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Ensiferum - what name would suit a band playing battle metal better, than a name that in Latin means "Swordbearer"?

 

After founding the band in 1995, Ensiferum's mastermind, guitarist/main songwriter/vocalist Markus Toivonen has taken the band safely through turmoils of line-up changes and busy schedules ever since. The band's career fully took flight in 2000 after Spinefarm Records released their self titled debut album 'Ensiferum', and their busy touring made them a household favourite all over Finland. Their second album 'Iron' took Ensiferum a step further, all the way to Copenhagen's Sweet Silence Studios. There in Denmark, during the Fall of 2003, their second album was recorded in the capable hands of producer Flemming Rasmussen, known for his work on such masterpieces as Metallica's 'Master of Puppets' and 'Ride the Lightning.'

 

'Iron' was a great success and grew the band's popularity to whole new heights. The album also got the band some extensive touring abroad, but these gigs finally took a toll on the band. 2004 saw three band members depart: drummer Oliver Fokin, bassist Jukka-Pekka Miettinen and vocalist Jari Mäenpää (later known for his work with Wintersun). This was not the end of the world for the warriors of Ensiferum and mastermind Markus. Instead, new and capable musicians took their places. Bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka, drummer Janne Parviainen (also known for his work on Waltari and Barathrum) and vocalist/guitarist Petri Lindroos all joined the ranks to finalise the new Ensiferum line-up.

 

The new line-up was tried and tested on the road touring all through 2005, and from the tour the members headed straight for the studio to make a new mini-album. This mini-CD, later titled 'Dragonheads', saw the band test their new growler Petri's vocals and their new bassist and drummer's skills in a recorded form. Such fun was had recording that the band did not stop with the mini-album, but also made a live DVD to honour their 10-year career. The "10th Anniversary Live" showed the new line-up playing hits from all Ensiferum albums, ranging from the earliest songs to the latest offerings of Dragonheads. Selling thousands of units worldwide, the DVD was the definitive proof that Ensiferum were as strong as ever.

 

In the end of 2006, Ensiferum took their gear to Helsinki's Sonic Pump Studios to record their third full-length album with producer Nino Laurenne. Metallic guitars combined with the traditional sounds of instruments as the Finnish kantele, bagpipes, nyckelharpa and bodhrans, the sound of 'Victory Songs' was a full, balanced mixture of folk, heavy and battle anthem-like power, accompanied by the gentle balance between Petri's growling vocals and Markus's and Sami's harmonised choruses.

'Victory Songs' was released during spring 2007 and right after the album release the band started their European tour, played several festivals and did a tour of Finland.

 

After the Summer Ensiferum again suffered a loss - the band's long-time keyboard player Meiju Enho decided to leave the band. A replacement was found in the form of Emmi Silvennoinen who has been playing with the band ever since.

 

More touring took place in the latter part of 2007, and the band stayed on the road for the whole of 2008, even playing their first ever tour in USA & Canada. Between the release of 'Victory Songs' and the beginning of 2009, the band embarked on 3 European tours, 3 North American tours and numerous festival shows around the world totalling 154 shows.

 

After being very busy writing and rehearsing new material in early 2009 Ensiferum entered studio Petrax (in Hollola, Finland) on the 13th of April to start the recordings of their fourth studio album with recorder/producer Tero Kinnunen (Nightwish, Amorphis etc.) and Janne Joutsenniemi (the producer of 'Victory Songs'). 'From Afar' was released in September 2009, with global touring to accompany.

 

In April 2012, the latest Ensiferum album 'Unsung Heroes' was completed. The album was mixed by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Sentenced, Amorphis etc.), with a release date set for August 24th 2012 in Finland and Germany. In September 2012, the band embarks on their Unsung Heroes Finland tour, followed by the Bearers of the Sword European tour. With more shows and tours to be announced in support of the new album, 2012 marks the beginning of a new era for Ensiferum.

