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ENSIFERUM

Epic Folk Metal | Finland

 ENSIFERUM stands tall as a pillar in the realm of folk metal, hailing from Finland, a country with a rich heritage in both metal music and folklore. Formed in 1995, the band has since carved out a distinct niche with their fusion of melodic death metal and folk influences, creating a sound that is as intense as it is evocative. Their name, translating to "sword-bearer" in Latin, embodies the valor and vigor that permeate their music, which often delves into themes of battle, mythology, and the grandeur of ancient legends. 

 In 2001, they released their self-titled debut album, which garnered widespread acclaim for its ambitious scope and infectious energy. However, it was their sophomore effort, "Iron," released in 2004, that truly catapulted ENSIFERUM into the forefront of the folk metal scene. With anthemic tracks like "Iron" and "Sword Chant," the album solidified their reputation for crafting epic tales set to thunderous metal riffs and soaring folk melodies. Despite lineup changes over the years, Ensiferum continued to evolve and refine their sound, releasing a string of successful albums such the most recent of them being “Thalassic” (2020). This album represents a pinnacle of ENSIFERUM's musical journey, encapsulating their signature folk metal sound with a thematic focus on maritime adventures and sea myths.  

 What sets ENSIFERUM apart is not just their thematic richness but also their masterful instrumentation. Their compositions are a tapestry woven from traditional metal elements—crushing guitar riffs, thunderous drumming, and growling vocals—interlaced with the vibrant hues of folk instruments like the accordion, mandolin, and Finnish kantele. This symphony of sounds creates an immersive experience that transports listeners to realms of epic battles and heroic feats. Their music has resonated with metalheads worldwide, earning them a dedicated global following and establishing them as one of the foremost bands in the folk metal genre. 

 ENSIFERUM is a frequent guest at the major metal festivals all over the world, such as Wacken, where they have played on one of the big stages. So, there’s no doubt they will get the best time on KILKIM ŽAIBU Perkūnas stage as well.  

   

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