Unsung Heroes (Ensiferum album)
|Studio album by Ensiferum|
|Released||August 27, 2012|
|Recorded||February, 2012 – April 2012 at Petrax Studios in Hollola, Finland and Sound Supreme Recording Studio in Hämeenlinna, Finland|
|Genre||Folk metal, melodic death metal, symphonic metal|
Recording and production
In February 2012, the band entered the studio and started recordings for the then untitled album. The band also announced on their Facebook page they would keep their fans up to date on their Mobile Twilight Tavern and with a weekly studio diary on Spinefarm's YouTube channel. The album would also include guest appearances by members of Die Apokalyptischen Reiter and the Finnish singer and actor Vesa-Matti Loiri. In late March, the band was in the final stages of the recordings for the album and completed recordings in early April.
In May, the band revealed the title for the album, Unsung Heroes and announced its release date, August 27, 2012. The album would also be released through Spinefarm Records. Then in late June the band unveiled the album cover artwork, again designed by Kristian Wahlin. On July 9, they posted on their Facebook page a YouTube video with Burning Leaves, one of their new songs on the album.
On July 17, the band posted a link with the making of their new video clip for In My Sword I Trust, also a new song to be featured on the album. The video was shot in Wrocław, Poland by Grupa 13 who were also recruited for the recent video clips of other noticeable bands like Amon Amarth and Behemoth. The actual video was uploaded on August 8 on Spinefarm's YouTube channel, which reached over a hundred thousand views within the first week.
|1.||"Symbols"||Instrumental||Petri Lindroos, Emmi Silvennoinen||1:51|
|2.||"In My Sword I Trust"||Sami Hinkka, Kalevala||Markus Toivonen||5:20|
|4.||"Burning Leaves"||Hinkka||Toivonen, Sami Hinkka, Lindroos||6:03|
|6.||"Retribution Shall Be Mine"||Hinkka||Toivonen||4:27|
|7.||"Star Queen (Celestial Bond Part II)"||Hinkka||Toivonen, Hinkka||5:55|
|8.||"Pohjola"||Hinkka, Markus Toivonen, Yrjö Koskinen||Toivonen, Hinkka||6:05|
|10.||"Passion, Proof, Power"||Hinkka||Toivonen, Hinkka||17:00|
|Limited Edition bonus track|
|11.||"Bamboleo" (Gipsy Kings cover)||Tonino Baliardo, Chico Bouchikhi, Simón Díaz, Nicolas Reyes||3:45|
|Japanese Edition Bonus tracks|
|11.||"Wrathchild" (Iron Maiden cover)||Steve Harris||Steve Harris||3:15|
|12.||"Bamboleo" (Gipsy Kings cover)||Tonino Baliardo, Chico Bouchikhi, Simón Díaz, Nicolas Reyes||3:45|
|Limited Edition Bonus DVD|
|1.||"Documentary: Symbols to Passion: The Making of Unsung Heroes"||1:54:00|
|2.||"Studio diary: Week 1"||4:11|
|3.||"Studio diary: Week 2"||9:01|
|4.||"Studio diary: Week 3"||9:09|
|5.||"Studio diary: Week 4"||7:23|
|6.||"Studio diary: Week 5"||7:29|
|7.||"Studio diary: Week 6"||10:16|
|8.||"Studio diary: Week 7"||21:31|
- Petri Lindroos - harsh vocals, guitar, backing vocals
- Markus Toivonen - guitar, acoustic guitars, dulcimer, bouzouki, clean vocals, backing vocals
- Sami Hinkka - bass guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals (Harsh/Clean)
- Janne Parviainen - drums, backing vocals
- Emmi Silvennoinen - keyboards, hammond, grand piano, pump organ, backing vocals
- Vesa-Matti Loiri - speech (Pohjola)
- Laura Dziadulewicz - vocals (Celestial Bond)
- Ulla Bürger - Soprano Vocals (Passion, Proof, Power)
- Lassi Lógren - Nyckelharpa
- Timo Väänänen - Kantele
- Pasi Puolakka - Flute, Descant & Sopranino Recorders
- Kasper Mårtenson - Moog
- Volk-Man, Ady & Fuchs (Die Apokalyptischen Reiter) - Additional Voices (Passion, Proof, Power)
- "BLABBERMOUTH.NET - ENSIFERUM: New Album Details Revealed". Retrieved 2012-08-13.
- "Burning Leaves...". 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2012-08-15.
- "Hi Folks! Here is...". 2012-07-17. Retrieved 2012-08-15.
- "Over 100,000 views...". 2012-08-15. Retrieved 2012-08-15.