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Helsinki, Finland (1995 – present)

Ensiferum (Latin ēnsiferum (neuter adjective) meaning “sword bearer”) is a folk metal band from Helsinki, Finland.

In 1995 Markus Toivonen played guitar with some friends in a band called ”Dark Reflections”, which played mainly covers of certain heavy metal bands including Megadeth, Pantera and many others. Later on, Markus felt that the band in which he was playing offered him very little inspiration and wanted to play something different. Markus was hugely inspired by folk music and also found himself fascinated with melodic death metal bands like Amorphis and Dark Tranquillity. Then one day Markus asked the band’s drummer, Kimmo Miettinen, if he wanted to play heroic folk ’death’ metal with him. Kimmo agreed. Next Markus and Kimmo asked their friend Sauli Savolainen, if he wanted to come and play the bass. Fortunately, he said yes. Now they had a band. Only trouble was that the band had no name at the time. One day Markus was visiting Sauli at his home, when he found a book; a Latin Dictionary. Markus casually opened the book. And from the first randomly picked page he glanced at a word. Ensiferum. Markus found the word fascinating and the translation “sword-bearing” excited him.

In year 1996 Ensiferum started its training in January 1996 at the Pasila Youthcenter in Helsinki (the same place their earlier band, Dark Reflections, had their rehearsals). Markus begun writing songs in 1995, which he finished in 1996. The songs were ”Knighthood”, ”Old Man (Väinämöinen)” and ”Frost”. Later in the same year, Markus convinced Jari Mäenpää (at the time a member of the band Immemorial, and an experienced solo artist) to join his band as a singer and second guitarist.


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  • Unknowndarkgirl

    they are gerat. even in real perfomance

    Yesterday 8:19am Reply
  • Elskaa

    Could we all stop labelling Ensiferum as Viking Metal ? Thanks.

    14 Apr 11:32am Reply
  • cbarnhart

    One Man Army is fucking awesome. My go to album every time I workout. From Afar is still my favorite.

    13 Apr 8:25pm Reply
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  • Wednesday10

    Please come to Brazil

    5 Apr 1:35am Reply
  • Moldoc

    For me the new album didn't feel very special at first but now that I've listened it more I think it's one of their best. I love all the songs and Two of Spades was hilariously good live.

    12 Mar 4:46pm Reply
  • bassius

    Warrior Without a War definitely made me feel like I was listening to old school Ensiferum.

    11 Mar 4:38pm Reply
  • philosophicalps

    "Cry For The Earth Bounds" is amazing! Expecting a tour in South America [2]

    10 Mar 7:50pm Reply
  • ShinTensei

    Hearing battle song live is an experience that any fan of this band should have.

    2 Mar 12:06am Reply
  • Redthir

    The new album is seeming really epic to me thus far. Currently on the title track as we speak.

    28 Feb 10:02am Reply
  • neoxx07

    I dont like the vocals in the new album

    28 Feb 12:18am Reply
  • Muinaiset

    I keep loving the album more and more. I think I'd give it a 9/10 myself. Heathen Throne Part III is still a little disappointing to me, but disregarding the fact that it's supposed to be HT III I think it's pretty great.

    27 Feb 9:09am Reply
  • ChokitoBranco

    I really liked the One Man Army. Expecting a tour in South America

    26 Feb 8:06pm Reply
  • TobogganOfHate

    one man army is much better than unsung heroes. OMA made me want to pick up my blade again and ride into battle. unsung heroes made me want to polish my antique silverware and have some lemon chamomile tea...

    26 Feb 6:28am Reply
  • flori_hedig

    German review for the new album online at "One Man Army" gets 8,5 out of 10!

    25 Feb 7:12pm Reply
  • Meat_Wolf

    Can someone actually post the full lyrics to Bonus Song? :D I got most of it but not all.

    25 Feb 4:25pm Reply
  • umosay

    I also felt DDD was a bit drawn out which is why I prefer those parts removed, less filler/repetition. I really like the song though, it's a good way to end the album with some victorious sounding melodies. I also didn't listen through PPP fully to this day, that is not Ensiferum :P

    25 Feb 1:19am Reply
  • Nordpolar

    Victory Song is quite good, but the other ones really don't touch me.

    24 Feb 3:09pm Reply
  • gu1tarplayer

    v Heathen throne part 1/2, Victory song? Those are their best tracks imo. DDD is pretty good too, but something is missing there. PPP is totally garbage, listened it only once and that was enough for me :D @umosay: quite like the version where you removed the first part, though album version didn't really bother me that much.

    24 Feb 2:42pm Reply
  • Nordpolar

    "One Man Army" is growing on me actually. Though, DDD shows once more that Ensiferum aren't really capable of doing those long songs. Too much filler passages, too little rather good moments.

    24 Feb 1:19pm Reply
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