From Afar

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From Afar
Studio album by Ensiferum
Released September 9, 2009
Recorded April - May 2009 at Petrax and E-Major studios
Genre Folk metal, melodic death metal
Length 56:43
Label Spinefarm
Producer Tero Kinnunen
Janne Joutsenniemi
Hiili Hiilesmaa
Ensiferum chronology
Victory Songs
(2007)
From Afar
(2009)
Unsung Heroes
(2012)

From Afar is the fourth studio album by the Finnish folk metal and melodic death metal band Ensiferum, as well as the first to feature keyboardist Emmi Silvennoinen. It was released on September 9, 2009 on Spinefarm Records. The album was produced by Nightwish producer Tero Kinnunen and Victory Songs producer Janne Joutsenniemi. It was mixed by HIM producer Hiili Hiilesmaa. The limited edition of the album includes a cover of Swedish folk rock group Nordman.[1][2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3.5/5 stars[3]
Chronicles of Chaos 4/10 stars[4]
Metal Review 9.2/10[5]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "By the Dividing Stream"     Markus Toivonen 3:50
2. "From Afar"   Sami Hinkka Markus Toivonen, Sami Hinkka 4:51
3. "Twilight Tavern"   Sami Hinkka Markus Toivonen, Sami Hinkka 5:38
4. "Heathen Throne"   Sami Hinkka Markus Toivonen 11:09
5. "Elusive Reaches"   Sami Hinkka, Petri Lindroos Petri Lindroos, Markus Toivonen 3:26
6. "Stone Cold Metal"   Sami Hinkka Markus Toivonen, Sami Hinkka 7:25
7. "Smoking Ruins"   Sami Hinkka Markus Toivonen 6:40
8. "Tumman virran taa"   Sami Hinkka Sami Hinkka 0:52
9. "The Longest Journey (Heathen Throne Part II)"   Sami Hinkka Markus Toivonen, Sami Hinkka 12:52
Total length:
56:43
Limited edition bonus track
No. Title Length
10. "Vandraren" (Nordman cover, bonus track, feat. Heri Joensen) 3:41
Total length:
60:24

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Finnish Albums Chart 9[7]

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

Guest members[edit]

Production[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ensiferum: new album title, track listing revealed". Blabbermouth.net. July 2, 2009. Retrieved July 2, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Ensiferum news". Ensiferum.com. April 22, 2009. Retrieved July 2, 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ Marsicano, Dan. "From Afar review". About.com. Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Burton, Colleen. CoC : Ensiferum - From Afar : Review. Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Main, Ross. "Review of Ensiferum - From Afar". Metal Review. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Altkula, Magnus. "Ensiferum - From Afar (album review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  7. ^ Suomen virallinen lista