Ensiferum is a Finnish heavy metal band from Helsinki, Finland, founded in 1995. The members of the band label themselves as “heroic folk metal.” They took the Latin neuter gender adjective ensiferum, which means “sword-bearing”.

In 2000, the band went into the studio to work on their first album, “Ensiferum”, which was released in August 2001. In 2004, they released their second album “Iron” and followed up by their third studio album “called Victory Songs” in 2007. They have also released an EP called “Dragonheads”, which was released in February and in June 2006, their live DVD “10th Anniversary Live”, which was recorded in Nosturi, Helsinki, on December 31, 2005. The band released their fourth studio album, From Afar, on September 9, 2009 on Spinefarm Records. The album was produced by Nightwish producer Tero Kinnunen and Victory Songs producer Janne Joutsenniemi, and it was mixed by producer Hiili Hiilesmaa. The limited edition of the album includes a cover of Swedish folk rock group Nordman. Following the release, the group has embark on a European tour with Estonian folk metal band Metsatöll and Finnish melodic death metal band Tracedawn.

Other Information

  • Origin: Helsinki, Finland
  • Genres: Folk metal, Viking metal, Melodic death metal
  • Years active: 1995–present
  • Labels: Spinefarm Records, Drakkar Entertainment
  • Associated acts: Wintersun, Arthemesia, Cadacross, Norther, Waltari, Sinergy, Rapture
  • Website: http://www.ensiferum.com
  • Members:
  1. Petri Lindroos – harsh vocals, guitar
  2. Markus Toivonen – guitar, backing vocals
  3. Sami Hinkka – bass, backing vocals
  4. Emmi Silvennoinen – keyboards, backing vocals
  5. Janne Parviainen – drums



  • Demo I (1997) – Demo
  • Demo 2 (1999) – Demo
  • Hero in a Dream (1999) – Demo
  • Ensiferum (2001)
  • Iron (2004)
  • 1997-1999 (2005) – Compilation
  • Dragonheads (2006) – EP
  • 10th Anniversary Live (2006) – DVD
  • Victory Songs (2007)
  • From Afar (2009)


~ by molco on November 16, 2009.

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