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ENSIFERUM “Thalassic” /Ltd. GLP + Poster/

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  • Product Code: 3984-15716-2
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The eighth full-length studio album by cult Finnish Folk Metal band.
It’s been 20 years since Ensiferum went into the studio to record their self-titled debut. While purists would claim that "Ensiferum" (2001) and its follow-up, "Iron" (2004), are their best albums to date (the ones recorded with Jari Mäenpää before he left to focus on Wintersun), the praise they’ve garnered for subsequent records, such as "From Afar" (2009) and even 2017’s "Two Paths", would suggest that these Finns are still gallantly riding the wings of success.
However, if there’s any criticism to befall Ensiferum it’s that, with age, they’ve lost the unadulterated Thrashy edge that put them on the radar in the first place. The good news is that "Thalassic" brings some of that edge back, and they’ve thrown in two new surprises as well. The first is Pekka Montin, their new keyboardist and clean vocalist, who belts out lines like Ronnie James Dio and adds a startling new Power Metal dimension to proceedings. The second is that "Thalassic" is Ensiferum’s first concept album, with songs inspired by the history, myths and legends of the sea. The album's title (which is derived from both French and Ancient Greek) means "of or relating to seas", which pertains to the theme of the album's lyrics.
With “Thalassic,” Ensiferum embrace a new chapter in their sound. With the addition of the extremely talented Pekka Montin, the band has managed to introduce new and exciting elements to their sound while ensuring their hold on their own identity. The band was a bit more careful this time around with orchestrations, but when they’re there, they add to the story told on the songs. The theme that is tying these songs together is very well executed, with a variety of intriguing stories that are extremely well written; the music adds an extra element to the stories told, as both aspects are very well thought out.
After the obligatory orchestral intro, "Rum, Women, Victory" rages in with the first of many vocal appearances from Montin while blokes chant about, well, rum, women and victory and breakneck riffs signal Ensiferum’s salute to speed. "Andromeda" is just as punchy, colliding Ensiferum’s core sound with a catchy chorus that summons Amorphis, while "The Defence of the Sampo" dials up the ‘epic’ gauge, chucking out chorus-heavy tales of sea monsters, string-laden bombast and another falsetto hit from Montin. During the slower moments, such as on "For Sirens" and "One with the Sea", Ensiferum run the risk becoming unstuck in a haze of plodding mediocrity. But with a voracious Petri Lindroos continuing his critical harsh vocal role and an epic closing track that continues the "Väinämöinen" saga first heard on their debut album, there’s enough of the good stuff to tide the purists along.
There are lot of great songs on the album, some impressive musicianship and a taste for the theatrical. Altogether, this might be one of your favorite albums coming from these dark times as it has the power to make you forget about the world around you due to the immersive listening experience. Rum, Women, Victory!
180g Black Vinyl in gatefold cover includes download card and poster.
Metal Blade Records Inc., 2020 (3984-15716-2). Made in Germany. First press.


Side A
I. Seafarer's Dream 3:01
II. Rum, Women, Victory 4:16
III. Andromeda 4:04
IV. The Defence of the Sampo 4:50
V. Run from the Crushing Tide 4:22

Side B
I. For Sirens 4:40
II. One with the Sea 6:10
VII. Midsummer Magic 3:42
IV. Cold Northland (Väinämöinen Part III) 8:41

Total playing time: 43:46 min.


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