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Oh Dear Oh Dear!!!,
This review is from: Unsung Heroes (Audio CD)
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 bettering the previous one. Up until last month I had always been pleasantly relieved to find that they had not only just bettered it , but had far surpassed it. I regret to have to agree with the first reviewer, that this is very far removed from the usual Ensiferum excellence we've been acustomed to.
There are only two tracks that can be said to be anywhere near what one would hope for. It is sadly lacking in excitement, power, and on two tracks , ensiferum themselves ! When you consider the majesty and musical magnificence of Longest Journey (thier extra length "epic" track on the superb "From Afar") and compare it to their epic here , they sound tired, out of ideas, and dare I say, almost as if they just wanted to get it over with and out of the studio. (Chickens clucking ??? this is music how ????)
Previous albums have contained two or three tracks each which were a variation of a single tune, but performed, played and delivered at different tempos and in different styles, cleverly linking a theme through the album. Unfortunately, this is a mish-mash of thin voiced folky wailing, tuneless guitar solos, and maniacal "Rhapsody of Fire like" prog keyboard gibberish.
Any Ensiferum Fan who liked the excitement of Treacherous Gods, the power of From Afar, the majesty of Longest Journey, and the general viking metal vitality............... please have a listen before you waste your money.
(AND the bonus track is absolutely the worst thing I've ever heard, see above about getting it over with !)