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VICTORY SONGS highlights Finnish outfit Ensiferum's folksy metallic output, as this nine-track sojourn reveals a band who sticks close to their homeland's origins while pumping out the kind of tunes like "The New Dawn" that wouldn't sound out of place on a Children of. Bodom disc Traditional instrumentations and power metal panache collide across the span of this disc, so draw your sword, raise your shield, man your steed, and prepare to rock with the most visceral hybrid of traditional, Viking, and progressive power metal on the scene today.
- Mike SOS