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Turisas: Stand Up and Fight

Finland, the land of the thousand lakes. Sure, but what's more, Finland is also the land of Folk Metal, Battle Metal, Pagan Metal... call it all the names you want. Fact remains that among the best bands in this particular stream within all metal sub-genres are Finnish.

Turisas is no exception, grand compositions with an orchestral feel are performed by this Finnish band, wide open huge soundscapes, with plenty of chanting. At least I like to call the vocals chanting. There is singing in the true sense but most of it is like cheering, the cries of Vikings going to battle. Alas there you have it. Here is where the name of the genre comes from.

Most likely this can be called the music that comes very close to clasical music. Turisas uses a violin player, massive keyboards, various percussion equipment, even an Accordion. Stand Up and Fight is their third full length effort and it's a good one. If their name hadn't already been established among lovers and followers, this album certainly would make that happen.

The genre has always offered something to itself that make the vocals sound familiar, but lyrics can make a difference. If you hear Mathias Nygard sing you will understand what I mean. Personally I think that his fierceful style can be compared to that of the more known Lande & Allen. He can live up to that standard. The rest of the band are no slouches either, and the average age is around 25, very young group indeed. A great band, follow them be sure not to miss out an opportunity to see them live as well.

Track listing:
01 The March Of The Varangian Guard
02 Take The Day!
03 Hunting Pirates.
04 Venetoi!- Prasinoi!
05 Stand Up and Fight
06 The Great Escape
07 Fear The Fear
08 End Of An Empire
09 The Bosphorus Freezes Over

Added: March 8th 2011
Reviewer: Gert Hulshof
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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