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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.