The Hypothesis releases new lyric video and the song ”Illusion”!

Following on from their acclaimed debut Origin”, Finnish melodic death metal quintet The Hypothesis today release their first new music since summer 2016. “With ‘Illusion Now”, The Hypothesis comes with a darker and heavier grip with a beautiful and melancholic chorus.

Statement of the Guitarist Jusso Turkki about the song:

”The song itself tells about going to a place so dark, that you want to give up on everything and just let go,” 

The Hypothesis is a modern melodic death metal act formed during the deadly cold winter of 2009 in Kouvola, Finland. Nowadays based in Helsinki the band swears in the name of heaviness, groove & catchy melodies, still not forgetting technicality and crunchy riffs. The Hypothesis main man Juuso Turkki came up with the band’s name wanting to create an individual state of imagination.

In the year 2009, The Hypothesis recorded an EP carrying the name Nightshade”. In January 2011 this was followed by 2 songs ”Weak Story” and ”Shades To Escape’‘. The Hypothesis had their first line-up changes when a drummer called Rolf Pilve (from Stratovarius) joined the band. With Rolf band recorded their third song, ”Scarface”.

Among successful releases, The Hypothesis has conquered many famous festival-stages in Finland such as Nummirock and Qstock. The band qualified as a winner from Finland’s Wacken Metal Battle qualifiers in the Qstock festival. The Hypothesis has also shared stages with melodic death & doom giants like Swallow The Sun, Scar Symmetry, Wolfheart & Before The Dawn.

In the fall of 2012 The Hypothesis started fresh with entirely new line-up and locked themselves in the middle of a dark forest in Viitasaari to record their debut-album, Origin. After almost four-year-silence The Hypothesis recruited the last new members from Finnish metal scene whom have contributed in bands like Naildown, Paradise Lost, Dimebad Beyond Forever, Dead Shape Figure, Codeon etc. and the band released their debut via Inverse Records to critical acclaim. 2016 also saw the band releasing their first music video for ”Eye For An Eye” before embarking on a solid touring schedule with the likes of Wolfheart & Swallow The Sun.

Check out the lyric video for the song ”Illusion” here, enjoy it:

Links:

Facebook:www.facebook.com/thehypothesisband
Website of the label:www.inverse.fi

Ensiferum announces ”Path To Glory” European tour for April 2018!

Finnish Metal Gods Ensiferum have just announced a full European tour for April 2018!

Statement of the bassist Sami Hinkka about the upcoming tour in 2018:

Greetings fellow metalheads! With great pride, we announce our next tour “Path To Glory”! It’s been ages since we did a tour this long and thorough all across Europe, so it’s going to be a blast, night after night for weeks! And that’s what we love to do: party hard with the craziest crowd in the world! We are gonna treat you with a special set combining new, old and rare Ensiferum hits! We are extremely thrilled to share the stage with the mighty Ex Deo who is returning to Europe after many years! This is going to be one hell of a tour! See you all in the moshpit!

Metal Hammer, Legacy, MusiX, metal.de präsentieren:
”Path To Glory” tour 2018 tour dates with Ensiferum and Ex Deo:

03.04.2018 (DE) HAMBURG / Gruenspan
04.04.2018 (DK) COPENHAGEN / Vega
05.04.2018 (SE) STOCKHOLM / Klubben
06.04.2018 (SE) GOTHENBURG / Sticky Fingers
07.04.2018 (DK) AARHUS / Royal Metal Festival
08.04.2018 (DE) ROSTOCK / Mau
09.04.2018 (PL) GDYNIA / Ucho
10.04.2018 (PL) WARSAW / Proxima
11.04.2018 (PL) KATOWICE / Mega Club
12.04.2018 (PL) WROCLAW / Zaklete Rewiry
13.04.2018 (CS) ZLIN / Masters of Rock Cafe
14.04.2018 (DE) LEIPZIG / Hellraiser
15.04.2018 (DE) LUDWIGSBURG / Rockfabrik
16.04.2018
17.04.2018 (AT) DORNBIRN / Conrad Sohm
18.04.2018 (FR) STRASBOURG / La Laiterie
19.04.2018 (FR) GRENOBLE / Belle Electric
20.04.2018 (FR) LIMOGES / John Lennon
21.04.2018 (ES) BARCELONA / Salamandra 1
22.04.2018 (ES) MURCIA / Garaje
23.04.2018 (ES) MADRID / Mon
24.04.2018
25.04.2018 (FR) TOULOUSE / Le Metronum
26.04.2018 (IT) MILAN / Live Club
27.04.2018 (IT) BOLOGNA / Zona Roveri
28.04.2018 (DE) GEISELWIND / Music Hall
29.04.2018 (NL) DRACHTEN / Iduna
30.04.2018 (BE) KORTRIJK / De Kreun
01.05.2018 (GB) LONDON / O2 Academy Islington
02.05.2018 (DE) COLOGNE / Essigfabrik
03.05.2018 (DE) HANNOVER / Musikzentrum
04.05.2018 (DE) MUNICH / Backstage
05.05.2018 (DE) DRESDEN / Loco Club
06.05.2018 (AT) VIENNA / Szene
07.05.2018
08.05.2018 (HU) BUDAPEST / Barba Negra Track
09.05.2018 (HR) ZAGREB / Klub Mochvara
10.05.2018 (SK) BRATISLAVA / Majestic Music Club
11.05.2018 (AT) WÖRGL / Komma
12.05.2018 (CH) PRATTELN / Z7
13.05.2018 (NL) NIJMEGEN / Doornroosje

