Official press release:

"Imagine a time when warriors strode the earth. A time when battle-painted warrior-poets sang of battles and heady feats of heroism, myth intermingled with fact, and romantic notions of adventure on the high seas sparked the imagination. The time is now, because so-called battle metal maestros Turisas - named after their homeland's ancient god of war - are bringing back the old -school with the sophomore album "The Varangian Way". [click here for the artwork].

"We definitely have high expectations lined up after the success of our debut album "Battle Metal"", says vocalist and producer Warlord. "Quite often the second album is done in a rush and doesn't live up to the standards of the debut. We took three years to get it right, and there's no doubt about it: "The Varangian Way" tops "Battle Metal" with such ease I almost feel sorry for our debut."

In order to get a first taste check out a medley of two brand-new songs, 'To Holmgard And Beyond' and 'A Portage To The Unknown' at

Another small detail that still emphasizes the uniqueness of "The Varangian Way" is the fact that all solos were played on an electric violin instead of a guitar - and there are many more tiny details that you will notice while listening to the album.

Graphic artist, illustrator and designer John Coulthart (Cradle Of Filth; Hawkwind; poster and cover art for spoken word albums by writer Alan Moore ["Watchmen", "V for Vendetta"]) did the stunning artwork for this special album that will give you further insight on the brave travelers' journey through the East.

With already confirmed slots at Download (mainstage), Graspop, With Full Force, Rock Hard Festival, Tuska, and plans for a relentless, take-no-prisoners tour already underway, 2007 is the year Turisas take the world by storm.

Grab the nearest sword and wench and join them on their quest - to Holmgard, and beyond!"

Band profile: Turisas
Posted: 24.04.2007 by Hyvaarin


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Daru Jericho - 24.04.2007 at 19:38  
Nice album art although for some reason I was expecting a bit more.
White Winter Sun - 24.04.2007 at 19:53  
The cover is very successful, just like the medley. Probably a good release.
Carrion - 24.04.2007 at 21:57  
Hurray! Drinks for everyone
Promonex - 24.04.2007 at 23:05  
Woohoo, Olli is going to do all the solos! The highlight of every Turisas gig is Olli doing his thing, can't wait for an entire album full of it
Doc Godin - 24.04.2007 at 23:46  
OMG, Im freaking pumped!!!! I love this song, love the cover art, Im pre-ordering this right now! this is the most anticipated album of the year for me.

Katatronik - 25.04.2007 at 13:03  
Nice artwork and great Medley, can't wait to hear the entire album, though I don't know if they'll top that masterpiece called "Battle Metal"!
Eddie - 28.04.2007 at 15:23  
If they even come close to Battle Metal I will be very pleased And so far it sounds promising indeed

One More!!
Infurnace - 29.04.2007 at 15:45  
Wow, the medley sounds great. I can't wait to get some more Battle Metal from Turisas.

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