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Turisas’ “Battle Metal” Rousing Combat For A Decade (2004-2014)

Artist: Turisas
Title: “Battle Metal” Rousing Combat For A Decade (2004-2014)
Label: Century Media Records
Release Date: 7/26/2004
Genre: Battle Metal

“Onnea!!!” I’m just taking a moment to raise a glass and the horns for the debut album “Battle Metal” by Finland’s Turisas which was released on this day ten years ago. Of course perhaps it would be better to raise ones sword and shield when you consider the type of music that this particular band delivers. Congratulations to “Battle Metal” for rousing glorious combat for the battalions of fans around the world for a solid decade now. Truth be told the debut album escaped me and it would not be until 2008 when I first got a proper exposure to Turisas who were performing on the very first “Paganfest” tour of America with Ensiferum, Tyr and Eluveitie. The album the band was touring at this time was “The Varangian Way” so I had to go back a little bit after seeing that performance and I was glad I did since I loved what was being presented on the release. Looking back on the album itself I found the greatest appreciation in tracks like the title number along with “The Land Of Hope And Glory”, “One More” and since I used to play drums a lot I felt the driving force of “Among Ancestors” was fantastic. There is also a lot of serious violin work on “Sahti-Waari” and it’s this kind of thing that keeps Turisas music apart from the general pack. If you’ve not yet heard this album I should point out that a lot of the songs are sung by several voices at the same time. You feel as though you are sitting in a grand hall of victorious warriors who are singing about the epic battles that they are now toasting to. Great stuff. You readers can tell me your own favorites in the comments for this post if you like.
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Dragonforce @ Fillmore at Irving Plaza (11/25/2008)

If Metal that moves almost as fast as the speed of light is what excites you then Dragonforce is definatley the band that you have been looking for to feed that hunger.  The band was hitting New York City once again and would bring Finland’s “Battle Metal” heroes Turisas along for the ride.  The exciting show took place at The Fillmore NY and should you want to learn more and see a lot of photos just scroll past the logo below to see our thoughts on it all.

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Artist: Dragonforce
Venue: Fillmore NY (New York, NY)
Opener: Turisas, Powerglove
Date: 11/25/2008
Label: Roadrunner Records

Dragonforce is definitely a band whose busy schedule of touring only seems to match the very speed of their music and with their inclusion on the “Guitar Hero” game and a blistering new release in “Ultra Beatdown” they have been a non-stop musical entity that is hell bent on entertaining the masses. Tonight’s show would be at The Fillmore NY, and it was amusing to be here again so soon since I was only here last night for the performance of Lordi and Lizzy Borden. Joining Dragonforce would be Turisas who I had some awareness of and a band called Powerglove who I had never heard of before tonight. Here is how the adventuring took place should you not have made it into the venue or even knew about the gig.
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“The Varangian Way” (Paganfest Tour Edition) by Turisas

Artist: Turisas
Title: “The Varangian Way” (Paganfest Tour Edition)
Label: Century Media Records
Release Date: 4/29/2008
Genre: Viking Metal/Folk Metal
Rating: 4.5/5

To celebrate their appearance on the Paganfest Tour the mighty Turisas had chosen to re-release their sophomore album “The Varangian Way” in a “Limited Paganfest Tour Edition”. Since I had missed the album when it was first released in 2007 I felt that this was the perfect chance for me to catch up on the band as I had not yet done so either. I also felt that it would better prepare me for the assault that they would deliver during that tour as it was an event that I was definitely not going to miss in terms of my concert going adventures. Sadly, my CD would not arrive in time for the show so I only had my Rhapsody and YouTube.com outlets to better enrich my Viking Metal background on this particular outfit. Soon after I enjoyed that killer show the CD arrived and I felt that it was really something that was up my alley. “The Varangian Way” is the bands follow up release to their debut “Battle Metal”, and it finds the Finnish Vikings in fantastic form right from the onset of the CD with the rousing “To Holmgard And Beyond”. The track oozes with an adventurous vibe and as it plays you feel as though you are setting sail with the band in search of whatever glory they are aiming for. There is a rousing chorus which you will quickly find your fists in the air for and lucky for you this is only the beginning. “A Portage To The Unknown” makes you feel as though you are speeding through the high seas with its driving double bass drumming from Tude as their Warlord commander Mathias lines out the battle commands that the listener would be smart to follow without question. The release only gets a couple of songs in before you realize just how strong and adventurous its overall spirit is. They deliver a sound that works well with their visual side and nothing about them seems contrived like some other bands that still hold the sword of battle in the air after so many years. Perhaps one of the things that make Turisas so interesting was their use of Folkish instruments like the accordion and violin. They work in perfect melodic harmony with the bass and guitars and don’t seem like “extra” instruments but instead perfectly fitting puzzle pieces. We get a true Folk Metal rocker with “In The Court Of Jarisleif” and this one will have you dancing with furious abandon and starting some celebratory spinning with whomever you find around you. I recommend either putting your beverages aside or chugging them before getting involved with this one. It’s a really fun tune to say the least.
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Ensiferum @ B.B. King Blues Club (5/22/2008)

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Artist: Ensiferum
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: Tyr, Eluveitie, Turisas
Date: 5/22/2008
Label: Century Media Records

Raise your swords in preparation for glorious battle New York City for the Pagan Fest has arrived and brought with them the might of Ensiferum and Turisas along with their combat ready heralds Tyr and Eluveitie. I have to admit that the Viking and Folk Metal genre were pretty new in my list of favorite styles to follow and that I have only been enjoying these kinds of bands for a handful of years but in this short time I have tried to catch up. The styles appeal to me based on their ability to deliver a consistently rousing and glorious battle sound that is as entertaining on the albums as it comes across in the live sense. This would be the first Paganfest to occur in the States to my knowledge and while something much more common outside of this region it was a very special event on this side of the ocean based on the debut. Despite the show being scheduled at the same time as Dream Theater’s “Progressive Nation” tour with Opeth, the event at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill would be sold out and the hordes of invading Metal fans were lined up early down 42nd street to ensure that they would not miss out on any of the exciting bands performing tonight. I would miss the DT/Opeth show based on its selling out as well but in truth I was much more excited about having the chance to enjoy four bands that have never performed here before. Each of the four bands tonight come to us via different record labels and as result we would get Napalm Records, Nuclear Blast Records, Century Media Records and Candlelight Music all displaying their finest artisans in the genre. If you were lucky enough to be a part of this then you already know how much fun it was and if you missed it for some unknown reason well here is how the event transpired.
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