You can’t talk about the true greats of folk-inspired melodic death metal without reverent mention of Ensiferum, and with ”Two Paths” they once more affirm their place in the pantheons of the genre. Further building upon the thrilling metallic hybrid honed across six full-lengths, ”Two Paths‘ is simultaneously the Finnish quintet’s most epic and far-reaching collection and their most organic, which definitely sets it apart from the pack. Additionally, the album literally takes the concept of ”Two Paths” to heart, with two different versions of standout tracks ”Don’t You Say” and ”God Is Dead”.

Statment of the bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka of the band:

Even though Ensiferum has always had clean vocals and choirs, harsh vocals have been the main style, and those songs worked so well with both styles that we decided to include both versions,

Sami Hinkka. with Mikko P. Mustonen are again handling orchestral arrangements and Lassi Logren returning to play nyckelharpa and violin on a few songs, Hinkka is also more than happy that they brought “more bombastic orchestral and down to earth folk aspects” to the record, further fleshing out their vision. This also applies to the contribution of Gyula Havancsak, who provided the artwork for both ”Two Paths”and its predecessor ”One Man Army”.

Statment about the artist who worked on their cover for the album:

It was really nice to work with him again because he always wants to hear our ideas and then he adds his own magic and improvements to them, and the result is always astonishing.

Ensiferum released their new album ”Two Paths” in September of 2017 via Metal Blade Records, for their efforts, the band has entered the worldwide charts, e.g. # 4 in Finland, # 9 in Germany, # 18 in Switzerland, # 35 in Canada and # 160 in the USA.

To preview and purchase ”Two Paths”, please visitmetalblade.com/ensiferum

Line-up:
Petri Lindroos – Vocals/Guitar
Markus Toivonen – Guitar/Vocals
Sami Hinkka – Bass/Vocals
Janne Parviainen – Drums
Netta Skog – Digital Accordion/Backing vocals

Links:
Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum
Website:http://www.ensiferum.com
Website of the label:http://www.metalblade.com/ensiferum

Primordial announces ”Heathen Crusade” European headline tour in April 2018!

Irish Pagan Metal Gods Primordial have just finished recordings on their new studio albumExile Amongst The Ruins to be released by the end of March in 2018!

To coincide with the album release the Irishmen have just announced the ”Heathen Crusade” European headline tour. Support comes from Finnish Moonsorrow and German Der Weg Einer Freiheit!

Tour Dates of ”Heathen Crusade 2018” Presented by Metal Hammer, Deaf Forever, Guitar, Kulturnews, Metal.de, Firebird Industries & Dragon Productions of Primordial
with Moonsorrow and Der Weg Einer Freiheit:

12/04/18 NL – Leeuwarden – Neushoorn
13/04/18 NL – Tilburg – 013
14/04/18 FR – Paris – Trabendo
15/04/18 BE – Brugge – Entrepot
16/04/18 UK – London – Islington Assembly Hall
17/04/18 LU – Esch-sur-Alzette – Kulturfabrik
18/04/18 CH – Pratteln – Z7
19/04/18 DE – Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
20/04/18 DE – Leipzig – Hellraiser
21/04/18 CZ – Prague – Akropolis
22/04/18 SK – Kosice – Colloseum
23/04/18 HU – Budapest – Barba Negra
24/04/18 AT – Wien – Szene
25/04/18 DE – München – Backstage
26/04/18 DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
27/04/18 DE – Bochum – Matrix
28/04/18 DE – Hamburg – Markthalle

Get your tickets nowhttp://www.dragon-productions.eu/news/
Further info herehttps://www.facebook.com/HeathenCrusade

Statement of the Primordial about the tour:

Twelve years after the original Heathen Crusade and in truth way too long we will go back on tour with Moonsorrow. A lot has changed in the world since then, more scars, more hangovers, deeper lines in our faces, but nothing changes our spiritual bond. Heathens to the bitter end and worse hangovers as we pace ’til death!

Statement of the MoonSorrow about the tour:

With great pleasure, we announce a European tour with our good friends Primordial! With these Irish fellows we had our first ever European tour in 2006. And it feels like just a few years back! Moonsorrow and Primordial always had a spiritual bond, something that makes a special line up for a tour. Don’t miss this rare chance to catch us on the same tour!

