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Ensiferum released their sixth album, 'One Man Army', in February and embarked on a twenty-six date, fourteen country European tour which Sami says has been their best tour yet.

Sami also discusses the band's forthcoming USA/Canada tour and European festival dates and tackles some burning questions about the new album, including the big one: Is he a Boney M fan?

You can hear the rest of the band soundchecking in the background at the beginning of the interview in preparation for their London gig that evening.

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Click here for MetalTalk's review of 'One Man Army'

Click here for MetalTalk's review of Tuesday night's performance in London

Remaining One Man Army European Tour Dates
28.03.2015 (DE) Bremen / Tivoli
29.03.2015 (DE) Hamburg / Gruenspan
30.03.2015 (DK) Copenhagen / Vega
31.03.2015 (SE) Stockholm / Göta Källare
01.04.2015 (SE) Gothenburg / Sticky Fingers
02.04.2015 (NO) Oslo / Inferno Metal Festival Norway

Ensiferum/Korpiklaani/Trollfest North American Tour
06.05.2015 (US) Los Angeles, CA / House of Blues
07.05.2015 (US) San Francisco, CA / Slim's
08.05.2015 (US) Portland, OR / Hawthorne Theater
09.05.2015 (US) Seattle, WA / El Corazon
10.05.2015 (CA) Vancouver, BC / Rickshaw Theatre
12.05.2015 (CA) Calgary, AB / Republik
13.05.2015 (CA) Edmonton, AB / Union Hall
15.05.2015 (US) Denver, CO / Summit Music Hall
16.05.2015 (US) Lincoln, NE / Bourbon Theatre
17.05.2015 (US) Minneapolis, MN / Mill City Nights
18.05.2015 (US) Chicago, IL / Bottom Lounge
19.05.2015 (US) Cleveland, OH / Agora Theatre
20.05.2015 (CA) Toronto, ON / Opera House
21.05.2015 (CA) Ottawa, ON / Mavericks
22.05.2015 (CA) Montreal, QC / Club Soda
23.05.2015 (CA) Quebec City, QC / Imperial de Quebec
24.05.2015 (US) Boston, MA / Brighton Music Hall
26.05.2015 (US) Pittsburgh, PA / Mr. Small's Theatre
27.05.2015 (US) Baltimore, MD / Baltimore Soundstage
28.05.2015 (US) Philadelphia, PA / Theatre of Living Arts
29.05.2015 (US) New York, NY / Irving Plaza

19.06.2015 (FR) Hellfest - Clisson
30.07.2015 (DE) Wacken Open Air - Wacken
06.08.2015 (DE) Party San Open Air - Schlotheim
09.08.2015 (UK) Bloodstock Open Air - Walton-On-Trent
13.08.2015 (RO) Rockstadt Extremefest - Rasnov
14.08.2015 (DE) Summer Breeze - Dinkelsbühl


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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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