Finnish folk metallers, Ensiferum, have released a new single and accompanying video called Way of the Warrior. Way of the Warrior will feature on the band’s seventh album, Two Paths. The new album is due out on the 15th of September via Metal Blade Records. The new album was produced by Anssi Kippo and interestingly was recorded onto tape for a more analogue experience.
Ensiferum formed back in 1995 releasing 3 demos before their first full length in 2001. Now with 6 full lengths behind them, the band are revered as folk metal royalty to most fans of the genre. Ensiferum are Petri Lindroos on vocals and guitar with Markus Toivonen on lead guitar and backing vocals. Sami Hinkka is on bass and Netta Skog plays the digital accordion. Sami and Netta also add backing vocals while Janne Parviainen is on drums.
Way of the Warrior is exactly what you would expect from Ensiferum, for better or worse. If you like folk metal then this is a fine example of it. If you are not a fan of this genre, this is unlikely to change your mind. Luckily for me, I am a fan and so I love it. The guitars are soaring and the riff gallops along with blazing drums leading the charge. There are folk instruments in play too and the chorus is as catchy as you are going to find. This is the music that makes you want to grab for your beer, throw your fist in the air and get moving.
The band had the following to say about the new video: “It was really great to be involved in the process more than we ever have been before and the result turned out to be fantastic! We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed recording the song and shooting the video. So turn the volume up to eleven, move your furniture a bit so that you have room for moshing and press play!”
Check it our for yourself here. You can preorder Two Paths from Metal Blade here or via the links below. Check out Ensiferum on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to like and follow them while you are there too.
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Way of the Warrior by Ensiferum (Two Paths)
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