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Ensiferum – Thalassic

By Samuel StevensKyle Erickson

Release Date: July 10, 2020

Genre: Folk Metal, Viking Metal

Label: Metal Blade Records

The Finnish folk metal legends Ensiferum are readying the release of their eighth full length album, Thalassic. The Greek word Thalassic translates to, “of or relating to the sea.” This marks Ensiferum’s first album to ever revolve around one set theme, this theme being water or the sea. The idea of the album revolving around one central theme was that of bassist Sami Hinkka. Hinkka has always been in charge of the band’s lyrics for some time now and once again tackled them head on. He brought the idea to the band as the initial songwriting of the album began and the other members enjoyed it so much, they rolled with it. The band is always reinventing their sound and with band’s newest addition to the line up, Pekka Montin (keyboards, clean vocals) has breathed new life into the band’s songwriting overall.

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Falconer – From A Dying Ember

By Samuel Stevens

Release Date: June 26, 2020

Genre: Folk Metal, Power Metal

Label: Metal Blade Records

Swedish folk/power metal quintet return with their ninth and final album, From A Dying Ember. The band after twenty years together, announced their sudden disbandment on June 11th, voicing that they created this eleven track effort with the full intent of making the best possible Falconer album the five of them could possibly deliver after such a storied career. Even adding some instruments to their music, that the band has always wanted to include in their songwriting to achieve an extra medieval and folky vibe to their sound. Falconer’s latest release was once again produced, mixed, and mastered by Andy LaRocque, guitarist of King Diamond. The album was also recorded at LaRocque’s own, Sonic Train Studio.

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A Conversation With Ensiferum’s Petri Lindroos

By Kyle Erickson

Photo by Vesa Ranta

Finnish folk metal band Ensiferum is gearing up for their 25th anniversary and the release of their 8th studio album, Thalassic, on July 10th via Metal Blade Records. Frontman Petri Lindroos and I spoke over Skype about the new album and where Ensiferum is at musically in 2020.

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