Friday, August 17, 2012

Musician Spotlight: Sami Hinkka

This post is dedicated to Sami Hinkka of Ensiferum, the most badass bassist around.
Vikings and stuff.
Sami joined Ensiferum in 2004, right after the release of the Iron album. Since then, he has been slowly taking over the entire band. Sami plays the bass, but that's not all he does. Besides being the most fun to watch on stage, he also provides backing vocals (both clean and harsh) and writes the majority of the lyrics. I'm pretty convinced he's a more talented vocalist than Petri, simply because Petri seems oddly against doing any sort of clean vocals. I don't know if he's tone-deaf, but he shys away from any vocal style besides his trademark screaming. It's okay, because here comes Sami to mix up the music and save the day!

I had always known that Sami was pretty cool, but it wasn't until I saw Ensiferum in concert that it really clicked. I had listened to Ahti a few times on CD and was wondering who did the growling vocals. To my surprise, when they started playing it live, Sami piped up and showed an unexpected vocal range for someone I only thought did chanting backing vocals. My surprise, and later admiration, only compounded when he came out again during Finntroll's set. Carrying beers for every member of the band, he sang the yolking part of Jaktens Tid. A part originally done by Jonne Järvelä of Korpiklaani.

Even in Ensiferum's latest music video for In My Sword I Trust, Sami gets more screen time than the only remaining founding member of the band, Markus Toivonen (rhythm guitarist). I thought it was customary to at least give the non-frontman guitarist the solos.. Well Ensiferum spits in the face of common courtesy and only showcases the most badass of everyone. I am okay with this.

So here's honouring Sami Hinkka, bassist and local badass of Ensiferum. May he continue to make great music.

-Zombie Viking


  1. About bass, recently I bought new Stratovarius live bluray (sounds strange, when everyone calls it a live dvd and you have a bluray version xD) and there's awesome bass solo (I don't know a lot awesome bassists, except Jimmy Bain, Jukka Koskinen, Taka and Arkadiusz Ruth, I have problems with recognising bass guitar during songs xD ) made by Lauri Porra, check it out

  2. That bass solo was pretty cool. Stratovarius is a great band.

    To be honest though, I never really notice bassists. Sami Hinkka is pretty much the only one that has stuck out for me, besides bassists that also do vocals such as ICS Vortex.

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