Description

Ensiferum proudly endorse:

- Ibanez Guitars

- Mesa Boogie Amplifiers

- EVH Amplifiers

- Pearl Drums

- Paiste Cymbals

- Korg Keyboards

 

www.ensiferum.com

www.facebook.com/Ensiferum

 

[© LisaTiffanyPhotography]

 

For Pictures/Reviews/Interviews Visit

SoundShooterMusic.blogspot.com

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BIO

Richie Flores, one of the most in-demand percussionists of today’s active music scene has captured the attention of fans and critics alike by way of his electric performances that continually thrill audiences worldwide. Recently described by Latin Beat Magazine as having “the fastest hands in the East and the West,� Richie’s music is primal and powerful. He is currently in the process of innovating a new sound for the band of which he is leading; an exciting, contemporary fusion containing elements of rap, jazz and even salsa, further complemented by lyrics that contain a positive message of hope, a message that is relevant to the challenging issues we face in today’s ever changing world. Born in Brooklyn, New York, but raised in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, Richie was a prodigious talent as a young child that began playing congas at the early age of 5. He embarked on his professional career by age 8 playing with Grupo Batacumbele and Roberto Roena and the Apollo Sound. By age 13, he traveled to New York to play with Roberto Roena at the Village Gate, making him one of the youngest musicians ever to travel with a band outside of Puerto Rico. He continued performing professionally while studying percussion at the highly regarded Escuela Libre de Musica in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. With this successful start under his belt, Richie’s musical career continued to evolve by playing with some of the most respected and celebrated artists in the genre such as Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Cachao, The Fania All Stars, Gato Barbieri, Hilton Ruiz, David Sanchez and the Tropijazz All Stars. He has participated on many notable recordings, including the Grammy Award Winning album entitled “Master Sessions - Volume I,� by Cachao, Grammy nominated album Arete by Eddie Palmieri in 1996 and on Palmas in 1994, as well as David Sanchez’s Grammy nominated album “Obsesion� in 1997. He also has recorded with other notable artists such as Gato Barbieri, Hilton Ruiz, The Tropijazz All-Stars, Tochico Akiochi, Jimmy Bosch and Sergio George. Mr. Flores has had his own line of Congas with Pearl Drums since 2001 and actively tours the world teaching clinics at various educational institutions on behalf of Pearl. He has recently signed an endorsement deal with Zildjian cymbals and also uses Remo FiberSkyn 3 products.

Larry Carlton Trio.

Blues Expres 2011, Luxembourg.

 

16-time Grammy nominee and 3-time Grammy winner, Larry Carlton is perhaps the most versatile and accomplished guitarist walking the planet today. With over 3,000 sessions, 200 hit records and 100 gold albums to his credit, Carlton has his fingerprints indelibly imprinted on virtually every genre of music.

 

Larry performed in Luxembourg on 9-July 2011, together with Travis Carlton and Gene Coye.

An extensive coverage of the event as well as the high resolution files can be found on my website.

 

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Elise Trouw behind the scenes (filming in Insta-story for Guitar Center) in the Pearl Drums showroom at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, Orange County, California, on Saturday, January 27, 2018.

This is a slightly updated shot of my new-used Pearl drum kit, showing where I've got my tom and snare drum mufflers placed. They can be seen through the heads themselves. The main snare drum also has its own internal adjustable muffler as well.

 

I use insulated foam adhesive tape, normally used in building construction. This type of muffling method reduces overtones and brings out that fat, warm tone - preferred by most drummers.

Outtake from taking photographs at the 51st Annual Sakura Matsuri Japanaese Street Festival, Washington, DC.

This is a slightly updated shot of my new-used Pearl drum kit, showing where I've got my tom and snare drum mufflers placed. They can be seen through the heads themselves. The main snare drum also has its own internal adjustable muffler as well.

 

I use insulated foam adhesive tape, normally used in building construction. This type of muffling method reduces overtones and brings out that fat, warm tone - preferred by most drummers.

An amazing pearl drum set! Just amazing!

Autoportrait

Canon 7D

Fisheye 8mm

Pearl Drums

VIDEO PLAYLIST OF THE FULL EVENT

www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=906FFC6F001464FE

  

