ENSIFERUM – Tickets – Come and Take It Live – Austin, TX – January 25th, 2019

ENSIFERUM

Come and Take It Productions presents...

ENSIFERUM

Septicflesh, Arsis, Hinayana, Kleaver

Fri, January 25, 2019

6:00 pm

Come and Take It Live

Austin, TX

$27.00 - $30.00

This event is all ages

** This event is ALL AGES, however, anyone under the age of 21 will be charged an additional 'minor surcharge' at the door. **

Ensiferum
Ensiferum
Folk metal band from Helsinki, Finland.

Ensiferum's Black/Death/Folk Metal hybrid was first born in 1995 when Markus Toivonen (guitar), Sauli Savolainen (bass) and Kimmo Miettinen (drums) got together to form an innovative band. The following year, Jari Mäenpää joined as a vocalist (and second guitarist) and the first self-titled demo was released.

Before releasing their second demo tape in 1999, Jukka-Pekka Miettinen replaced Sauli Savolainen on bass and ex-Arthemesia drummer Oliver Fokin swapped positions with Kimmo Miettinen. The band continued playing and recorded a third demo, "Hero in a Dream", which was noticed by underground (and non) magazines which allowed the band to gain popularity and sign a deal with Spinefarm Records.

Finally, Meiju Enho joined as keyboard player for the band and they were now able to record their epic, self-titled debut "Ensiferum" in 2001.

Current line-up:
Markus Toivonen - Guitar, Vocals (1995 - )
Petri Lindroos - Guitar, Vocals (2004 - )
Sami Hinkka - Bass (2004 - )
Janne Parviainen - Drums (2005 - )
Septicflesh
Septicflesh
Formed in March 1990, SEPTICFLESH released their first Mini Lp "Temple of the Lost Race" in December 1991. Its tracks have been reprinted in June 2002 as a bonus on a digipack re-edition of their first album "Mystic Places of Dawn". A 3 songs promotape including two titles of this Mini Lp and the title "Morpheus (The Dreamlord)" enabled them to sign a contract with Holy records.

They recorded their first album "Mystic Places of Dawn" in April 1994 at the Storm studio with Magus Wampyr Daoloth as Co-producer. The song "Return to Carthage" then appeared on the Nuclear Blast compilation "Death Is Only The Beginning III". One year later, in June 1995, they released "Esoptron" which was to be followed by "Ophidian Wheel" in May 1997. To record it, they chose the Praxis studio and Lambros Sfyris as Co-producer."A Fallen Temple" which was released in March 1998, was also recorded there, with L.Sfyris.

The recruiting of Natalie Rassoulis and the neo-classical influences gave the band's new songs a more theatrical and technical dimension. SEPTICFLESH then shot its first video for "The Eldest Cosmonaut" which was released in September 1998 in a special packaging including a video tape and a Cd composed of 4 new tracks .

The successful "Temple of Humiliations" tour (with Natron and Misanthrope) brought to the band a true popularity. In June 1999 they invested the Fredman studios where they began to record "Revolution DNA" with Fredrik Nordstrom as producer. The album was launched in October 1999 and presented an innovative musical style. Trying to boost its career the band worked with "Harvest management" in order to find a new record company.

SEPTICFLESH signs on Hammerheart records at at the end of 2001 and turns over in summer 2002 to the Fredman studios to record Sumerian Daemons which will leave at the end of this same year. This album joins again with the past and is a sumptuous mixture of all the facets of SEPTICFLESH.

In April of 2007 Chris , Spiros , Sotiris and Fotis began to work on their 6th,still untitled album for the "Seasons Of Mist" record company .

The legend says that a mythical creature named phoenix could reborn from its ashes. It is also said that those who carry the spirit of "burning phoenix" are unstoppable, even by the flames of an "infernal sun", as they possess the "ophidian will" to carry on, beyond all obstacles. But enough with cryptic talks and hints... Let it be known that legendary SEPTICFLESH have returned! Greek daemons Seth, Chris Antoniou, Sotiris V. and Fotis Benardo are back as they decided that besides their experimentation with different projects and musical paths, the path of the Flesh was not completely explored. And they have more nightmares to share...

SEPTICFLESH recorded their sixth full length album for "Season of Mist". The yet untitled album was to contain all the elements that made the sound of SEPTICFLESH so unique: pale, strange guitar melodies, brutal and sharp riffing, the devil behind the mic, and of course the neoclassical arrangements that are Chris Antoniou's trademark.

To get that result, Chris the "gothic maestro" tortured a full orchestra and a choir respectively composed of 80 musicians and 32 singers! The rest of the album was recorded and mixed in what has become the temple of their past two musical rituals. Yes, once again they chose to invade the famous Fredman studios, with Fredrik Nordstrom.

