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Turisas - Entire New Album Streaming Online

Stand Up And Fight, the upcoming new album from Finnish battle metal warriors Turisas, is now available for streaming in its entirety at MySpace (the stream will be available until March 1st).

Stand Up And Fight will be released at the end of February in Europe and on March 8th in North America through Century Media Records. More album details were previously reported over here.


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Posted: 25.02.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (8)

Turisas - New Song Online

"The Great Escape", a brand-new track from Finnish battle metal warriors Turisas, has been made available for streaming, exclusively at Decibel Magazine.

The title track off the band's highly anticipated new album is still available as a free download at this location.

"The Great Escape" comes off the band's upcoming new album Stand Up And Fight, which will be released at the end of February in Europe and on March 8th in North America through Century Media Records. More album details were previously reported over here.


Band profile: Turisas
Posted: 19.02.2011 by Justicelust | Comments (10)

Turisas - Album Sneak Preview Online

Finnish battle metal warriors Turisas will be releasing their upcoming album Stand Up And Fight through Century Media Records on the following dates:

Finland, Japan: February 23, 2011
Germany, Austria, Switzerland: February 25, 2011
Rest Of Europe: February 28, 2011
Australia, New Zealand: March 4, 2011
North America: March 8, 2011

A preview of the album, as well as some in-depth interview snippets with vocalist Mathias Nygård and violinist Olli Vänskä, can be watched below. The title track off the band's highly anticipated new album is still available as a free download at this location. More album details were previously reported over here.

Part 1

Part 2


Band profile: Turisas
Posted: 28.01.2011 by Thryce | Comments (7)

Turisas - New Album Details Revealed

Stand Up And Fight, the third studio album from Turisas will be released through Century Media Records on the following dates:

Finland, Japan: February 23, 2011
Germany, Austria, Switzerland: February 25, 2011
Rest Of Europe: February 28, 2011
Australia, New Zealand: March 4, 2011
North America: March 8, 2011

The title track off the band's highly anticipated new album is available as a free download at this location.

Stand Up And Fight cover art] tracklist:

01. The March Of The Varangian Guard
02. Take The Day!
03. Hunting Pirates
04. βένετοι! - πράσινοι!
05. Stand Up And Fight
06. The Great Escape
07. Fear The Fear
08. End Of An Empire
09. The Bosphorus Freezes Over

The rest of the press release reads as follows: "Stand Up And Fight is a loose continuation of the story from The Varangian Way, and picks up where the previous one left us, in Constantinople," explains mainman Mathias Nygård. "However, it is not a sequel as such. In general, the songs are much more universal and deal with topics that can be placed just as tightly into the modern world as in the 11th century Byzantine Empire. Stand Up And Fight has much more to offer the contemporary listener."

Their more contemporary and universal approach is also reflected by a revamped look: "Turisas has always been about progression and evolution, and now with a new album we're not here to repeat ourselves but to have something new to come with - also visually. Our look has developed through the years, and it's never been something we created once to be static forever. Innovation is reinventing yourself regularly. We toured The Varangian Way for three and a half years with a look that was tied to the album. With a new release, it was time for a makeover. The visual side has always played a very strong role in Turisas, and fear not - that's not going to change. Stronger than ever, Turisas has returned!"

The biggest, boldest and most gloriously extravagant album of the band's career, Stand Up And Fight erupts like the ultimate heavy metal musical, with many layers of orchestration and choral harmonies adding to these songs' intense sense of drama and mischief. Although remaining true to the spirit of past Turisas records, the new album, which was mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth/Katatonia) at Fascination Street in Sweden, takes the Finns to a whole new level of depth and bravado, as their unmistakable sound expands before our very ears, consistently conjuring up vivid images of the Vikings' ongoing adventures.


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Posted: 17.12.2010 by Bad English | Comments (25)

Turisas - New Album Finished, N. American Tour With Cradle Of Filth

Turisas has finished recording the upcoming, yet untitled third album!

The new album was recorded between March and September 2010 at Sound Supreme Studio, Finland, and mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Paradise Lost etc.) at Fascination Street, Sweden. The album was produced by vocalist and main songwriter Mathias "Warlord" Nygård. The album is due to be released worldwide on Century Media Records in early 2011. Complete information on the album title, release date and all other details will follow very soon - watch this space!

