is the first album by band Ensiferum. It was released on January 7.
Ensiferum was founded in 1995 by Markus Toivonen (guitar), Sauli Savolainen (bass) and Kimmo Miettinen (drums). For the band’s name, they took the Latin neuter gender adjective ensiferum, which means “sword bearer”. In the next year, Jari Mäenpää was taken into the band as singer and second guitar-player. In 1997, the first demo was released, containing three songs.
The highly stylized logo of Ensiferum has appeared on all of their releases. In 1998, Sauli and Kimmo left the band and were replaced by Jukka-Pekka Miettinen (Kimmo’s little brother, then 14 years old) and Oliver Fokin. In January 1999, a second demo was recorded, which although it did not produce a recording deal, boosted the band’s confidence.
Ensiferum is an album that truly defines the genre of folk metal. Still this is probably one of the better folk metal albums you will come across; you could certainly do a lot worse than listening to Ensiferum’s self titled debut if you direly needed to listen to listless music that eschews the tenants of heavy metal so they can wank around with weird folk instruments.
Jari Mäenpää Markus Toivonen Jukka-Pekka Miettinen Oliver Fokin
I love how Jari and the guys from Ensiferum are still friends. Markus fired Jari, Jukka-Pekka left and was replaced by Sami, who kind of is the frontman now… things could easily have ended badly, we’ve seen it happen with other bands. But there they’re all working together in Sons of Winter and Stars. That’s just beautiful.
is the second by band Ensiferum. This is the last album featuring Jari Mäenpää, due to conflicts between scheduled studio work on his side project Wintersun and touring with Ensiferum.
“Iron” is great folk metal album, and it is very indicative of legions of bands who opt to play this upbeat and energetic style of music.
If you have heard of Viking metal, then you have probably heard of Ensiferum. Although Ensiferum aren’t fully Viking metal, they are probably the best known modern band among the genres of folk/Viking.
Ensiferum One of the best ways of getting into folk/viking metal.
For the tour, Petri Lindroos from Norther replaced Jari on guitar and as singer, and became a member of the band after the tour. In December 2004, Jukka-Pekka left the band and was replaced by Sami Hinkka (Rapture). Oliver also left in 2005 to be replaced by Janne Parviainen.
Jari Mäenpää Markus Toivonen Meiju Enho Jukka-Pekka Miettinen Oliver Fokin