Statement of the DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT about the tour:

As big fans of Primordial ourselves it’s with great pleasure to announce that we are supporting the Irish legends on this tour along with Moonsorrow. We appreciate the chance to be part of this great package and can’t wait to present our album “Finisterre” to new audiences all around Europe. Get your tickets now and see you in April!

Other Primordial shows:
12/05/18 NO – Haugesund – Karmøygeddon Festival
09/06/18 SE – Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock
14/07/18 DE – Balingen – Bang your head
27/07/18 SI – Tolmin – Metaldays 2018

Links:

Website of the label:http://www.metalblade.com/primordial
Website:http://www.primordialweb.com
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/primordialofficial
Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/user/primordialvideo

Baptism announce tour dates for European ”The Devil’s Fire Over Europe” tour!

Baptism have announced a string of new shows in Europe and North America.

The Finnish black metal veterans will even cross the Atlantic again to perform at the prestigious ”Messe Des Morts VII Festival” in Montreal, Canada on November 24th. In the year of the band’s 20th anniversary (1998-2018),  Baptism will perform at the iconic Maryland Deathfest next May.

In Europe, the Finns will wreck pitch-black havoc on stages in four countries during December. For a list of all currently confirmed shows, please see below.

The band stated this about the tour:

“We are excited to hit the road again at the end of this year with The Devil Fire Tour.  We will return to many places where we have not been in many years. We are also very glad to come to Canada again to an amazing festival with a great line-up. This is your opportunity to see us in great shape, in  a proper dark place in front of an excellent crowd and perfect atmosphere. Don’t miss our show as we are not touring often, which makes all our live shows a quite unique experience. See you on the road!”

 

Baptism tour dates for ”The Devil’s Fire Over Europe” tour:
24 Nov 17 Montreal (CA) Messe Des Morts VII Festival
13 Dec 17 Paris (FR) Glazart
14 Dec 17 Roeselare (BE) De Verlichte Geest
15 Dec 17 Eindhoven (NL) Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2017
16 Dec 17 Berlin (DE) Nuke Club (De Mortem Et Diabolum)
17 Dec 17 Erfurt (DE) Club From Hell
26 May 18 Baltimore (US) Maryland Deathfest

BAPTISM banner Forest Fest
Baptism will be performing in support of their latest full-length ”V: The Devil’s Fire”. Artwork and track-list of ”V: The Devil’s Fire” can be viewed below.

BAPTISM album cover

Track list:

1. Natus Ex Ignis
2. Satananda
3. The Sacrament Of Blood And Ash
4. Devil’s Fire
5. Abyss
6. Cold Eternity
7. Malignant Shadows
8. Buried With Him

BAPTISM band picture

What you hear is what you get. Baptism  deliver another album that is firmly rooted in Finnish black metal orthodoxy. Again their raw and unbound musical fierceness is counterbalanced by epic melodies buried underneath a shredding onslaught and majestic atmospheres. Yet despite staying true to course there is neither a feeling of stagnation nor of senseless nostalgia.   Baptism excel in keeping true to their course, while appearing fresh and raising the stakes with their fifth full-length.

‘V: The Devil’s Fire’ is the result of a long evolution and the acquired craftsmanship of veterans in the field. Needless to mention that the visual trappings of their genre are not being neglected either as expressed by corpsepaint, hoods, and spikes. Nor has the Satanic mysticism on the lyrical side gone missing. The development of  Baptism can be best explained through different periods:

Era I:   Baptism were formed by vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Lord S. and Demoniun on drums in the Finnish town of Ylöjärvi in 1998. As early as the summer of the same year, the first and now extremely rare demo ‘Satanic Rituals’ was released. A second demo entitled ‘Sons of Ruin & Terror’ followed in the year 2000. The band was joined by Slaughterer on bass in 2001 and this line-up unleashed first full-length ”The Beherial Midnight” (2002), as well as sophomore album ”Wisdom & Hate” (2003). Afterwards, Lord S. relocated his centre of activity to Kuopio and his former allies left the band.

Era II: Baptism quickly reformed in Kuopio, when Lord S. met Spellgoth and SG.7 joined the band before taking on duties as live guitarist and singing clean vocals. The EP ‘Black Ceremony’ as well as a split 7″ with Uncreation’s Dawn followed in 2004. Local musicians Kobalt on drums as well as SDS and Cinatas were added to the group, which performed their first live ritual in Kouvola, Finland. More live appearances materialised in their home country after the release of a third full-length entitled ”Morbid Wings of Sathanas” (2005). On the following EP ”Evil Mysteries” (2006), Lord . was responsible for playing all instruments.

Era III: Baptism experienced another change of line-up when their mastermind returned to western Finland by moving to Tampere. Cinatas handed his duties over to M, who became the band’s third bassist. The black metal outfit began to perform internationally in 2007. LRH became session drummer for the next album ‘Grim Arts Of Melancholy’ (2008), while TG took over as lead guitarist from SDS. The EP ‘Chalice of Death’ (2010) was recorded and released amidst rituals all over Europe and led to a mini tour in Russia. In the meantime Syphon became the fourth bass player for the Finns.

