ensiferumMarkus Toivonen played guitar in a band called Dark Reflections. After a while he decided this didn’t give him enough inspiration and he wanted to play something else. His big source of inspiration was folk music and melodic death-metal fascinated him too. He asked the drummer of this band to join him playing heroic heroic folk/death metal. Fortunately he said yes and when they found a friend who wanted to play bass, the band was complete. It only lacked a name. One day when they were visiting each other they discovered a Latin dictionary. He opened the book and the a word which caught his eye was Ensiferum. When he read on he realized this was a perfect name for the band. In 1996 they started practicing. Later on a second guitarist was asked in. He brought in a lot of talent and musical ideas. They had their first gigs in the same year. After a while they had to slow down, because some members had other occupations. The drummer and bassist were replaced. The bass-player by his younger brother who was only 14 at that moment. In 2000 they signed with “Spinefarm”. And this resulted in a début-album in 2001. In this year they added a keyboard-player to the band, so it became a five-piece form that moment on. In 2003 the singer decided to quit the band. They found a replacement in Petri Lindroos the singer of Norther. After this there were gigs with Finntroll and Ensiferum became a big name in Folk-metal.