From Afar (album)

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

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
About.com3.5/5 stars[3]
Metal Review9.2/10[4]
Sputnikmusic4/5 stars[5]

Track listing[edit]

1."By the Dividing Stream" Markus Toivonen3:50
2."From Afar"Sami HinkkaMarkus Toivonen, Sami Hinkka4:51
3."Twilight Tavern"Sami HinkkaMarkus Toivonen, Sami Hinkka5:38
4."Heathen Throne"Sami HinkkaMarkus Toivonen11:09
5."Elusive Reaches"Sami Hinkka, Petri LindroosPetri Lindroos, Markus Toivonen3:26
6."Stone Cold Metal"Sami HinkkaMarkus Toivonen, Sami Hinkka7:25
7."Smoking Ruins"Sami HinkkaMarkus Toivonen6:40
8."Tumman virran taa"Sami HinkkaSami Hinkka0:52
9."The Longest Journey (Heathen Throne Part II)"Sami HinkkaMarkus Toivonen, Sami Hinkka12:52
Total length:56:43
Limited Edition bonus track
10."Vandraren" (Nordman cover feat. Heri Joensen)Py Bäckman, H. BäckmanMats Wester3:41
Total length:60:24


Chart (2009) Peak
Finnish Albums Chart 9[6]


Band members[edit]

Guest members[edit]



  1. ^ "Ensiferum: new album title, track listing revealed". July 2, 2009. Archived from the original on July 3, 2009. Retrieved July 2, 2009.
  2. ^ "Ensiferum news". April 22, 2009. Archived from the original on April 18, 2009. Retrieved July 2, 2009.
  3. ^ Marsicano, Dan. "From Afar review". Retrieved 16 May 2010.
  4. ^ Main, Ross. "Review of Ensiferum - From Afar". Metal Review. Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  5. ^ Altkula, Magnus. "Ensiferum - From Afar (album review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
  6. ^ Suomen virallinen lista[permanent dead link]