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London Scala, 6 October 2009
I first saw
Finnish folk rock death metallers Ensiferum when they were lowly billed at
the Bloodstock Festival in 2006.
there has been more line up changes and only guitarist Markus Toivonen
remains from the original line up. In town to promote the new CD 'From Afar', a healthy turn out came to commence battle with the viking
many bands floating across the Lapuri straits to deliver their brand of
viking/battle metal at the moment and I feel that after tonight's
performance Ensiferum have the capability to destroy all who stand in
bassist Sami Hinkka did a commanding job, leading the frigate was Petri
Lindoors on lead guitar and growling vocals and keeping the ship balanced
was rhythm guitarist Markus Toivonen.
At times vocals were swapped and sometimes all three were screaming their lungs
out with their battlecries. Keeping hold of the rudder were animal skin
basher Janne Parviainen and female keyboardist Emmi Silvennoinen who is now an
official member of the band after helping out since 2007.
when the three guitarists were out front doing some serious headbanging
swirling their heads around, my friend rightly called it 'Washing machine
metal', well, they left my head in a spin. New songs from 'From Afar' were
going down well including 'Elusive Reaches'
Singing their victory songs, many arms were held aloft. The biggest cheers
were for tracks from the debut CD and the second release 'Iron'. 'Tale Of
Revenge' and the drinking song 'Lai Lai Hei' got us blood thirsty lot
raising our drinking horns and singing along in perfect Finnish, it was a
Many hardcore fans from those early days who
I spoke to, didn't seem too impressed
but I felt this was a professional and polished performance, I felt the
band are on one viking ship that will not sink. Manowar may win the battle
on land but Ensiferum will leave them all at sea.
Dividing Stream (Intro, Orch edit.) - From Afar - Twilight Tavern - Little
Dreamer - Elusive Reaches - Wanderer - Heathen Throne - Guardians of Fate
- Tale of Revenge - Smoking Ruins - Slayer of Light - One More -Magic
Potion - Tumman Virran Taa (Intro) - The Longest Journey
Treacherous Gods - LAI LAI HEI - Iron
by Mark Taylor
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