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1st March 2017


Great news to start the new month with - Ensiferum will be releasing their new album, the follow-up to 2015s magnificent 'One Man Army', in September.

The band recently entered the Astia-studio in Lappeenranta, Finland, where they recorded a few demo songs for their upcoming seventh full-length, set to be released via Metal Blade Records. The quintet will soon return to the Astia studio to begin recording this new album, which will be produced once again by Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine).

Ensiferum bass player Sami Hinkka said: "Hi Folks. So, as some of you might have already noticed from our social media channels, we are getting ready to go record the next Ensiferum album pretty soon.

"Just a few weeks ago, we recorded demo versions with Anssi Kippo, who also recorded and produced 'One Man Army'. The demo session went smoothly, and working with Anssi is always such a pleasure because he is so full of creative ideas with a positive attitude. The goal for the new album will be to capture Ensiferum's live energy on the songs, and we also plan to use analog recording as much as possible to guarantee the best possible sound.

"The song material will include familiar elements, but like we always love to do, we will also take Ensiferum's mighty warship to unexplored seas of musical madness. More info later."

Sami spoke to MetalTalk when Ensiferum were here in London in Early December with Iced Earth on The Headbangers Ball tour and revealed the first details of the new album. You can see that video interview, plus a lowdown of a triumphant night right here. There are links at the bottom of that page to all our other interviews with Sami. It's a tradition now that we chat every time the band are in London and long may it continue.

Whether we get the opportunity to add to the collection this year remains to be seen, but with the album out in September, we're thinking it is likely we will see them in the Autumn.

Before the album's release, European fans will be able to catch Ensiferum at various festivals this summer. Here's the current dates and as Sami points out in our last interview, more shows will be announced soon.

March 31st: Full Metal Mountain - Troepolach, Austria
April 1st: Rock In Hell - Colmar, France
April 7th: Metal Franconia Festival - Dettelbach, Germany
April 8th: Durbuy Rock Festival - Durbuy, Belgium
June 3rd: Metal Open Air Plzen - Plzen, Czech Republic
June 30th: Rockfest Barcelona - Barcelona, Spain
July 1st: Hoernerfest - Brande-Hoernerkirchen, Germany
July 13th: Dong Open Air - Neukirchen - Vlyn, Germany

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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