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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Masterpiece
Upon buying this album I was wary at first that it may be a slight disappointment to their first album, "Ensiferum", which in itself is a fantastic self-titled debut and also one of the best metal albums I have heard by far.
The album opens with a melodic instrumental called "Ferrum Aeternum", which contains keyboards, flutes you name it - and it prepares you for...
Published on 1 Aug 2005 by guardianoffate

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good start, poor finish
i really love Ensiferums self titled debut, classic folk metal album, and i was waiting to get Iron with much anticipation and excitment. The first few tracks really impressed me, but sadly the CD kinda dies halfway through and never really gets back on form

After the obligatory introduction 'Iron' opens the album in magnificent style and is easily one of the...
Published on 22 Aug 2008 by Hedon


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Masterpiece, 1 Aug 2005
This review is from: Iron (Audio CD)
Upon buying this album I was wary at first that it may be a slight disappointment to their first album, "Ensiferum", which in itself is a fantastic self-titled debut and also one of the best metal albums I have heard by far.
The album opens with a melodic instrumental called "Ferrum Aeternum", which contains keyboards, flutes you name it - and it prepares you for what you are then about to hear. Next comes "Iron" and this demonstrates the talent of the band, with melodic keyboards and power metal based guitar - with some nice thrashy riffs thrown in for good measure. From "Iron" onwards Ensiferum have to offer some great songs, namely "Slayer of Light" which is reminiscent to that of Children of Bodom, with catchy death-metal based riffs and rough vocals from Jari Maenpaa (who has now sadly left the band) but this will hopefully not deminish their sheer quality and talent in (fingers crossed) their albums in the future.
Songs to look out for on this album include: "Slayer of Light", "Iron", "Sword Chant" and "LAI LAI HEI".
Even though in my opinion this album may not live up to the awesomeness of their debut album, it is very good nonetheless and any Metal fans out there who listen to Children of Bodom, Nightwish or Sonata Arctica should definetly start listening to Ensiferum - Believe me, its worth it!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melodic Metal Set In The Past......., 28 Oct 2007
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Having discovered this cd by accident whilst browsing through amazons metal section, took a chance on what could either be great or very naff,very few bands can pull off this mix of folk/medievel/metal mix but it works well.
Great songs and riffs well worth the cash for something a little different from the clone metal nonsense which is in abundance.5 stars i think
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good start, poor finish, 22 Aug 2008
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Hedon (Eternal Night) - See all my reviews
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i really love Ensiferums self titled debut, classic folk metal album, and i was waiting to get Iron with much anticipation and excitment. The first few tracks really impressed me, but sadly the CD kinda dies halfway through and never really gets back on form

After the obligatory introduction 'Iron' opens the album in magnificent style and is easily one of the bands best ever songs. Showing a bit more of a grandiose power metal side then usual the song has it all; killer verse, anthemic chorus, great solo and atmospheric keys. Jari's vocals have also improved much since the debut, especially his semi clean singing which has increased in range greatly. What a track! 'Swordchant' follows up nicely, showing their folk side more this time, and a great bouncy verse which switches from gravely singing to growling in a wonderful sing along way. Then, after another instrumental we get 'Tale of Revenge', my favourite. Starting slowly and sorrowfully with a wonderful lead riff yet using almost entirly growled vocals, it has a really unique feel to it, eventually building up into a bit of a thrash fest. So, at this point i'm really happy. But then things start to turn pale

Slayer of light is really generic, uninspired and quite boring and really sounds like any 80s thrsh tune with Jari;s vocals posted over it. And it really kills all the momentum the album had been building up. And i don't know why everyone likes 'Into Battle' so much; it me its needlessly long and pretty bland, even the chorus fails to stir me. Then we finish with two tracks of entirly clean vocals and the albums slowly drifts to an unimpressive close when they should have been going out with a bang (Battle Songs anyone)

So, what started out as an incrediable album ends as a rather standard one. it feels like they got bored half way through and gave up. which is a real shame as 'Iron' and 'Tale of Revenge' are more then enough proof that the band is capable of spectacular folk metal.

I still listen to Iron, but i usually turn it off after 4 or 5 tracks.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Really BAD state, 25 Jun 2013
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I love the music in the CD and the price was pretty good BUT the product plastic box were broken when it arrived. Really disappointing Amazon..

I don't recommend this product at all.
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