Ensiferum announce European co-headline tour with Dark Tranquillity and launch new music video

    Ensiferum announce European co-headline tour with Dark Tranquillity and launch new music video

    – September 16th, 2021 –

    Ensiferum released their critically acclaimed full-length, Thalassic, in 2020 via Metal Blade Records and was lauded as an album “that brings pure joy to all of their fans” (Metal Hammer Germany). The Finland-based group are extremely excited to bring the album on the road in the spring of 2022 on a co-headline run with Swedish metal masters Dark Tranquillity! To celebrate the amazing news, the band released a new video for the fan favorite cut “Run from the Crushing Tide” from Thalassic. The Vesa Ranta (Solstafir, Dark Tranquillity, Swallow the Sun) directed video can be seen here:

    Sammi Hinka comments: “After such a long time of darkness & uncertainty in the live music scene, we are very happy to finally reveal a light at the end of the tunnel! We’ll be joining forces with the legendary Dark Tranquillity for a massive co-headlining tour around Europe. It’s no secret that back in the day, Dark Tranquillity was one of the bands that inspired Markus Toivonen to start Ensiferum and now we are hitting the road with our heroes. How awesome is that?! We are sure that everyone is craving some energetic and ass-kicking live music experiences (we sure are!) and with this line-up, this tour is not to be missed. So get your ticket in advance & help support the return of live music! We can’t wait to see you in the front row!

    The initial vinyl run of Thalassic has long since sold out, but a new batch of LPs have been announced for release on October 29th. Fans can pre-order copies here:

    + Dark Tranquillity
    01.04.22 – SE – Stockholm, Slaktkyrkan
    02.04.22 – NO – Oslo, John Dee
    03.04.22 – DK – Copenhagen, Pumpehuset
    05.04.22 – UK – London, Heaven
    06.04.22 – IE – Dublin, Academy
    07.04.22 – UK – Manchester, Club Academy
    08.04.22 – UK – Birmingham, Asylum
    09.04.22 – BE – Durbuy, Durbuy Rock Festival
    10.04.22 – NL – Nijmegen, Doornroosje
    11.04.22 – NL – Haarlem, Patronaat
    12.04.22 – DE – Siegburg, Kubana
    13.04.22 – DE – Hamburg, Markthalle
    14.04.22 – DE – Leipzig, Hellraiser
    15.04.22 – DE – Berlin, Orwo Haus
    16.04.22 – CZ – Prague, Meet Factory
    17.04.22 – HU – Budapest, Barba Negra
    18.04.22 – DE – Munich, Backstage Werk
    19.04.22 – AT – Salzburg, Rockhouse
    20.04.22 – AT – Wien, Simm City
    22.04.22 – DE – Lichtenfels, Ragnarök Festival
    23.04.22 – DE – Schapen, Mosh’n’May-Festival
    24.04.22 – FR – Paris, L’elysee Montmartre
    25.04.22 – FR – Audincourt, Le Moloco
    26.04.22 – DE – Stuttgart, LKA/Longhorn
    27.04.22 – FR – Grenoble, La Belle Electrique
    28.04.22 – FR – Istres, L’Usine
    29.04.22 – ES – Barcelona, Salamandra
    30.04.22 – ES – Sevilla, Custom
    01.05.22 – ES – Madrid, Kapital
    02.05.22 – ES – Bilbao, Santana27
    03.05.22 – FR – Bordeaux, Barbey Theater
    04.05.22 – FR – Nantes, Warehouse
    05.05.22 – FR – Metz, LA B.A.M
    06.05.22 – CH – Orbe, Le Puisoir
    07.05.22 – CH – Luzern, Schüür
    08.05.22 – IT – Milan, Maggazini Generali
    09.05.22 – IT – Padova, The Hall
    10.05.22 – IT – Rome, Orion
    12.05.22 – GR – Athens, Fuzz Live Music Club
    13.05.22 – GR – Thessaloniki, Principal Club Theater
    14.05.22 – BG – Sofia, Club Joy Station
    15.05.22 – BG – Bucharest, Arelene Romane
    16.05.22 – RO – Cluj-Napoca, Form Space
    17.05.22 – PL – Krakow, Quadrat
    18.05.22 – PL – Warsaw, Progresja
    19.05.22 – LT – Vilnius, Vakaris Club
    20.05.22 – LV – Riga, Melna Piektdiena
    21.05.22 – EE – Tallinn, Tapper
    22.05.22 – FI – Helsinki, Vanha Ylioppilastalo*
    23.05.22 – FI – Jyväskylä, Lutakko*
    24.05.22 – FI – Oulu, Club Teatria*
    26.05.22 – SE – Göteborg, Pustervik
    27.05.22 – SE – Göteborg, Pustervik
    *no Ensiferum

    Ensiferum‘s Thalassic was a huge success and landed on the worldwide charts:
    Finland: #1 – official albums chart
    Germany: #3 – official albums chart
    Switzerland: #5 – official albums chart
    USA: #10 – current hard music albums chart
    USA: #14 – top new artist albums chart
    USA: #26 – current rock albums chart
    USA: #94 – top current albums chart
    Canada: #7 – hard music albums chart
    UK: #11 – rock / metal album chart
    Belgium: #22 – official albums chart (Wallonia)
    Belgium: #83 – official albums chart (Flanders)
    Austria: #26 – official albums chart

    Ensiferum are a true powerhouse when it comes to folk-inspired melodic death metal, something they hammer home more resolutely than ever with eighth full-length Thalassic. The title translating from ancient Greek as “of or relating to seas”, it’s a suitably huge and wide-ranging collection that incorporates orchestrations and traditional folk instrumentation alongside the roaring guitars, bass, and drums. “I think we managed to take another step ahead musically and we also utilized the best parts of our old sound,” states bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka. “There are lots of Ensiferum’s trademarks: beautiful folkish melodies, ass-kicking riffs, a nice mix of different vocals and great singalong choruses.” The addition of new keyboard player/lead clean vocalist Pekka Montin also “really raised the new songs to another level”, while Mikko P. Mustonen once again presided over the orchestrations, and violin virtuoso Lassi Logren recorded folk instruments on a few tracks.

    Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren, Thalassic was recorded and produced in Petrax and Sonic Pump studios by Janne Joutsenniemi, who was involved on their albums Victory Songs (2007) and From Afar (2009). “We like to go to a studio when we have all the songs 99.9% ready so the producer’s main job is to kick our asses while we record. Of course Janne Joutsenniemi is a world-class producer, and we asked his opinion if we were doubting any details. It was really a pleasure to work with him again, and I think this was one of the most easy-going studio sessions I have ever been part of. We are extremely happy with the result.

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