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Ensiferum - what name would suit a band playing battle metal better, than a name that in Latin means "the Swordbearer"?

After finding the band in 1995, Ensiferum's mastermind, guitarist/ main songwriter/ vocalist Markus Toivonen has taken the band safely through turmoils of line-up changes and busy schedules ever since. The band's career fully took flight in 2000 after ... Read more in Amazon's Ensiferum Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (9 Sept. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks
  • Label: Spinefarm Records
  • ASIN: B002K8P2C6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,748 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. By The Dividing Stream 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. From Afar 4:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Twilight Tavern 5:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Heathen Throne11:09Album Only
Listen  5. Elusive Reaches 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Stone Cold Metal 7:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Smoking Ruins 6:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Tumman Virran Taa0:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Longest Journey (Heathen Throne Part II)12:49Album Only
Listen10. Vandraren 3:41£0.79  Buy MP3 

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hedon on 29 Aug. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I wasn't expecting much from their last album 'Victory Songs' but was really surprised and impressed with the quality overall and, aside from a few wee complaints, it was for sure a welcome addition to Ensiferum's discography. So naturally, i was expecting a decent outing from the Finns on 'From Afar', and it is my pleasure to report that i wasn't dissapointed.

'From Afar' starts like any other Ensiferum album with a token acoustic introduction. Nothing new there eh? But as soon as the title track leaps forth from the speakers there can be no doubt that this is definitily bold new sound for the band. Don't get me wrong, it still oozes that instantly recognisable 'Ensiferum' sound of folky-power metal-meets-melodic death, but whereas the keyboards and other instruments were usually more of a background thing adding texture and atmosphere, they now take the forefront of the music. This started on Victory Songs with the addition of banjos, bagpipes, whistles etc, but on From Afar the lads threw in the entire kitchen sink complete with a full-on orchestra, huge choirs and a number of different instruments i can't even spell. As such the songwriting has been altered slightly to incorporate the new elements and as such the guitars are pulled back a tad and it is not so heavily riff-based, even though this album is still chock with killer riffs and leads. for the most part it works really well; Ensiferum have always been a band who dabbled in the 'epic' with their 'heroic folk metal', and From Afar sees them indulging this side like never before. We also see much more variety then previous albums, with only really 'From Afar' and 'Elusive reaches' taking the classic fast-paced Ensiferum mantle but with added bombast.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven Smith on 28 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Having discovered this new album almost by chance(was looking to buy some of their older albums) I immediately decided it would be an insult to the norse gods not to buy it! After an initial listen through I was amazed and slightly stunned by modest changes and nuances that had been wrought upon this much loved band.

It starts off with a reasonably long instrumental intro track to get the ball going. Ok I thought...this sounds Ensiferum-ish enough. I like it. Then, just over 3 minutes later you are dumped smack bang in the middle of a variety of sounds. Overall there is that signature Ensiferum quality that one just can't help but grin at, but, what's this I hear? Could that possibly be trumpets? Indeed, and many other instruments that, dare I say, I expect to find in a Within Temptation album. You know what though? It works. Classic heavy Ensiferum sounds have been fused wonderfully with the harmonious orchestral instruments to create a new and refreshing tone which, I dearly hope, they stick with from now on. This truly is music that you can headbang to. Just don't do it whist using a X-trainer like I did. Seriously, you might hurt yourself. :)

The lengths of the tracks are very good too; ranging from 3:50(By The Dividing Stream) to the two parter 'Heathen Throne' pieces that are 11:09 and 12:52 respectively. They may be longer than the norm, but I assure you, you will be entranced all the way through.

The final point to note is the presentation of it all. Some people consider this quite important, so I'll make you happy by saying a few words. I got the 'special edition' version, which I'm assuming is what most of you lot have/ will be buying(yes, you will!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Giles on 22 July 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I can't imagine how I have not had the pleasure of listening to these guys ( and gal ) sooner, being a fan of the other Finnish folk metal bands. This album is epic, pure and simple, and I'm pretty picky when it comes to this type of music. Orcestra, choir, thrash metal guitars, folk and Medieval elements, and wonderful harmonies in Tumman Virran Taa. Love those rolled R's!
Off to buy up the rest of their CDs now...
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