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Album Review

With Stand Up and Fight, Turisas offer another rousing, invigorating bevy of epic symphonic metal ballads centered on ninth to 11th century Baltic Vikings. Think Andrew Lloyd Webber mashed up with GWAR and a Disney ride. Battle metal crooner/leader Mathias "Warlord" Nygård's boom-and-doom voice commands his Norse warriors to "stand up and fight," "hoist the sails," and protect the front line like Scott Walker or Peter Murphy playing a William Wallace personality type on Broadway. Nygård's rich voice centers and seems to conduct the chugging guitars, pounding drums, and all manner of symphonic accompaniment. Whether he's quietly addressing his clan, calling out for battle, or leading a rousing chant of backup Vikings (singers), Nygård is always a compelling frontman. Where some of their symphonic metal peers linger in evil vibes, Turisas always uplift. There's a Queen-like motivational power throughout the album, and the Viking genre, with its old-world pub atmosphere, is loads of fun. Stand Up and Fight is a delightful ride that gets better and better with each listen.

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If you've ever played an instrument and enjoyed it, you will enjoy this album. Employing a full symphony, these guys would probably scorn the term viking metal because this album is so completely open minded to just about everything, so long as it means making your heart nearly burst with power that can only be truly won in battle. It can literally make you laugh (hunting pirates?) and cry (bosphorous). So you should buy it if you like music. With people playing instruments. Lots of them. Mostly all at once.
Great rock album, stupendous metal album and an incredible score to the epic ancient battles that will inevitably play out in your imagination.
Yes there are some blast beats.

Epic

This whole album<3

Great album

You call yourself a metal head and you dont have this masterpiece? Worrh every penny

Biography

Formed: Hämeenlinna, Finland

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s

Named for a warrior god in Finnish mythology, Turisas are a heavy metal band whose music is an ambitious blend of symphonic metal, power metal, progressive rock, and Finnish folk music. Turisas were formed in Hämeenlinna, a rural community in southern Finland, by vocalist Warlord Nygård and guitarist/bassist Jussi Wickström in 1997. Eager to perform their songs that blended pagan folklore with bloody tales of warfare, Nygård and Wickström recruited three likeminded musicians, percussionist Tude Lehtonen,...
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Stand Up and Fight, Turisas
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: Mar 08, 2011

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