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Release date: 2001
Style: Extreme folk metal


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01. Intro
02. Hero In A Dream
03. Token Of Time
04. Guardians Of Fate
05. Old Man (Väinämöinen)
06. Little Dreamer (Väinämöinen Part II)
07. Abandoned
08. Windrider
09. Treacherous Gods
10. Eternal Wait
11. Battle Song
12. Goblins' Dance

Top 20 albums of 2001: 4
Top 200 albums of all time: 66

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Staff review by

2001 was just about to become history when I received this cd in the mail. It was three days before 2002 and I found myself on an airplane home to spend the New Year. The plane had just taxied off the runway as I placed Ensiferum's debut self-titled album in my cd player. I had not heard much about this young Finnish band before I had ordered the CD but was told, since I like Moonsorrow and Finntroll, I would eat this cd up for breakfast lunch and dinner. Well, I am still eating it and it sounds better every fucking time.

published 06.02.2004 | Comments (8)

Staff review by
Pierre Tombale

My first experience with growls started by chance when I was searching amazon for new metal and I discovered the genre of viking metal. This immediately caught my attention and I read several bands with special interest the reviews on Ensiferum, which obviously had some good debut album released in 2001. Then I searched other sources for this band because amazon did not have it available so I got me a copy via eBay. Of a three cd order this was the first one I listened to and I was shocked, because yet I had not come across growls that have a quite aggressive impact on the ear when you hear them for the first time, but the winds from the north a blowing fortunately strong, below I will tell you why:

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Got Mayhem? - 21.04.2010 at 21:27  
Rating: 10 I put off listening to this album for literally years. Until then the only Ensiferum I had heard was Lindroos era and It didn't do much for me. However, once I finally gave this a spin I was forced to admit this is a fantastic album. From start to finish it doesn't lose a beat. Essential, especially for the genre.
Baz Anderson - 05.04.2011 at 00:15  
  I didn't call it my album of the decade for nothing. I am listening to it now for the first time in a long time, and it's both great and sad... sad to compare it to what Ensiferum are now (which is still a great band... but just not this good...)
ErnilEnNaur - 09.04.2011 at 18:59  
Written by Baz Anderson on 05.04.2011 at 00:15

I didn't call it my album of the decade for nothing. I am listening to it now for the first time in a long time, and it's both great and sad... sad to compare it to what Ensiferum are now (which is still a great band... but just not this good...)

True. This is one hell of an album, that displays true inspiration and passion. The later albums and especially the last one have too much fluff and too little songwriting. Symphonic elements for the sake of sypmhonic elements aren't worth much. Well, at least we'll always have this timeless classic.
pauli2 - 15.05.2011 at 00:06  
  I like this album a lot!
neonxaos - 01.06.2011 at 17:10  
Rating: 10 A staggering album - ten years down the line, it still outruns the competition. On horseback, sword drawn for battle.
Beastofmetal456 - 09.06.2011 at 20:06  
  One word. Perfection.
Kintu - 07.08.2011 at 20:59  
Rating: 10 Is one of the few albums that I can listen to it again and again and again, and still loving it like the first time.
musicalkaratekid - 15.10.2011 at 22:59  
Rating: 9 This is a classic debut, beautiful and brilliant work by ensiferum\m/
Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk - 06.03.2012 at 12:03  
Rating: 10 Lol, "professional opinion"
Porn actor?
Víctor - 07.03.2012 at 01:07  
Written by Cock is Intruder on 06.03.2012 at 11:28

When you are sad and want to shout, sing it loud, want to immerse into your deepest sorrow, painful feelings left inside.....Suddenly ! Cheerful folk music cut in....ancient dressing men and women holding hands dancing, running and jumping happily around would you react ? I will shout "can you shut the fuck up !" In my professional opinion, this album is highly OVERRATED ! Nearly stupid.

professional opinión?
Marcel Hubregtse - 07.03.2012 at 03:42  
Written by Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk on 06.03.2012 at 12:03

Lol, "professional opinion"
Porn actor?

He wished.

In his professional opinion as a troll (and a bad one at that)
Gopherhawk - 28.09.2012 at 01:57  
Rating: 10 Best song is treacherous gods.
megadeath13 - 09.12.2012 at 18:34  
  Couldnt be more perfect! Every track is beautiful!
Mario Montes - 22.01.2013 at 22:26  
Rating: 10 This album is catchy as hell!
Rhiannon - 23.04.2013 at 19:55  
Rating: 8 Really good piece of epic folk metal.
Mario Montes - 17.07.2013 at 02:15  
Rating: 10 I'm a really proud owner of this album. A must have for every metalhead.
NorthernDickhead - 05.04.2014 at 20:47  
Rating: 7 For me Iron is better,but this isn't far of it.
telephonebear - 17.04.2014 at 19:47  
  Never listened to this, im usually put off by bands in costume but im willing to try it. is it very much like power metal or does the fact its 'extreme' make a large difference?
metalfan1999 - 28.08.2015 at 22:09  
Rating: 10 Love it
saucyawesomeness - 06.05.2016 at 02:49  
Rating: 10 Awesome Debut, still my favorite band to date.
SlaytanicBacon - 26.08.2016 at 16:52  
Rating: 10 This album really is timeless, I listened to it a long way back and even now it is just as awesome! Killer tracks all around, so many of my favourite Ensiferum songs are on this debut (Little Dreamer, Goblin's Dance, Token of Time, Windrider, Old Man, Hero In a Dream)

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