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Turisas

Named for a warrior god in Finnish mythology, Turisas are a heavy metal band whose music is an ambitious blend of symphonic metal, power metal, progressive rock, and Finnish folk music. Turisas were formed in Hämeenlinna, a rural community in southern Finland, by vocalist Warlord Nygård and guitarist/bassist Jussi Wickström in 1997. Eager to perform their songs that blended pagan folklore with bloody tales of warfare, Nygård and Wickström recruited three likeminded musicians, percussionist Tude Lehtonen, keyboardist Antti Ventola, and guitarist Georg Laakso, but the epic-scale sound they sought proved difficult to capture on tape, and Turisas' first attempt at recording an album, 1998's Taiston Tie (aka "The Battle Path"), never saw release due to the group's dissatisfaction with the results. In 2000, a demo CD, The Heart of Turisas, was distributed to fans, the press, and industry professionals, and coupled with the group's storming live show, word spread about the unusual band and Century Media signed the group to a recording contract in 2003. Turisas' first proper album, Battle Metal, recorded at studios in France and Finland, was released in mid-2004, with the band supporting the album with appearances at a number of major European metal festivals. In the fall of 2005, Laakso was involved in a severe auto accident that caused major injuries to his spinal cord, forcing him to leave the band. Wickström took over all guitar duties for the recording of Turisas' next album, 2007's The Varangian Way, while Hannes Horma (bass), Olli Vänskä (violin), Janne Mäkinen (accordion), and Antti Laurila (accordion), four musicians who had helped fill out the group's sound during live concerts, appeared on the disc as full-fledged bandmembers for the first time. A few months before The Varangian Way was to be released in the spring of 2007, Antti Ventola announced he had left Turisas in a post on the group's online forum. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Pandora should put stand up and fight on here that is a good album too
deadsurfsmur f
One of the greatest live shows I've seen. During the next band's set, Turisas was in the pit with the rest of us with their warpaint and armor still on!
HOLMGARD! AND BEYOND!
Sweet!
They have another album btw
Viking metal at it's best
Can't wait too see them live aging woooo
Love!!!!!!
That's right Rhett Coleman I agree...I mean...I won't listen to satanists (Lol they are so effing stupid) but if they are another like...recog n i z e d religion I don't care it's all about the music for me. And them being christian was just a plus !!!
mmwingsofdar k n e s s 5 For me its who is the most powerful and who will save my a** in the end ! and that's will I rock during the day and pray at night !!!!
Why would their personal beliefs detract from the beauty of the music? Metal =/=satanism, a t h e i s m or any ism for that matter
@gnightwish why would you say that!!!!!!!! ! ! Don't ruin something so beautiful!!! ! ! ! ! !
American crap? Overkill? Forbidden? Skeletonwitc h ? Crap? I like European thrash, too. But, if American metal is crap, then isn't it all crap?
benjaminwest 0 8
This is why I came to Pandora..... . t o find great foreign metal bands that puts american crap to shame
@ canal_downto w n they have a new one coming out, though i dont know when
Have they broken up or are they taking time out for another CD?
twdougherty Rasputin is actually a cover of a Boney M song from the disco era....obvio u s l y Turisas' version is much better though
What is strange is that half this band is Christan they have kept it under just for musical reasons (they don't want to be called a Christan metal band, and there clearly not !) It is great they got me going to church...aga i n ) .
Just to nitpick the bio, Turisas is a rune, not a god.
Pretty Sure Finnland is a way better to place now than the US. I live in the US and personally im sick of this place. Hopefully I can move to switzerland and visit Finnland as much as possible. Thank you Turisas for Rasputin. Love that song!
staera66
Good song
gdpone
@ jorgecharron Stand up and fight means, STAND UP AND FIGHT. Not with words, not with political disdain. It means get your fat a** up and fight if you have something worth fighting for.
Don't be a banana ;)
mvitten
666 likes !
FINLAND
They need to put Stand Up and Fight on here. I want it NOW!
@ jpawlikowski the song was not talking about fighting with literature so that is irrelevant, but people who are stuck up like that and think the U.S is the only one to stand up and fight is the reason we keep having to fight. anyways Turisas is a great band lover there music
Why is Stand Up and Fight missing?
jpawlikowski 1
...As someone from the US, I'd just like to apologize for gpawsingh's unnecessary jingoism. We're not all like that.

And to be much more on-topic, Turisas is an amazing band. It's a shame they haven't had anything new come out since Varangian Way. We need more music like this!
I f**king love this band, every one of their songs is epic and amazing in every way. I can't even imagine how awesome it would be to see them live. Why was I not born in Finland?
@gpawsingh: that's complete bull. you don't even know what you're talking about. stop being ignorant about the attitudes of other countries. i can tell you countries that never give up against being opressed. There are many different ways to stand up and fight. While the US uses military ways, most Latin American countries use literature and critics to fight, go back to the 1900s and learn western history. Not only have there been so many literary critics, but also many rebellions and wars. The
Theo only Western nation that still has the attitude of Stand Up and FIght is the USA!
@Lump Flexor: LMAO me too..@.dtaba c e k : right next to you man.. What took me so long to find this?? I LOVE this music!
They just keep getting better and better. Stand Up and Fight!
the cd is their best ! it makes you feel good-i wish the world was like how they sing about-STAND UP AND FIGHT MOTHERFUCKKE R S !
maxhammer200 5
Dam! MAG Nordic musicians! USA needs a boost!!
When I heard the chours of "One More" I immediately stood on my desk at work and started marching. What the hell just happened...
jaymzedge1
MADNESS?!?! This is METALLLLLL!
Stand Up and Fight. February 2011.
makes me wonder how good they could be if they had top-notch producers like Mike Portnoy and John Petrucci....
The heart of Turisas was forged by four winds, in a smithy high in the sky. On an anvil of honor, with a hammer of blood, the four winds pounded!
agnesevan
all these bands sound increasingly cheezy and class b movielike-bu t that doesnt detract from their destructive supermetalco r e awsomness!!
"To Holmgard and Beyond" gave me goosebumps, no joke. Epic sound \m/
"The Messenger" is as f**king epic as Kraken S**t!
HOT DAMN

this is epic.
Awesome... took long enough to find something so cool. the wait was worth it. Love your music!!!
My friend turned me on to them a few years back. They're one of the most talented metal bands I have yet to hear. I'm keeping my ears open if they tour the states. From what I've seen online their shows look like a really great experience. Varangian Way is just plain amazing. Buy the album if you ever get the chance. You won't regret it.
TO HOLMGARD AND BEYOND!!!! Hearing this song makes me want to travel the seas!
How did Turisas happen? It's not even logical or comprehendab l e how amazing this band is!!! Warlord Nygard melts my heart with his sword weilding, christian slaying, war painted manliness. I'd be your metal Viking babe anyday.
@dtabacek: That's how you know it's working!

Seriously though, Turisas made a music video out of clips of fans doing exactly that, so I gather such a reaction is the intended one, heh.
this guys make me want to travel to HOLMGARD AND BEYOND!!!!!! whenever i hear this music i get a strange urge to go attack someone with a sword while screaming wildly...... . . . .
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