Era IV:  Baptism unleashed their next full-length ‘As the Darkness Enters’ in 2012 for which the men from the north toured during the following year including a first ritual in the USA. A number of reissues of earlier material followed in 2014 as demand for these cult releases had reached new heights. This was emphasised by the rarities compilation album ”Gloria Tibi Satana”, which was released early 2015.

Era V: Baptism sign a new record deal with Season of Mist. The new album ”V: The Devil’s Fire” is finished and ready to be released on the 22nd of July 2016.

The new era for  Baptism is now beginning. Get ready for a black blizzard from the north to bring frost and darkness in the middle of this summer!

Line-up
Lord S.: vocals, guitar, songwriting
SG.7: guitar
TG: lead guitar
Syphon: bass
LRH: drums

Guest appearance:
Antti Boman (DEMILICH) on “Buried With Him”
Mikko Kotamäki (SWALLOW THE SUN) on “The Sacrament Of Blood And Ash”
Mynni Luukkainen (HORNA) on “Satananda”

Available formats:
CD
Gatefold vinyl in various colours
Cassette
Links:

Webite:www.baptismofficial.com

Facebook:www.facebook.com/baptismofficial

Shop: http://smarturl.it/BaptismShop

Booking: sargofagian@gmail.com

Ensiferum launches “making of” documentary video for new album ”Two Paths”!

Tomorrow, Ensiferum will release their seventh full-length, ”Two Paths”, worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Produced by Anssi Kippo, the master was recorded on tape, for a true analog experience.

Fans can also watch the video live now at: facebook.com/Ensiferum – where a live stream of the forest green-marbled vinyl edition of ”Two Paths”will take place afterwards.

For another preview of ”Two Paths”, the previous singles (“King of Storms”, “For Those About to Fight for Metal”, “Way of the Warrior”) can also be heard at metalblade.com/ensiferum, and the record can be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–Deluxe wooden box (limited to 2500 copies worldwide)
–Limited edition Digibook CD+DVD
–CD
–180g black vinyl
–turquoise blue-green vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–clear sky blue-marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–blue/orange/yellow-splatter vinyl (Nuclear Blast exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–golden yellow vinyl (Napalm exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–olive green-marbled vinyl (Levykauppa Finland exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–clear frost blue-marbled vinyl (Yamiin China exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–blue-gray-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–forest green-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–picture disc LP (limited to 500 copies worldwide)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

You can’t talk about the true greats of folk-inspired melodic death metal without reverent mention of Ensiferum, and with ”Two Paths” they once more affirm their place in the pantheons of the genre. Further building upon the thrilling metallic hybrid honed across six full-lengths, ”Two Paths‘ is simultaneously the Finnish quintet’s most epic and far-reaching collection and their most organic, which definitely sets it apart from the pack. Additionally, the album literally takes the concept of ”Two Paths” to heart, with two different versions of standout tracks ”Don’t You Say” and ”God Is Dead”.

Statment of the bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka about the band:

Even though Ensiferum has always had clean vocals and choirs, harsh vocals have been the main style, and those songs worked so well with both styles that we decided to include both versions,

Sami Hinkka. with Mikko P. Mustonen are again handling orchestral arrangements and Lassi Logren returning to play nyckelharpa and violin on a few songs, Hinkka is also more than happy that they brought “more bombastic orchestral and down to earth folk aspects” to the record, further fleshing out their vision. This also applies to the contribution of Gyula Havancsak, who provided the artwork for both ”Two Paths”and its predecessor ”One Man Army”.

Statment about the artist who worked on their cover for the album:

It was really nice to work with him again because he always wants to hear our ideas and then he adds his own magic and improvements to them, and the result is always astonishing.

Track list:
1. Ajattomasta Unesta
2. For Those About to Fight for Metal
3. Way of the Warrior
4. Two Paths
5. King of Storms
6. Feast with Valkyries
7. Don’t You Say
8. I Will Never Kneel
9. God Is Dead
10. Hail to the Victor
11. Unettomaan Aikaan
12. God Is Dead (Alternative Version)
13. Don’t You Say (Alternative Version)

From September 27th, 2017 onward, Ensiferum will present ”Two Paths” live on stage, splitting their European tour into two parts. The first part will be in September with six dates in three countries, and then in April 2018 there will be an extended tour through many more European countries. In between that time, Ensiferum will visit all other continents. See below for all confirmed shows, with more to be announced soon!

