ENSIFERUM's Markus Toivonen - "My Hearing Is Better Now..."; Band Back On The Road This Weekend

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Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:28:39 EST

Finland's ENSIFERUM check in with the following health update from guitarist/vocalist Markus Toivonen

"I just want to give some update for all of our fans about my health issue. My right ear has been a bit better since last week. Last week, I had hearing tests again and I met with the ear doctor. My hearing is a bit better now and the middle ear is completely recovered. There is still something going on in my inner ear, but the doctor's opinion is that it should recover and I am able to fly again.

So, Ensiferum will be back on road this weekend, starting with the Rock Hard Festival (Gelsenkirchen, Germany). See you soon!"

Ensiferum have spent the past 18 years honing the steel of their folk-infused battle metal auditory attack. Their albums are further bolstered by a live show that has become one of the most entertaining in all of metal. Proof of Ensiferum's status as one of the most vital bands in modern metal was made apparent through their headlining slot on this year's Paganfest USA tour. To further spread the band's music to a worldwide audience, Ensiferum has forged a deal with Metal Blade Records. The band inked the deal with Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel during the Paganfest USA tour, and all parties are enthusiastic about new music and new possibilities.

Bassist/backing vocalist Sami Hinkka comments: "We are really looking forward to our co-operation with such a great and legendary label as Metal Blade. The next full length album should be out in early 2015. We have already started working with the new songs and it's obvious that the next album will be another step ahead for Ensiferum. And now that we have united forces with mighty Metal Blade nothing can stop us! The next album is going to be something that will rock the very foundations of folk metal genre.

We also would like to thank Spinefarm Records for all these 13 years, it's been as blast but now it is time for us to move on and head bravely towards new challenges.

The future looks bright for Sword Bearers!"

Ensiferum will be touring throughout Europe and South America this summer as they continue their live campaign in support of their most recent album, Unsung Heroes. Confirmed dates can be seen below:

European Festivals:

18 - Gelsenkirchen, Germany - Rock Hard Festival
20 - Leipzig, Germany - Wave Gothic Treffen

7 - Espoo, Finland - Kivenlahti Rock
20-22 - Nummijärvi, Finland - Nummirock
26-30 - Tokaj-Rakamaz, Hungary - Hegyalka Festival

11-13 - Ballenstedt, Germany - Rockharz Open Air
22-26 - Tolmin, Slovenia - Metaldays

7-10 - Jaromer, Czech Republic - Brutal Assault
9-10 - Villena, Spain - Leyendas del Rock Festival
15-17 - Dinkelsbühl, Germany - Summer Breeze
15-17 - Falun, Sweden - Rockstad Falun

South American Tour:

28 - Bogota, Columbia - Teatro Las Vegas Nevada
30 - Santiago, Chile - Blondie Club
31 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Teatro Vorterix

1 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Carioca Club
2 - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - Teatro Odisséia

Ensiferum is:

Petri Lindroos - vocals/guitar
Markus Toivonen - guitar/backing vocals
Sami Hinkka - bass/backing vocals
Janne Parviainen - drums
Emmi Silvennoinen - keys/backing vocals

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