Though we haven’t even finished with the Fall season, the winter tours for the upcoming year are getting announced. This one should be interesting as its the long hoped for return of Ensiferum. Read on down below.
The Press Release:
After nearly four years of absence, ENSIFERUM has announced a full North American headlining tour. Set to begin January 5th and run through January 29th, support will be provided by Septicflesh as well as an additional opener still to be announced.
Comments bassist Sami Hinkka, “It’s been way too many years since we rocked with our North American warrior brothers and sisters. So early 2019 we will set sails and head to your shores and we are not coming alone. We will join forces with a brilliant and ass kicking band, Septicflesh, and a special guest. What a way to start a new year! This tour will leave its mark on the history of metal so get your ticket in advance and get ready to mosh with us like there is no tomorrow. On this tour, we have no chance to play in every city that we would want to, so we are doing our best to return to North America for a second time in 2019. Stay tuned and see you soon!”
Following the trek, ENSIFERUM will also make an appearance on the 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2019 cruise. See all confirmed dates below.
The Tour Dates:
1/05/2019: Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
1/06/2019: Irving Plaza – New York, NY
1/07/2019: Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
1/08/2019: Imperial Bell – Quebec City, QC
1/09/2019: Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
1/01/2019: Opera House – Toronto, ON
1/11/2019: Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
1/12/2019: The Forge – Joliet, IL
1/13/2019: Skyway Theater – Minneapolis, MN
1/14/2019: The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
1/15/2019: Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
1/17/2019: El Corazon – Seattle, WA
1/18/2019: Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
1/19/2019: Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
1/20/2019: Metro Opera House – Oakland, CA
1/21/2019: The Regent – Los Angeles, CA
1/22/2019: Club Red – Mesa, AZ
1/23/2019: Rockhouse Bar & Grill – El Paso, TX
1/24/2019: Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas, TX
1/25/2019: Come And Take It Live! – Austin, TX
1/26/2019: White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
1/28/2019: The Masquerade (Hell) – Atlanta, GA
1/29/2019: The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
1/31 – 2/04/2019 70,000 Tons Of Metal – Fort Lauderdale, FL
You can’t talk about the true greats of folk-inspired melodic death metal without reverent mention of ENSIFERUM, and with their latest album, Two Paths, they once more affirm their place in the pantheons of the genre. Further building upon the thrilling metallic hybrid honed across six full-lengths, Two Paths is the Finnish quintet’s most epic and far-reaching collection of songs to date as well as their most organic.
“When we made One Man Army (2015), we wanted it to sound more like a live album than a traditional studio album. With Two Paths, we took that to the next level with analog recording, cutting down tracks and even recording songs without a click, and because of that there is a totally different kind of groove compared to most modern metal albums,” notes Hinkka. While their ideas are huge and they consistently prove they have the talent to back them up, the band maintains the grounded MO that has served them so well over the years, with the results speaking for themselves. “It all comes down to writing music that sounds good to us and is fun to play live, and I would say with Two Paths we’ve done everything better than we ever have before.”
Petri Lindroos – Vocals/Guitar
Markus Toivonen – Guitar/Vocals
Sami Hinkka – Bass/Vocals
Janne Parviainen – Drums
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Since I have a battery of items to address I will keep this to a simple “COUNT ME IN!”. I love what Ensiferum brings to the Metal table and have never had a bad experience at one of their shows. Sure I am not the biggest Septicflesh fan as much as some other friends in the Metal scene but I do always enjoy catching them when they tour around these parts. The two of them together is going to be something awesome for the fans whose venues they touch down in. Hopefully the TBA band is not one of the local acts because I’d rather see another national act on this bill. What do you readers think about this one? Will you be in attendance? Chime in down below in the comments.