Ensiferum - Unsung Heroes 2-LP (Black vinyl)
140 standard gram vinyl 2-LP, gatefold.
“Unsung Heroes” is a cinematic experience !
The ‘Folk/acoustic’ presence is felt a lot more than before.
This one grabs you and does not let go, it is epic to the max !
After exploding onto the scene with their magnificent debut and then gifting us with 2004’s masterpiece ‘Iron’, it is no wonder that Ensiferum are very well respected in the realms of Folk Metal.
One had to wonder after Jari’s departure if the band would ever recover, but ‘Victory Songs’ proved that Ensiferum was still in the game.
We now have have ‘Unsung Heroes’, which is a compelling listen if not somewhat
We use this word because in the past the band have always been about galloping drums, heroic vocals, and legendary, lightning speed guitar work.
Some of that is present here, but this album is generally deeper and darker in both sound and lyrical themes.
The whole album is excellent.
It sums up what this whole album is about, moody and haunting melodies that showcase Ensiferum’s talent for diversity.
The tempo on most of this album may be slower, but it still delivers that epic kick.
If at first you are disappointed with ‘Unsung Heroes’, approach it differently.
Give it time and you will see it for what it is: a bold new step into a different side of Folk Metal.
I am intrigued to see where these battle-hardened warriors will go from here.
For fans of: Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Wintersun, Equilibrium, Finntroll