Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Ensiferum Interview

...answered by Sami:
1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

We are currently on European tour and there are lots of gigs planned for this and next year. But we also plan to start working with new songs later this autumn.

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it differs from previous recordings?

I think Unsung Heroes is very natural step ahead from From Afar -album. We learned a lot from previous studio session and we were much wiser with arrangements on Unsung Heroes. We also wanted to push our boundries on the two key elements of our music: folk and metal.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?

All the lyrics are inspired by real life but of course I used a lots of time to find metaphoras that fit Ensiferum's medieval/fantasy -theme. But I rather not explain my lyrics too much because I want every listener to find their own meaning for those.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?

Markus found the word Ensiferum from latin-finnish -dictionary when he was like 15 years old and he thought it would be perfect name for his new band. He was right.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

Impossible to name just few shows over others because we have played hundreds of gret shows around the world. We love to play live and we are pretty energetic on stage but we also get a lot of extra boost from our fans who tend to be really crazy no matter where we go.

6. Do you have any touring plans for the new release?

We are currently on European tour and there are lots of plans to tour around the world even in some countries we havent ever played before.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer album by fans of pagan and folk metal?

So far the feedback and reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. Of course it's impossible to please everyone but that's not even our goal. We compose to ourselves and if something sounds good to us, then we record it.

8. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

Who knows. We want to evolve and try all kind of new stuff. There is no point keep repeating yourself album after album so the next album will be again another step ahead.

9. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

It's impossible to name influences but of course many things affect how your new songs turn out. Most of the time when I'm home I'm just enjoying the silence but if someone recommends me some band I will always check them out.

10. How would you describe your views on Paganism?

As a band we don't have any political or religious agenda and I think we all have quite different views to the world. I really don't care in what people believe or don't believe as long they don't expect other people to live by their faith or harm others. Paganism in general would be too vast topic to be answered shortly.

11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

I read a lot and few years ago I started to do astenga yoga to keep up in shape. I really like it because it's hard exercise and gets your thuoghts away from everyday problems.

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview

Check out Unsung Heroes and see you on tour! Folk on!


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