BIO

Richie Flores, one of the most in-demand percussionists of today’s active music scene has captured the attention of fans and critics alike by way of his electric performances that continually thrill audiences worldwide. Recently described by Latin Beat Magazine as having “the fastest hands in the East and the West,� Richie’s music is primal and powerful. He is currently in the process of innovating a new sound for the band of which he is leading; an exciting, contemporary fusion containing elements of rap, jazz and even salsa, further complemented by lyrics that contain a positive message of hope, a message that is relevant to the challenging issues we face in today’s ever changing world. Born in Brooklyn, New York, but raised in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, Richie was a prodigious talent as a young child that began playing congas at the early age of 5. He embarked on his professional career by age 8 playing with Grupo Batacumbele and Roberto Roena and the Apollo Sound. By age 13, he traveled to New York to play with Roberto Roena at the Village Gate, making him one of the youngest musicians ever to travel with a band outside of Puerto Rico. He continued performing professionally while studying percussion at the highly regarded Escuela Libre de Musica in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. With this successful start under his belt, Richie’s musical career continued to evolve by playing with some of the most respected and celebrated artists in the genre such as Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Cachao, The Fania All Stars, Gato Barbieri, Hilton Ruiz, David Sanchez and the Tropijazz All Stars. He has participated on many notable recordings, including the Grammy Award Winning album entitled “Master Sessions - Volume I,� by Cachao, Grammy nominated album Arete by Eddie Palmieri in 1996 and on Palmas in 1994, as well as David Sanchez’s Grammy nominated album “Obsesion� in 1997. He also has recorded with other notable artists such as Gato Barbieri, Hilton Ruiz, The Tropijazz All-Stars, Tochico Akiochi, Jimmy Bosch and Sergio George. Mr. Flores has had his own line of Congas with Pearl Drums since 2001 and actively tours the world teaching clinics at various educational institutions on behalf of Pearl. He has recently signed an endorsement deal with Zildjian cymbals and also uses Remo FiberSkyn 3 products.

Pearl Drums, Ibanez Guitar, Fender Bass & Peavey Amp.

If you've been watching the stream for any time (or explored a bit), you might recall that I play a little music once in a while. So, for my "Bench Monday" shot, I thought I would use a drum throne, and what better place than in front of my kit? It doesn't hurt that all the photo/light gear happens to be in the same room as the music gear. :)

 

I have a bit of an attachment to Pearl, if for no other reason than when I marched drum corps, the drum line played on Pearl drums (although, in full disclosure, I played a Kanstul Soprano Bugle - yes, now they play on "trumpets" for you bando's). I also always thought Chad Smith was one of the best groove drummers around (and I liked the feel of his kit) so I got a replica of his current setup (minus cymbals), hence the signature on the bass drum.

 

Happy Bench Monday, People!

 

Bigger on Darkness

 

Strobist: RPS Studio strobe in softbox, low above subject, camera right.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goblet_drum

 

Goblet drum

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The goblet drum (also chalice drum) is a goblet shaped hand drum used mostly in Arabic, Assyrian, Persian, Balkan, Greek, Armenian, Azeri and Turkish music. Its thin, responsive drumhead and resonance help it produce a distinctively crisp sound. It is of ancient origin, and is believed by some to have been invented before the chair

 

Names

Goblet drums have many names, according to location and language.

 

* General - darbakeh, tarabuka (دربكة), tablah, tableh (طبلة)

* Afghanistan - zairbaghali (Dari)

* Albanian - qypi

* Armenian - doumbak, dumbeg, doumbag (Դումպեկ)

* Assyria - dombuk, derbakeh

* Azerbaijan - dumbul, dunbul

* Crimean Tatar - dumbelek

* Bukhori - tarbouka

* Egypt - tablah

* Greek - toumberleki, toumpeleki

* Hungarian - dobouk

* Iranian - tombak, tonbak (تُمبَک ,تنبک ,دمبک ,دنبک ,تمبک) or zarb (ضَرب or ضَرب)

* Israeli - darbuka, tarbuka

* Kurdish - tepill

* Lebanon - derbakeh

* Macedonia - tarabuka

* Palestine - durbakeh, derbakeh

* Romanian - darabana, tarabuka

* Serbia - tarambuke

* Syria - derbakeh

* Turkish - darbuka, dümbelek

* Thailand, Laos - klong (or glong) yao (กลองยาว), thon (โทน), glong thap (กลองทับ)

* West Africa - djembe

 

okodarbuk

 

Technique

Goblet drums are played with a much lighter touch and quite different strokes (sometimes including rolls or quick rhythms articulated with the fingertips) than hand drums such as the djembe, found in Africa.

 

There are two main types of goblet drums. The Egyptian style has rounded edges around the head, whereas the Turkish style exposes the edge of the head. The exposed edge allows closer access to the head so finger-snapping techniques can be done, but the hard edge discourages the rapid rolls possible with the Egyptian style.

 

The goblet drum may be played while held under one arm or by placing it between the knees while seated. It produces a resonant, low-sustain sound while played lightly with the fingertips and palm. Some players move their fists in and out of the bell to alter the tone. There are a variety of rhythms (see dumbek rhythms) that form the basis of the folkloric and modern music and dance styles of the Middle East.

