Viking Metal - Turisas

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    Mensaje  Laiho.- el Sáb Abr 25, 2009 8:26 pm

    Turisas es un grupo formado en 1997, perteneciente al Epic metal y más concretamente al Viking metal, (en la vertiente Battle Metal). Toman su nombre del antiguo dios de la guerra finlandés.

    Sus melodías combinan el folk y el viking metal es decir, letras épicas o de batallas nórdicas (vikingos), voz gutural, todo tipo de juegos con las guitarras y la batería, y mucha sinfonía de violines, trompetas, violoncellos, coros etc.

    Es de destacar la gran popularidad que han alcanzado en poco tiempo, ya que solo llevan editados 2 Álbumes gracias a su estilo "innovador" dentro de la mezcla que practican, asimismo su estilo es parecido al de la banda Alestorm; de hecho son bandas que sus miembros son conocidos, lo cual hace que suenen parecido entre ellos.


    * Mathias D.G. "Warlord" Nygård - Voces
    * Jussi Wickström - Guitarra
    * Hannes "Hannu" Horma - Bajo
    * Tuomas "Tude" Lehtonen - Batería, Bajo
    * Olli Vänskä - Violín
    * Netta Skog - Acordeón


    * Taiston Tie - The Battle Path - 1998
    * Promo - 1999

    * Battle Metal - 2004
    * The Varangian Way - 2007

    * The Heart of Turisas EP - 2001
    * To Holmgard and Beyond Single - 2007
    * Rasputin Single - 2007

    * A Finish Summer With Turisas DVD - 2008

    Nota para Fémforgács (Está en ingles):
    Hey! Please introduce the band to the hungarian metal fans!

    Turisas was founded by myself and Jussi Wickström in 1997. We signed to Century Media in 2003 and gave out our debut album “Battle Metal” in 2004. Three years later in 2007 we gave out our second album called “The Varangian Way”.

    Your tour with Iced Earth and Annihilator has finished in
    november, what experiences did you get on this trip? If you got any
    stories never to be forgotten, please share with us.

    It was a good tour and we were playing to audiences slightly older than our own. Both Iced Earth and Annihilator have been around for quite some time, and it was nice to see that especially someone like Jeff Waters from Annihilator
    was such a down-to-earth nice guy. We recently also did a five-week
    European tour, which unfortunately didn’t include Hungary. This was our
    first full European headliner tour and it was nice to see, that so many
    people showed up and that we can now tour on our own as well. I hope
    that we will come to hungary still during 2008, as I know that there’s
    a lot of fans there waiting for us.

    Music of Iced Earth and Annihilator differs a lot to your
    music, what do you think, how fans of the mentioned bands liked Turisas
    on these gigs?

    I think it went down very well. As I mentioned, the crowd was a bit
    older than we pull ourselves, but they still seemed into it and even if
    we only got to play 30 minutes, we still had very energetic reactions.

    Bands 2nd full length called The Varangian Way hit the stores
    in Juny, acclaimed by the international press. How would you describe
    this release, if you had to highlight a song or songs on the album,
    which would you choose?

    The Varangian Way is definetly a more mature and compact release compared to our debut Battle Metal.
    It’s a concept album, that tells a story of a group of Northmen who set
    out the Eastern-European trade route down to Kiev, and finally reaching
    Constantinople. As much as it is about the physical journey, it’s also
    very personal and about the inner journey the protagonist in the story
    is going through. Musically, it ranges from epic orchestral passages
    to, small and acoustic moods and headbanging guitar riffing. I can’t
    really pick a favourite song on the album, as it’s all written more or
    less as one piece and in this case, the entity is more than the sum of
    its parts.

    Music of the band is quite varied, a lot of instruments and
    musical elements meet in the songs, how do you compose songs, do you
    write the lyrics at first and then the music, or reverse order?

