Sami Hinkka, Ensiferum interview – March 2015


I spoke to Sami Hinkka from Ensiferum just before their show at Islington academy in London last month…

Your latest album, “One Man army” came out last month. When did you start the writing for it?

The way we compose we always have some raw material, so the process started when “Unsung heroes” was ready. We hadI spoke to Sami Hinkka from Ensiferum just before their show at Islington academy in London last month… Your latest album, “One Man army” came out last month. When did you start the writing for it? The way we compose we always have some raw material, so the process started when “Unsung heroes” was ready. We had some songs that weren’t ready for that album so it was obvious they would be for the next album. So really the writing started a few years ago. It’s a lot heavier than “Unsung heroes”. Was that a deliberate shift or something that evolved in the writing process? It’s something that evolved. We wanted to do something different to “Unsung heroes” which was a slower album, dare I say even an emotional album, so we wanted to do something different and learn from the past. The main thing was that we had an idea of the sound that we wanted for the album, and the groove because Ensiferum for me is a live band, and we felt that the albums were missing that live energy. People would tell us that we sound so different live to on albums, so that was the cornerstone […]

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