Along with releasing a new album, Turisas is to join Cradle Of Filth on a US tour in February - March 2011. The other supporting bands on this tour are Nachtmystium and Daniel Lioneye (HIM side-project). Mainland Europe and UK shows will be following close behind, details to be announced shortly; 2011 is looking to be one long road trip!

Warlord Nygård comments: "After a 16-month break from touring, focusing fully on the work on our third album, I'm happy to tell you that we're DONE! The workload has been enormous, and at times I've wished I'd known better, formed a punk rock band and kept things simple! But to achieve real progress, you really have to dig deep and see what you're made of. Take bites so big, you almost choke. We've stayed true to our ideology of releasing music only when we have something new to come out with, not repeating ourselves or just copying what we've done in the past to feed the market. Now that we're done with studios, we're all extremely excited to get back on the road again, and as our latest visit to North America is long overdue, coming over in January with Cradle is something we're all very much looking forward to. We had a great time touring with them in Europe in 2009, so this should be killer! Now we only have to figure out how to play these new songs!!"

Creatures from The Black Abyss Tour:
Featuring Cradle Of Filth, Turisas, Nachtmystium, Daniel Lioneye

02/01 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
02/02 - Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
02/04 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
02/05 - Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater
02/06 - Las Vegas, NV@ House of Blues
02/08 - Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia Live
02/09 - San Francisco, CA@ Regency Ballroom
02/11 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox Theatre
02/12 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
02/13 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
02/15 - Edmonton, AB @ Events Center
02/16 - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom


Band profile: Turisas
Posted: 28.10.2010 by Array | Comments (12)

Turisas - To Release Black Sabbath Cover As Digital Single

Battle Metal warriors Turisas have released their digital-only single Supernaut this week. The single is now available through all digital platforms.

Since the feedback to Turisas' version of Supernaut on Metal Hammer UK's Black Sabbath tribute covermount CD was so positive, the band and Century Media Records decided to release an extended version of the track, featuring an additional one minute that wasn't available on the previously released version of the song.

The band is still busy mixing the upcoming, yet-untitled album with Jens Bogren (Opeth, Paradise Lost, Amon Amarth, Katatonia) at Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden. The album was recorded at the Sound Supreme studio in Hämeenlinna, Finland and will be released in early 2011.


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Posted: 09.10.2010 by Ellrohir | Comments (6)

Turisas - Recording New Album

According to a statement on the band's website, Turisas have begun work for their upcoming third album in Sound Supreme studio, Hämeenlinna, Finland - the same studio where the band recorded the previous album The Varangian Way. The new album, successor to the renowned records Battle Metal (2004) and The Varangian Way (2007), is due to be released still later this year.

Vocalist, songwriter and producer Mathias Nygård comments: "After a nine-month break from touring to be able to fully focus on songwriting, we've finally moved forward and have now started recording. It's going to be a long project, and keep us busy all the way until the break of summer, but believe me, the wait will be all worth it. With three years between albums, there's been enough of time to find a fresh angle and new ideas not to repeat ourselves or albums we've done in the past. The songs rock big time, but the epic elements aren't going anywhere - it's going to sound larger than ever before. The leap forward is going to be just as big as between Battle Metal and The Varangian Way. "


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Posted: 11.03.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (14)

Turisas - DVD Trailer And E-Card Online

Original news, posted on 09.10.2008

A trailer for "A Finnish Summer With Turisas", the first-ever DVD from Turisas, was posted online at this location.

"A Finnish Summer With Turisas" will be released via Century Media on the following dates:

31 October: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy.
3 November: UK, France, Greece, Denmark, Norway, rest of Europe.
4 November: Spain, Portugal.
5 November: Sweden, Finland, Hungary.
25 November: North America.


Also an e-card for "A Finnish Summer With Turisas" is now made available at this location.


Band profile: Turisas
Posted: 18.10.2008 by White Winter Sun | Comments (4)

Turisas - First DVD Details Revealed

Turisas vocalist Warlord Nygard writes:

"The summer was very busy - after having got used to spending our summers at festivals around Europe for years, we faced an exciting change as this summer with most of the festival shows taking place in our home country Finland. The whole summer was caught on film and the result is our new DVD: the festival performances, the behind the scenes material, and also some interviews and other summer activities around Finland.

