Ensiferum Interview, April 2015

A band composed of collaborative writers, excellent arrangers, and fantastic musicians, titan Finnish folk metal band Ensiferum recently treated the world to it’s latest release, One Man Army. In 2015, the band celebrated 20 years together, partially with the release of One Man Army, their critically-acclaimed release for Metal Blade Records. After the band’s European tour,A band composed of collaborative writers, excellent arrangers, and fantastic musicians, titan Finnish folk metal band Ensiferum recently treated the world to it’s latest release, One Man Army. In 2015, the band celebrated 20 years together, partially with the release of One Man Army, their critically-acclaimed release for Metal Blade Records. After the band’s European tour, Iris spoke briefly with Petri Lindroos about the band, their latest release, and their thoughts on music in general. (As a bonus, Petri educated Iris on the difference between Finnish “humppa” music and American “country” music, which gloriously opened a whole new genre-door for exploration!) I see the terms “folk metal” and “pagan metal” being used to label Ensiferum. What do those labels mean to you, and are they accurate? What do you feel are the “core elements” of your sound? Well I think the term “Folk Metal” fits the best for us, since that’s the thing that got Ensiferum started in the first place – a long time ago – and all those elements are still heard in our music. The core comes from our main songwriter Markus‘s hands, and we then all give our input on top of that, to make […]

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