Ensiferum   From Afar
3.7
great
Release Date: 2009
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3.5 greatKyle Ward EMERITUS | August 28th 09

One listen to Ensiferum's new album "From Afar" and one thing is clearly apparent: this isn't the tentative Petri Lindroos who released the deceivingly comfortable album "Victory Songs" a few years ago. No, this is a new era for Ensiferum, a distinct sampling of their older material when Jari was around, yet undoubtedly an innovation in their sound. There are no more tracks which sound exactly like the one which preceded it. Instead, we are left with a daunting amalgam of folk metal compositions which simply work together like nothing since their self-titled album. From the absolutely brilliant and serene female vocals of "Twilight Tavern" to the extended, guitar-solo laden epics of "Heathen Throne" and "The Longest Journey (Heathen Throne Part II)" to the pure- Finnish interlude "Tumman Virran Taa", this is a career-defining album. Without a doubt one of the top 5 of 2009, this is exactly the album both Ensiferum and their fans were looking for; one hour of nothing but the highest-quality folk metal in the world.

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5.0 classicBaeleron | August 24th 09

These guys keep getting better with each album. I had considered Victory Songs to be their best (and best album of 2007), and this reaches that high mark with equal energy and more songwriting diversity. This is virtually a lock for best viking/folk album of 2009.

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3.5 greatBigTuna | November 2nd 09

Over-indulgent and over the top, but it is well-written and fun metal.

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3.5 greatNagrarok | September 14th 09

Once again, everyone's favourite folk/viking metal act Ensiferum release a solid slab of heroic tunes that will surely please fans of their other work. While indeed slightly more bombastic than we are used to, From Afar adds nothing really new to the table, but then again, who cares?

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2.0 poorAltmer | September 7th 09

Tries really hard to be epic, but sounds like power metal with harsh vocals. For the uninitiated, that means speedy metal with epic (read: lame) keyboards, dumb screaming and folksy acoustic guitars. They lost it after Iron, when Jari left, and this album doesn't do anything to change the fact that Jari took the songwriting skill with him. And when you take the seasoning from a stew, you get something drab and boring. That is this record.

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3.0 goodfireaboveicebelow | September 2nd 09

it's another Ensiferum record. expect epic keyboards, bad screaming, and laughable lyrics BUT it's all good fun I suppose

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5.0 classicgrowabeardallover | August 22nd 09

Ensiferum have always suprised me by their song writing skills but this takes it to a new Level. Well done guys Great Job!

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