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.

According to the bands history, they had been together since 1997 and with their 2003 signing to Century Media Records would deliver an album of songs that had been a part of their repertoire for a few years already. From beginning to end this is an impressive debut and one I recommend to any other latecomers such as myself so they can easily follow them into combat as future invasions take place. As you can see by the lineup listed below there have been a lot of changes in the bands membership roster over the last ten years. Olli is now no longer just an “additional musician” and is instead a full on member (and one the audience loves I might add based on his showmanship). As you can see by the lineup listed below there have been a lot of changes in the bands membership roster over the last ten years. Olli is now no longer just an “additional musician” and is instead a full on member (and one the audience loves I might add based on his showmanship).

Turisas Lineup (2004):
Mathias Nygård – vocals, alto, soprano and sopranino recorders, programming, additional percussions
Jussi Wickström – electric and acoustic guitar, bass guitar, double bass
Tude Lehtonen – drums/percussions (djembe, udu, congas, bongos, electric percussion)
Antti Ventola – synthesizers, piano, vibraphone, Hammond organ
Georg Laakso – electric and acoustic guitar

Additional Musicians:
Riku Ylitalo – accordion
Olli Vänskä – violin
Emmanuelle Zoldan – female vocals

Track Listing:
1. Victoriae & Triumphi Dominus
2. As Torches Rise
3. Battle Metal
4. The Land Of Hope And Glory
5. The Messenger
6. One More
7. Midnight Sunrise
8. Among Ancestors
9. Sahti-Waari
10. Prologue For R.R.R
11. Rex Regi Rebellis
12. Katuman Kaiku

Official Website: www.turisas.com

At the point of this writing I have managed to see Turisas about four times in concert and each go round is more impressive than the last. They really know how to entertain the audience and with their warriors garb and face paint are rather imposing up there on the boards. Make sure you go to see them if you should have the opportunity to do so. The album was re-released by Century Media Records in 2009 and that is the one I linked to in the code below so you get even more “Battle Metal” for your hard fought for silver pieces.

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