 

There are two main sounds produced by the goblet drum. The first is called the 'doum'. It is the deeper bass sound produced by striking the head near the center with the length of the fingers and palm. The second is called the 'tek' and is the higher-pitched sound produced by hitting near the edge of the head with the fingertips. A 'tek' struck with the secondary hand is also known as a 'ka'. Additionally, there are more complex techniques including snaps, slaps, pops and rolls that are used to ornament the basic rhythm. Hand clapping and hitting the sides of the drum can be used in addition to drumhead sounds.

 

Another technique commonly used in Bulgaria (see Music of Bulgaria), Turkey (see:Music of Turkey), and Egypt (see Music of Egypt) is to tap with the fingers of one hand and with a thin stick in the other. In Turkey the stick is called the çubuk, which means wand, or stick. The Gypsies of most of the countries associated with the goblet drum use this technique.

 

Use in Western classical music

The first known Western classical composition to feature a goblet drum is the opera Les Troyens (1856-1858) by the French composer Hector Berlioz, which calls in the Dance of the Nubian Slaves in Act IV for a tarbuka.

 

The first compositions for goblet drum and orchestra were composed by Halim El-Dabh in the 1950s; his Fantasia-Tahmeel for goblet drum and strings was premiered in New York City in 1958, with a string orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski.

 

Notable goblet drum players

* Burhan Öçal - Turkish player fusing Roma-Balkan music with jazz, Turkish classical music, and even electronic music.

* Mısırlı Ahmet - Turkish Darbuka player (studied in Egypt and fused Turkish and Arabic technique); "split-finger" playing technique. In Turkish, Mısırlı means "the Egyptian". In Egypt he is called "Ahmet the Turk".

* Ovidiu Lipan - Romanian player, drummer of the band Transsylvania Phoenix

* Halim El-Dabh - Egyptian-born ethnomusicologist

* Hani Naser

* Hossam Ramzy - Egyptian-born traditional and jazz drummer.

* Setrak Sarkissian - Armenian Lebanese-born player featured on some of the "classic" bellydance recordings from the 1970s; simplistic technique.

* Hossein Tehrani - Persian tonbak player

* Pejman Hadadi - L.A. Based Persian Tombak player;

* Elitsa Todorova - Bulgarian female folklore musician.

* Stoyan Yankoulov - Bulgarian percussionist.

* Rony Barrak - Lebanese percussionist.

* Seido Salifoski - A Macedonian Roma player of incredible skill and mastery.

Reference

 

* William McClure Thomson, (1860): The Land and the Book: Or, Biblical Illustrations Drawn from the Manners and Customs, the Scenes and Scenery, of the Holy Land Vol II, p. 580.

 

External links

*[http://www.gawharetelfan.com gawharetelfan.com Egyptian gawharet el fan official website]

*[http://www.nilecart.com/egyptiandrums.htm Egyptian gawharet el fan mother of pearl drums gallery]

*[http://www.sphinxshop.com/shop/egyptiandrums.htm Egyptian drums ultimate gallery]

*[http://nay-nava.blogfa.com/ Nay-Nava the encyclopedia of persian music instruments]

*[http://www.khafif.com/rhy/rhythm.html Jas's Middle Eastern Rhythms FAQ]

*[http://www.blackroot.org/drumming/drumming.html The Quick and Dirty Guide to the Doumbek]

*[http://www.rhythmweb.com/doumbek/index.html The Doumbek Page]

*[http://tombak.co.uk Tombak Network]

*[http://www.unclemafufo.com/instructional.html Website of Uncle Mafufo - Drum Instruction]

*[http://www.mydarbuka.com/ MyDarbuka - Egyptian Darbuka Doumbek Drums]

*[http://www.worldepot.com/ Worldepot - Unique Custom Darbuka Doumbek Drums]

* www.framedrums.de - Online Lessons, Videos and Sounds

*[http://acousticsoftombak.googlepages.com/gobletdrumsthroughhistory Goblet drums and tombak through history]

*[http://acousticsoftombak.googlepages.com/classification-tubulardrum Organology of tubular and goblet drums]

*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xD8qYHnjQK0 Misirli ahmet soloing on a Turkish television channel]

*[http://www.youtube.com/pacerman265 tuition from percussionist Matt Stonehouse]

 

Allen Brunelle 2011 - Pearl Drums, Zildjian Cymbals & Factory Metal Percussion Celtic Bells

My bud Keith playing at his band Hell To Pay show at The Coven in Bethlehem, PA 7/20/14.

