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Ensiferum: Two Decades of Greatest Sword Hits

Two Decades of Greatest Sword Hits is a compilation of Ensiferum's decade and a half on Spinefarm Records although it includes the sparky, not-entirely-unlike-a-disco-Korpiklaani "Two of Spades" from the band's first Metal Blade album One Man Army. It's pretty comprehensive although long term fans could quibble about the odd omission. I stand by my assertion that 2012's Unsung Heroes is their masterpiece and should be the first port of call for anyone wanting to get into some epic folk metal. That said, this is a very solid compilation full of quality songs such as the lead track from the aforementioned Unsung Heroes "In My Sword I Trust" which remains for me, the band's high point given the infectious grandeur of the song.

The only problem with this album is that such a strong back catalogue deserves a double album with some special extras thrown in as an incentive for those who hopped on the train at the start of the journey. 4 stars for the music but the overall package could have been improved.

Track Listing:
1. By the Dividing Stream
2. From Afar
3. Heathen Horde
4. One More Magic Potion
5. In My Sword I Trust
6. Token of Time
7. Dragonheads
8. Twilight Tavern
9. Burning Leaves
10. Treacherous Gods
11. Lai Lai Hei
12. Two of Spades
13. Iron
14. Victory Song

Added: March 31st 2016
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1713
Language: english

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