Thursday, September 14, 2017

Single Review: ENSIFERIUM For Those About to Fight for Metal

For Those About to Fight for Metal
From their upcoming full length Two Paths to be released on Metal Blade September 15, 2017
ENSIFERUM; a group that has been highly revered amidst the corridors of folk-inspired metal for almost two decades have released a fist-pumping single titled 'For Those About to Fight for Metal', which is taken from their newest studio LP 'Two Paths' which is set to be released on September 15 2017. It is a highly cinematic five-minute event which features a ton of lavish orchestral passages and folk-influenced melodic interchanging. The choruses are anthemic and driving. It becomes apparent immediately upon listening to the song whether you're a new listener or a long-time advocate of the group that they owe much more homage to a more dated and medieval folk tradition as opposed to contemporary folk songwriting. The perennial drive of the storming double-bass accompanied exquisitely by high-energy choir voicings act as a clear indication that this is a very "warrior" themed type of song. Whether it is "viking metal" or not is subjective. I personally think there's too much dynamics within the music for it to be categorized within the aforementioned subgenre although others will obviously disagree. It's a song that will interest new fans and old fans of the group alike and is a very wholesome flag-bearing track for the modern metal community. I can see this being quite a big hit. -Jaime Regadas

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