    Composing The Varangian Way was a very
    different process than Battle Metal. Whereas the debut was more or less
    a collection of songs we’d done during the 6 years of existence before
    the debut, the table was cleared after that and sitting down to compose
    something as a whole from scratch was very exciting. In this case I
    first worked on the concept story for over 1-2 years before even
    composing as much as a single note. When the story was somewhat plotted
    out, and I knew which parts of it would be a song and what the
    respective songs would be about, it was a completely different way
    sitting down and starting composing to these ideas. It was quite like
    making a soundtrack to a movie, as I often see my ideas and visions as
    small videoclips in my head. I think this way of working definetly adds
    a lot of depth to the music itself, as it is not only a bunch of
    meaningless riffs put together with a couple of lyrical lines, but the
    music is there to support the story so you can actually hear the story
    itself and the drama in the music. Funny enough, lyrics was the final
    project, and I wrote pretty much all of them in the studio within 2-3
    weeks. I always slave the words to the rythm, so I need to have the
    song and vocal rythms and ideas clear before writing the text. Even if
    the time of actually typing down the lyrics was really short, I had
    still worked on the whole in my head for a good 2-3 years.

    You recorded the songs in Sound Supreme Studio, how much time
    did it take to record this diverse album? Was there anything maybe
    which made your work set back?

    The recording process was a long and filled with stress. I had already
    started preproduction in my home studio 6 months earlier, and we
    entered Sound Supreme in the beginning of December 2006. It took us 3
    months before all the parts for the album were recorded and we could
    move down to Helsinki and Finnvox Studio to mix it. We were short of
    time all the time and during the last weeks of mixing at Finnvox, there
    were still small parts here and there missing, so I ended up sitting
    with the mix and after that trying to program or record everything
    during the night. I think I slept 10 hours in the last week and by the
    end I was so tired I could not really hear anything anymore. I knew I
    could trust Teropekka
    (Virtanen) who mixed the album, and knew that we had set it quite ok by
    then already, so I didn’t want to give any input anymore during the
    last day not to spoil anything by accident.

    What do you think, which the things are, made the band stepping further compared to the album Battle Metal released in 2004?

    I just think it doesn’t make any sense to release an album if you
    haven’t really got anything to say musically on contentwise. There’s
    too much musical small talk about the weather in the world anyway. Too
    many bands repeating what they’ve already done in the past. I think it
    was essential for “The Varangian Way”
    turning out the way it is, that we had those three years inbetween
    albums – something that people sometimes regard as a particularly long
    time. I think we could have done a “Battle Metal 2” in six months after the release, but it would have been pointless.

    There are a lot of guest musicians cooperating on the album,
    would you introduce them, do they accompany the band to concerts or how
    do you reproduce these instruments in live?

    Yes. On the album we have both a full classical choir (appearing on the
    last two tracks) and the more “rough” male choir which consists of
    ourselves plus a number of friends. In addition to those there are some
    minor guest appearances like vocals, some additional guitars, double
    bass (contrabass) and so on. Of course it would be nice to include
    everything also live, but as you might imagine, in a normal touring
    environment it would be senseless and financially impossible. I also
    think it’s important, that we as a band in a live situation are not
    there to do the album 1:1, but have also rearranged a lot of stuff to
    maybe potray the songs in a slightly different light. The accordion and
    violin have a more prominent role live, which I think is a good thing.

    On your recent single you covered the song made originnaly by
    the disco band Boney M, called Rasputin. Why did you choose especially
    this one, the music video recorded for this song is not an easy stuff
    either, who wrote the script?

    The Rasputin coversong is sometimes taken quite a bit too serious.
    Originally I got the idea of covering the track on a ferry trip to
    Sweden in 2001, where there was this disco coverband playing all sorts
    of stuff from Bee Gees to Abba and obviously Boney M. It wasn’t until
    around 2005-2006 we started playing it live and I must say it became
    quickly a sort of a live-hit, and we were getting a lot of fans asking
    for a recorded version on it. So, when recording the album we decided
    to nail it down at the same time. On the video, we wanted to capture
    the sort of 70’s kitch I at least personally associate with the song.
    Of course it’s far from any other of our stuff, but I think it’s also a
    bit of a curse, that bands are expected to stick to a very narrow path
    and formula and shouldn’t be allowed to break out of it every once in a
    while, because it makes it difficult for the common fan to know what to
    think about the band. To us this track is just good fun and shows that
    we just as we can make highly thought-through historical concept
    albums, we can still have a good time and laugh at ourselves. The
    biggest joke is bands that think that the stuff they do is the biggest
    art in the world. Even if it would be, thinking that way can be
    somewhat dangerous...

