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Turisas

Formed: 1997
From: Hämeenlinna, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Turisas News

Below is our complete Turisas news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Tyr Confirmed For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Tyr for the 2013 edition:

"After crossing the North Atlantic 70,000 Tons of Metal stopped at the Faroe Islands to pick up some of their good old friends. Please welcome TÝR on board The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise! Now they continue their journey into the Norwegian Sea, course East South-East. And what are their Scouts on the European mainland doing... how far East will they go?

"Are you ready to start next year in style? Just imagine: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship 'Majesty of the Seas' for 5 days and 4 nights. Book your cabin now at this location and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise! The Original Metal Cruise: Home of the biggest open air stage to sail the oceans!

"And they also spare no expense to remove the seats in front of the stage in the theater, or do you really like seated Heavy Metal shows? This is 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise where you enjoy unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board. And don't forget, every band plays twice! There are also Open Mic Nights, Clinics, Work-Shops, the infamous 70,000 Tons of Metal Karaoke, Bars that never close, you heard right: They don't close, two full days at Sea, a fun-and-sun-filled day on a beautiful Caribbean Island and an opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists that all join us for the entire trip. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!" More...

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Angra To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Angra:

"Have you prayed enough to get news from the ship? So long that you all became a little bit Angra? Yes! Please welcome Angra, who will play their first show with a new singer on board 70000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise. They're now sailing North along the South American East Coast...

"...when will you hear from them again? Are you ready to start next year in style? Just imagine: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship 'Majesty of the Seas' for 5 days and 4 nights. Book your cabin now at this location and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise!"

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Helloween And More To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming more bands for the event:

"No news from the ship? But news from 70,000 Tons of Metal's scouting party in Germany: They didn't want to wait until Helloween so they went to the country in the South: Switzerland. But there was too much traffic at the Gotthard and they decided to go back to Germany to meet their Kreator! Three more heavy hitters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise!

"So are you ready to start next year in style? Just imagine: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship 'Majesty of the Seas' for 5 days and 4 nights. Book your cabin now at this location. and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise! The Original Metal Cruise: Home of the biggest open air stage to sail the oceans!

"And unlike others they also remove the seats in front of the stage in the theater, or do you like seated Heavy Metal shows? This is 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise where you enjoy unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board. And don't forget, every band plays twice! There are also Open Mic Nights, Clinics, Work-Shops, the infamous 70,000 Tons of Metal karaoke, Bars that never close, you heard right: They don't close, two full days at Sea, a fun-and-sun-filled day on a beautiful Caribbean Island and an opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists that all join us for the entire trip. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!" More...

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Chthonic Posts Wacken Performance Footage

Taiwanese metal act Chthonic posted up pro shot footage from this past weekend's Wacken performance. The video features the song "Takao" from the band's latest LP "Takasago Army," as well as the guest performance of Turisas violinist Olli Vänskä.

Check out the video here:

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Dragonforce Playing 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Dragonforce for the 2013 edition:

"After a short visit to the host city of the 2012 Olympic Games, London, they are now sailing under Dragonforce through The Channel. Their Course: West-Southwest.

"Round 3 of 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival, went on public sale on Tuesday July 10, 2012 at 12PM noon Eastern Time.

"Imagine starting the year in style: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go once again to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship 'Majesty of the Seas' for 5 days and 4 nights. Are you ready for a trip of a lifetime?

"Make no mistake, this is not one of the cruises where you share the ship with regular cruise guests... and don't get intimidated by copy-cats! Unlike others we remove the seats in the theater, or do you like seated Heavy Metal shows? This is 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival, featuring the biggest Open Air Stage to sail the open seas. Enjoy unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board, Open Mic Nights, Clinics, Work-Shops, our infamous Metal Karaoke, Bars that never close, two full days at Sea, a fun-and-sun-filled day on a beautiful Caribbean Island and an opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!"

