Ensiferum was started in ca. 1995 - 96 by Markus Toivonen (guitar), Sauli Savolainen (bass) and Kimmo Miettinen (drums). In the end of 1996 they were joined by Jari Mäenpää on guitar and vocals. Pretty soon, in the beginning of 1997, Jari had to go to the army and the band froze for a while. Luckily, the service in the Finnish army is not too long and the band recorded their first demo the same year. About 300 copies found their way to tape players across the globe and the response was very promising. 1998 was the year of a few line-up changes. Jukka-Pekka Miettinen stepped in as the new bassplayer and Oliver Fokin from Arthemesia filled the drummers seat when Kimmo Miettinen moved to Arthemesia. In other words,
the bands traded drummers. In the beginning of 1999 Ensiferum recorded their second demo that was also very well-greeted in the metal scene across the world. Later the same year a third demo was recorded with Janne Joutsenniemi (Sub-Urban Tribe) twisting the knobs at the MD-Studios in Helsinki. This was the demo that landed them the deal with Spinefarm Records. Ensiferum recorded their self-titled debut album late 2000 and due to minor problems with the mixing, the album was released as late as July 2001.



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1997 DEMO

Regular 4 panel fold out paper Xeroxed covers. No lyrics

- Frost
- Old Man (Väinämöinen)
- Knighthood