    You are signed to the label Century Media since 2004, how would
    you describe your relationship, are you satisfied with their work?

    I think we have a good and healthy relationship. We’re just starting
    out in the US, so that will be a lot of new CMR people for us to work
    with, but right now I think that we have a really good support from the
    label. Of course it’s not always a dance on roses, but no relationship

    In March there is an english minitour scheduled, then European
    tour again unfortunately without a hungarian date Sad then you play
    overseas at Pagenfest 2008. Noone can say you are lazy asses, what do
    you expect of these gigs?

    Yes, by the time of writing we just made it back from a five-week
    European tour, which was in fact our first full blown headliner tour.
    The shows were excellent and we were actually quite surprised about the
    amout of people showing up each night. Unfortunately there was no
    Hungarian date – a country we still never played in – but we hope that
    we could fix this later in the year 2008. Just in a few days we’re
    flying to the States to join the Paganfest there. It’s our first tour
    in the US – as it is for all the bands on the bill – but all the way
    since this tour was announced, we have been hearing only good things
    about presales and how excited people over there are to get a tour like
    this. We’re looking forward to it very much and I’m sure it will be a
    great experience.

    By the way, it was planned that you were playing in Budapest on
    11th of december with Ensiferum. Unfortunately this failed, you could
    tell us what happened, why did you cancel the gig? When could we expect
    you next time playing in Hungary?

    There were initial talks about a tour together with Ensiferum,
    and unfortunately some promoters released info that was not even close
    to confirmed, which then caused confusion when we in the end were not
    on this tour. It was nothing dramatical, but this is just the result of
    what happens when people release info too early when things are still
    under negotiation. In our case we decided to do our own tour instead,
    which turned out great – exept for the fact that we never reached
    Hungary of course...

    If you had to mention three albums which influenced your history the most, which ones would you pick?

    Sepultura – Arise

    This was the album that got me excited about metal after digging stuff like Roxette before ahhaha.

    Amorphis – Tales From The Thousand Lakes

    I actually like the successor “Elegy” better as an album, but it was
    “Tales” that was a huge initial spark in combining folklore and metal.
    I still think Amorphis did and still do this in a much more
    sophisticated way than a lot of bands around after them today.

    Satyricon – the whole discography

    I’ve always loved this band, and I think they have had a very nice
    curve of progression in their music album by album, but still keeping a
    good red line in the way the albums have progressed. I’m inspired by
    the way how I’ve loved their first medieval-influenced early black
    metal recordings and have grown with the sound as the band has moved on
    the the present industrial sounding and rocking material. I hope our
    fans could be able to have a similar feel about our albums.

    I really dont know how much free time you have beside the
    thousands of gigs, but i still ask you, whats are your additional plans
    for the year 2008?

    Well, as you can see, it seems difficult enough to find time to do all
    the interviews piling up, not to even mention free time! The US –tour
    is kicking off in a couple of days, then we return straight to Europe
    to hit the summer festival season, which will keep us busy until
    September and then we already have a tour with Dragonforce coming up and as it looks... more is on its way, so I think the year will more or less be spent touring.

    At last whats your message to the hungarian Turisas fans and to the readers of Fémforgács Metal Site?

    I apologize for a Hungarian Turisas show not
    having taken place already and guarantee, that we would really love to
    play in your country and are trying our best to make some shows happen.
    Hope you find our new album The Varangian Way in the stores there –
    check it out! And last, the Hungarian band “Besh o Drom” really kicks ass!

    Se los recomiendo a aquellos que les gusta escuchar cosas nuevas, muy bue sonido...
    Acá les dejo un video...

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    Caritas Re: Viking Metal - Turisas

    Mensaje  LuKio el Sáb Abr 25, 2009 9:44 pm

    no maty, aca tampoco te va a postear nadie xD

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    Caritas Re: Viking Metal - Turisas

    Mensaje  Laiho.- el Sáb Abr 25, 2009 11:07 pm

    Entonces me voy a tener que buscar un foro en donde encuentre user que entiendan algo de buena música, o sino voy a seguir así, no va a ser la primera vez que esté avivando giles.

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