Finnish folk metal masters Ensiferum are preparing to release a new album in the new year. This, their sixth studio album, will be entitled One Man Army. It will be the bands first album since signing to Metal Blade Records. Sammi Hinkka, bassist, had this to say about recording the album:
“Recording process was long, hard, rewarding and full of incredible moments. Instruments were actually played and left as they were instead of creating tracks from hundreds of different takes, moving them to the grid and modifying things. Of course computers were used but overall we made everything as analog as possible. Listeners can experience a better sound and natural groove, something that we think most metal albums lack these days. Overall, the album sounds much more like a band playing live rather than ‘midi-metal.'”
Hinkka went on to say:
“On the new album, we took many things musically to the next level so we decided also to try something new graphics-wise. Gyula Havancsák did a phenomenal job! For the first time it was really nice to be more involved with designing the cover and all details. Our humble gratitude to Gyula for all the patience and really amazing results. We couldn’t be more satisfied!”
One Man Army will officially be released on February 24.
Check out tour dates here as Ensiferum hits the road (and sea) with the likes of Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum.Add to My Radar
Finnish death metallers Insomnium have premiered a lyric video for their song “Ephemeral”.
“Ephemeral” is a track off of Insomnium’s forthcoming album.
Guitarist Ville Friman had this to say about the video:
“Lyric videos can be often a bit boring but I think this video really makes an exception to this rule; all visualizations complement the lyrics and make the message of the song even stronger.”
The band had this to say about the Ephemeral single, which includes “Ephemeral” and three acoustic tracks:
“After the success of our last single ‘Weather the Storm’ we decided that it would be a good idea to record some new material this summer before releasing the actual new full length album. This was also a good opportunity to explore different studios and work with different people. Just to explore our sound a bit more in terms of production. And here we are finally; happy to introduce you our new single, ‘Ephemeral’ [drums recorded by Kimmo Perkkiö at SF sound (FI); everything else recorded by Teemu Aalto at Korkeakoski Studios, Kotka (FI); song mixed and mastered by André Alvinzi and Jens Bogren, respectively, at Fascination Street Studios (SWE)]. It was a nice challenge to work on the instrumental side of INSOMNIUM and come up with music that has a more cinematic edge to it. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.”
That single will drop on November 19.
Check out the lyric video for “Ephemeral” as well as Insomnium tour dates here.Add to My Radar
Finnish melodic death metal band Insomnium have released a video for the song “One for Sorrow” off of the album of the same name. One for Sorrow was released earlier this month via Century Media Records and is a follow up to the bands 2009 Across the Dark.
You can see the video and upcoming tour dates here.
Vocalist/bassist Niilo Sevänen commented: “‘One for Sorrow’ is one of the best songs Insomnium has ever done. It stands out as a unique kind of track and it clearly deserves a video of its own. It’s not your typical melodic death metal song but something else: the essence of the song is not its pace or brutality, but its haunting and melancholic atmosphere. And that mood might be much heavier than any blast-beat onslaught you can create.
“The video for ‘One for Sorrow’ was filmed at Wacken Open Air and Tuska Open Air this summer. The atmosphere at both these shows was absolutely amazing, and I hope this live video conveys the feeling that we were really enjoying our time on stage. After a busy summer and a short break, it now feels good to get touring again. We’ve been waiting for five years since our last North American tour and finally we have the chance to keep conquering America. We’ll be all around the continent, and it will surely be a great tour for everyone. See you soon!”
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Finish death metal band Insomnium is back with another video from their latest album One For Sorrow. The video for “Regain the Fire” is dark, grainy, sepia-covered, and perfectly fits the morosely beautiful tone the band puts into the song.
The band had this to say about the new video:
“Our new video ‘Regain the Fire’ was shot already in last July so it still features our old guitarist Ville Vänni. This time we also have a story line amidst the moshing so this is a bit different than previous works.”
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English gothic metallers, Paradise Lost, have released the cover art for their upcoming album, “Tragic Idol.” The cover was created by Parisian artist Valnoir. The band has also announced a United Kingdom tour that will last from April 16th through April 30th. The band will also recive support from Insomnium.
To check out the cover art and tour dates click here.
“Tragic Idol” will be released April 23rd in Europe and April 24th in North America via Century Media.Add to My Radar
Finnish melodic death metal outfit Insomnium is now giving North American fans the chance to preview their “melodically majestic, beautifully brutal” new album, “One For Sorrow”, over at Hails & Horns.com. Due out October 18th in North America via Century Media, “One For Sorrow” nods at Insomnium’s past works, yet welcomes a new breath of versatility–while never deviating from the band’s melodic death metal roots. To hear the album in its entirety and to read an exclusive track-by-track commentary by guitarist Ville Friman, click here now.Add to My Radar
Finish melodic death metallers, Insomnium, have released a new song titled, “Unsung,” off their upcoming album “One For Sorrow.” To give it a listen click here.
The new album will be released on October 12th in Finland, October 17th in the rest of Europe, and October 18th in North America through Century Media.Add to My Radar
“Weather The Storm” is a digital single recorded on Century Media, 2011, wich also includes the track “Beyond The Horizon.”
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Finnish melodic death metallers Insomnium have recently announced they will enter the studio to record their 5th album on Century Media. This will follow-up the “Across the Dark” album from 2009. The release is set for fall of 2011.
For those of you who want to stay informed about the progress the band will be writing a studio blog while recording.Add to My Radar
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The gnarliest punk album of the year just dropped. Love Is A Lie, Filth Is Eternal from Filth Is Eternal (formerly F'd and B'd) reminds us that there was a time when Seattle bands were considered dangerous, when Mudhoney might jump on your face and half the roster of Sub Pop didn't look like even Starbucks wasn't gentrified enough for their tepid, pale faced indie rock bullshit. Filth Is Eternal plays an explosive blend of go for the throat, not a moment wasted punk n' roll married to Sonic Youth flirting dissonance and with tones ugly enough to make Fudge Tunnel blush and The Bronx seem like Captain & Tennille. Fronted by an actual snarling wild animal over some of the best riffs and beats you have ever heard. This record reminds me of a show I played in 1997 with my old band Fuse where I got wasted on unclean tapline Rolling Rocks and bottom shelf whiskey after getting a tattoo and ended up rolling on a country bar floor half nude and bleeding and smearing black grime and tattoo inky residue and blood everywhere, waking up the next day feeling kind of aroused and ready to fight literally anything but also half dead. Sirhan Sirhan is gonna get out of jail and be all stoked to enter polite society and this shit will play and it will retrigger a hypnotic trance and make dude go all Winter Soldier on some dudes. If your band doesn't bang as hard as the ending of "The Dog", just quit now.