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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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  • Audio CD (18 Sept. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Spinefarm/Umgd
  • ASIN: B008MZPTJM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Riffan on 27 Aug. 2012
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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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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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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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By Zoracka on 13 Nov. 2012
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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.

The first 4 tracks (In My Sword I trust, Unsung Heroes, Burning Leaves and Celestial Bond) are the best, but with a strong start the quality unfortunately falls abit. Some of the tracks are too mediacore, forgetting the memorable (and defining) sounds we got from their previous work like Warrior's Quest, Iron, Battle Song, and Token of Time. The last track is a cover of Gipsy Kings - Bamboleo. The song is definitely a change in tune from the original, but it does not fit very well into a otherwise great album.

The Limited Edition of "Unsung Heroes" also includes a DVD with a documentary about creating the album.

Overall "Unsung Hero" IS a great addition in their discography. If you are a Ensiferum fan this album is definitely recommended, if you're new to the band,then I would look out for their previous albums like "Victory Songs" and "Iron" first.
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