The Top 21 Albums of the 21st Century…so far #4

#4 Ensiferum – Iron

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Let’s face it, anything Jari Mäenpää gets his hands on turns into gold…or maybe some sort of wintery, Finnish super metal.  Either way, Ensiferum are amazing, and yes, it’s as simple as that.  When I first heard Ensiferum I was blown away.  I had no previous exposure to metal with any folk influences at all and was shocked at how much more “Viking” this band was compared to Amon Amarth.  I acted immediately grabbing both their self-titled and their second full length Iron.  As time went on I learned every note to every song on both albums, but there was, and still is, something extraordinary about Iron.

This album is amazing start to finish.  Even the interludes don’t give your mind time to wander.  This is the kind of release that I like to strap myself into and go for a ride.  Jari is incredible on this album.  His guitar is literally perfect, as usual, and his vocals, be it screaming, growling, or letting out some power-metal yells, are stellar.  But with Ensiferum it isn’t just how the words are being sung.  It’s more about what he’s singing.  The lyrics are phenomenal and Jari shows he is a true poet.  Everyone else in the band is amazing, especially Marcus Toivonen who also plays a huge part in song writing.  The songs are all so fantastic that it would be impossible to name a favorite; although “Lai Lai Hei” is one of the few songs I’ve heard that compelled me to learn lyrics in a different language.

 Ensiferum are on the rise as far as popularity goes, but in case you are still blind to this band’s mastery GO LISTEN NOW.

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