Ensiferum are a band from Finland that has been featured before in this zine and plays a melodic form of pagan/folk metal with elements of melodic black and death metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "One Man Army" which will be released in February by Metal Blade Records.
A very medieval folk music sound starts off the album giving the recording a feeling of a fantasy movie soundtrack and after the intro the music goes into a very fast and melodic pagan/black metal direction along with a great amount of blast beats and high pitched screams and you can also hear a great amount of melody in the music.
All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them along with spoken word parts being added into certain sections of the recording as well as good back up gang shouts, symphonic, folk and heavy parts mix together quite a bit throughout the recording along with some choirs, viking singing and a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
When solos and leads are utilized they are all in a very melodic musical direction and folk instruments can be heard throughout the recording along with some acoustic guitar work being added into some of the songs and as the album progresses elements of thrash metal can be heard at times and there are also a couple of tracks that are very long and epic in length. while death metal growls and female vocals are finally introduced to the music on a couple of later songs and they close the album 4 bonus tracks one of them including among them a cover of the Rawhide theme and Barathrum's "War Metal".
Ensiferum creates another pagan/folk metal album that brings in the heaviness of black and death metal while also having enough melody and epic elements that would also appeal to a power metal fan, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Nordic, Germanic and Finnish Paganism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Ensiferum and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Heathen Horde" "Warrior Without A War" "My Ancestors Blood" and "War Metal". 8/5 out of 10.