The following 13 out of 40 bands have already been announced:

ANACRUSIS
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
DORO
DRAGONFORCE
ENSIFERUM
HELSTAR
IMMOLATION
IN FLAMES
LACUNA COIL
NILE
SABATON
SUBWAY TO SALLY
TURISAS

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Paganfest Destroys The Palladium

There are few places I would rather see an event like Paganfest more than at The Palldium in Worcester. It is currently the venue in which I see the majority of great metal event pass through the Northeast. Needless to say, when I found out long ago that the great hall (which would have been more fitting the lineup here) would remain empty as Pirates and Vikings would be facing off in the dreaded upstairs portion, my heart was heavy. For one, the sweat soaked sardine fest that would come is not conducive to a man my size who generally enjoys a four foot warzone to avoid striking any of my metal brothers with lumbering limbs and no sense of balance. Secondly, even though I would witness my first live exposure to Alestorm and Turisas, two of many personal favorites, I would not actually hear OR see the event properly. The sound in the upstairs portion is absolutely unfixable no matter what the venue does and the stage is at least three feet lower. Unless you plow your way through the crowd of men, women and children leaving a trail of destruction behind to get to the front, photography with any camera is an epic fail. Even if you are that lucky, the frighteningly horrible house lighting rig showers the bands in merely blood red. So was the night that awaited me. But alas, the crowd was entertaining enough, the beer doth flow and above all the four main acts were there. For metal, we do most anything. More...

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Turisas Posts Paganfest III North America Trailer

Finnish symphonic metal band Turisas posted a trailer for the upcoming Paganfest III North America tour, which starts next week on March 29, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. The festival also features Alestorm, Arkona and Huntress. Ex Deo was recently forced to cancel its participation.

Check out the trailer here:

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Finnish Metal Expo 2012 Day Two

With some after parties of legendary proportions at one of Helsinki’s many metal bars, I have to admit waking up was not so easy Saturday morning. And then I remembered it was day two of the expo, and went on my merry way back downtown. Day two of the expo would ring in the Finnish metal awards as well as many more bands, with the headliners today being Stam1na and Turisas. More...

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Ex Deo Drops Off PaganFest

Battle metallers Turisas will be heading back to North America this spring for "PaganFest: America Part III," their first-ever U.S. headlining run. Joining the Finnish sextet on their triumphant return to the States is a gathering of bands from across the world: Scotland's Alestorm, Russia's Arkona, and U.S. act Huntress. Ex Deo has now dropped-off the tour, and in regards to the band's departure from PaganFest, Maurizio Iacono comments:

"It is with deep disappointment that I am obliged to pull EX DEO off this year's PaganFest. We were all excited to play this festival and premier some new material, but unfortunately our new album 'Caligvla' has been delayed, and we need to finish it and make it perfect. Add to that, the Kataklsym DVD is also on its final production phase...We decided it would be best to concentrate on giving every bit of attention to the album you have been waiting for, and also for the Kataklysm documentary to kick major ass.

"This being said, we will still perform with EX DEO on the Montreal & Toronto shows with PaganFest, as we will be in studio in the area, closing up the album 'Caligvla'. Everything else is cancelled for EX DEO. We will return to support the album in the fall...

"Word from Rome is that the plans are already in motion for world conquest! We ask our fans to support PaganFest and the great bands playing this year!"

Dates for the PaganFest tour are as follows: More...

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Turisas Comments On Headlining PaganFest

Turisas will be heading back to North America this spring for "PaganFest: America Part III," the band's first-ever U.S. headlining run. Joining the Finnish sextet on this triumphant return to the States is a gathering of bands from across the world: Scotland's Alestorm, Rome's Ex Deo, Russia's Arkona, and the US's very own Huntress.

