A Friday night show is always a blast in Denver, as the downtown bar scene is alive and pumping, but the folk metal from the Summit Music Hall was louder than all. On Friday, May 15th, Denver, CO was once again blessed with the greatest folk metal bands around. Hitting the stage together in a co-headlined North American Tour, Korpiklaani and Ensiferum, with support from Trollfest, set out to prove that folk metal can be both fun and hard-hitting. This show was no exception. Once doors opened the local familiar faces and new ones from surrounding states crowded the venue, smiles all around. Both bands have graced this stage before in previous Paganfest tours; Ensiferum in 2013, and Korpiklaani in 2014. This lineup however, provided a lot more time for these bands to both show off their classic songs, and celebrate their new releases that came out this year. The excitement for the new material, and witnessing the beautiful Netta Skog (ex-Turisas) filling in for Ensiferum’s Emmi Silvennoinen, were hot topics with the fans, and they were not disappointed.
With the metal party sequel complete, the crowd prepared for co-headliners Ensiferum. On a side note, the first time I saw the band was Paganfest 2013, and the Denver, CO date was the tour’s kickoff. The band had issues with their equipment getting lost in flight, and fans could definitely tell there was some serious jet-lag all around. This didn’t stop them from delivering an enjoyable set, but 2015’s tour showed a much more energetic band than I was expecting. Starting their set were tracks “March of War”, “Axe of Judgement” and “Heathen Horde” from the band’s newest album ‘One Man Army’. Despite being new songs, and not the same old tunes fans are used to seeing live, the crowd went absolutely crazy.