Ensiferum, who headlined the recent Paganfest here in North America, had their first appearance in Denver after an almost five year hiatus. Before the show we had a nice little chat with bassist Sami Hinkka but unfortunately the location we selected was not available and we ended up staying inside the venue right after doors opened. My apologies for the background noise.
In addition, you can find the review of their Denver performance right here.
00:37 - preparing the set-list for a tour
02:10 - the folk metal scene in Europe
03:05 - quality over quantity in regards of albums
04:00 - writing music while on tour
04:56 - songs from Unsung Heroes
05:41 - how many songs are usually left over after recording
06:30 - different musical direction with the last album and going ahead
07:50 - making off "Passion, Proof, Power" and the collaboration with Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
10:18 - meeting them on the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise
11:00 - about the video shoot for "In My Sword I Trust"
13:33 - why the black stripes across their faces
14:14 - trying to break the Manowar record for longest song
15:12 - reason why it took so long to finally tour in South America
16:00 - touring and recording plans
17:30 - last words to the fans
I know both of those, but uhm yeah... Well... Sabazius - The Descent Of Man... 11 hours... Just saying. Also, there's a list here on metal storm with some of the longest tracks, a lot are way above 28 minutes.
EDIT: But this thread shouldn't become about long songs, so back to the interview.
Sami is a nice guy.
That is all.