing Joke, Perturbator, Life Of Agony, 3TEETH, Hangman’s Chair, Twin Temple, Inter Arma, Lysistrata, and Abrahma.

Warzone Stage: Walls Of Jericho, August Burns Red, While She Sleeps, Lionheart, Rotting Out, Landmarks, Moscow Death Brigade, and Wolfpack.

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

Sepultura, Nightwish, Enslaved, Etc. To Be Featured On 2018 Wacken Open Air Live Blu-Ray/DVD

A new Blu-Ray/CD/DVD featuring the 2018 edition of the Wacken Open Air festival is set to be released on July 26. The release, which is titled “Live At Wacken 2018: 29 Years Louder Than Hell,“ will feature audio mixed by Cameron Webb.

Track Listing:

DVD 1:

01. Sepultura – “Kairos”
02. Sepultura – “Sworn Oath”
03. Stiff Little Fingers – “My Dark Places”
04. An Theos – “Alean”
05. Dirkschneider – “Metal Heart”
06. Die From Sorrow – “Die From Sorrow”
07. Korpiklaani – “Henkselipoika”
08. Korpiklaani – “Metsämies”
09. Walking Dead On Broadway – “Song Of Courage”
10. Schandmaul – “Bunt Und Nicht Braun”
11. Schandmaul – “Pakt”
12. Doro – “I Rule The Ruins”
13. Nightwish – “Ghost Love Score”
14. Clawfinger – “The Price We Pay”
15. Blues Pills – “High Class Woman”
16. Running Wild – “Port Royal”
17. Mantar – “Cross The Cross”

DVD 2:

01. Soen – “Opal”
02. Riot V – “Thundersteel”
03. Riot V – “Angel’s Thunder, Devil’s Reign”
04. Knorkator – “Der Ultimative Mann”
05. Knorkator – “Buchstabe”
06. Night Demon – “Heavy Metal Heat”
07. Long Distance Calling – “Trauma”
08. Steel Panther – “Poontang Boomerang”
09. Ensiferum – “For Those About To Fight For Metal”
10. Helmet – “I Love My Guru”
11. Enslaved – “Sacred Horse”
12. Enslaved – “Allfadr Odinn”
13. Bonfire – “Ready 4 Reaction”
14. Zeal & Ardor – “We Can’t Be Found”
15. In Extremo – “Sternhagelvoll”
16. Helloween – “Pumpkins United”

Footage of Sepultura performing “Kairos” during the festival can be seen below:

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

More Bands Added To 2019 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

More bands have been added to the 2019 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise. The cruise, which is set to take place on January 31 – February 4, will sail from Florida to Labadee, Haiti and it will now feature all of the following: Accept, Arkona, The Black Dahlia Murder, Coroner, Dark Funeral, Eluveitie, Ensiferum, Delain, Gloryhammer, God Dethroned, Heidevolk, In Vain, Max And Iggor Cavalera Return To Roots, Ne Obliviscaris, Nile, Obituary, Onslaught, Persefone, Pestilence, Soulfly, Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper, Subway To Sally, Tiamat, Twilight Force, Unleash The Archers, Visions Of Atlantis, Vomitory, and Warbringer.