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Unsung Heroes [Limited Edition]

EnsiferumAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Ensiferum - what name would suit a band playing battle metal better, than a name that in Latin means "the Swordbearer"?

After finding the band in 1995, Ensiferum's mastermind, guitarist/ main songwriter/ vocalist Markus Toivonen has taken the band safely through turmoils of line-up changes and busy schedules ever since. The band's career fully took flight in 2000 after ... Read more in Amazon's Ensiferum Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 2, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: INGROOVES
  • ASIN: B008CNG5CY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,746 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Symbols
2. In My Sword I Trust
3. Unsung Heroes
4. Burning Leaves
5. Celestial Bond
6. Retribution Shall Be Mine
7. Star Queen (Celestial Bond part II)
8. Pohjola
9. Last Breath
10. Passion Proof Power
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. From Symbols To Passion: The Making of Unsung Heroes (Documentary)
2. Studio Diary Week 1
3. Studio Diary Week 2
4. Studio Diary Week 3
5. Studio Diary Week 4
6. Studio Diary Week 5
7. Studio Diary Week 6
8. Studio Diary Week 7

Editorial Reviews

ENSIFERUM, THE highly visual troupe who have long been a market leader when it comes to stirring, armour-plated anthems, will have their fifth studio album released through the Spinefarm label on September 18th, 2012.

Titled Unsung Heroes and produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Sentenced, Apocalyptica, etc.), this is the hour-plus follow-up to 2009 s From Afar , and sees the Finnish five-piece founded in 1995 pushing their signature sound to bold new heights of drama and excess.

A cinematic experience from first note to last , Unsung Heroes takes the listener on a journey of genuine light & shade, with the 16 minute-plus Passion Proof Power showing that when it comes to the epic statement, Ensiferum are very much in the front-line, swords at the ready.

Once again, album art has been supplied by Kristian Wahlin (see attached), with featured special guests including members of Apokalyptischen Reiter plus legendary Finnish singer & actor, Vesa-Matti Loiri.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burning Leaves! June 16, 2013
By Steve
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One of the great Folk/Viking/Pagan Metal bands of our time. A great addition to any fellow Heathen, I always felt like I was born in the wrong time period, but these guys know how to bring you back with their music. I'd say Burning Leaves has to be the most catchy song on here, since I find myself humming and singing it all the time even when not listening to the music.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back Ensiferum! September 28, 2012
By Guns
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Ensiferum, the self-described "heroic folk metal" band out of Helsinki...bring an engaging new album with Unsung Heroes. From Ensiferum's self-entitled classic "Ensiferum" to today's Unsung Heroes the band has gone through several line up changes. Always true to their sound, each album has a bit of its own flare.

The overall pacing for Unsung Heroes is a bit slower but adds a couple new tricks to include some spoken word passages. Several tracks to add to the playlist with a couple experiments that might be more of interest to fans of the band...some of the old magic pops up here and there with a couple songs showing new direction.

I would give the album a 4/5 for Ensiferum but for the genre a 5/5. Album seems to be a bit under the radar, wanted to welcome Ensiferum back! For those of you that like your heroic folk metal with a little less "pirate metal" feel (no offense to you pirate folk metal lovers out there), Ensiferum presents you with everything from thrash metal speed, a clean female vocal folk song, and the more epic folk metal passages....in short, a little shot of the roller coaster ride that is an Ensiferum album. One of the most engaging folk metal bands out there for those with an inkling to heroic folk metal!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Ensiferum is always welcome June 30, 2013
By Brandon
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Ensiferum has been a favorite band of mine for a very long time so I am always excited when they release a new album. Unsung Heroes I must say as much as I do enjoy it, it is for sure my least favorite Ensiferum record. Don't get me wrong it's still awesome and there is lots to love here. I also think the very progressive track Passion Proof Power was a giant step musically for the band. But there are quite a few weak efforts here like Celestial Bond, Star Queen, Last Breath. I did not care much for those. The title track itself is really great though. Bottom line, good effort, a few epic tracks, and hey its some more Ensiferum, so I will stop by complaining.

Favorite tracks off the album: In My Sword I Trust, Pohjola, and Burning Leaves
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, but still good June 29, 2013
By Dakota
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It's not the best Ensiferum album, and it took me a few listens to get comfortable with it. It is still a descent album
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album May 24, 2014
By Joann
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It's not quite like previous Ensiferum albums but retains all their great musicianship. There's clearly some experimentation and growth going on with "Unsung Heroes" and it may not necessarily be received well by fans who expect something like their older stuff. If that is the case, I'd say to keep listening, it'll grow on you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent music May 27, 2013
By metalon
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I love folk metal, I like Viking metal, and I love Ensiferum and this is such great music even for them. This is just them getting better and better
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4.0 out of 5 stars Catchy Riffs May 19, 2013
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I was itching for some good Viking Metal with catchy riffs and Unsung Heroes delivered. I Highly recommend this album especially if you are an Ensiferium fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ensiferum greatness! January 5, 2013
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I love every album Ensiferum has released, and this one is no different. A lot of folks might complain that it is not nearly as heavy in some regards as their previous albums, but the overall feel of the album is absolutely amazing. These guys never fail to amaze me.
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