Ensiferum tour dates:
Sept. 26 – Bochum, Germany – Zeche
Sept. 27 – Langen, Germany – Stadthalle
Sept. 28 – Arnhem, Netherlands – Luxor Live
Sept. 29 – Berlin, Germany – SO36
Sept. 30 – Osnabruck, Germany – Hyde Park
Oct. 1 – Paris, France – La Machine

Ensiferum line-up:
Petri Lindroos – Vocals/Guitar
Markus Toivonen – Guitar/Vocals
Sami Hinkka – Bass/Vocals
Janne Parviainen – Drums
Netta Skog – Digital Accordion/Backing vocals

Links:

Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum

Website:http://www.ensiferum.com

Website of the label:http://www.metalblade.com/ensiferum

 

Check out the vinyl master tape cutting video here, enjoy it:

In anticipation of this release the band has now launched a “making of” documentary video for the album, which can be viewed here, enjoy it:

 

Ensiferum released new song called ”King of Storms”!

On September 15th, Ensiferum ill release their seventh full-length, ”Two Paths”, worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Produced by Anssi Kippo, the master was recorded on tape, for a true analog experience.

In anticipation of this release, the band has now launched a new single, ”King of Storms”, which can be streamed at: metalblade.com/ensiferum, where the previous singles from ”Two Paths” (”For Those About to Fight for Metal” and ”Way of the Warrior”) can also be heard, and the record can be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–Deluxe wooden box (limited to 2500 copies worldwide)
–Limited edition Digibook CD+DVD
–CD
–180g black vinyl
–turquoise blue-green vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–clear sky blue-marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–blue/orange/yellow-splatter vinyl (Nuclear Blast exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–golden yellow vinyl (Napalm exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–olive green-marbled vinyl (Levykauppa Finland exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–clear frost blue-marbled vinyl (Yamiin China exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–blue-gray-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–forest green-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–picture disc LP (limited to 500 copies worldwide)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

You can’t talk about the true greats of folk-inspired melodic death metal without reverent mention of Ensiferum, and with ”Two Paths” they once more affirm their place in the pantheons of the genre. Further building upon the thrilling metallic hybrid honed across six full-lengths, ”Two Paths‘ is simultaneously the Finnish quintet’s most epic and far-reaching collection and their most organic, which definitely sets it apart from the pack. Additionally, the album literally takes the concept of ”Two Paths” to heart, with two different versions of standout tracks ”Don’t You Say” and ”God Is Dead”.

Statment of the bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka about the band:

Even though Ensiferum has always had clean vocals and choirs, harsh vocals have been the main style, and those songs worked so well with both styles that we decided to include both versions,

Sami Hinkka. with Mikko P. Mustonen are again handling orchestral arrangements and Lassi Logren returning to play nyckelharpa and violin on a few songs, Hinkka is also more than happy that they brought “more bombastic orchestral and down to earth folk aspects” to the record, further fleshing out their vision. This also applies to the contribution of Gyula Havancsak, who provided the artwork for both ”Two Paths”and its predecessor ”One Man Army”.

Statment about the artist who worked on their cover for the album:

It was really nice to work with him again because he always wants to hear our ideas and then he adds his own magic and improvements to them, and the result is always astonishing.

Track list:

1. Ajattomasta Unesta
2. For Those About to Fight for Metal
3. Way of the Warrior
4. Two Paths
5. King of Storms
6. Feast with Valkyries
7. Don’t You Say
8. I Will Never Kneel
9. God Is Dead
10. Hail to the Victor
11. Unettomaan Aikaan
12. God Is Dead (Alternative Version)
13. Don’t You Say (Alternative Version)

From September 27th, 2017 onward, Ensiferum will present ”Two Paths” live on stage, splitting their European tour into two parts. The first part will be in September with six dates in three countries, and then in April 2018 there will be an extended tour through many more European countries. In between that time, Ensiferum will visit all other continents. See below for all confirmed shows, with more to be announced soon!

Ensiferum tour dates:
Sept. 26 – Bochum, Germany – Zeche
Sept. 27 – Langen, Germany – Stadthalle
Sept. 28 – Arnhem, Netherlands – Luxor Live
Sept. 29 – Berlin, Germany – SO36
Sept. 30 – Osnabruck, Germany – Hyde Park
Oct. 1 – Paris, France – La Machine

Ensiferum line-up:
Petri Lindroos – Vocals/Guitar
Markus Toivonen – Guitar/Vocals
Sami Hinkka – Bass/Vocals
Janne Parviainen – Drums
Netta Skog – Digital Accordion/Backing vocals

Links:

Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum

Website:http://www.ensiferum.com

Website of the label:http://www.metalblade.com/ensiferum

Check out the vinyl master tape cutting video here, enjoy it:

Check out the song ”King of Storms” here, enjoy it:

Ensiferum launches live acoustic version of ”Two of Spades”!

On September 15th, Ensiferum will release their seventh full-length, ”Two Paths”, worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Produced by Anssi Kippo, the master was recorded on tape, for a true analog experience.

Two of Spades” live at “On the Rocks” in Helsinki, Finland on October 28, 2016. Watch the entire live show on the DVD that comes with the CD version of ”Two Paths”.