In regards to the upcoming tour, Turisas frontman Mathias Nygard comments: "It took time, but finally we had a chance to make it back to North America. After many successful tours there with acts like Cradle of Filth and Dragonforce during the past few years, it's great to return as a headliner. This is a killer combo with great variety-- some of the most twisted acts of the folkier side of metal! Be prepared for a great night out-- I expect to witness some crazy audiences!"

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Huntress To Join Paganfest III 2012 In The U.S.

California metal band Huntress, newly signed to Napalm Records, announced that the band will provide support on the Paganfest III Tour for the U.S.A. in March of 2012.

The Paganfest III Lineup is as follows:

Turisas
Alestorm
Ex Deo
Arkona
Huntress

The following dates are confirmed (more expected to be added):

Thu 3/29 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
Fri 3/30 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Sat 3/31 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Sun 4/01 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
Mon 4/02 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
Tue 4/03 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Wed 4/04 - Detroit, MI @ Blondie's
Thu 4/05 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
Fri 4/06 - Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
Sat 4/07 - Louisville, KY @ Vernon Club
Sun 4/08 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
Fri 4/13 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Sun 4/15 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Mon 4/16 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Tue 4/17 - San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
Wed 4/18 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club

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Turisas Posts Trailer For U.K. Tour

Finnish symphonic/folk band Turisas has announced a full tour of the U.K. beginning on October 27, 2011 with Chthonic and Kiuas as support.

The tour dates are as follows:

27.10.2011 (UK) Brighton - Concorde 2
28.10.2011 (UK) Bristol - O2 Academy 2
29.10.2011 (UK) Plymouth - White Rabbit
31.10.2011 (UK) Norwich - Waterfront
02.11.2011 (UK) Newcastle - Northumbria Uni
03.11.2011 (UK) Glasgow - Garage
04.11.2011 (UK) Wolverhampton - Wulfrun Hall
05.11.2011 (UK) Leeds - Damnation Festival *
07.11.2011 (UK) Belfast - Limelight (co-headline with Devin Townsend) *
08.11.2011 (UK) Dublin - Whelans (co-headline with Devin Townsend) *
09.11.2011 (UK) Wrexham - Central Station
10.11.2011 (UK) Sheffield - Corporation
12.11.2011 (UK) Cardiff - University SU, The Great Hall 2
13.11.2011 (UK) Reading - Sub 89
15.11.2011 (UK) Southampton - Uni Garden Court
16.11.2011 (UK) Leicester - Sub 91
17.11.2011 (UK) Manchester - Academy 3
* without Chthonic, Kiuas

The band posted the following trailer for the tour:

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More Bands Confirmed For Soundwave Festival 2012

Although it wasn't expected until December, the organizers of Australia's Soundwave Festival have made their second band announcement. Joining the 60 bands already announced are Staind, Wednesday 13, Unearth, Cathedral, Shadows Fall, Heaven Shall Burn, Your Demise, Kittie, and 14 other (mostly non-metal) bands.

Hole has pulled out of the festival after frontwoman Courtney Love refused to play before Limp Bizkit. Soundwave boss AJ Maddah said on Twitter that he was "relieved we got the moody old cow off the bill. [There’s] no point talking her back, only for her to cancel later, or turn up & act like a rotten twat to other artists, fans, etc."

A third announcement in early December will add another five bands to the lineup, and Danzig is one of the confirmed possibilities. More...

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Soundwave 2012 Lineup Announced

Organizers of the Australian Soundwave Festival have made the first official lineup announcement. Joining the reformed Coal Chamber as previously reported will be headline acts System Of A Down, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Marilyn Manson, Machine Head, Lamb Of God and Trivium as well as 53 other bands.

Bands of particular interest to metal fans include Devin Townsend Project, Dillinger Escape Plan, Black Label Society, Mastodon, Steel Panther, Meshuggah, Hatebreed, Biohazard, Dragonforce, Gojira, Kvelertak, Hellyeah, Chimaira, Watain, and Turisas.

