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Turisas - The Varangian Way - Coming June 2007!

Discussion in 'Turisas' started by Mr. Lapin Kulta, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. Mr. Lapin Kulta

    Mr. Lapin Kulta Evil invader

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    Finnish battle beasts TURISAS strike back with the frenetically awaited follow-up release to 2004's acclaimed debut "Battle Metal". Titled "The Varangian Way", this opulent and inspired masterpiece, which was recorded at Sound Supreme Studio and then mixed and mastered at Finnvox Studio (Nightwish, HIM, Apocalyptica), transcends all sub-styles within the heavier metal worlds and unites each and all of their different elementary nuances into an experience unlike any other in a current scene of copycat bands.

    Vocalist and producer Warlord explains the complex ideas behind this stunning new opus:

    "The album is based on a concept story which is fictional, but strongly tied to real historical persons and events. It's a journey of a group of Northmen, who travel down the East-European river route through the lands of modern day East Europe. This was an important trade route in the 9th-11th centuries and the Northmen going in this direction were called Varangians who took this route to Kiev and finally Constantinople. The album follows this journey and the songs are events that take place on the road. As much as it is a journey of these men, it is also a journey in a search for self and identity - something which the protagonist is going through throughout the story. The varying surroundings can clearly be heard on the album as it features a lot of influences from the different cultures and people our travellers would have encountered on their journey.

    Making this album was a very challenging task. I started developing the idea and framework for the concept soon after "Battle Metal" was released in 2004 and it demanded a lot of groundwork and studying. The songs were written between mid-2005 and 2007 when it was clear what every song would be about. In the end of 2006 we were finally ready to enter Sound Supreme Studio together with co-producer Janne Saksa to record the album. It took over two and a half months of work to record the album and two weeks of mixing at Finnvox studio together with Teropekka Virtanen to finally finish the album in March 2007. The sound is big, pompous and orchestral, but also features a lot of progressive elements and ethnic influences. It's a daring blend of many different styles, but I'm confident that people are musically open minded enough to swallow this album. All in all I would say that it is a natural step forward from "Battle Metal" to a more mature sound - still definitely TURISAS, but at the same time different."

    The album will hit stores in Europe in June and will contain the following new battle hymns:

    TURISAS "The Varangian Way"

    1. To Holmgard And Beyond
    2. A Portage To The Unknown
    3. Cursed Be Iron
    4. Fields Of Gold
    5. In The Court Of Jarisleif
    6. Five Hundred And One
    7. The Dnieper Rapids
    8. Miklagard Overture

    Having converted many a fan to join their army during past appearances at renowned festivals like Wacken, Tuska, Earthshaker, Party.San, Bloodstock, Nummirock or Summer Breeze, as well as an European tour with Die Apokalyptischen Reiter and more recently a sold-out UK tour with Finnish megastars Lordi, TURISAS are now launching their second and most striking attack with the release of "The Varangian Way" and they have subsequently confirmed slots at Summer events like Graspop, With Full Force, Rock Hard Festival, with plenty more relentless touring to come. Readers of UK's Metal Hammer magazine voted TURISAS the "Best New Band" in their Reader's Poll - the 2006 Reader's Poll, 3 years after the album's release! - and there's no need to be clairvoyant to comprehend that a triumphant and victorious 2007 campaign will be rightfully theirs - gather arms and join TURISAS on their journey to Miklagard!
     
  2. KristJaeger

    KristJaeger Black Thrash Attack!

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    can't wait!

    when is the artwork going to be revealed?
     
  3. Mr. Lapin Kulta

    Mr. Lapin Kulta Evil invader

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    Very, very soon...
     
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    Palalein New Metal Member

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    Yeah! I'm sooo looking forward to this album! :)
    Will there be any samples?
     
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    Holmgard and Beyond is being played on Rockworldtv every few days or so on the Get in the Ring event, so you could catch it there (will no doubt appear on youtube sometime).

    It sounds awesome though, such a good song. Cant wait to hear it on CD.

    Was hoping we'd see something like Rasputin as bonus song or something but ah well..
     
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    13th Nightmare BATTLE METAL NUT!

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    Great to hear when the next album is out. I'm looking forward to it
     
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    That really is awesome news, it's made my day.Not only am I looking forward to the new material, I'm eager to see what the cover artwork will look like.
     
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    Just recorded To Holmgard And Beyond from the liveshow in London, can't stop playing this track guys. This tracks seems to be very promising for the entire new album. It contains the pure catchy Turisas style, which realy MAKES this band.

    Like many others said before, looking damn forward to buy and listen The Varangian Way.

    See you guys at Graspop 2007!


    Horns up,
    Hails.
     
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    To Holmgard and Beyond will be on the Metal Hammer UK sampler CD next month.
     
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    Turbo Natursekt Black Metal

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    ^ Argh.
     
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    To Holmgard and Beyond is brilliant indeed! It shall forever be known as 1st Song in my world though :lol:
     
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    no sign of the new artwork so far?
     
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    I got a copy of Metal Hammer today, knowing it had a sampler CD with To Holmgard and Beyond with it. As soon as I got home from work I stuck the CD into my machine and started listening. All I can say is WOW! I thought it was brilliant. I'm looking forward to The Varangian Way, after hearing To Holmgard and Beyond, I know I will have another fantastic album to look forward to.
     
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    By the Hammer of Thor I can't wait for ze CD! GIMMEH NOW!
     
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    Nick Brookes I Love Alans Balls

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    Awesome song but is the mix final, at times (it might just be me) but the vocals seem to be drowned out, but i have only heard it through my cd player headphones
     
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    I NEVER usually buy Metal Hammer, it's gone down hill.
    This month I did, if only for the sampler CD's.

    'To Holmgard and Beyond', is by far the best song on the two free discs.
    Even my co-workers liked it and they all hate metal.
    Vocals seem okay to me, surprised that they are clean and pretty good.
    The orchestral sounds are massive, almost Rhapsody like, but without the cheese.

    If this is a taste of the rest of the album, then it's gonna be a ripper
     
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    The song is totally awesome! I love it and can't stop to hearing it :)
    First I had to accustom with the clean voice but after I listened to it few times the typical 'Turisas feeling' came. Really great piece of music! I'm so lookings forward to this album!
     
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    For anyone interested. You can see a very small version of the TVW cover art (80x80p or something like that) at Century Medias website, under upcoming releases.
     
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    and for germans: in the special release "Pagan Fire" of Legacy mag there's the artwork on page 5
     
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