Ensiferum Reveals Details for New Album, “Two Paths”

Ensiferum album cover for "Two Paths"

On September 15th, Ensiferum will release their seventh full-length, “Two Paths”, worldwide, via Metal Blade Records. Produced by Anssi Kippo, the master was recorded on tape, for a true analog experience. To hear the first single, “For Those About to Fight for Metal”, please CLICK HERE, where the record can be pre-ordered in the following formats:

  • Deluxe wooden box (limited to 2500 copies worldwide)Ensiferum LPs, CDs, T-Shirt, etc.
  • Limited edition Digibook CD+DVD
  • CD
  • 180g black vinyl
  • Turquoise blue-green vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
  • Clear sky blue-marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
  • Blue/orange/yellow-splatter vinyl (Germany exclusive – limited to 200 copies – distributed by Nuclear Blast)
  • Golden yellow vinyl (Austria exclusive – limited to 200 copies – distributed by Napalm Records)
  • Olive green-marbled vinyl (Finland exclusive – limited to 100 copies – distributed by Levykauppa)
  • Clear frost blue-marbled vinyl (China exclusive – limited to 100 copies – distributed by Yamin Records)
  • Blue-gray-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
  • Forest green-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
  • Picture disc LP (limited to 500 copies worldwide)
    * exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!




View the vinyl master tape cutting, by T. Ruotsalainen and A. Kippo:

You can’t talk about the true greats of folk-inspired melodic death metal without reverent mention of Ensiferum, and with Two Paths they once more affirm their place in the pantheons of the genre. Further building upon the thrilling metallic hybrid honed across six full-lengths, Two Paths is simultaneously the Finnish quintet’s most epic and far-reaching collection and their most organic, which definitely sets it apart from the pack. Additionally, the album literally takes the concept of Two Paths to heart, with two different versions of standout tracks “Don’t You Say” and “God Is Dead”. “Even though Ensiferum has always had clean vocals and choirs, harsh vocals have been the main style, and those songs worked so well with both styles that we decided to include both versions,” explains bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka. With Mikko P. Mustonen again handling orchestral arrangements and Lassi Logren returning to play nyckelharpa and violin on a few songs, Hinkka is also more than happy that they brought “more bombastic orchestral and down to earth folk aspects” to the record, further fleshing out their vision. This also applies to the contribution of Gyula Havancsak, who provided the artwork for both Two Paths and its predecessor, One Man Army. “It was really nice to work with him again because he always wants to hear our ideas and then he adds his own magic and improvements to them, and the result is always astonishing.”

Two Paths track-listing

  1. Ajattomasta Unesta
  2. For Those About to Fight for Metal
  3. Way of the Warrior
  4. Two Paths
  5. King of Storms
  6. Feast with Valkyries
  7. Don’t You Say
  8. I Will Never Kneel
  9. God Is Dead
  10. Hail to the Victor
  11. Unettomaan Aikaan
  12. God Is Dead (Alternative Version)
  13. Don’t You Say (Alternative Version)

Ensiferum line-up:

  • Petri Lindroos – Vocals/Guitar
  • Markus Toivonen – Guitar/Vocals
  • Sami Hinkka – Bass/Vocals
  • Janne Parviainen – Drums
  • Netta Skog – Digital Accordion/Backing vocals

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