Directed by Toni Salminen and edited by Vince Edwards.

Camera operators: Toni Salminen and Timo Honkanen. Audio recording engineer: Aku Silennoinen. Audio mixed & mastered by A. Kippe at Astia-studio A Lappeenranta, Finland.

To hear the previous singles, ”For Those About to Fight for Metal” and ”Way of the Warrior’‘, please visit: metalblade.com/ensiferum where the record can be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–Deluxe wooden box (limited to 2500 copies worldwide)
–Limited edition Digibook CD+DVD
–CD
–180g black vinyl
–turquoise blue-green vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–clear sky blue-marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–blue/orange/yellow-splatter vinyl (Nuclear Blast exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–golden yellow vinyl (Napalm exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–olive green-marbled vinyl (Levykauppa Finland exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–clear frost blue-marbled vinyl (Yamiin China exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–blue-gray-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–forest green-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–picture disc LP (limited to 500 copies worldwide)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

 

You can’t talk about the true greats of folk-inspired melodic death metal without reverent mention of Ensiferum, and with ”Two Paths” they once more affirm their place in the pantheons of the genre. Further building upon the thrilling metallic hybrid honed across six full-lengths, ”Two Paths‘ is simultaneously the Finnish quintet’s most epic and far-reaching collection and their most organic, which definitely sets it apart from the pack. Additionally, the album literally takes the concept of ”Two Paths” to heart, with two different versions of standout tracks ”Don’t You Say” and ”God Is Dead”.

Statment of the bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka about the band:

Even though Ensiferum has always had clean vocals and choirs, harsh vocals have been the main style, and those songs worked so well with both styles that we decided to include both versions,

Sami Hinkka. with Mikko P. Mustonen are again handling orchestral arrangements and Lassi Logren returning to play nyckelharpa and violin on a few songs, Hinkka is also more than happy that they brought “more bombastic orchestral and down to earth folk aspects” to the record, further fleshing out their vision. This also applies to the contribution of Gyula Havancsak, who provided the artwork for both ”Two Paths”and its predecessor ”One Man Army”.

Statment about the artist who worked on their cover for the album:

It was really nice to work with him again because he always wants to hear our ideas and then he adds his own magic and improvements to them, and the result is always astonishing.

Track list:
1. Ajattomasta Unesta
2. For Those About to Fight for Metal
3. Way of the Warrior
4. Two Paths
5. King of Storms
6. Feast with Valkyries
7. Don’t You Say
8. I Will Never Kneel
9. God Is Dead
10. Hail to the Victor
11. Unettomaan Aikaan
12. God Is Dead (Alternative Version)
13. Don’t You Say (Alternative Version)

From September 27th, 2017 onward, Ensiferum will present ”Two Paths” live on stage, splitting their European tour into two parts. The first part will be in September with six dates in three countries, and then in April 2018 there will be an extended tour through many more European countries. In between that time, Ensiferum will visit all other continents. See below for all confirmed shows, with more to be announced soon!

Ensiferum tour dates:
Sept. 26 – Bochum, Germany – Zeche
Sept. 27 – Langen, Germany – Stadthalle
Sept. 28 – Arnhem, Netherlands – Luxor Live
Sept. 29 – Berlin, Germany – SO36
Sept. 30 – Osnabruck, Germany – Hyde Park
Oct. 1 – Paris, France – La Machine

Ensiferum line-up:
Petri Lindroos – Vocals/Guitar
Markus Toivonen – Guitar/Vocals
Sami Hinkka – Bass/Vocals
Janne Parviainen – Drums
Netta Skog – Digital Accordion/Backing vocals

Links:

Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum

Website:http://www.ensiferum.com

Website of the label:http://www.metalblade.com/ensiferum

Check out a preview of the album, the band has now launched a live acoustic version of ”Two of Spades” (from their previous album, ”One Man Army”) here, enjoy it:

Check out the vinyl master tape cutting video here, enjoy it:

 

 

Wolfheart released a new song ”The Black Light”, European tour is announced!

Finnish winter metal band Wolfheart has just released a new single in Spotify and other digital medias!

The new ”The Black Light”single is the first acoustic release of Wolfheart and with this single the band draws a totally new line on their winter-frosted path.

Listen to the ”The Black Light”  song on Spotify, Deezer, Itunes, Apple Music etc, here enjoy it:

http://lnk.to/theblacklightAr

The band had just released this song, that can be also found in Wolfheart’s ”Winterborn” double-vinyl!

Order ”Winterborn” double-vinyl from the Official  webstore:

http://www.backstagerockshop.com/collections/wolfheart/products/wolfheart-winterborn-2lp

About Wolfheart:

Tuomas Saukkonen shocked everyone in 2012 with his announcement that he will bury all of his metal music projects at the same time to start anew. Before The Dawn, Black Sun Aeon, Dawn Of Solace and RoutaSielu received their coup de grâce February 23rd, 2013.