A second announcement for the series of one day festivals is reportedly coming in December, with 88 bands expected to be included in the final billing. More...

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Turisas To Join Aussie Soundwave Festival Tour '12

Finnish folk/symphonic band Turisas announced that they will return to Australia in 2012 as part of the Soundwave Festival Tour. The announcement reads:

"We’re happy to announce that Turisas will return to Australia next spring. The band will play as part of the Soundwave Festival in February-March 2012 in a diverse line-up with System of a Down, Machine Head, Watain and more.

"The dates are as follows:

Saturday 25 February – Soundwave Festival, Brisbane
Sunday 26 February – Soundwave Festival, Sydney
Friday 2 March – Soundwave Festival, Melbourne
Saturday 3 March – Soundwave Festival, Adelaide
Monday 5 March – Soundwave Festival, Perth

General ticket onsale date: Thursday 20th Oct (but there will be some earlier pre-sale dates for members only – see Soundwave website for details)"

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Turisas Announces Lineup Changes

Turisas has announced that Jukka-Pekka Miettinen (ex-Arthemesia, Ensiferum) will be joining the band on bass for forthcoming shows, and Robert Engstrand (ex-Kotipelto, The Flower Kings) will be coming into a completely new role in the group as keyboard player.

These changes are in response to the news that current bassist Hannes Horma and accordionist Netta Skog have decided to leave the band due to personal and motivational reasons. This announcement will not affect Tursias' tours this Fall.

Turisas comments: "A band is not something that can be kept together by force. If someone wants to quit, there's not much the rest of us can do about that. Both for Hannes and Netta it came down to the same thing: a choice between the band and other personal interests had to be made. We tried to find a compromise where both could be combined, but unfortunately in both cases it didn't seem possible at their end. Neither Hannes or Netta played a critical role in the creative process and studio work of the band, so in this sense not much will change. Still, they were always great onstage and we shared many memorable moments together. We would like to make it very clear that there is no drama here, and thankfully no hard feelings. Both Hannes and Netta made their decisions completely independently, based on their own personal reasons. Their departures are not connected in any way, it was just that this short quiet period between the Euro festivals and the forthcoming touring was the only meaningful time to make a smooth changeover to the new members.

"We'd like to thank Hannes and Netta for all the good times we had together over the years, and wish them both the best of luck in the future. As far as Jukka-Pekka and Robert go, these guys are both very talented musicians, and we are very excited about hitting the road with this new lineup. Please welcome our newest reinforcements---this is the beginning of a new era!"

Hannes Horma joined the band on bass right after the release of the debut "Battle Metal" in 2004. He says: "My career with the band started 2004---at the time I was only nineteen years old. It felt like a dream come true and since then, we've had some amazing time and unbelievable shows during these years. For the past couple of years I've been studying orchestral composing, arranging and classical singing and with the touring responsibilities, I haven't had a lot of free time and couldn't pursue my other interests. Lately, I've also felt that the 'flame' is not there anymore for me personally: it was time for me to move on to do the things I feel most passionate about. I love playing concerts with Turisas but I cannot be on tour for 6 or more months a year and try to study at the same time---no one can.

"I would like to thank everybody I've met during the years, all the fans around the world, the bands we're toured with and our crew---you rock! I also hope all the best for everybody in TURISAS: thanks for letting me to be a part of this for all these years. It's been a hell of a ride but now it's my time to jump off. Hopefully we'll meet again, someday, somewhere." More...

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"Metal For The Masses" Volume 9 Details Revealed

On September 13th, Century Media will release the "Metal For The Masses Volume 9" compilation exclusively through Hot Topic. The release consists of three discs and 48 tracks.

"We're very excited to be putting out the 9th installment of the Metal For The Masses series," says Century Media President, Don Robertson. "This low priced Hot Topic exclusive has been a very important sampler of our artists for the last decade and has proven to be a great way to give the metal community a chance to discover new music."