We also made a re-recording of the track "Battle Metal" and did a video clip to it based on material our fans had sent us. If you want, you can keep on sending us links to what ever material you come up with and we'll put them up on our site. Or if you want to send us something by snail mail, you can find the postal address on our site.

The brilliant new video for "Battle Metal 2008" has been launched now, HERE. It is high time to finally have an official video-clip for this battle hymn which is also a tribute to the band's dedicated fans (without whom there is obviously no such thing as a crowd favourite)."

The audio version of "Battle Metal 2008" will only be available on the limited edition of Turisas' first ever DVD release "A Finnish Summer With Turisas", which will be
released on the following dates:

Germany / Austria / Switzerland / Benelux / Italy: Friday, October 31, 2008.
UK / FR / GRE / DK / NOR / Rest of Europe: Monday, November 3, 2008.
Spain / Portugal: Tuesday, November 4, 2008.
SWE / FIN / Hungary: Wednesday, November 5, 2008.
N. America: Tuesday, November 25, 2008.

Cover of the DVD can be found here. Details on the specific formats will be disclosed soon as well as a stunning DVD trailer!


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Posted: 28.09.2008 by wolfheart | Comments (10)

Turisas - Working On First DVD

According to their official website, Finnish metallers Turisas are currently working on their 1st DVD which will be out later this year. But not only that: they are currently also re-recording their crowd favourite "Battle Metal". Since it is high time to finally have an official video-clip for the song and also to pay tribute to their dedicated fans (without whom there is obviously no such thing as a crowd favourite) they want YOU, those fans, to take part in their video for "Battle Metal 2008"! Read more about this here.


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Posted: 04.07.2008 by White Winter Sun | Comments (10)

Turisas - Lineup Changes

Finnish folk metallers Turisas have issued a statement explaining a sudden change of the band's lineup:

We hereby announce, that we have been forced to hire a step-in accordion player to replace Lisko on all announced upcoming tourdates. We have an important show this Friday at Finnish Metal Expo (FIN) and two lengthy tours in UK/Europe and USA just around the corner - but no accordion player.

The thing is, we played a cool show in Groningen, Netherlands on 11th January and everything was cool. Then the next day, before the flight, some of us decided to check out Amsterdam really quickly, by train. Lisko had behaved in a bit hazy way during the trip, but it was nothing that weird (considering he is Lisko); however, he never showed up back at the airport. We got an interesting phone call, where he told that due to "special" reasons he wouldn't fly in the same plane with us. This alone was pissing us off a bit, but we decided he could do it on his own expense. However, after returning to Finland, despite our attempts, there has been practically no communication with the guy, apart from a couple of interesting SMS's (so apparently he's alive): no rehearsals, nothing. We don't even know if he's back in Finland at the moment.

This puts us in a difficult situation: with a lot of pre-arrangements like flights and visas to be done, and with all our upcoming responsibilities we have no other option than to release Lisko from his duties for an undetermined time period, starting from today. Luckily for us, we already managed to get a replacement for him on such a short warning time: the step-in accordionist for Spring 2008 will be Netta Skog, who also helped us out with the latest European tour in October-November. No permanent accordion player will be added to the current line-up at this point. Turisas also wants to point out that NO shows will be affected by the small change in the line-up.

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Posted: 14.02.2008 by Bararey | Comments (19)

Turisas - Premiere Rasputin Video Clip

It is truly something very special what infamous Finnish folk metal warriors Turisas unleash upon you now with the premiere of their fantastic new clip "Rasputin", an insane cover version of the old Boney M. classic every fan should already recognise from their unforgettable live shows.

Band mastermind Warlord comments the clip as follows: "This video is pretty far from what you'd expect from a Turisas-video - or any metal video for that matter! The idea to the video is just as wild as the cover song itself: a battle metal band covering a 70's disco hit. Just as the song, it is a crossover of the 70's kitsch attached to the Boney M - track, but performed by us as we do it. Director Vesa-Matti Vainio and the whole crew did a great job on this one and to me, this is a good pick for our first video ever. I assure you, there are plenty of ideas on epic spectacles to be looked into later."

