By comparison, One Man Army is their first one in a while that doesn't feel like a huge step forward. The same is true regarding the sound of One Man Army, only this time it just all seems to fall flat on its face for me. I can see some fans being disappointed by this track, but I personally love it, as it serves as a nice change of pace from some of the heavier songs and the folk melodies are beautiful, especially the use of a violin throughout, while the chorus is an absolutely killer and super addictive. Jari teve que fazer a escolha que definiria sua vida nos próximos anos após as datas da turnê do Ensiferum coincidirem com as datas de gravação do Primeiro álbum. Also, as usual, the clean male vocals from bassist Sami Hinkka and guitarist Markus Toivonen are quite varied, sometimes even sounding a bit different from past albums, as they occasionally sound a bit more wild than usual, which fits in well on some of the more folk flavored tracks.
Norther originally started as a death metal band under the name Requiem in 1996, then changed their name to Decayed, and in 2000 to Norther. Markus Toivonen never played in Scent of Flesh — there are two different persons with the same name. It's just there, with Ensiferum doing what Ensiferum do. While the folk elements dominate more than ever, though, there are still some very epic symphonic arrangements on a couple tracks, as well as the expected melodic death metal elements, which while again not as dominant as on some albums, are still very much present and are used as well as ever. And then we have the two oddball tracks. I hear the different elements again sure, minus anything much I'd call progressive which is a description I applied to some of the last album, but the details don't come through so good to my ears and even when I do hear something a bit different out of the album it doesn't seem too much of a far cry from the norm. Todos os direitos reservados ao Wintersun e as gravadoras.
And of course, I highly recommend it to all fans of melodeath infused folk metal and symphonic metal. Definitely an exciting opening track, but surprisingly not even one of my favorites on the album, as awesome as it is. Bom se você curte o estilo, deve saber quem é o Jari, criador de hinos do , como Lai Lai Hei, Into Battle, Warrior's Quest, etc. Petri Lindroos had to leave Norther in 2009 because of scheduling conflicts with Ensiferum, leaving no founding members in the band. E, cá entre nós, é minha banda favorita.
Elsewhere, the choir vocals and various forms of gang vocals are still used frequently and sound as awesome as ever. On April 1st, 2009 Norther issued a statement saying that Jari Mäenpää ex-Ensiferum, Wintersun would be joining Norther as their new vocalist following the departure of Petri Lindroos. The album rarely manages to get my head nodding, blood boiling or even to put a smile on my face in folk metal style silliness during the course of its eleven tracks. The track has no harsh vocals and is sung almost entirely by one singer, who does an excellent job and his voice fits the folk flavor of the track perfectly the one exception is a brief use of female vocals as support right near the end. For anything relating to folk metal, that band was Ensiferum.
Jari começou a trabalhar na gravação do primeiro disco de sua banda sozinho, quando percebeu que precisaria de um baterista pra lhe ajudar, mandou então demos que já havia gravado de seu projeto para Kai Hahto, membro da banda Rotten Sound, que concordou em lhe ajudar. Gang vocals and choirs are also used on many tracks, as always, and are as epic as ever, adding extra flavor to the music, and helping to make some already awesome choruses even better. If you like the music, support the bands by buying their albums and merchandising. Later on in the song we have one of two instances on the album where a solo female voice is heard, as well as well as one late section in the song where Petri showcases those higher growls I mentioned earlier. Fans of Victory Songs and especially From Afar should be very pleased with this one, while even those who preferred Unsung Heroes should find a lot to like.
These tracks really do feel like one 16 minute epic the first track even ends with some ambient keyboards which continue into the start of the second track and once again Ensiferum has delivered spectacularly on that front. True, it could have been paced a little better with some of the tracks moved around but on the whole I find myself liking this album quite a bit despite it not topping the debut in any given way. As always, harsh vocals are an important part of the music, and Petri Lindroos sounds as epic and powerful with his growls as ever. Interestingly, Netta plays a digital accordion, which can be used to effectively recreate the kinds of keyboard sounds Emmi was using on the past three albums, while at the same time she can also use it as a normal accordion, which adds extra folk flavor to the music, something the band has done very effectively on this album. Ensiferum were founded as a three-piece by Markus Toivonen, Sauli Savolainen and Kimmo Miettinen. Another interesting thing about this album, specifically, is that it really helps get my brain working and creative when it is turned off.
In fact, everything from the more simplistic drum patterns to the super catchy chorus, makes it feel like a more accessible, almost radio friendly track by Ensiferum standards. With their upcoming sixth full length release One Man Army, they have kept their streak alive, with yet another brilliant album that both builds on their previous work, and throws in some big surprises on a couple tracks. I thought it was a little weak in comparison because it isn't as heavy throughout its entirety, but after many listens I have grown to really like the subtleties of this offering. It basically feels like a full representation of their sound and it definitely gives listeners an idea of what to expect, from the super energetic, more straightforward songwriting found throughout the album. Some fans were disappointed with their more slowed down and melodic previous release Unsung Heroes, but I found it to be just as incredible as their previous two. Her replacement on tour was Netta Skog, who has gone on to officially join the band for Two Paths.
Ensiferum are probably one of the first few bands that come to a lot of metalheads minds when thinking of folk metal, but personally speaking though I love the genre I've never been more than a casual fan of their music, though I did end up enjoying their last record Unsung Heroes 2012 a fair bit. It's exactly what I was expecting in terms of direction but I know this band can do better. But to me the album feels and sounds only passable at best. And perhaps that's the bigger problem with this one: it just seems to be Ensiferum by numbers and maybe that's just not enough for a new Ensiferum album to be even a little bit interesting to me, the casual follower, at this point having heard and enjoyed their last few albums to different degrees. Fans of From Afar should love that one as well as the equally awesome title track, which is pretty much a pure melodic death metal song, only sparingly using symphonic and folk elements. Clean male vocals are handled by guitarist Markus Toivonen and bassist Sami Hinkka.