The track listing is as follows:

Disc One (The Century Family)
1 - Winds of Plague - California
2 - Vampires Everywhere! - Carnage At The Castle
3 - Suicide Silence - You Only Live Once
4 - Architects (UK) - Day In Day Out
5 - iwrestledabearonce - Karate Nipples
6 - Demolisher - Two Sided Coin
7 - Arsonists Get All The Girls - Will Someone Please Turn Down the Ocean
8 - Earth Crisis - Total War
9 - Suffer Well - For Today, For Yesterday, For Everyday
10 - The Devastated - The Devil's Messenger
11 - Arch Enemy - Bloodstained Cross
12 - Turisas - The Great Escape
13 - Deicide - How Can You Call Yourself a God?
14 - 7 Horns 7 Eyes - Vindicator
15 - TesseracT - Eden

Disc Two (Nuclear Blast America)
1 - Decapitated - Homo Sum
2 - All Shall Perish - There's Nothing Left
3 - Symphony X - The End Of Innocence
4 - Sepultura - Kairos
5 - Lock Up - Brethren Of The Pentagram
6 - Belphegor - Impaled Upon The Tongue Of Satan
7 - Hell - On Earth As It Is In Hell
8 - Destruction - Hate Is My Fuel
9 - World Under Blood - God Among The Waste
10 - Korpiklaani - Tequila
11 - Agnostic Front - My Life My Way
12 - Graveyard - Ain't Fit To Live Here
13 - While Heaven Wept - Destroyer Of Solace
14 - Before The Dawn - Deathstar
15 - Sylosis - Empyreal
16 - Pain - Dirty Woman
17 - Origin - Expulsion of Fury
18 - Amorphis - You I Need
19 - Scar Symmetry - Extinction Mantra More...

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Turisas Announces U.K. Tour Support Acts

Turisas has announced the supporting acts for the band's upcoming U.K. headline dates will be Chthonic and Kiuas. The tour is set to kick off on October 27th, 2011.

Violinist OLLI VÄNSKÄ had this to say: "We're glad to be able to announce what we feel is a really strong support package for the UK shows – both bands have been to the UK before but probably haven't yet had the exposure they deserve – we'll try to change that! Make sure you get down to the shows early to experience something a little bit different!"

The dates on the tour are as follows (no Chthonic or Kiuas at Leeds Damnation Festival or the Belfast and Dublin shows):

27.10. – Brighton Concorde 2
28.10. – Bristol O2 Academy 2?
29.10. – Plymouth White Rabbit?
31.10. – Norwich Waterfront
02.11. – Newcastle Northumbria Uni
03.11. – Glasgow Garage? (*changed date*)
04.11. – Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall?
05.11. – Leeds (Damnation Festival)
07.11. – Belfast Limelight (co-headline with Devin Townsend)?
08.11. – Dublin Whelans (co-headline with Devin Townsend)?
09.11. – Wrexham Central Station?
10.11. – Sheffield Corporation?
12.11. – Cardiff University SU, The Great Hall 2?
13.11. – Reading Sub 89?
15.11. – Southampton Uni Garden Court?
16.11. – Leicester Sub 91
17.11. – Manchester Academy 3?

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Evile Confirmed For Damnation Festival 2011

The organizers of Great Britain's Damnation Festival, which will take place on November 5th at Leeds University Union in Leeds, England, have announced four more additions for this year's edition of the event. British thrasher Evile will be performing at the festival, as will new confirmations Turisas, Xerath and A Man Called Catten.

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Turisas Posts Festival Footage

Finland's Turisas has posted two video clips online from the band's recent European festival appearances, which can be viewed below. The group also commented:

"We played two shows the past weekend: first festival show ever in Sweden at Getaway Rock festival & at Rock Harz, Germany. Awesome shows, awesome crowds! Video for Rock Harz will be online within a week. Turisas will return to Germany soon - we're playing at Heidenfest in September-October 2011."

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