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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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Dragonforce Announces Headlining Tour Dates

Fresh off their massively successful stint on the main stage of this summer's inaugural Rockstar Energy Mayhem Fest, DragonForce aren't content to take a break. The band will hit the U.S. for a six-week headline tour that hits major markets, supporting their new album, "Ultra Beatdown," which lands on retail shelves today, August 26.

DragonForce is a touring machine, but their last headline tour occured two years ago in September 2006. It was a sold-out spectacle that cemented the band's reputation as a live powerhouse. Turisas will serve as main support for the tour, which kicks off on November 1 and runs through December 19.

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Turisas Announces DVD And Re-Recorded Album

Finnish folk metal band Turisas has announced it is working on a DVD and that the members will be re-recording their debut album "Battle Metal" The band issued the following statement on their website:

Finnish warmongers TURISAS are currently working on their 1st DVD which will be out later this year - but not only that: They are currently also rerecording their crowd favourite “Battle Metal”. Since it is high time to finally have an official video-clip for the song and also to pay tribute to their dedicated fans (without whom there is obviously no such thing as a crowd favourite) they want YOU, those fans, to take part in their video for “Battle Metal 2008”!

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Century Media Spring 2008 Sampler For Download

The Spring 2008 Century Media digital sampler is now available for DRM-free download here (requires free account/login). Included in the mix are artists such as Warrel Dane (Nevermore), Arch Enemy, Zimmers Hole, Suicide Silence, Terror, Stick To Your Guns, and many more.

Here is the complete tracklisting:

1. Suicide Silence - Green Monster (live from Paris)
2. Into Eternity - Time Immemorial
3. Warrel Dane - Messenger
4. Firewind - Mercenary Man
5. Zimmers Hole - When You Were Shouting At The Devil
6. Terror - Relentless Through and Through
7. Heaven Shall Burn - Endzeit
8. Embrace the End - Denim on Denim Hate Crime
9. Venomous Concept - Water Cooler
10. Despised Icon - A Fractured Hand
11. Stick To Your Guns - We're the Heart from the Heartless
12. Sworn Enemy - A Place Of Solace
13. Turisas - To Holmgard and Beyound
14. Warbringer - Combat Shock
15. In this Moment - Circles
16. Himsa - Unleasch Carnage
17. Arsonists Get All The Girls - Claiming Middle Age A Decade Early
18. Arch Enemy - Revolution Begins
19. Divine Heresy - Bleed The Fifth
20. Winds of Plague - The Impaler

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Turisas Announces UK Warm Up Show

Fresh from the Paganfest USA tour, Turisas themselves have confirmed the supporting slot for Dragonforce's upcoming UK and Ireland tour, starting in September 2008.

Warlord Nygård comments: "After our own European Tour and Paganfest USA this spring, we're happy to announce this one: we're joining up with Dragonforce on their UK tour and this something we're already hugely looking forward to. We are also extra excited about the shows in Ireland, which will be our first ones on the island that we've been unfortunate enough to miss out on previous tours. As you can imagine, Olli is sharpening his bow already as his one-man mission is about to reach its climax ... All in all, it's going to be a great package no-one should miss out on.

"See you at the summer festivals and latest in the autumn!"

The tour starts on September 26th in Manchester, and runs until October 13th where it wraps in Cork.

Also, the same combo will play a special warm-up show in Oxford.

Thu 25th Sep - UK, Oxford - Carling Academy
Phone Tickets: 0844 477 2000
Web Tickets: http://www.tctmusic.co.uk
All ages / Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

The full Turisas tour schedule shapes up as follows: More...

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Turisas Cancel Albuquerque Show

Folk metal band Turisas released a statement that they would be cancelling their upcoming Albuquerque show on May 13th.

Commenting on the timing of the announcement Turisas stated "Sorry for the late information, we only got confirmation yesterday ourselves. On the other note, the tour has been really great and the audience reception awesome. Thanks for everybody who have showed up, and you who still haven't, make sure to do something about it quick."

Turisas is currently on the Paganfest 2008 touring North America alongside Ensiferum, Tyr, and Eluveitie.

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Dragonforce Announces Oxford Warm-Up Show

British power metallers DRAGONFORCE's webmaster has issued the following update:

"The mighty DragonForce are set for a UK and Ireland tour this September. The tour will follow the release of their as-yet-untitled new album, which is pencilled to hit stores on August 25th.

The band are currently hard at work completing the new album, before heading Stateside in early July for the start of the inaugural Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival tour. The package kicks off in early July and is headlined by SLIPKNOT and DISTURBED, with DragonForce bagging a main stage slot right before them.