The multi talented Guy Fletcher who both drummed and played the fiddle for the Morris On band on the Saturday of the 2012 Cropredy Festival.

Elise Trouw behind the scenes (filming in Insta-story for Guitar Center) in the Pearl Drums showroom at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, Orange County, California, on Saturday, January 27, 2018.

Ensiferum - what name would suit a band playing battle metal better, than a name that in Latin means "Swordbearer"?

 

After founding the band in 1995, Ensiferum's mastermind, guitarist/main songwriter/vocalist Markus Toivonen has taken the band safely through turmoils of line-up changes and busy schedules ever since. The band's career fully took flight in 2000 after Spinefarm Records released their self titled debut album 'Ensiferum', and their busy touring made them a household favourite all over Finland. Their second album 'Iron' took Ensiferum a step further, all the way to Copenhagen's Sweet Silence Studios. There in Denmark, during the Fall of 2003, their second album was recorded in the capable hands of producer Flemming Rasmussen, known for his work on such masterpieces as Metallica's 'Master of Puppets' and 'Ride the Lightning.'

 

'Iron' was a great success and grew the band's popularity to whole new heights. The album also got the band some extensive touring abroad, but these gigs finally took a toll on the band. 2004 saw three band members depart: drummer Oliver Fokin, bassist Jukka-Pekka Miettinen and vocalist Jari Mäenpää (later known for his work with Wintersun). This was not the end of the world for the warriors of Ensiferum and mastermind Markus. Instead, new and capable musicians took their places. Bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka, drummer Janne Parviainen (also known for his work on Waltari and Barathrum) and vocalist/guitarist Petri Lindroos all joined the ranks to finalise the new Ensiferum line-up.

 

The new line-up was tried and tested on the road touring all through 2005, and from the tour the members headed straight for the studio to make a new mini-album. This mini-CD, later titled 'Dragonheads', saw the band test their new growler Petri's vocals and their new bassist and drummer's skills in a recorded form. Such fun was had recording that the band did not stop with the mini-album, but also made a live DVD to honour their 10-year career. The "10th Anniversary Live" showed the new line-up playing hits from all Ensiferum albums, ranging from the earliest songs to the latest offerings of Dragonheads. Selling thousands of units worldwide, the DVD was the definitive proof that Ensiferum were as strong as ever.

 

In the end of 2006, Ensiferum took their gear to Helsinki's Sonic Pump Studios to record their third full-length album with producer Nino Laurenne. Metallic guitars combined with the traditional sounds of instruments as the Finnish kantele, bagpipes, nyckelharpa and bodhrans, the sound of 'Victory Songs' was a full, balanced mixture of folk, heavy and battle anthem-like power, accompanied by the gentle balance between Petri's growling vocals and Markus's and Sami's harmonised choruses.

'Victory Songs' was released during spring 2007 and right after the album release the band started their European tour, played several festivals and did a tour of Finland.

 

After the Summer Ensiferum again suffered a loss - the band's long-time keyboard player Meiju Enho decided to leave the band. A replacement was found in the form of Emmi Silvennoinen who has been playing with the band ever since.

 

More touring took place in the latter part of 2007, and the band stayed on the road for the whole of 2008, even playing their first ever tour in USA & Canada. Between the release of 'Victory Songs' and the beginning of 2009, the band embarked on 3 European tours, 3 North American tours and numerous festival shows around the world totalling 154 shows.

 

After being very busy writing and rehearsing new material in early 2009 Ensiferum entered studio Petrax (in Hollola, Finland) on the 13th of April to start the recordings of their fourth studio album with recorder/producer Tero Kinnunen (Nightwish, Amorphis etc.) and Janne Joutsenniemi (the producer of 'Victory Songs'). 'From Afar' was released in September 2009, with global touring to accompany.

 

In April 2012, the latest Ensiferum album 'Unsung Heroes' was completed. The album was mixed by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Sentenced, Amorphis etc.), with a release date set for August 24th 2012 in Finland and Germany. In September 2012, the band embarks on their Unsung Heroes Finland tour, followed by the Bearers of the Sword European tour. With more shows and tours to be announced in support of the new album, 2012 marks the beginning of a new era for Ensiferum.

