Ensiferum - Two Paths



7.4 | 124 votes |
Release date: 15 September 2017
Style: Extreme folk metal

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01. Ajattomasta Unesta
02. For Those About To Fight For Metal
03. Way Of The Warrior
04. Two Paths
05. King Of Storms
06. Feast With Valkyries
07. Don't You Say
08. I Will Never Kneel
09. God Is Dead
10. Hail To The Victor
11. Unettomaan Aikaan
12. God Is Dead [Alternative version]
13. Don't You Say [Alternative version]

Staff review by
Doc Godin
Rating:
5.6
Ladies and gentlemen, we're getting old.

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published 08.10.2017 | Comments (18)

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19.07.2017 - 20:13
FeskarN
Not so impressed by the single. Amazing artwork thought!
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The Land Is Silent... Before The Storm!
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19.07.2017 - 21:37
EmeraldSword
Agree! Awesome artwork.
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Progress to not digress.
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19.07.2017 - 23:11
moe5512
After listening to it a few times I actually think it's really good. Not a fan of the intro but otherwise it's sounds very promising.
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01.09.2017 - 04:59
Übermensch242
I'm looking forward to it and I'm confident that it'll be much better than the previous record.
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"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself"- Friedrich Nietzsche
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14.09.2017 - 21:47
DJBear666
It seems to be getting bad press but I liked the snippets I heard so pre-ordered to download tomorrow
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!!!!They say that life's a carousel Spinning fast, you gotta ride it well The world is full of Kings and Queens Who blind your eyes and steal your dreams It's Heaven and Hell, oh well !!!!
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15.09.2017 - 15:29
Rating: 9
Sword_Chant
It may not live up to the legendary status of their first 2/3 albums, but I think it's their best work since From Afar.
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15.09.2017 - 16:10
Rating: 6
RoyBoy432
Some disjointed initial thoughts which I may regret having posted at some later juncture/ may need updating...

I like it... but it doesn't sound like Ensiferum. The album is weird. Ensiferum has always been categorized as extreme folk metal, but the extreme vocals (Petri Lindroos) are too often missing here or seem like guest vocals when they do show up. It feels super epic... but not very folk, aside from the intro and outro tracks (kinda meh for me) and the accordion (which I like in a couple of spots); or very Viking/ Fennoscandic, aside from "King Of Storms" or "Feast With Valkyries". The epic sound and choir stuff is ok (e.g. "For Those About To Fight For Metal"), but kind of takes over the album. I don't know what it sounds like... epic power metal? Weirdly it reminds me of Celesty.

So, yes, I like it, but I'm also confused and I think One Man Army was better. And it needs more growls. The clean vocals are not good.
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16.09.2017 - 19:37
Rating: 8
JÄY
Metal slave
Best album since from afar... Biggest problem is the normal versions and alternate versions should be switched... Those vocals are distracting and really don't sound good.
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17.09.2017 - 09:02
Rating: 4
MeatWolf
Bad cleans, amazingly lame choirs, misplaced accordion, low farce melodies and poor songwriting. Sounds like a bunch of thown out One Man Army leftovers. And I thought Unsung Heroes to be the lowest point.
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17.09.2017 - 09:51
Rating: 7
Slade_19
Not nearly enough Petri and no long epic track at the end! And unfortunately the cleans were not as good as before. Choirs have been a bit annoying since One Man Army too. Where are the cleans like in Wanderer? Markus and Sami can do so much better.

6/10 on first listen but 7/10 after hearing God is Dead and Don't You Say as the alternate versions (with Petri as the main vocalist...). They were absolutely awesome with Petri's vocals - they should've been the original versions.

There was also potential for experimentation that was unfulfilled. They need to get out that banjo and do a Western track or two.
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17.09.2017 - 09:55
Rating: 7
Slade_19
With that said, King of Storms is one of my favourites of all time for Ensiferum.

But moving away from Petri's harsh vocals is not so good if the cleans are like this.
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17.09.2017 - 18:20
moe5512
I think the energy is back. I agree about the clean vocals, they are not very well made even if I actually like Markus on God is Dead, it reminds me of "real" nordic folk tales.
All in all, it's a mediocre album, no truly great song but no bad one either.
7.5
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17.09.2017 - 20:54
Übermensch242
"God Is Dead" is probably my favourite track
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"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself"- Friedrich Nietzsche
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18.09.2017 - 03:15
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Masterchief
Awesoem album sa,e feelings like when you're teenager, young man what so ever, same melodies, stories about finish forest, but wait a sec mirror don't lie, we all are older and its not same as it was
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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18.09.2017 - 12:35
Rating: 7
trzyszostki
Not bad actually..,,though too much clean vocals at times but overall nice surprise!
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19.09.2017 - 13:34
Rating: 6
Warman
Erotic Stains
Written by MeatWolf on 17.09.2017 at 09:02

Sounds like a bunch of thown out One Man Army leftovers. And I thought Unsung Heroes to be the lowest point.

I still think "Unsung Heroes" is their low point but you're absolutely right about the "One Man Army" leftovers. This is a good folk album, but Ensiferum can do so much better. Feels rushed and why isn't there an epic song at the end?
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21.09.2017 - 08:45
Rating: 9
Windrider
Raureif
Everyone complaining about the clean vocals lol... I think they are cool and it makes for a bit of a different album, although not letting down in songwriting like Unsung Heroes. And theres the alternate versions... King Of Storms is a fucking amazing track too, I guess I just like their new "rock'n'roll and fuck it" attitude :banger:
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22.09.2017 - 03:04
Rating: 7
Necrodamus
Much prefer the alternative versions of the two songs at the end of the album to the ones on the album. To me, clean vocals really don't fit Ensiferum that well. I absolutely love King of Storms, it sounds like a lost track from one of their first two albums or Victory Songs. All in all, a good album.
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28.09.2017 - 14:15
Rating: 8
AndreMarcos
All in all solid album. I also like the clean vocals, I think it gives the album variety and sense of depth which is always good.
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28.09.2017 - 19:29
Icy
What about the production style, how they choose to make the album? How much that effected to the end result? If anyone gets what i mean. But what do i know about making music...absolutely nothing. Just something i thought while watching the making off doc.
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29.09.2017 - 00:23
Rating: 8
kovr
It seems like mix between Unsung Heroes and One man army for me
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09.10.2017 - 01:57
Rating: 3
hadriel
Straight up, this album is complete trash. Album name is so ironic because Ensiferum seem dead set on one path of free-falling descent in the quality of their releases. The whole album feels incredibly generic and lazy. This band seriously needs to take a break and just reevaluate where they want to go from here because what they're doing now is just not working at all. I also don't get the decision to focus more on cleans because they're just not any good.
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