Finnish folk metallers ENSIFERUM have entered the studio to begin recording their fifth album for a late spring/early summer release via Spinefarm Records. The drums, bass, grand piano and Hammond organ parts are being tracked at Petrax studio (CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH) in Hollola, Finland while the rest will be laid down at Yellow House studio in Hämeenlinna, Finland with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, LORDI, APOCALYPTICA, SENTENCED, AMORPHIS).
ENSIFERUM's new album will contain 10 tracks and will include guest appearances by members of DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER and the legendary Finnish singer and actor Vesa-Matti Loiri.
The first in a series of websidodes featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the new CD recording process can be seen below.
ENSIFERUM's fourth album, "From Afar", sold around 900 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 44 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"From Afar" was released on September 9, 2009 via Spinefarm Records. The CD was produced by Tero Kinnunen (NIGHTWISH, AMORPHIS) and Janne Joutsenniemi ('Victory Songs' producer) and was mixed by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, SENTENCED, AMORPHIS).
Petri Lindroos - Harsh Vocals, Guitars (ex-Norther)
Markus Toivonen - Guitars, Backing Vocals, Clean Vocals (ex-Soulstream)
Sami Hinkka - Bass, Backing Vocals, Clean Vocals (October Falls, ex-Rapture)
Emmi Silvennoinen - Keyboards, Backing Vocals (ex-Exsecratus)
Janne Parviainen - Drums (ex-Zwanziger, ex-Valvet, ex-Barathrum, ex-Waltari, ex-Sinergy)