Finland's Ensiferum have returned with a new recording that continues the folk metal style of previous releases while still also mixing in the heaviness of melodic black and death metal and this is a review of their 2017 album "Two Paths" which will be released on September 15th by Metal Blade Records.
A very epic sounding intro starts off the album while also bringing in the atmosphere of a fantasy movie as well as introducing female vocals and pagan choirs onto the recording along with the solos and leads being done in a very melodic fashion and after the intro the music gets a lot more heavier.
Vocals bring in a mixture of death metal growls and black metal screams along with some melodic singing that also adds in a touch of power metal while the riffs also bring in a great amount of melody along with the songs also bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Symphonic elements can be heard quite a bit throughout the recording along with some digital accordion's also being utilized at times which also bring in elements of folk music while some songs also bring in a small amount of back up shouts and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and spoken word parts can also be heard briefly and some tracks also add in a small amount of acoustic guitars.
Ensiferum creates another recording t hat remains true to the melodic black and death metal inspired style of folk metal from previous releases, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover legends, fantasy. battles, sorrow, and heathenism 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 "For Those About To Fight For Metal" "Two Paths' "Feast With Valkyries" and "God Is Dead". 8/5 out of 10.