Ensiferum One Man Army on 2LP
Vinyl Edition includes 4 Bonus Tracks!
One Man Army is the sixth studio album from Finnish folk metal forbearers, Ensiferum. Set to drop in February 2015 via Metal Blade Records, the predominantly analog-recorded offering was captured by award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland and delivers eleven punishingly epic odes plus four bonus cuts included on the vinyl edition.
Elaborates Ensiferum bassist/vocalist Sammi Hinkka of the sessions, “Recording process was long, hard, rewarding and full of incredible moments. Instruments were actually played and left as they were instead of creating tracks from hundreds of different takes, moving them to the grid and modifying things. Of course computers were used but overall we made everything as analog as possible. Listeners can experience a better sound and natural groove, something that we think most metal albums lack these days. Overall, the album sounds much more like a band playing live rather than ‘midi-metal.’“
Commended by Outburn for songs that are consistently “epic” in scope with a “reliance on catchy melodies,” Ensiferum‘s One Man Army serves as the follow-up to 2012′s lauded Unsung Heroes full-length and boasts the stunningly detailed, mythological cover craftings of renowned illustrator Gyula Havancsák (Annihilator, Tyr, Elvenking, Stratovarius). “On the new album, we took many things musically to the next level so we decided also to try something new graphics-wise,” adds Hinkka. “Gyula Havancsák did a phenomenal job! For the first time it was really nice to be more involved with designing the cover and all details. Our humble gratitude to Gyula for all the patience and really amazing results. We couldn’t be more satisfied!“