Meanwhile, DragonForce’s last album Inhuman Rampage, is still romping out of stores on both sides of the pond, thanks in part to the inclusion of lead track, ‘Through The Fire And Flames’ as the ‘most difficult' on the top-selling Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock video game.

Elsewhere in DragonForce news, guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman recently launched their new signature guitars at the NAMM show in Los Angeles. You can check out the details over at www.ibanez.com. Also look out for an exclusive interview with Sam real soon.

Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday, April 18th and can be pre-ordered from Wednesday morning (16th) at www.livenation.co.uk." More...

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Vikings Set Sail For North American Paganfest

To begin with, Korpiklaani was not present for this leg of the Paganfest tour, and it’s nothing short of a tragedy that North Americans had to miss out on the Forest Clan for this event.

Eluveitie was also not in attendance, supposedly because they didn’t file the proper paperwork with the Canadian customs in a timely fashion, so Gwynbleidd was on hand to fill in as an opener at the Medley in Montreal, Quebec. These New Yorkers weren’t quite as folksy as their Scandinavian counterparts, yet they offered a melancholic, progressive metal – slow, dark material, somewhat similar to High On Fire, and they set the stage quite nicely for Tyr.

Tyr looked the same as ever, long-haired and bare-chested, and they treated the crowd to a song from their newest album, “Land”. Fans were pleased to see “Hail to the Hammer” and the Faroese “Ramund Hin Unge” get some play, as well as “Wings of Time”. Unfortunately, their set was cut mercilessly short after a few songs, and they were replaced by Turisas. It is safe to say, even among the crazy Ensiferum fans, that Turisas stole the show that night. They swept up the crowd into the palm of their head and collectively placed it in their pocket. More...

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Turisas To Support Dragonforce In The U.K.

Century Media Records reports:

With a phenomenal start to 2008 after the second headlining UK tour as well as their first European headlining run with labelmates NORTHER, TURISAS have confirmed that they will once again be gracing UK shores after having been confirmed as main support on the fall tour with DRAGONFORCE.

Warlord Nygard had the following to say on the forthcoming tour: “We just made it back from a very successful European tour which included an impressive 13 dates in the UK. We were really surprised how amazing the turnout was, with many of the UK shows selling out, considering we had only played one of the cities before. The crowds were crazy and now we're extremely pleased that we're able to come back in autumn to do it all over again. We’re joining up with Dragonforce on their UK tour and this something we're already hugely looking forward to. We are also extra excited about the shows in Ireland, which will be our first ones on the island that we've been unfortunate enough to miss out on previous tours. As you can imagine, Olli is sharpening his bow already as his one-man mission is about to reach its climax ... All in all, it's going to be a great package no-one should miss out on. Right now we’re just about to head out on a voyage to begin our assault on the US as part of the Paganfest .. so we’ll either see you at the summer festivals or in the autumn.” More...

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Korpiklaani Speaks On The Paganfest Tour

Korpiklaani have posted the following message via their official website:

"After this great Paganfest tour we like to thank all fans who filled the venues with their enthusiasm. It was heartwarming to see how many of you showed up to see us all!

This tour was a great enjoyment for us, being together with all these cool friends from all these brilliant bands was an absolute highlight. We had a great time and lot of fun together. So thanks to all bands, also the local supporting bands, technicians, organization and of course to you... the audience!

We wish the other Paganfest bands very happy touring in the USA!" More...

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Paganfest Changes A Couple Of Venues

The May 11 Paganfest stop, featuring Ensiferum, Turisas, Tyr and Eluveitie, has been moved to a new venue. The show will now take place at Chasers Bar and Nightclub in Scottsdale, AZ.

The May 12 show in El Paso was also recently moved to a new venue. The show will now take place at Club 101 in El Paso, TX.

Here are the latest Paganfest 2008 tour dates: More...

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Dragonforce Announce UK Tour

British extreme epic power metallers DRAGONFORCE are set for a UK tour this September. The trek will follow the release of the band's as-yet-untitled new album, which is pencilled to hit stores on August 25.

Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday, April 18 and can be pre-ordered from Wednesday morning (April 16) at www.livenation.co.uk.

The details are as follows:

Sep. 26 - Manchester Academy
Sep. 27 - Birmingham Academy
Sep. 28 - Southampton Guildhall
Sep. 30 - Cardiff University
Oct. 01 - Nottingham Rock City
Oct. 03 - London Astoria
Oct. 05 - Norwich UEA
Oct. 07 - Leeds University
Oct. 08 - Newcastle Academy
Oct. 10 - Glasgow Academy
Oct. 11 - Belfast Mandela Hall
Oct. 12 - Dublin Ambassador Theatre
Oct. 13 - Cork Savoy

Support on the dates will come from Finnish metal merauders TURISAS.

