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Unsung Heroes [Import]

Ensiferum Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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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 (18 Sep 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Spinefarm
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,303 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Took me 2 years to get used to it, but... 27 Sep 2014
By James
Format:Audio CD
Sorry, Ensiferum! As much as I love you, this is a blip on your illustrious record of records.

The songs Unsung Heroes and Burning Leaves stand out as the best tracks (5 stars), truly worthy of the band's previous endeavours. I found In My Sword I trust to be a cheesy, but nonetheless enjoyable song (4 stars). It's singalong, music video material, so it feels a bit like a mainstream product, not that that stops me from liking it for its merits. Celestial Bond is a beautiful acoustic interlude (4 stars). It paces the album, even if it is time taken out of the disk that could be reserved for face crushing epicness. Retribution Shall Be Mine brings back the energy of the album, hitting hard and fast (for me, 5 stars)

Here, the problem starts in my opinion. Pohjola is a highly operatic track, and it seems to drown out everything else. I like when orchestras subtly harmonise everything and add to the song, and occasionally burst through, but this is too much. Contrast this to how keyboards were used in Iron. Victory Songs was their folkiest album, whereas here they seem to have upped the symphonic elements at the expense of the folk ones. From Afar had a good balance... this doesn't. That's a BIG problem.

Passion Proof Power is my least favourite track. If you compare it to The Longest Journey (1+2), it pales in comparison. Give Finnish metal musicians a 15 minute canvas, I want to be blown out of the water and I'm just not. There are good parts for a couple of minutes, but overall there's too much wankery and it doesn't form a very coherent track (Longest Journey, eck hem!!!). It's too spacey, proggy, wankery-y, and sweet power metally.

Instead, from the album overall, I expected there to be more aggression, more melodic death influences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Unsung Heroes, Forgotten Valour' 25 July 2014
By Peter
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Many people seem to think negatively of this album, but I think it is brilliant. Sure, it is different from their previous work, but it certainly makes a positive change in my opinion and there isn't a weak track on the album. You can definitely hear the symphonic side brought in on the previous album, 'From Afar,' which is extended further here. The album also includes (at least) two synthy keyboard solos that really give the keyboard player Emmi Silvennoinen a chance to shine, as the keyboards can often be lost behind the chugging guitars and pounding drums of Ensiferum's music. As to the whole deal with the last track 'Passion, Proof, Power' I had little issue with it. Of course it couldn't compare to the two part epic 'Heathen Throne' on the previous album (which are probably two of the greatest folk metal tracks ever released in my experience), so in that respect I can see why people would be disappointed, but besides this it is still a great track. It IS a little experimental, granted, but I don't necessarily see anything wrong with that. 5/5 for awesomeness, best two tracks 'Burning Leaves' and 'Pohjola.'
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ensiferum 28 Dec 2012
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Ensiferum - Unsung Heroes is a good Battle Metal album. If you like Manowar and Turisas you will find plenty to enjoy here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Album that will Divide 27 Aug 2012
By Riffan
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Ensiferum's journey continues as 3 years following what is my favorite album, From Afar, the Battle-Anthem producing Finns deliver their fifth opus, "Unsung Heroes". A few things to make clear, in no way is this is a sequel or a continuation from Afar, or any other Ensiferum album. Truly its own entity for better or worse, Unsung Heroes is a unique, strange and diverse offering of Ensiferum's battle anthem work with female led folk, songs of battle and heroes and the usual fanfare of instrumental work, heavy thrashers and of course the finale epic. This album will do many things, it will make some fans happy, it will make others scratch their heads in confusion, others will cheer, others will groan. A grower - yes? A good album, on first try I think it is with some problems abound.

So we begin with the opening standard, an instrumental. "Symbols" is shorter than the usual Ensiferum opener and is more symphonic than folk, more in the "Ad Victoriam" vein of warm-ups. It's a good track to begin with, pulling us in despite the fact nothing is new here, but the piece itself builds up nicely.

We then get the second track and our opening battle anthem "In My Sword I Trust." Whilst at first this was disappointing as it doesn't build up that much speed or power like "From Afar" it is a grower and there are plenty of components that make is a good track. The chorus, albeit cheesy is irresistible to sing along to and the guitar solo is excellent, as are Sammie's vocals. Petri on the other hand, well, I was fine with him On Victory Songs, impressed at times on "From Afar", here, he sounds tired, spent and this is a major problem on this album, he just doesn't have the old power. Despite this being the only real problem on this song, it's still a good track and grows over time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD 31 Mar 2014
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Bought as a Christmas present for my nephew, he really enjoyed it, great music with some great songs on it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Album 22 April 2013
By Vaughan
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Good album, not quite Ensiferum's normal standard, but still good.
I think the studio editing makes it sound a bit flat.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as many make out
There's a big stink about Unsung Heroes rolling around the internet. So bad that I neglected listening to this for a long time, and if it wasn't for a sense of commitment to one... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Hedon
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray
Banging CD - I've only loved folk metal for about 4 years, and Ensiferum for about 3, but this is just a prime example of mead-drinking choons.
Published 22 months ago by Sam Holland
4.0 out of 5 stars The vikings are back!
Ensiferum is a metalband from Findland, who plays what is often catogrized as Viking Metal. "Unsung Heroes" is their 6th album with ups and downs. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Zoracka
3.0 out of 5 stars Dumbed down Ensiferum
Not a bad album but definitely lacking something in comparison to earlier Ensiferum stuff. They seem to have lost their edge somehow and produced a rather strange offering with... Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2012 by Solitaire
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear Oh Dear!!!
Have been a fan of Ensiferum for over 10 years now, (seen them 3 times, met them twice) and awaited each new cd release with trepidation as I believed they would have a hard job... Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2012 by N. J. Beech
5.0 out of 5 stars Ensiferum as it should be!
Been a fan of this band for a long time and will continue to do so! What a record! Ensiferum as it should be! From afar was a great album and I had big expectations for this one. Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2012 by Gaelic Clansman
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