Finland's Ensiferum have returned with a new recording which continues the epic folk metal style of previous releases and this is a review of their 2020 album "Thalassic" which will be released in July by Metal Blade Records.
Water sounds start off the album along with some clean vocals and acoustic guitars a few seconds later while the music also brings in some symphonic sounding keyboards which also mixes in with the heavier sections of the songs at times and the riffs also add in a great amount of melody.
All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them while black metal screams and death metal growls are also utilized at times. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style along with some tracks also adding in some back up shouts.
The clean vocals also add in some elements of pagan and power metal when they are utilized along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. Blast beats can also be heard in the faster sections of the songs as well as some tracks also adding in some folk instruments and as the album progresses a brief use of spoken word parts can also be heard. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics history, myths, legends 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 "Seafarer's Dream" "The Defence of The Sampo" "One With the Sea" and "Cold Northland (Vainamoinen Part III". 8 out of 10.