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Tyr Delay New Album, "Land," and Reveal Artwork

Faroe Islands metallers TÝR will release their fourth full-length album, "Land", on May 30 in Europe and June 10 in the U.S. via Napalm Records. According to the band, the follow-up to 2006's "Ragnarok" "contains mostly Faeroese, but also Icelandic and Norwegian traditionals, re-arranged into heavy metal. The second most prevalent language is English." The CD was recorded at Jacob Hansen's (RAUNCHY, ROB ROCK, HATESPHERE, MERCENARY) studio in Ribe, Denmark.

"Land" track listing is as follows:

01. Gandksvaedi Tróndar
02. Skinlars Visa
03. Gátu Rima
04. Brennivin
05. Ocean
06. Fipan Fagra
07. Valkyrjan
08. Lokka Tattur
09. Land
10. Hail To The Hammer More...

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Complete NEMHF 2008 Lineup Revealed

The complete lineup for the 10th Anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, set for weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachussetts has been confirmed.

The largest and most successful metal festival in the United States will be presented this year by ESP, Randall, EMG, exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, and "Summer Slaughter Tour" second stage sponsor Sumerian Records.

"When we first started, we never could have much this festival would have grown," said festival co-founder Scott Lee. "It started out of our love for metal and it’s been amazing to be able to share that with fans who love it as much as we do. It’s also gratifying to be able to give exposure to up-and-coming bands and watch them develop into international stars."

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will present Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire on Friday night. Doors will open Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday will kick off the full two-stage set up at 11:30 a.m. with for the Fallen Dreams, Veil of Maya, Trap Them, COCKPUNCH!, Xtryrantx, Winds of Plague, From A Second Story Window, Soilent Green, Arsis, Sleeping Giant, Stick to Your Guns, First Blood, Disfear, Municipal Waste, The Ghost Inside, Embrace the End, The End, Keep Of Kalessin, Monstrosity, Skeletonwitch, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Heaven Shall Burn, Vital Remains, Kataklysm, Hate Eternal, The Acacia Strain, Overkill, Behemoth, Shadows Fall, and Dimmu Borgir.

Sunday’s lineup includes Classic Struggle, Stray from the Path, Waking the Cadaver, Unholy, Cold World, Recon, Elysia, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, On Broken Wings, Dead to Fall, Full Blown Chaos, Ligeia, Since the Flood, Shai Hulud, Hemlock, After the Burial, Unexpect, Thy Will Be Done, Born of Osiris, Impending Doom, Kid Deposit Triumph, Vanna, Emmure, A Life Once Lost, Despised Icon, God Forbid, Eluveitie, Tyr, Turisas, Ensiferum, Nevermore, Meshuggah, and Ministry. The show will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The full schedule of set times will be announced soon.

The festival will also host the popular vendor area, where fans can pick up an assortment of rare CDs, t-shirts, and other memorabilia. Artists performing at the show will be on hand for meet and greets throughout the three days.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Metal Edge Magazine, Monster Energy, All In Merchandise, 518 Prints, MTV’s Headbanger’s Blog, The Syndicate, Mazur PR, Heavy Hitter, Scott Lee Clothing, and many more to be announced.

Tickets are $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass.

Tickets are available at all Strawberries and FYE Stores, online at tickets.com and enterthevault.com, or by calling 1-800-477-6849.

The Palladium is located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, MA.

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Alestorm Launch Tour Diary

Scotland's ALESTORM has launched a tour diary for its upcoming UK dates as the support act for Finland's TURISAS. Regular updates will be available at this location.

ALESTORM released its debut album, "Captain Morgan's Revenge", in January through Napalm Records.

According to a press release, the quartet "plays Scottish 'pirate metal,' by their own definition, and musically resembles the great battle metal bands such as KORPIKLAANI or TURISAS, albeit with a unique touch and Scottish instrumentation."

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Suidakra Confirm Release Date Of Upcoming DVD/CD

SUIDAKRA is gearing up for the release of a DVD / CD Best Of package entitled "13 Years Of Celtic Wartunes". It will be released on April 25th. The DVD will feature Suidakra's 2007 performance at the Wacken Open Air and an acoustic show, while the CD will feature re-mastered and newly recorded songs.

Suidakra will play the following west coast dates on the upcoming Pagafest Tour in the US, also featuring ENSIFERUM, TURISAS, TYR and ELUVEITIE:

May
5 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
6 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
7 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
8 - Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
9 - Santa Clara, CA - The Avalon
10 - Long Beach, CA - The Vault

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Tyr Confirm New Album Title and Release Date

Faroese pagan metal band TÝR have issued the following update:

"The new album by Týr will be called Land. It is scheduled for release on May 8th and it contains mostly Faeroese, but also Icelandic and Norwegian traditionals, re-arranged into heavy metal. The second most prevalent language is English."

