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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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Five More Bands Confirmed For Download Festival

Five more bands have been announced for this year’s Download Festival at Donnington Park on June 8-10. Battle metal warriors Turisas as well as Bloodsimple, Drive By Argument, ANJ and I Was A Cub Scout have all been added to the bill, joining headliners My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park and Iron Maiden.

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Turisas Reveal New Album Details

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, H.I.M., APOCALYPTICA), transcends all sub-genres 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. More...

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Tursisas to Support Lordi in the UK this October

In what may be the tour of the year, Century Media viking masters TURISAS have been confirmed to support Eurovision 2006 winners LORDI in the UK:

October 26 – Nottingham @ Rock City
October 27 – Birmingham @ Academy
October 29 – Manchester @ Academy
October 30 – Glasgow @ Garage
October 31 – London @ Forum

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Guitarist Georg Laakso Leaves Turisas

Georg Laakso, the guitarist of Turisas, who was badly injured in a severe car-accident in October 2005 has left the band.

Georg comments:

"Nearly nine months has passed since the accident took place, and after six years in the band, I have now come to the point where I am forced to leave Turisas.

"I have been diagnosed with spinal cord injury which has an effect on all the functions in my body. In practice it means that nothing from my chest and below is working properly or at all, and I am now tied to a wheelchair - most likely for the rest of my life. Unfortunately my fingers are not working either and it is very unlikely that I will be able to play the guitar - or any instrument for that matter - ever again. To avoid sounding too gloomy I would like to point out that considering the circumstances I should have been dead many times already. Thanks to hard rehabilitation, zest for life and persistency I have already made some progress and I am slowly re-learning the basics of life. I have a hard battle of my own ahead of myself, but battles are meant to be won.

"I would like to thank all of you for the support you have given me during these hard months. All the letters, cards and greetings have gladden my heart enourmously. A big thank you to everyone of you! I would have wanted to inform you much sooner, but my constitution and the unclarity in things have made it impossible for me to give any kind of a reasonable statement earlier than now. I know that also this is still pretty vague, but I am hoping to be able to give you more information when things first come clear to myself. There is no such thing as giving up!"

Turisas is not looking for a replacing guitarist at the moment, but will continue doing all upcoming shows with only one guitarist as the band has already done since the accident took place. The band is currently concentrating on the work for a new album with a release tentatively scheduled for first early 2007. Witness Turisas in battle this summer:

Aug. 11 Bad Berka, D - Party San Open Air
Aug. 18 Dinkelsbühl, D - Summerbreeze Festival
Aug. 19 Brande-Hörnerkirchen, D - Hörnerfest 2006

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Turisas Announce Summer Tour Dates

Finnish pagan folk metal band TURISAS have lined up the following dates during the summer:

Jul. 14 - Dong Open Air - Neukirchen-Vlyun, GER
Jul. 15 - Bloodstock Open Air - Derby shire, UK
Aug. 11 - Party.San Open Air - Bad Berka, GER
Aug. 18 - Summebreeze festival - Dinkelsbühl, GER
Aug. 19 - Hörnerfest 2006 - Brande-Hörnerkirchen, GER

TURISAS' debut album, "Battle Metal", was released in July 2004 through Century Media Records. "Battle Metal" was produced by Terje Refsnes (TRISTANIA, MORGUL) at Sound Suite Studios in Marseiile, France, and "offers the most precious ingredients of epic viking metal, almost sounding like a mixture of bands such as IN EXTREMO, FALKENBACH, NIGHTWISH and FINNTROLL," according to an official press release.

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Tristania Part With Singer

Norwegian symphonic metal band TRISTANIA have parted ways with vocalist Kjetil Ingebrethsen.

Commented Kjetil: "After four amazing years, I have decided to leave TRISTANIA. There is no bad blood between us at all, and we are still good friends. This is a choice I had to make, just for my own part, and it was the right time to do it now — before the new album.

"I just want to take the opportunity to thank all the fans I have met, and bands I have shared stage with, during tours and festivals. It's been a blast — you will truly be remembered!

"To the TRISTANIA 'family'; Einar, Vibeke, Kenneth, Anders, Rune, Svein Terje, Østen and Carlo — it's been fantastic to be a part of you these years, thank you so much for everything."

The remaining members of TRISTANIA have issued the following statement regarding Kjetil's departure: More...

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Five More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

Five more bands have been confirmed for BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR, which takes place on 14th-15th July 2006. The festival, in its second year, will offer the UK an equivalent show to the major European Metal Festivals, albeit on a smaller scale for a 5000 capacity. However all the things you would expect from such a festival will be present. Food, Stalls, Camping, Beer tent (housing the second stage) with Metal Karaoke up to 2am each night for those of you who can stand 14 hours of metal per day.

The following bands were just confirmed for Bloodstock Open Air 2006:

Metal Church (Friday)
Callenish Circle (Saturday)
Evile
Headless Cross
Pitiful Reign

and The UK's own THRASH TILL DEATH TOUR appearing on STAGE 2 on Friday 14th July.

The full BOA lineup currently consists of: More...

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My Dying Bride To Headline Bloodstock 2006

British Doom Metallers MY DYING BRIDE have been confirmed as the headliners of the 6th annual Bloodstock Festival to be held at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, UK on 29th-30th September 2006. MY DYING BRIDE are only the second UK band to have headlined the event, previously SAXON headlined in 2001 and 2003.

The current Bloodstock line-up is shaping up as follows:

AGANKAST
AWAKEN
AXEL RUDI PELL
BEYOND AFTERLIFE
BRAINSTORM
CAPTIVE AUDIO
DEADFALL
DIED SMILING
EDEN
ENEMY UNKNOWN
ILLUMINATUS
MACHINE MEN
MAEL MORDHA
MAJESTY
MARSHALL LAW
MY DYING BRIDE
OMNIUM GATHERUM
ONSLAUGHT
PRIMAL FEAR
SPELLBLAST
STEEL TORMENTOR
SWORN AMONGST

Another 6 bands are to be announced over the forthcoming weeks, including 2 special slots given over to bands that have entered a raffle to play the show. Any band interested in entering the raffle should contact the organisers at the BLOODSTOCK festivals new website.

In related news, the second BLOODSTOCK OPEN-AIR festival is taking place on July 14th-15th 2006 at Catton Hall, South Derbyshire, UK. Currently confirmed bands are:

ASHTAR
ATHEIST
ENSIFERUM
NOCTURNAL RITES
PYRAMAZE
RAUNCHY
SEASON'S END
TURISAS

More bands will be announced over the forthcoming weeks. Tickets (which will be sent out during April) for both shows are available from bloodstock.uk.com.

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Turisas Writing New Album

The ultimate Battle Metal force Turisas continues its successful first strike. After the triumphant tour with Die Apokalyptischen Reiter in February of this year, the band is heading into the summer festival season, adding a headline show in Cologne on July 22nd and supporting In Extremo. Everyone who recently saw their intense live performances and worshipped their epic anthems off their debut album “Battle Metal” will be ready to conquer the front rows again.

Turisas have also moved over to the dedicated next songwriting phase for their upcoming new album, as vocalist Warlord Nygard himself states: “The new material is shaping up and we are looking forward to start out recording the first demos of new songs this summer. Some really interesting and musically ambitious material I can tell you.”

Turisas tour dates:

Jun. 25 (FIN) Nummijärvi Nummirock
Jul. 21 (D) Geiselwind Earthshaker Festival
Jul. 22 (D) Köln Underground
Jul. 23 (D) Neuhaus a.d. Pegnitz Burg Veldenstein + In Extremo
Aug. 05 (D) Wacken Wacken Open Air
Aug. 06 (NL) Arnhem Goudvishal
Aug. 07 (B) Landegem/Gent Sporthall- Summer Festival
Aug. 08 (LV) Riga Salamandra

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Turisas In Songwriting Mode

Finnish "pagan battle metal" act TURISAS have posted the following update on their official web site:

"Things are moving along in the TURISAS camp. We have moved on to a more intensive songwriting phase: new material is shaping up and we are looking forward to start out recording the first demos of new songs this summer. Some really interesting and musically ambitious material I can tell you. Also a loose idea of a thematic entity for the album is being planned. The actual album recordings will hopefully take place around fall/winter if everything works out."

TURISAS' debut album, "Battle Metal", was released last July through Century Media Records. "Battle Metal" was produced by Terje Refsnes (TRISTANIA, MORGUL) at Sound Suite Studios in Marseiile, France, and "offers the most precious ingredients of epic viking metal, almost sounding like a mixture of bands such as IN EXTREMO, FALKENBACH, NIGHTWISH and FINNTROLL," according to an official press release.

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Hammerfall, Equilibrium Added To Wacken Open Air

Hammerfall and Equilibrium are the latest bands to be added to the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, scheduled to take place August 4-6 in Wacken.

Here is the complete roster of confirmed bands thus far: More...

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Tristania Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2005

The 2005 edition of the Wacken Open Air Festival is scheduled to take place August 4th - 6th in Wacken, Germany. The latest acts confirmed for the festival are TRISTANIA, NAGLFAR and SONATA ARCTICA.

A complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...

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Turisas Enlist Accordian Player

Finnish heathen/battle metal kings Turisas have posted this message on the band's official website:

2005 is here and the upcoming tour with Die Apokalyptischen Reiter is drawing closer. A new accordion player has been found and our lineup completed. We will travel down with eight members including the mentioned accordeon player and live violin. We hope to see as many of you as possible joining us for the thirty parties ahead.

Two more gigs have been added (without DAR): we're starting out our campaign at Nosturi/Helsinki on Friday 04.02.2005 accompanied by Ensiferum and Soulgrind, and taking part in one more fight at Underworld/London 20.03.2005 before sailing back home. See you there!!!

For a complete listing of the tour dates, go here.

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Turisas Confirm European Tour

Finnish battle metal pagans TURISAS have been tapped to open for DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER on their tour through Germany, Austria and the Switzerland in early 2005. The dates are as follows: More...

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Obituary, Eisregen, Potentia Animi Added To W:O:A

Playing on the Blackstage at the 2005 Wacken Open Air Festival is Obituary, Eisregen, Potentia Animi.

Other bands confirmed for W:O:A 2005:

Accept
Axel Rudi Pell
Corvus Corax
Edguy
Endstille
Ensiferum
Illdisposed
Marduk
Mercenary
Nightwish
Overkill
Turisas

W:O:A is to take place on August 4-6 in Wacken, Germany.

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More Bands Announced For Wacken Open Air Fest

Axel Rudi Pell, Edguy, and Overkill are the latest names to be added to next year's Wacken Open Air Festival, slated to take place on August 4-6 in Wacken, Germany. Other bands scheduled to appear at the festival are Accept, Nightwish, Sinner, Marduk, Ensiferum, Mercenary, Illdisposed, Endstille, and Turisas. More bands will be announced soon.

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New Turisas Video Posted Online

A video clip of the Finnish "pagan battle metal" act Turisas performing the song "Battle Metal" live at the Tuska Festival 2004 in Helsinki, Finland has been posted online at the German Metal Hammer web site. Check it out here.

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Turisas Signed With Century Media

The finnish battle metallers Turisas sign a deal with Century Media and will be putting out their new album "Battle Metal" on July 26th, 2004. The album produced by Terje Refsnes (Tristania, Morgul, ...) was recorded in France (at Sound Suite Studios). You can hear a new sound at www.centurymedia.de.

Here you have the impresions of the frontman Warlord: “Finally, after years of work we have something to present to all the people who have stood by our side so far and to all the ones to whom Turisas is/will be an interesting newcomer. ''Battle Metal'' is - as almost all debut albums tend to be - a collection of songs written during a six-year period between the founding year 1997 and 2003, but it doesn't suffer from the usual unevenness common to most debuts. From the first second to the last, “Battle Metal” is powerful orchestrations, catchy folkishness and the glory and the brutality of the battlefields - all bound together by an open-minded approach and pure progressiveness. This album is definitely something fresh in the whole scene and we hope you will find it as powerful and inspiring as we do ourselves.”

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Turisas Part Ways With Bassist

Finnish "pagan battle metal" act TURISAS have parted ways with bassist Mikko Törmikoski. "The decision to drop him out was made by us after returning from Sound Suite Studio in January," the band write on their web site. "The bass track on the upcoming album was played by Jussi [Wickström, guitar], who nailed it down with admirable perfection — all in a proper hangover of course. We have found a replacement for Mikko already, who will be playing session live bass for now. How we take it from there we'll look into later..."

TURISAS are currently finishing up work on their debut album, entitled "Battle Metal", at Steel Track Studio in Finland and will be heading back to Sound Suite Studio in Marseille, France to mix the album with producer Terje Refsnes (TRISTANIA, DESTRÖYER 666, MORGUL). A summer release through Century Media Records is expected.

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Century Media Signs Turisas

Finnish "pagan battle metal" act Turisas have signed a long-term deal with Century Media Records.
The band (named after an ancient Finnish war god) were originally formed in 1997 by Mathias Nygård (vocals) and Jussi Wickström (guitar). Over the years Tuomas Lehtonen (drums), Georg Laakso (guitar), Antti Ventola (keyboards) and Mikko Törmokoski (bass) were added to complete the current lineup.

Turisas are currently recording their as-yet-untitled debut album at Sound Suite Studio in Marseille, France with producer Terje Refsnes. An early 2004 release is expected. More...

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