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Iron Extra tracks

4.9 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (April 22, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Fontana International
  • ASIN: B001675SRQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,164 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It took me a long, long time to really like this album. Why? Because the debut album was such a masterpiece, and this album was such a departure from that. I don't mean in the style of the music, I mean in the composition of the tracks. On the first album, there was some sort of epic singing in almost every track, and it was those moments that really let you know you were dealing with a band that meant business. This album, however, really tones down the singing in favor of more epic instruments. Iron, the track, is one powerful piece of music, because the keyboards are so prominent and the guitars are so furious, and that combination makes this a force to be reckoned with. Sword Chant is another track that is pounding and furious. Then we get to the two best songs of the album, the stellar Tale of Revenge and Lost in Despair. Both of these songs have great guitar riffs (especially the opening of Tale of Revenge), and feature beautiful clean vocal parts by one of the best clean vocalists ever, Jari Maaenpaa. The rest of the tracks are great, but the one that really stands out to me, in the latter half of the album, is Tears, a beautiful, moving ballad sung by a female who has a voice that truly moves you. Sure, some of the guitar riffs may sound like they were taken from a Metallica album (not because of the riffs themselves, but the tone of the guitars), but that just makes it fun. I'm not a Metallica fan, but I have always liked their tone, and I love it even more here because it's faster than anything Metallica ever put out. Plus, it's nice to see a band not toning down to the lowest they can go because they have to be 'brootal'. I love how Ensiferum do what they do, and don't care who does or doesn't like it. Buy this album. Buy Ensiferum. Buy Dragonheads. Buy Victory Songs. Even buy Jari's band, Wintersun. Buy everything there is to buy labelled Ensiferum or involving Jari Maaenpaa, because, like Tony Kakko from Sonata Arctica, he will never let you down.
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Many people say Ensiferum has not sounded just the same since Jari Maenpaa left (to form another equally awesome band, Wintersun). I agree, and although the latest album, _Victory Songs_, is good, _Iron_ is, in my opinion, Ensiferum at their peak... Jari's legacy, if you will.

I'm surprised this album has so few reviews in comparison to their epynomous debut album. _Ensiferum_, while excellent, has a bunch of songs without the blazing fast gallop drumming and wicked shredding on almost all songs on _Iron_, not to mention catchy riffs, choruses, and bridges.

The album starts off with Ferrum Aeternum, an acoustic (+ synths) piece which might as well have come straight off of Ennio Morricone's repertoire. The intro sets the stage for the title track, _Iron_. Right from the start, you know Ensiferum means business. Jari's vocals sound forceful but never unnecessarily harsh. The foot-tapping madness ends only for a while at the beginning of the next track, _Sword Chant_. Here, we see the full range of Jari's voice, with him trying a falsetto interspersed with gruff whispers. The acoustic interlude has a sort of chant (which is explored further in LAI LAI HEI).

The next track is a short acoustic interlude which is just long enough that you let down your guard before _Tale of Revenge_, arguably the best track Ensiferum has produced, hits you full on. The melody at the beginning alone is worth purchasing this album for, but the rest of the track is full of incredible guitar and synth melodies. We also see top-class singing from Jari, using both clean and gruff vocals.

Next up is the slow-ish ballad _Lost In Despair_ (with some excellent clean and tenor-ish vocals from Jari), and you just know something blazing fast is in store for you next.
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One of the best Viking Death Metal albums was Ensiferum's debut. With more than outstanding sound, composure, and musicianship on this release, there is no doubt to claim "Iron" as an even greater art.

"Ferrum Aeternum" is an opening instrumental that sounds somewhat Medieval with keyboards, flutes, and everything...good start. The title track, though, really shows how Ensiferum sounds. Keyboards reign with mostly rough vocals by the Demi-God Jari, but also some clean ones and some choirs; very melodic and with refreshingly powerful energy.

After the short instrumental "Mourning Heart-Interlude", we get some sort of half ballad with "Tale Of Revenge". Very moody and melodic, but also with some harsh vocals that go hand in hand with Jari's excellent clean voice. "Lai Lai Hei", which starts out acoustically, continues the slow melody with some electric guitars. The vocals come in Finnish and English, and then they shift up a powerful gear, still with clean vocals and also the choir (energetic, dynamic, epic, distinct chorus), which probably makes this the best track on Iron.

Another stellar release by the Finnish five piece (with the addition of the keyboardist). The freshness and sheer power has been reduced a bit, but the Folk elements stay intact, maybe for an almost logical consequence. Ensiferum still retain their sound without ditching their heritage, which is good news. Considering this was Jari's last album with Ensiferum, we should realize the heart he put into this before leaving. His battles with Ensiferum will never be forgotten.
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