You can’t talk about the true greats of folk-inspired melodic death metal without reverent mention of ENSIFERUM, and with their recent album 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.
With One Man Army standing as the band’s most accomplished effort to-date, going into the process of following it up, the members were able to place faith in the intuition of each other, all driven to deliver the best record they could. ForSami Hinkka (bass/vocals), Markus Toivonen (guitar/vocals), Petri Lindroos (vocals/guitar) and Janne Parviainen(drums), this trust has steadily grown and strengthened with every release.
With Two Paths the care and attentiveness the band invests in everything they do shows, they maintain an enviably high standard. It is also a record with energy to spare, practically daring the listener to resist being caught up in its infectious liveliness. Whether it’s the breakneck, ultra-catchy thrashings of “For Those About To Fight For Metal” or “King Of Storms”, the crunchy stomp of “I Will Never Kneel” or the surging thunder of the title track, they never fail to grip, and when they slow things down – as on the cinematic “Hail To The Victor” – they somehow manage to sound even bigger. Likewise, the grandiose, heroic themes that have always run through ENSIFERUM ‘s records!
Now it is Australia’s chance to catch the band at their absolute peak! One of the biggest names and leaders in folk metal are on their way and ENSIFERUM promise you a night of beer drinking, fists in the air… just one big metal party.
‘’Sami Hinkka was quite the character on stage, and truly was a total blast to watch. Intense, engaging, and actively commanding the stage, he really pulled in fans from all over the venue.’’ METAL WANI
‘’Even though the Finns have been touring for years now, it is always nice to see them give 100 percent during shows and today was no different. All in all, a worthy night to remember.’’ – METAL EXPOSURE
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