After years of pouring his creative juices to projects too numerous to count, since the end of 2012 Saukkonen has focused on just one labour of love, Wolfheart.

Be the approach melodic and hopeful, acoustic and fragile, harsh black/death metal or atmospheric doom, ”Winterborn” has it all, in a mix like of which you haven’t heard before.

Saukkonen recorded and released ”Winterborn” entirely by himself playing all the instruments and doing all the vocals, with Mika Lammassaari (Eternal Tears Of Sorrow, Mors Subita) as his only guest, playing guitar solos.

”Winterborn” proved a roaring critical success scoring high ratings in reviews left and right. To cap off a great year for his project, ”Winterborn” was elected the best debut album of 2013 in the annual Record Store Äx customers’ poll. Wolfheart deserved to be a fully operating band.

2014 / 2015 took the band on the road to the national stages with Shade Empire and Finntroll, into the international stages with the first European tour with Swallow The Sun and even to Tokyo with Sonata Arctica etc.

Also big european / scandinavian festivals were targeted and the climax of the 2015 was the 2nd album “Shadow World” which continued the path of critical praises and was the first product from the co-operation with Spinefarm records (Universal).

After a rapid ride since the release of the debut and second album the band cleared the calender in the beginning of 2016 and started the pre-production of the 3rd album in the legendary Petrax studios (CoB, HIM, Korpiklaani etc). Only few selected festival shows were booked to break the studio cycle but the focus has been intense and the scheduled release of the new album is set to the beginning of 2017.

January 2017 Wolfheart is heading back to tour Europe with Insomnium and Barren Earth and more shows and festivals for 2017 to be announced!

Links:

Website:      http://wolfheartofficial.com/
Facebook:   http://www.facebook.com/WolfheartRealm
Twitter:        http://twitter.com/WolfheartFIN
Instagram:   http://www.instagram.com/wolfheartofficial/

Ensiferum released new live studio video for ”Unettomaan Aikaan”!

On September 15th, Ensiferum will release their seventh full-length, ”Two Paths”, worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Produced by Anssi Kippo, the master was recorded on tape, for a true analog experience.

To hear the previous singles, ”For Those About to Fight for Metal” and ”Way of the Warrior”, please visit: metalblade.com/ensiferum – where the record can be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–Deluxe wooden box (limited to 2500 copies worldwide)
–Limited edition Digibook CD+DVD
–CD
–180g black vinyl
–turquoise blue-green vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–clear sky blue-marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–blue/orange/yellow-splatter vinyl (Nuclear Blast exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–golden yellow vinyl (Napalm exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–olive green-marbled vinyl (Levykauppa Finland exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–clear frost blue-marbled vinyl (Yamiin China exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–blue-gray-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–forest green-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–picture disc LP (limited to 500 copies worldwide)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

You can’t talk about the true greats of folk-inspired melodic death metal without reverent mention of Ensiferum, and with ”Two Paths” they once more affirm their place in the pantheons of the genre. Further building upon the thrilling metallic hybrid honed across six full-lengths, ”Two Paths‘ is simultaneously the Finnish quintet’s most epic and far-reaching collection and their most organic, which definitely sets it apart from the pack. Additionally, the album literally takes the concept of ”Two Paths” to heart, with two different versions of standout tracks ”Don’t You Say” and ”God Is Dead”.

Statment of the bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka about the band:

Even though Ensiferum has always had clean vocals and choirs, harsh vocals have been the main style, and those songs worked so well with both styles that we decided to include both versions,

Sami Hinkka. with Mikko P. Mustonen are again handling orchestral arrangements and Lassi Logren returning to play nyckelharpa and violin on a few songs, Hinkka is also more than happy that they brought “more bombastic orchestral and down to earth folk aspects” to the record, further fleshing out their vision. This also applies to the contribution of Gyula Havancsak, who provided the artwork for both ”Two Paths”and its predecessor ”One Man Army”.

Statment about the artist who worked on their cover for the album:

It was really nice to work with him again because he always wants to hear our ideas and then he adds his own magic and improvements to them, and the result is always astonishing.

Track list:
1. Ajattomasta Unesta
2. For Those About to Fight for Metal
3. Way of the Warrior
4. Two Paths
5. King of Storms
6. Feast with Valkyries
7. Don’t You Say
8. I Will Never Kneel
9. God Is Dead
10. Hail to the Victor
11. Unettomaan Aikaan
12. God Is Dead (Alternative Version)
13. Don’t You Say (Alternative Version)

From September 27th, 2017 onward, Ensiferum will present ”Two Paths” live on stage, splitting their European tour into two parts. The first part will be in September with six dates in three countries, and then in April 2018 there will be an extended tour through many more European countries. In between that time, Ensiferum will visit all other continents. See below for all confirmed shows, with more to be announced soon!