So cover your disco plateau boots with blood by dancing wildly on this one! Watch the clip here:

Turisas' version of "Rasputin" will be available on the "Rasputin" Single, which will hit stores on the following dates:

Germany: Friday, September 21, 2007.
UK / France / Various other territories: Monday, September 24, 2007.
Spain: Tuesday, September 25, 2007.
Finland: Wednesday, September 26, 2007.

It will be released as CD-Single also including the band's classic tune „Battle Metal" as well as strictly limited Picture 7" vinyl featuring "The Court Of Jarisleif" as B-Side.


Band profile: Turisas
Posted: 10.09.2007 by Dr.Rock | Comments (7)

Turisas - To Release "Rasputin" As A Single

Finland's battle metallers Turisas will be swapping their blood soaked furs and axes for the glitter & glitz of the 70's disco era with the release of their debut single 'Rasputin' on 24th September.

On the release of their interpretation of the classic disco hit originally by Boney M, Warlord Nygard comments "We've been begged to record Rasputin pretty much since we first played it live a couple of years back. It's amazing how popular this cover version of ours have become at our gigs during the last year and it really makes us feel like we must have done something right here looking at big crowds going totally mental over a 70's disco hit! I remember getting the idea for this cover years back - in 2001 I think. I was on a ferry trip between Finland and Sweden and there was this cover band performing 70's disco hits. The minute they blasted 'Rasputin' I knew, that at some point, we would need to do it in some form or another. It was just obvious that it would work amazingly well given a slightly more modern and heavier touch-up. Personally I've always preferred these old 70's disco bands".

The band were busy filming the video for 'Rasputin' in Hämeenlinna, Finland with director Vesa-Matti Vainio(Vasarafilms) earlier this week and Warlord reported back "We had a tough day yesterday shooting the video for 'Rasputin' and now my whole body is aching. The setting for the video is really weird but cool! Think Saturday Night Fever meets Turisas with a worn out East-European twist... Mirror balls, high heels, high waists, cocktails, hotpants vs. fur, blood, dirt and sweat. Quite a combo!". A link to the video will be made available very soon.

The cover art for this single can be found at this location


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Posted: 31.08.2007 by Dr.Rock | Comments (2)

Turisas - Announce UK Headlining Tour

After truly epic performances opening up the main stage at this years Download Festival and Metal Hammer's Golden God Awards, the Finnish Viking warriors Turisas have announced their headlining UK tour for September 2007 in support of their new album 'The Varangian Way'.

Warlord Nygard comments on the forthcoming tour "It's been well over a year since the last Turisas headlining show in the UK. It seems we have only been over for short one-off support and festival sets, but now that will finally change. We felt so bad about us having to cancel a show in London earlier this year, that we are now not only returning to make up for that show, but with a full tour consisting of eight shows across the country. We will be bringing over the full package, not only a 15 minute showcase set, so prepare yourselves for one of the greatest nights out you will be getting for a while."

Turisas' U.K. headlining tour:

15.09.2007 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
16.09.2007 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3
17.09.2007 - Glasgow, UK - Cathouse
18.09.2007 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
19.09.2007 - London, UK - Islington Academy
20.09.2007 - Birmingham, UK - Academy 2
21.09.2007 - Bristol, UK - Academy
23.09.2007 - Portsmouth, UK - Wedgewood Rooms

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Posted: 24.06.2007 by Dr.Rock | Comments (6)

Turisas - Varangian Way Website Launched!

Click on for in depth information about Turisas' acclaimed album "The Varangian Way"! Not only does this special website offer an exclusive competition where you can win some cool and rare stuff, but also audio excerpts from the album, profiles introducing the individual band-members, international press-clips and most importantly the Warlord himself explaining the concept of the album as well as video-commentary for every song on the album.

Don't miss the chance to learn what "The Varangian Way" is really about and take a tour down the Eastern European rivers, from Finland straight down to the Black Sea.

While "The Varangian Way" hit UK Rock Album Charts at 11, their Finland only single "To Holmgard And Beyond" climbed to position 12, so it was high time for the album finally being out Wednesday, June 6th.


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Posted: 11.06.2007 by Dr.Rock | Comments (4)