ENSIFERUM, TURISAS, Týr and ELUVEITIE will join forces for the Pagan Fest North American tour, running through April and May, with SUIDAKRA joining the tour for six west coast dates. More...

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Turisas Announce Stand-In Accordion Player

Finnish warlords TURISAS have issued the following update:

"We hereby announce that we have been forced to hire a step-in accordion player to replace Lisko on all announced upcoming tourdates. We have an important show this Friday at Finnish Metal Expo (FIN) and two lengthy tours in UK/Europe and USA just around the corner — but no accordion player."

"The thing is, we played a cool show in Groningen, Netherlands on 11th January and everything was cool. Then the next day, before the flight, some of us decided to check out Amsterdam really quickly, by train. Lisko had behaved in a bit hazy way during the trip, but it was nothing that weird (considering he is Lisko); however, he never showed up back at the airport. We got an interesting phone call, where he told that due to 'special' reasons he wouldn't fly in the same plane with us. This alone was pissing us off a bit, but we decided he could do it on his own expense. However, after returning to Finland, despite our attempts, there has been practically no communication with the guy, apart from a couple of interesting SMS's (so apparently he's alive): no rehearsals, nothing. We don't even know if he's back in Finland at the moment." More...

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10th Annual NEMHF Details Revealed

This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, the largest and most successful metal festival in the United States.

This year’s show, presented by ESP, Randall, EMG, and exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, will take place the weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., its home since its inception. Sumerian Records will sponsor the “Summer Slaughter Tour” second stage.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will present Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire on Friday night. Saturday will be headlined by Dimmu Borgir, Shadows Fall, and Behemoth. Ministry, Meshuggah, and Nevermore will close out the festival on Sunday night.

Other bands scheduled to perform include: A Life Once Lost, The Acacia Strain, After the Burial, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Belay My Last, Born of Osiris, Braindrill, Classic Struggle, Cockpunch!, Cold World, Dead to Fall, Demiricous, Dillinger Escape Plan, Disfear, Eluveitie, Elysia, Embrace the End, Emmure, The End, Ensiferum, First Blood, From a Second Story Window, Full Blown Chaos, The Ghost Inside, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Hemlock, High on Fire, Impending Doom, Job for a Cowboy, Keep Of Kalessin, Kid Deposit Triumph, Ligeia, Mensrea, Monstrosity, Municipal Waste, On Broken Wings, Overkill, Recon, Red I Flight, Rhinoceros, Shai Halud, Shipwreck a.d., Since the Flood, Skeletonwitch, Sleeping Giant, Soilent Green, Sons of Azrael, Stick to Your Guns, Stray from the Path, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Trap Them, Turisas, Tyr, Unexpect, Unholy, Vanna, Veil of Maya, Vital Remains, Waking the Cadaver, Winds of Plague, Withered, and Xtyrantx.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Metal Edge Magazine, Monster Energy, All In Merchandise, 518 Prints, The Syndicate, Mazur PR, Heavy Hitter, Scott Lee Clothing, and many more to be announced.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 15 at 10 a.m. EST. The cost is $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass. Tickets available at all Strawberries / FYE Stores, by calling (800) 477-6849 or online at tickets.com.

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New Dates Added To Pagan Fest Tour

A few more dates have been added to the Pagan Fest Tour, which features Ensiferum, Turisas, Tyr and Eluveitie.

New dates are as follows:

May 09 San Francisco, CA - Fat City
May 13 Albuquerque, NM - The Launchpad
May 21 Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock

Confirmed tour dates: More...

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Norther To Support Turisas In Europe

Finnish metallers NORTHER have been confirmed as the support act on TURISAS' upcoming European tour which kicks off in early March. Additional support on the UK leg of the trek will come from Scotland's ALESTORM.

For a list of dates, visit www.turisas.com.

Commented the group: "We shot our new video some time ago and it is starting to be ready. It's looking damn good and will be something a way cooler than we've ever done before. We did the video with Tunne Productions. I must say that besides being really pro guys they were also really nice and everything went smoothly."

"We Rock" is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The track comes off the group's new album, "N", which will be released through Century Media Records on the following dates:

Feb. 13 - Finland
Feb. 22 - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, BeNeLux
Feb. 25 - UK, France, Denmark, Greece, Norway
Feb. 26 - Spain, Portugal
Feb. 29 - Sweden, Hungary

The CD was recorded and produced by longtime partner Anssi Kippo (CHILDREN OF BODOM) at Astia Studios and mixed by Fredrik Nordström (DARK TRANQUILLITY, ARCH ENEMY, IN FLAMES) at Studio Fredman in Sweden.

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