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Ensiferum "Dragonheads" Extended Play Album Review

Updated on October 7, 2023
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

The album cover for Dragonheads shows the kind of ship that the Vikings would have have used to cross oceans back in their time.
The album cover for Dragonheads shows the kind of ship that the Vikings would have have used to cross oceans back in their time. | Source

Track listing for Dragonheads

  1. Dragonheads
  2. Warrior’s Quest
  3. Kalevala Melody
  4. White Storm
  5. Into Hiding (originally performed by Amorphis)
  6. Finnish Melody

Basic details about This Mini Album and the members that perform on the work

Release date: February 15, 2006

Record Label it was released under: Spinefarm Records

Finnish folk metal band Ensiferum went into the year 2006 having to deal with the departure of guitarist and longtime vocalist Jari Maenpaa. Their 2006 EP (extended play) album called Dragonheads is a really solid work and they did more than rebound: they showed that they could excel as a band even with the change in vocalists. Entering the band for this release is Petri Lindroos (ex-Norther front man). Also making their debuts on this release are Sami Hinkka (bass) and Janne Parviainen (ex-Sinergy drummer). The songs Warrior’s Quest and White Storm are songs from the band’s second demo CD.

This life size electronic dragon photo represents the title of this album.
This life size electronic dragon photo represents the title of this album. | Source

A Brief Review of the extended play album "Dragonheads"

The instrumental song Kalevala Melody is a kind of soft song that the band usually uses to open up their albums. Dragonheads is in the style of melodic death metal that is very well done. White Storm is the best song on this album. It even has chanting style vocals in addition to the great hooks provided by the guitar work of Lindroos and Toivonen. Markus Toivonen does the clean vocals in this EP. It is a song about a warrior that is fighting the coldness of the wind. Will he survive or is his spirit going to wander only to die? The white storm is approaching the land. The chanting vocal section adds a nice touch to what is one of Ennsiferum's strongest songs ever. Warrior’s Quest starts out very slowly before there is a dual guitar of fast picking and the slower guitar riffing mixed in. The song is lyrically about a warrior that is expected to bravely strike with the powers of a magic stone, find hos legacy and return home alive.

Ensiferum Covers a Great Amorphis Song

There is a cover done of the song Into Hiding by Amorphis. I am glad that Ensiferum did this because that’s a great way to pay tribute to a band that has been in the music business for so long and excelled with what they have done. Amorphis also is one of those bands that has had a different vocalist. Tomi Joutsen joined Amorphis with the departure of Pasi Koskinen in 2003. The last song Finnish medley is actually a collection of three traditional songs.

"White Storm" Petri Lindroos Version

Final Thoughts About the Extended Play Album "Dragonheads"

Overall, Dragonheads is an excellent work by Ensiferum which has great rhythm guitar work, great songwriting, and a good harsh vocal style by Lindroos. The final score for Dragonheads is a 90 out of 100 points.

"Into Hiding" Originally Performed by the Band Amorphis

Jari Maenpaa vs. Petri Lindroos

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This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

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