"On winds of smoke they are singing, their calling is the calling of the free, Fly with Us" - Burning Phoenix
Arsis
Arsis
When it comes to seminal death metal bands from North America, the East Coast alone boasts the likes of the genre's greatest staples: Death, Cynic, Morbid Angel, Immolation, and Nile. Perhaps in response to Virginia's political conservativism and the state's legacy of the Baptist religion (in addition to being known as "Mother of Presidents" because it is the birthplace of eight former U.S. presidents), it's no surprise that band founder/songwriter/guitarist/lead vocalist James Malone adopted a mantra of courageous insurgence and very early on in his life – especially in the musical realm. ARSIS, which derived its name from the musical term "arsis and thesis" meaning unstressed (up-) and stressed (down-) beats respectively, makes music that is righteously tinged with black & thrash metal influences, but is completely dedicated to expanding the reaches of melodicism and technicality in the genre of death metal.

Brought together through a mutual respect for King Diamond and formed during Christmas vacation in Boston in 2000 by Berklee College of Music students James Malone (an already skilled violinist and a composition major) and double-bass connoisseur Mike Van Dyne (a drum performance major and rumored octopus), the duo recorded a 3-song demo in 2001 and a 5-song demo in 2002 simply to amuse themselves over winter break.

Thanks to the favorable feedback they received, ARSIS became a live and full-time endeavor. After only one month of being an "official" band, and with only five live shows to their credit (utilizing session musicians for second guitar and bass), Malone and Van Dyne signed a deal with Willowtip Records to release their 2004 debut, A Celebration Of Guilt, and began exploring life on the road soon after. Much to the band's surprise, A Celebration Of Guilt seized the spotlight by clinching one of the ultimate honors possible for a brand-new technical, melodic death metal band: being praised by Revolver Magazine for creating "the best [album] in the genre since At The Gates' legendary swan song [Slaughter Of The Soul]." Thus, these relatively unknown musicians were suddenly awarded the status of saviors to a waning genre. With a firm reputation to upkeep, an inspired EP followed in 2005. A Diamond For Disease featured a 13-minute title track that took four months to write, and was hailed as "a multi-movement death metal masterwork" by Decibel Magazine. The song was commissioned for exclusive use by the New York-based Ballet Deviare.

That year, as ARSIS continued to tour, they employed various live session musicians and continued to accumulate many avid supporters among the metal underground, the metal press, and amongst metal musicians themselves. Entering Max Trax Studios in Albany, New York and teaming up with producer Eyal Levi in 2006 to record their sophomore full-length album United In Regret, ARSIS placed a higher emphasis on technical complexity and on song structure, earning them kudos from New York's Village Voice for being "American death metal at its best." Throughout 2006, ARSIS toured the U.S. extensively with Necrophagist, Neuraxis, Alarum, Dead to Fall, Misery Signals, The Faceless, All Shall Perish, Napalm Death, and A Life Once Lost.

After securing a new record deal with Nuclear Blast Records, Van Dyne left the band to pursue studies in medical imaging. Not one to risk losing momentum and to ensure the best possible performers for the band's new label debut, Malone recruited ex-Burn In Silence drummer Darren Cesca, second guitarist Ryan Knight, and bassist Noah Martin (who did session work on United In Regret). The band toured relentlessly throughout North America with Enslaved, with God Forbid, Goatwhore, Mnemic & Byzantine on the Chains Of Humanity Tour, and with Necrophagist, Decapitated & Cephalic Carnage on the Summer Slaughter Tour.

With a solidified line-up that would put conservatory valedictorians to shame in the name of metal, Malone set out to hone the musical mission he entrusted himself with since Day One. Produced by Zeuss (Agnostic Front, Hatebreed, Municipal Waste) at Planet-Z Studios in Massachusetts, mastered by Alan Douches (Kataklysm, Unearth, Shadows Fall), and featuring the grotesque and meticulous artwork of Mark Riddick (a relationship that stems back to the band's first album), 2008's We Are The Nightmare further expands the band's repertoire and proudly showcases why ARSIS are well on their way to making their discography absolutely essential for any fan with an extreme music library.

So, while 2008 marked the release of the ARSIS Nuclear Blast debut, it also marked the departure of Darren Cesca, Ryan Knight and Noah Martin for various reasons, leaving only James Malone to rebuild ARSIS as well as his personal life. Enter Nicholas Cordle, a long-time aqquaintance on Malone's who was originally hired to replace Noah Martin on bass duties for a tour. Cordle, a graduate of the University of Virginia and guitar prodigy, did wonders to help motivate James Malone continue with ARSIS. When Ryan Knight left ARSIS to join The Black Dahlia Murder, Cordle switched from playing bass in ARSIS to playing guitar, and began working with James on the material that would become Starve For The Devil. A few months later, original drummer Mike Van Dyne agreed to re-join the band, and ARSIS was almost complete again.

In August 2009, just prior to entering Planet-Z studios once again, a long time friend of Cordle's was asked to audition for the vacant bass position. The bassist's name is Nathaniel Carter, and he impressed the band and producer Zeuss so much that he has now become a permanent member of ARSIS. With a new found motivation, ARSIS set out to further spread the message of metal. 2010 saw the release of Starve For The Devil, supported by relentless touring throughout North America and Europe.
Venue Information:
Come and Take It Live
2015 E Riverside Dr, Bldg 4
Austin, TX, 78741
http://www.comeandtakeitproductions.com/