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  • Audio CD (October 20, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Spinefarm Records
  • ASIN: B002NACY6S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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By J. L. Brown on November 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Well I would have to say that I didn't know if I would like the band without Jari in it. It seems like a lot of people are saying that, but anyway, I would have to say that I actually like this CD more than Iron. This CD gets me more pumped up than Iron does, and I think there is a lot more catchy songs in these Victory Songs. I loved the songs Iron, Sword Chant, Into the Battle, and the intro on the CD Iron. This one I love the intro again, Deathbringer from the sky, ahti, one more magic potion, wanderer and raised by the sword. I mean I could listen to these songs over and over for hours. I really like both CD's, but I think this one is catchier and more intense

I have read a review posted about Victory Songs that I didn't really agree with at all. It was said in the review that Victory Songs didn't have as much of the folk in it as the CD's with Jari. If you read the lyrics they both talk about battles, but Victory songs seem to have more the finnish folklore in it! I mean, Ahti is a Finnish mythological God, that seems pretty folk to me. . . Victory songs has lyrics about battles, dragons, wiches/trolls/spirits, and gods. Perhaps Jari did a better job of mixing it up with his chanting and clean/harsh vocals like in sword chant and lai lai hei, and they had female vocals in Tears, which was pretty cool, but that is just a part of the folk aspect. Perhaps I'm not understanding what Jari writes in how it relates to folklore. . . I don't know, but I understand it better in Victory Songs if that is the case.

I also love how there is less singing in this CD than in Iron, not to dis Jari's singing. I like Jari's vocals in Wintersun a ton, but I like the vocalist for Victory Songs slightly better because it sounds like it fits the music better to me.
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This was the first Ensiferum album I bought. It's still my favorite, though the later "From Afar" and "Unsung Heroes" are very close seconds.

If you know Ensiferum but haven't heard this one - get it. It's (I believe) their first full album after Jari left to form Wintersun, and happily Ensiferum bounced back just fine. This is one of their faster, more melodic albums.

If you don't know Ensiferum: this is a fine first album to get. They display their full range of extreme musical talent on this one, with long, complex, very melodic and heavy songs layered and interspersed with slow/folk passages and elements. If you like fast, melodic metal this will be right up your alley. There is both English and Finnish and lots of Viking/warrior/wanderer story-telling.

I think Ensiferum is one of the best bands in the genre. Very few others have the sheer talent and creativity (for example, listen to "Stone Cold Metal" on "From Afar" sometime... banjo??) while delivering some of the flat-out best metal on the planet.
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By kayakmom on January 21, 2010
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Victory Songs by Ensiferum is one of my five favorite albums of all time, and it is the CD that lured me into the Folk/Viking metal genre. This CD is, in my opinion, a masterpiece with superb guitar, fantastic folk instrumentation, and masterfully written and sung lyrics.

The introduction to this album, Ad Victorium, is epic. Beginning softly with the crashing of waves and the pounding of hooves, it progresses into an almost orchestral piece that steadily becomes faster and more involving.

The second track, Blood Is The Price Of Glory, is a sudden change into a hard-paced song with lyrics regarding honor and battle. This track has excellent, growling vocals and a very catchy chorus. The guitar part is amazing (I'm running out of adjectives).

The third track opens with a high scream that makes me think of Judas Priest, rapid drumming, and skillful guitaring. My only qualm with this song is that I have a slightly hard time understanding all of the lyrics, which isn't a problem with most of the other songs on this album for me.

The fourth track, Ahti, opens much like Ad Victoriam (i.e crashing waves) but quickly becomes hard and furious. This song is about the point I became absolutely hooked into the album on my first listen-through. The song is about a Finnish god of the sea, and I love the mythology of it.

The fifth song, One More Magic Potion, has a wonderful folk-instrument introduction with acoustic strings and what sounds like a flute. (I think it is a flute.) The folk instrumentation continues throughout the song, a nice touch. The song is about a witch/troll thingie. This is an odd note, but I think that this song is the only time I have ever heard the word "weird" actually used in a song.
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An acquaintance mentioned Ensiferum to me and I gave them a listen - their "Victory Songs" CD has become #1 on my rotation. Really an amazing CD - a completely different style of metal than I've ever heard, with music composed and performed by a seriously talented group of musicians. I've never been into metal very much (well, was into Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin, Queen... I'm too old to have understood Metallica, Motorhead, Megadeath...). But Ensiferum's music is quite different - more musical than any (recent vintage) metal band I've ever listened to. I think Ensiferum refers to their brand of music as folk/viking melodic metal; any of epic viking melodic folk battle metal work for me. In short, I think of Ensiferum as producing musical metal.

"Victory Songs" features some of the best crafted songs I've heard in a long time - actually, a really long time. I like the musicality of the group, but also that the band incorporates a lot of dynamic range. It is refreshing, for me, to hear metal musicians who don't play as fast or as furious as possible 100% of the time, instead showing their chops at the appropriate time during each song. My favorite track on the CD is "Victory Song" (track nine); it contains just about every musical feature you could ever wish for in one song. At ten minutes in length, if Ensiferum breaks into the U.S. in a big way I can see "Victory Song" becoming the "Green Grass and High Tides" (Outlaws) or "Highway Song" (Blackfoot) of metal. I'm not into the harsh vocal thing, but Petri (lead singer) actually carries a tune while doing them. Not my taste, but he does harsh for me better than anyone I've ever heard. The other guitarist and bass player do a great job with clean vocals.
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