Ensiferum tour dates:
Sept. 26 – Bochum, Germany – Zeche
Sept. 27 – Langen, Germany – Stadthalle
Sept. 28 – Arnhem, Netherlands – Luxor Live
Sept. 29 – Berlin, Germany – SO36
Sept. 30 – Osnabruck, Germany – Hyde Park
Oct. 1 – Paris, France – La Machine

Ensiferum line-up:
Petri Lindroos – Vocals/Guitar
Markus Toivonen – Guitar/Vocals
Sami Hinkka – Bass/Vocals
Janne Parviainen – Drums
Netta Skog – Digital Accordion/Backing vocals

Links:

Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum

Website:http://www.ensiferum.com

Website of the label:http://www.metalblade.com/ensiferum

 

Check out the live studio track for ”Unettomaan Aikaan” here, enjoy it:

Check out the vinyl master tape cutting video here, enjoy it:

Ensiferum released new music video for ‘Way Of The Warrior’!

On September 15th, Ensiferum will release their seventh full-length, ”Two Paths”, worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Produced by Anssi Kippo, the master was recorded on tape, for a true analog experience.

Statment of the band about the song:

Hi folks! So here it is, our brand new video of the song ”Way Of The Warrior”. Like our music combines metal and folk elements so does this video. It was really great to be involved in the process more than we ever have been before and the result turned out to be fantastic! We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed recording the song and shooting the video. So turn the volume up to eleven, move your furniture a bit so that you have room for moshing and press play!

To hear the first single, ”For Those About to Fight for Metal”, please visit:metalblade.com/ensiferum – where the record can be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–Deluxe wooden box (limited to 2500 copies worldwide)
–Limited edition Digibook CD+DVD
–CD
–180g black vinyl
–turquoise blue-green vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–clear sky blue-marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–blue/orange/yellow-splatter vinyl (Nuclear Blast exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–golden yellow vinyl (Napalm exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–olive green-marbled vinyl (Levykauppa Finland exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–clear frost blue-marbled vinyl (Yamiin China exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–blue-gray-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–forest green-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–picture disc LP (limited to 500 copies worldwide)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

You can’t talk about the true greats of folk-inspired melodic death metal without reverent mention of Ensiferum, and with ”Two Paths” they once more affirm their place in the pantheons of the genre. Further building upon the thrilling metallic hybrid honed across six full-lengths, ”Two Paths” is simultaneously the Finnish quintet’s most epic and far-reaching collection and their most organic, which definitely sets it apart from the pack. Additionally, the album literally takes the concept of ‘Two Paths‘ to heart, with two different versions of standout tracks ‘Don’t You Say’ and ‘God Is Dead’. “Even though Ensiferum has always had clean vocals and choirs, harsh vocals have been the main style, and those songs worked so well with both styles that we decided to include both versions,” explains bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka. With Mikko P. Mustonen again handling orchestral arrangements and Lassi Logren returning to play nyckelharpa and violin on a few songs, Hinkka is also more than happy that they brought “more bombastic orchestral and down to earth folk aspects” to the record, further fleshing out their vision. This also applies to the contribution of Gyula Havancsak, who provided the artwork for both ”Two Paths” and its predecessor, ”One Man Army”. “It was really nice to work with him again because he always wants to hear our ideas and then he adds his own magic and improvements to them, and the result is always astonishing.

Резултат слика за Ensiferum Two Paths

 Track list:

1. Ajattomasta Unesta
2. For Those About to Fight for Metal
3. Way of the Warrior
4. Two Paths
5. King of Storms
6. Feast with Valkyries
7. Don’t You Say
8. I Will Never Kneel
9. God Is Dead
10. Hail to the Victor
11. Unettomaan Aikaan
12. God Is Dead (Alternative Version)
13. Don’t You Say (Alternative Version)

From September 27th, 2017 onward, Ensiferum will present ”Two Paths” live on stage, splitting their European tour into two parts. The first part will be in September with six dates in three countries, and then in April 2018 there will be an extended tour through many more European countries. In between that time, Ensiferum will visit all other continents. See below for all confirmed shows, with more to be announced soon!

Ensiferum tour dates:
Sept. 26 – Bochum, Germany – Zeche
Sept. 27 – Langen, Germany – Stadthalle
Sept. 28 – Arnhem, Netherlands – Luxor Live
Sept. 29 – Berlin, Germany – SO36
Sept. 30 – Osnabruck, Germany – Hyde Park
Oct. 1 – Paris, France – La Machine

Ensiferum line-up:
Petri Lindroos – Vocals/Guitar
Markus Toivonen – Guitar/Vocals
Sami Hinkka – Bass/Vocals
Janne Parviainen – Drums
Netta Skog – Digital Accordion/Backing vocals

Links:

Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum
Website:http://www.ensiferum.com
Facebook of the label:http://www.metalblade.com/ensiferum

To view the vinyl master tape cutting, fans can watch a video by T. Ruotsalainen and A. Kippo at:

Check out the music video for ”Way of the Warrior” here, enjoy it: