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Eluveitie and Turisas live in Tampere

Posted in Gig, Live, Metal, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 6th December 2015 by izaforestspirit

Barren Earth, Eluveitie, Turisas
Pakkahuone, Tampere, Finland
5th December 

A stormy winter’s night in Tampere. It had been raining all day and there was some strong wind blowing as I headed down to the venue. I haven’t been to Pakkahuone for years… Last night was good occasion to venture out into the stormy weather for a chance to see some folk metal.

Ok… So the first band on wasn’t actually folk metal. The Icelanders Skálmöld had their show cancelled for some reason.  This meant that the first act was the Finnish progressive melodeath band Barren Earth. These guys reminded me of Opeth and just as with Opeth I couldn’t really get into their music. There was just too much of the experimental, progressive elements and not enough melodic death metal for my liking. 2/5

I’ve been meaning to check out Eluveitie for a long time. Turisas may have been the headliner but this was actually the show that I was looking forward to the most. Luckily for me, they didn’t disappoint. There’s something about folk metal that makes it sound great live. The combination of folk instruments such as flutes, hurdy gurdy, bag-pipes and fiddles with metal is so incredibly catchy that I reckon that even fans of mainstream music styles would enjoy it. Eluveitie also have a good stage presence and they really know how to agitate a crowd. The highlights for me were ‘Call of The Mountains’ and my personal favourite ‘Inis Mona’. 5/5

Folk metal, “battle metal” and even “party metal” or whatever you wish to call them, Turisas are a bit of a gimmick these days. I’ve seen them live once before, many years ago when they toured with Alestorm. Back then they were all about the warrior costumes, war-paint and they had an accordion player. Fast forward a few years and they still wear their war-paint; only now their singer has swapped his armour for a leather jacket and the accordion player is gone. Apart from that not much else has changed, their music is just as catchy and cheesy as it was the first time that I saw them. It’s the kind of stuff that sounds best once you’ve had a few drinks. Then you can truly start to enjoy their hit tracks such as ‘To Holmgard and Beyond’, ‘Battle Metal’ and the cover of ‘Rasputin’. 4/5

 

Overall it was a really enjoyable evening. I’m so glad that I finally got to see Eluveitie. Turisas were everything that I expected them to be. I’ve never been a massive fan but they always put on a great show. As for Skálmöld, hopefully I will get another opportunity to see them live at some point.

Iza Raittila

 

 

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Turisas w/ support @ 02 Academy Islington, London

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , , , on 21st October 2013 by vmteam

Astrohenge, Revoker and Turisas
02 Academy Islington, London
10th October 2013

After a series of botched attempts to stay all the way throughout a Turisas gig, this would be my third attempt at seeing the Finnish supergroup live in London. Arriving at the O2 Academy Islington late, and wandering up to a sparsely populated floor, I realised I had missed first supporting act Astrohenge. I didn’t particularly want to see either support, to be honest, and actually feel a little bit sorry for groups who need to support a group as highly anticipated as this warpainted northern rabble. The sea of red-and-black faces, plastic Viking helmets and synthetic furs lounging around with beer cups firmly clasped in hand was testament to the fact that everyone was here for one reason, and that any other supporters could get on with it.

Revoker, a band with a frontman whose accent was confusingly Welsh, were up before that, however. They weren’t terrible, either, and had I been less eager to see Turisas I might have fully been able to enjoy them! Aggressive and dangerously charged deathy-thrash is their game, with standard tracks like the brawling Stay Down and the shouty Great Pretender proving enough of a hook to get the crowd fist-pumping, even if no pits were started. For a Welsh band sitting in the shadow of the gargantuan Bullet For My Valentine, their track record is impressive enough: they’ve worked with Skindred and have been previously signed to Roadrunner Records. Well worth a listen in the future- and their ‘just good music’ vibe was certainly an omen of things to come from our headliners…. [3/5]

Turisas– with a fashionably long wait- hit us next, after anguished cries of ‘Battle Metal!?’ echoed around the room for half an hour. Opening the set tonight was a track from their latest album (the oddly named Turisas2013) For Your Own Good. A powerful song in its own right, the sound was impeccable and Turisas’ entrance met with a swelling crowd – however, it was clear that the songs from their latest album aren’t their strongest or most well received in the flesh. Musically, songs from Turisas2013 sound great- solid, catchy, jumpy and more hard-rock than metal- but seeing the band live leaves little doubt that their real power is behind the grittier, harsher songs of previous albums. A Portage to the Unknown followed, bombastic, crushing and ridiculous like the Turisas we know and love, and the place went crazy for the anthemic To Holmgard and Beyond, which induced the most intense jumping I’ve had the pleasure to be a part of. But new releases Ten More Miles and Piece by Piece, whilst good songs, lacked the same energy. Picking up the pace from the new album, and a song that I had hoped would be performed live as it truly is a ‘live song’, was Greek Fire, undoubtedly Turisas2013’s most ‘metal’ track, rising and falling in a roaring crescendo and sparking a whirl of flying bodies across the floor. Another odd one, which didn’t get the reception I was hoping for, was No Good Story Ever Stars With Drinking Tea, a fun little drinking jig that translated well on stage; penultimately, ‘We Ride Together’ was a soaring, feel-good tune and was the last of the new tracks to be showcased. However, matched with the epic As Torches Rise and One More, there was no contest as to what was most preferred.

The setlist for the night provided a varied crowd with a range of songs to choose from- old school fans like me and new converts both got a healthy mix- and with Turisas as energetic on stage as ever, Mathias gliding around the stage and throwing punches to the air, the show was of little fault. Telling, however, was that the lulls in the night (if you could call them that when the crowd was still chanting and singing) were from the new album. [4/5]

Jon Geirson

Turisas post making-of video for “Ten More Miles”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 27th September 2013 by Pieni

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Four weeks ago, Turisas released the official video for “Ten More Miles”, taken from their latest album “Turisas 2013”. Now they let the fans to go into the backstage of that filming, posting a making-of video on their label Century Media‘s YouTube channel:

Currently touring Europe as part of the Heidenfest 2013, they will go on a 5-show headlining tour through the UK on the following dates:

08.10.2013 Bristol – Fleece
09.10.2013 London – O2 Academy Islington
10.10.2013 Nottingham – Rock City
11.10.2013 Glasgow – Cathouse
12.10.2013 Manchester – Club Academy

Turisas online:
http://www.turisas.com/
https://www.facebook.com/turisas
https://twitter.com/turisasofficial
http://www.youtube.com/turisasofficial

Century Media Records online:
http://www.centurymedia.com
http://www.myspace.com/centurymediaeurope
http://www.youtube.com/centurymedia
http://twitter.com/centurymediaeu
http://www.facebook.com/centurymedia
http://gplus.to/centurymedia

Turisas post new song, Into The Free, online

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 16th July 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Turisas have posted a new song entitled Into The Free, taken from their upcoming album Turisas2013, on YouTube, which can be listened to down below. The band have already played Into The Free at select festivals, leaving fans wanting to hear the studio version of the song. Olli Vänskä (violin) comments on the new song:

Into The Free shows a completely different side of the new album: it’s fast, uplifting, raw and contains some super catchy singalong parts. We already played this ‘freedom anthem’ on a couple of summer festivals and the reception was really good right from the start. As an instant crowd mover, I believe the song has already earned its place in the setlist of the upcoming tours.

Turisas2013 is scheduled for a release on 23rd August in Finland/Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Norway/Australia/NZ and 26th August in Europe while UK will follow up 2nd September and North America on 3rd September.

Once again the album was produced by vocalist Mathias Nygård and the majority of the album recorded by Nygård and guitarist Jussi Wickström in a remote house outside of Helsinki that worked as the Turisas2013 command centre and head quarter. Additional recordings were done in 3 other studios: the drums at Atomic Spa Studio and orchestral recordings at 5 by 5 Studio, both in Helsinki. A lot of vocals and numerous additional elements were tracked at Sound Supreme Studio in Hämeenlinna where Turisas also recorded The Varangian Way and Stand Up And Fight. The mix and mastering was done in London at Orgone Studios with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano (Ghost B.C., Cathedral, Primordial, Ulver).

The band will play a run of 5 UK headlining dates this autumn.

UK headline tour:

08.10.2013 (UK) Bristol – The Fleece
09.10.2013 (UK) London – O2 Academy Islington
10.10.2013 (UK) Nottingham – Rock City
11.10.2013 (UK) Glasgow – Cathouse
12.10.2013 (UK) Manchester – Club Academy

Turisas online:

http://www.turisas.com/
http://www.facebook.com/turisas
http://twitter.com/turisasofficial
http://www.youtube.com/turisasofficial

 

Turisas release new track from Turisas2013 titled For Your Own Good

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 27th June 2013 by Contra Mundi

Turisas, famed for their Viking-esque metal and tongue-in-cheek attitude have a new album to be released on our shores. Turisas2013 marks a new era for the band and shows more diversity than their previous releases.

Mathias Nygård (vocals) says what For Your Own Good means for him:

Turisas2013 is a very diverse album, it has some of the heaviest and fastest tracks that we’ve ever done, but For Your Own Good comes more from the lighter end. It’s a very catchy song and we hope you’ll enjoy the track that we picked to give you a very first taste of the many flavours to come.

Turisas2013 was for the most part recorded in a remote house near Helsinki by Nygård and guitarist Jussi Wickström, which I think you’ll agree is the best way to do it. Additional recordings to complete the album were undertaken in 3 other studios which included: the drums at Atomic Spa Studio and orchestral recordings at 5 by 5 Studio, which are both in Helsinki and a lot of vocals and numerous additional elements were tracked at Sound Supreme Studio in Hämeenlinna where Turisas also recorded The Varangian Way and Stand Up And Fight.

The mixing and mastering of the album was handled by Metal extraordinaire Jaime Gomez Arellano (Ghost B.C., Cathedral, Primordial, Ulver). in London at Orgone Studios and will undoubtedly be very impressive.

Turisas will be appearing at many festivals throughout the summer, so be sure to catch them. When Turisas2013 is released, an extensive European tour will follow including Heidenfest 2013 and a UK tour where they will be headlining.

Turisas2013 is scheduled for a release on 23rd August in Finland and G/A/S and 26th August in Europe while UK will follow up 2nd September and North America 3rd September.

The complete track listing of the upcoming album ‘Turisas2013’ is as follows:

1. For Your Own Good
2. Ten More Miles
3. Piece by Piece
4. Into The Free
5. Run Bhang-Eater, Run!
6. Greek Fire
7. The Days Passed
8. No Good Story Ever Starts With Drinking Tea
9. We Ride Together

Catch Turisas live at the following shows:

24.07.2013 (SLO) Tolmin – Metal Days

26.07.2013 (DE) Chemnitz – Rock im Betonwerk

17.08.2013 (SE) Falun – Sabaton Open Air

31.08.2013 (DE) Crispendorf – Wolfszeit Metal Open Air

Heidenfest 2013

Turisas w/ Ensiferum, Equilibrium, Suidakra + special guests (tba)

Metal Hammer, Legacy, Blast!, Musix, Noiseletter, XtraX, Metalnews present:

20.09.2013 (DE) Leipzig – Hellraiser

21.09.2013 (DE) Giessen – Hessenhallen **, ***

22.09.2013 (DE) Antwerp – Trix *, ***

23.09.2013 (F) Paris – Bataclan

24.09.2013 (DE) Saarbrücken – Garage

25.09.2013 (DE) Milan – Live Club

26.09.2013 (CH) Lausanne – Docks

27.09.2013 (DE) Geiselwind – Musichall **, ***

28.09.2013 (DE) Munich – Backstage **, ***

29.09.2013 (CH) Pratteln  – Z7

30.09.2013 (DE) Hamburg – Markthalle

01.10.2013 (DE) Berlin – Postbahnhof

02.10.2013 (CZ) Zlin – Masters of Rock Cafe ****

03.10.2013 (AT) Vienna – Arena

04.10.2013 (DE) Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn **, ***

05.10.2013 (DE) Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle *, **, ***

06.10.2013 (NL) Tilburg – O13 *, ***

Extended show bands:

* Heidevolk
** Riger, Gernotshagen
*** Winterstorm
**** without Ensiferum

Check the official Heidenfest website for more info and get your tickets here.

UK headlining:

08.10.2013 (UK) Bristol – The Fleece
09.10.2013 (UK) London – O2 Academy Islington
10.10.2013 (UK) Nottingham – Rock City
11.10.2013 (UK) Glasgow – Cathouse
12.10.2013 (UK) Manchester – Club Academy

Turisas2013 is the first album showcasing their current line-up, which is as follows:

Mathias Nygård – vocals
Jussi Wickström – guitar
Olli Vänskä – violin
Robert Engstrand – keyboards
Jaakko Jakku – drums
Jesper Anastasiadis – bass

Turisas online:

http://www.turisas.com
https://www.facebook.com/turisas
https://twitter.com/turisasofficial
http://www.youtube.com/turisasofficial

Turisas release details for new album Turisas2013

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 18th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Get ready for Turisas to paint your town (or your cat) red and black again – the band have revealed first details of their upcoming album Turisas2013, the new album is scheduled for a release on 21st August in Finland, 26th August in Europe and the UK will follow 2nd September and North America on 3rd September. Keep your eyes peeled for the exact dates though!

Yet again the album was produced by vocalist Mathias Nygård and the majority of the album recorded by Nygård and guitarist Jussi Wickström in a remote house outside of Helsinki that worked as the Turisas2013 command centre and head quarter. Additional recordings were done in 3 other studios: the drums at Atomic Spa Studio and orchestral recordings at 5 by 5 Studio, both in Helsinki. A lot of vocals and numerous additional elements were tracked at Sound Supreme Studio in Hämeenlinna where Turisas also recorded The Varangian Way and Stand Up And Fight.

With Turisas2013 the band deliberately aimed for a more organic sound, Mathias “Warlord” Nygård further comments: 

When it comes to the production it’s just the opposite of the polished and massive Stand Up And Fight. It’s raw and dry and in your face, but still maintaining that Turisas-largeness. People attest us that we are a great live band and we wanted the album to be based more around that than orchestral massiveness. It’s our most varied record to date and even if some of the songs sound very different, I think the common thread is that every single one has a lot of energy to it.

The mix and mastering was done in London at Orgone Studios with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano who previously worked with Ghost, Cathedral, Primodial and Ulver, just to name a few.

The band will be playing a run of 4 UK headline shows later this year.

UK headlining:
08.10.2013 (UK) Bristol – The Fleece
09.10.2013 (UK) London – O2 Academy Islington
10.10.2013 (UK) Nottingham – Rock City
11.10.2013 (UK) Glasgow – Cathouse
12.10.2013 (UK) Manchester – Club Academy

Turisas online:
http://www.turisas.com
https://www.facebook.com/turisas
https://twitter.com/turisasofficial
http://www.youtube.com/turisasofficial

 

Turisas Announce North American Tour with Firewind for 2013

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 17th November 2012 by hammersmashedlauren

Following the success of headlining the North American Paganfest tour, Turisas have announced that they will be returning to the states next February/March for headlining U.S. tour with Firewind and The Stolen Babies.

Listed below are confirmed dates for the “Guards of Glory – North American Tour 2013”:

Feb. 02 – Jacksonville, FL – Roc Bar
Feb. 03 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade – Downstairs
Feb. 05 – Richmond, VA – Empire
Feb. 06 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
Feb. 07 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium – Upstairs
Feb. 08 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Électriques
Feb. 09 – Toronto, ON – The Mod Club
Feb. 10 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
Feb. 11 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Downunder
Feb. 13 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
Feb. 15 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
Feb. 16 – Salt Lake City, UT – In the Venue
Feb. 18 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Feb. 19 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
Feb. 20 – Portland, OR – Branx
Feb. 21 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro OperaHouse
Feb. 22 – West Hollywood, CA – Key Club*
Feb. 23 – Santa Ana, CA – The Constellation Room*
Feb. 25 – Tempe, AZ – 910 Live*
Feb. 28 – Dallas, TX – Door*
Mar. 01 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit*
Mar. 02 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live*
Mar. 04 – Orlando, FL – The Social*
Mar. 05 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room*
Mar. 06 – Tampa, FL – State Theatre*

* Turisas and Firewind only

There are also special VIP tickets being sold for the show and they are very limited. So if you’d like to purchase VIP tickets, please see turisas.myshopify.com.

Fans can also see Turisas before this tour on the 70,000 Tons of Metal metal cruise which kicks of January 28th in Florida.