Description

Ensiferum proudly endorse:

- Ibanez Guitars

- Mesa Boogie Amplifiers

- EVH Amplifiers

- Pearl Drums

- Paiste Cymbals

- Korg Keyboards

 

www.ensiferum.com

www.facebook.com/Ensiferum

 

[© LisaTiffanyPhotography]

 

For Pictures/Reviews/Interviews Visit

SoundShooterMusic.blogspot.com

Ensiferum - what name would suit a band playing battle metal better, than a name that in Latin means "Swordbearer"?

 

After founding the band in 1995, Ensiferum's mastermind, guitarist/main songwriter/vocalist Markus Toivonen has taken the band safely through turmoils of line-up changes and busy schedules ever since. The band's career fully took flight in 2000 after Spinefarm Records released their self titled debut album 'Ensiferum', and their busy touring made them a household favourite all over Finland. Their second album 'Iron' took Ensiferum a step further, all the way to Copenhagen's Sweet Silence Studios. There in Denmark, during the Fall of 2003, their second album was recorded in the capable hands of producer Flemming Rasmussen, known for his work on such masterpieces as Metallica's 'Master of Puppets' and 'Ride the Lightning.'

 

'Iron' was a great success and grew the band's popularity to whole new heights. The album also got the band some extensive touring abroad, but these gigs finally took a toll on the band. 2004 saw three band members depart: drummer Oliver Fokin, bassist Jukka-Pekka Miettinen and vocalist Jari Mäenpää (later known for his work with Wintersun). This was not the end of the world for the warriors of Ensiferum and mastermind Markus. Instead, new and capable musicians took their places. Bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka, drummer Janne Parviainen (also known for his work on Waltari and Barathrum) and vocalist/guitarist Petri Lindroos all joined the ranks to finalise the new Ensiferum line-up.

 

The new line-up was tried and tested on the road touring all through 2005, and from the tour the members headed straight for the studio to make a new mini-album. This mini-CD, later titled 'Dragonheads', saw the band test their new growler Petri's vocals and their new bassist and drummer's skills in a recorded form. Such fun was had recording that the band did not stop with the mini-album, but also made a live DVD to honour their 10-year career. The "10th Anniversary Live" showed the new line-up playing hits from all Ensiferum albums, ranging from the earliest songs to the latest offerings of Dragonheads. Selling thousands of units worldwide, the DVD was the definitive proof that Ensiferum were as strong as ever.

 

In the end of 2006, Ensiferum took their gear to Helsinki's Sonic Pump Studios to record their third full-length album with producer Nino Laurenne. Metallic guitars combined with the traditional sounds of instruments as the Finnish kantele, bagpipes, nyckelharpa and bodhrans, the sound of 'Victory Songs' was a full, balanced mixture of folk, heavy and battle anthem-like power, accompanied by the gentle balance between Petri's growling vocals and Markus's and Sami's harmonised choruses.

'Victory Songs' was released during spring 2007 and right after the album release the band started their European tour, played several festivals and did a tour of Finland.

 

After the Summer Ensiferum again suffered a loss - the band's long-time keyboard player Meiju Enho decided to leave the band. A replacement was found in the form of Emmi Silvennoinen who has been playing with the band ever since.

 

More touring took place in the latter part of 2007, and the band stayed on the road for the whole of 2008, even playing their first ever tour in USA & Canada. Between the release of 'Victory Songs' and the beginning of 2009, the band embarked on 3 European tours, 3 North American tours and numerous festival shows around the world totalling 154 shows.

 

After being very busy writing and rehearsing new material in early 2009 Ensiferum entered studio Petrax (in Hollola, Finland) on the 13th of April to start the recordings of their fourth studio album with recorder/producer Tero Kinnunen (Nightwish, Amorphis etc.) and Janne Joutsenniemi (the producer of 'Victory Songs'). 'From Afar' was released in September 2009, with global touring to accompany.

 

In April 2012, the latest Ensiferum album 'Unsung Heroes' was completed. The album was mixed by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Sentenced, Amorphis etc.), with a release date set for August 24th 2012 in Finland and Germany. In September 2012, the band embarks on their Unsung Heroes Finland tour, followed by the Bearers of the Sword European tour. With more shows and tours to be announced in support of the new album, 2012 marks the beginning of a new era for Ensiferum.

