Genre: Folk Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
All those you happen to know me in personal, you may know that I’m not a talkative guy and try to be as laconic as I can be. So to make a long story short I could describe the new album from Ensiferum as the band’s ‘Louder Than Hell’ with a tint of ‘Gods of War’ if I want to be more precise. No I don’t say it is a bad album and definitely not a masterpiece… I say that that it has its moments but I feel like this is an album made only for the fans of the band, as it less focused than it demands to make a solid record for a bigger audience. Too many orchestral elements, too many clichés, a pretentious effort to sound ‘big’ and pompous and above all I really can’t afford so embarrassingly boring riffs. Speaking of embarrassing moments, please check the lyrics on ‘For Those About To Metal’…At least Ensiferum is one of the folk bands that doesn’t sound like a cheesy Eurovision shitty band… But let’s stay more on the things that have something to give to the listener. ’King of Storms’ is a strong composition but nothing extra ordinaire, ‘I Will Never Kneel’ tries to capture a cinematic feeling and it is a nice folk tune and ‘Feast With Valkyries’ is an excellent song that should be written for Eluveitie’s next album. ‘God Is Dead’ for some reason is an attempt on writing a hit single in the veins of Finntroll. Probably this is the new direction that the Finns have chosen in order to refresh their sound. Time will only tell. And as we all know Time flies and never looks back. And unfortunately will never look back on their best album ‘Victory Songs’ that believe it or not have already passed 10 years since it was out.