ensiferum
Finland’s favorite folk metal collective and recent Metal Blade signees, Ensiferum, will unleash their sixth studio album this Winter. Titled One Man Army, the predominantly analog-recorded offering was tracked between September and November of this year with award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland.

Elaborates Ensiferum bassist/vocalist Sammi Hinkka of the sessions, “The 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.'”

Commended by Outburn for songs that are consistently “epic” in scope with a “reliance on catchy melodies,” Ensiferum’s ‘One Man Army’ serves as the follow-up to 2012’s lauded Unsung Heroes full-length and boasts the stunningly detailed, mythological cover craftings of renowned illustrator, Gyula Havancsak (Annihilator, Tyr, Elvenking, Stratovarius).

Ensiferum’s One Man Army will be released via Metal Blade Records on February 24th, 2015. Further details, including track listing and additional teaser hymns to be unveiled in the coming weeks. In the meantime, 70,000 Tons of Metal voyagers will be able to catch Ensiferum live next month before they kick off a massive European trek, wielding their swords alongside Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum.


Tour Dates:
01/22-26 – 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise – Miami, FL
02/27 – Pakkahuone – Tampere, FI
02/28 – Rytmikorjaamo – Seianajoki, FI
03/06 – Lutakko – Jyvaskyla, FI
03/07 – Nosturi – Helsinki, FI

Tour Dates (w/ Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum):
03/11 – Zeche – Bochum, DE
03/12 – Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, DE
03/13 – Backstage – München, DE
03/14 – Masters of Rock Café – Zlin, CZ
03/15 – Club 202 – Budapest, HU
03/16 – Szene – Wien, AT
03/18 – Live Club – Milan, IT
03/19 – Les Docks – Lausanne, CH
03/20 – La Laiterie – Strasbourg, FR
03/21 – Z7 – Pratteln, CH
03/22 – Ninkasi Kao – Lyon, FR
03/23 – Le Bataclan – Paris, FR
03/24 – O2 Academy Islington- London, UK
03/25 – Patronaat – Haarlem, NL
03/26 – Hedon – Zwolle, NL
03/27 – Biebob – Vosselaar, BE
03/28 – Tivoli – Bremen, DE
03/29 – Grünspan – Hamburg, DE
03/30 – Vega – Copenhagen, DK
03/31 – Göta Källare – Stockholm, SE
04/01 – Sticky Fingers – Gothenburg, SE
04/02 – Inferno Metal Festival – Oslo, NO

Tour Dates:
06/19-21 – Hellfest – Clisson, FR
07/30- 08/01 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, DE
08/06-08 – Party San Open Air – Schlotheim, DE
08/09 – Bloodstock Open Air – Walton-On-Trent, GB
08/13-15 – Summer Breeze – Dinkelsbühl, DE
08/13 – Rockstadt Extremefest – Rasnov, RO