Description

Ensiferum proudly endorse:

- Ibanez Guitars

- Mesa Boogie Amplifiers

- EVH Amplifiers

- Pearl Drums

- Paiste Cymbals

- Korg Keyboards

 

www.ensiferum.com

www.facebook.com/Ensiferum

 

[© LisaTiffanyPhotography]

 

For Pictures/Reviews/Interviews Visit

SoundShooterMusic.blogspot.com

Ensiferum - what name would suit a band playing battle metal better, than a name that in Latin means "Swordbearer"?

 

After founding the band in 1995, Ensiferum's mastermind, guitarist/main songwriter/vocalist Markus Toivonen has taken the band safely through turmoils of line-up changes and busy schedules ever since. The band's career fully took flight in 2000 after Spinefarm Records released their self titled debut album 'Ensiferum', and their busy touring made them a household favourite all over Finland. Their second album 'Iron' took Ensiferum a step further, all the way to Copenhagen's Sweet Silence Studios. There in Denmark, during the Fall of 2003, their second album was recorded in the capable hands of producer Flemming Rasmussen, known for his work on such masterpieces as Metallica's 'Master of Puppets' and 'Ride the Lightning.'

 

'Iron' was a great success and grew the band's popularity to whole new heights. The album also got the band some extensive touring abroad, but these gigs finally took a toll on the band. 2004 saw three band members depart: drummer Oliver Fokin, bassist Jukka-Pekka Miettinen and vocalist Jari Mäenpää (later known for his work with Wintersun). This was not the end of the world for the warriors of Ensiferum and mastermind Markus. Instead, new and capable musicians took their places. Bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka, drummer Janne Parviainen (also known for his work on Waltari and Barathrum) and vocalist/guitarist Petri Lindroos all joined the ranks to finalise the new Ensiferum line-up.

 

The new line-up was tried and tested on the road touring all through 2005, and from the tour the members headed straight for the studio to make a new mini-album. This mini-CD, later titled 'Dragonheads', saw the band test their new growler Petri's vocals and their new bassist and drummer's skills in a recorded form. Such fun was had recording that the band did not stop with the mini-album, but also made a live DVD to honour their 10-year career. The "10th Anniversary Live" showed the new line-up playing hits from all Ensiferum albums, ranging from the earliest songs to the latest offerings of Dragonheads. Selling thousands of units worldwide, the DVD was the definitive proof that Ensiferum were as strong as ever.

 

In the end of 2006, Ensiferum took their gear to Helsinki's Sonic Pump Studios to record their third full-length album with producer Nino Laurenne. Metallic guitars combined with the traditional sounds of instruments as the Finnish kantele, bagpipes, nyckelharpa and bodhrans, the sound of 'Victory Songs' was a full, balanced mixture of folk, heavy and battle anthem-like power, accompanied by the gentle balance between Petri's growling vocals and Markus's and Sami's harmonised choruses.

'Victory Songs' was released during spring 2007 and right after the album release the band started their European tour, played several festivals and did a tour of Finland.

 

After the Summer Ensiferum again suffered a loss - the band's long-time keyboard player Meiju Enho decided to leave the band. A replacement was found in the form of Emmi Silvennoinen who has been playing with the band ever since.

 

More touring took place in the latter part of 2007, and the band stayed on the road for the whole of 2008, even playing their first ever tour in USA & Canada. Between the release of 'Victory Songs' and the beginning of 2009, the band embarked on 3 European tours, 3 North American tours and numerous festival shows around the world totalling 154 shows.

 

After being very busy writing and rehearsing new material in early 2009 Ensiferum entered studio Petrax (in Hollola, Finland) on the 13th of April to start the recordings of their fourth studio album with recorder/producer Tero Kinnunen (Nightwish, Amorphis etc.) and Janne Joutsenniemi (the producer of 'Victory Songs'). 'From Afar' was released in September 2009, with global touring to accompany.

 

In April 2012, the latest Ensiferum album 'Unsung Heroes' was completed. The album was mixed by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Sentenced, Amorphis etc.), with a release date set for August 24th 2012 in Finland and Germany. In September 2012, the band embarks on their Unsung Heroes Finland tour, followed by the Bearers of the Sword European tour. With more shows and tours to be announced in support of the new album, 2012 marks the beginning of a new era for Ensiferum.

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Ensiferum proudly endorse:

- Ibanez Guitars

- Mesa Boogie Amplifiers

- EVH Amplifiers

- Pearl Drums

- Paiste Cymbals

- Korg Keyboards

 

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