But, this isn't a bad album throughout, just not what I expected. Musically the band, who have gone through some line-up changes since Stand Up and Fight, are superb, as is the clean singing of Warlord Mathias Nygård I have never been that impressed with his growls and that remains true of Turisas2013. Here you can find powerful guitar riffs and heavy rythms but also majestic melodies, unrepeatable symphonic compositions and, above all, epic themes played by violins, strings combinations, or other typical instruments. Vocalist Mathias Nygård delivers some truly exceptional vocals here that really fit the mood. I've given Turisas2013 several listens now and it's certainly proved a difficult listen.
It was basically a self-released demo though. I'm also tempted to say it's these moments when the album seems it's most focused but that's difficult because then you also have a song like Run Bhang-Eater, Run! A highly recommended album for fans of folk and symphonic metal alike. The musicians are very talented, fast and making complex songs. Fear the Fear is a really nice melodic metal song with excellent arrangements and details. And I agree, because it perfectly works as an opener track, the music introduces us to Turisas music.
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2019 Review 2186824 First, an admission that apart from this album I have only heard a few songs from Turisas. This song has the potential to catch listener's ear at the first play, but at the same time it doesn't wear off because of the amazing lively orchestral arrangements. In fact, this track is a heavily orchestrated stadium rock anthem with growls in the chorus. It reminds me of some of the best works of Rhapsody. Next is Take The Day! No album has ever done that before, so I guess this is one unique achievement that Turisas2013 has earned. That would be just fine, since more of the same is very highly appreciated as far as this band is concerned! This isn't an album that seems to have been made with any intent for it to be anything in particular.
Stand Up and Fight is the third full-length album by the Finnish symphonic folk metal band Turisas, released in 2011, four years after their previous offering, the highly regarded The Varangian Way. This track is the longest of the album, so as you can imagine, it brings several changes in mood and time, though the structure does not really change. It is true that Turisas has always delivered folk metal in a highly symphonic way, but here it is to the point that some parts of Stand Up and Fight have a Rhapsody of Fire like quality to them, which results in a metal album of really epic proportions. It's easily the strangest song. Overall there are a few good numbers but not enough to make it anything special. This is actually the main folk metal contribution to Turisas2013 but it's also got some power metal.
I'd be more inclined to expect something like this from an act like Alestorm, but for Turisas it sees them going into some unexpected 'hard to take them seriously' territory, so I'd say eyebrows can safely be raised for more than just the album's title. When the instrumental passages sounds, that remembrance is more evident. The metal edge is only touched here and it has a chorus sung by a 'sad' choir in old Finnish - the result is an absolutely lovely song with stunning development, full of beautiful melodies and harmonies. Once again those orchestral arrangements will take you to another age, and will give you a sense of power and triumph. Instrumental sections are excellent and the simple chorus is probably the weakest point of this track, which is rather typical for some prog metal bands, such as Dream Theater or Haken. Overall Turisas2013 reminds me of ideas hinted at on Stand Up and Fight, in particular a song called End of an Empire; theatrics being an element that quickly stands out.
Turisas combine elements of folk metal and power metal, with perhaps some influences of symphonic metal as well. It's certainly their quirkiest bunch of songs they've ever put to record, but also their most grand and varied. Now, if we talk about metal, then they may be considered gods, and I am sure they love that word. Power metal plays a fairly large role in several songs, such as Piece by Piece. It still has folk in it, by this time symphonic influence has come to the fore. There are still shades of the Turisas that impressed me so much with Stand Up and Fight on Turisas2013, such as the song Ten More Miles, but overall this is such a perplexing album that even after several listens I still can't make up my mind whether I actually like it or not.
On October 28, 2005, the guitarist Georg Laakso was badly injured in a car accident and due to the extent of his spinal cord injuries, on July 12, 2006 issued a statement of his permanent resignation from the band on the official website. But I expected more folk elements and less power metal, and some of the reviews I have been reading seem to suggest the same. I know I don't hate it either. Quite folky with some rhythmically tricky sections. Year of Release: 2007 Appears in: Rank in 2007: Rank Score: 0 Rank in 2000s Overall Rank: Average Rating: Comments: 2. I know that they have suffered some line-up changes since the last one, but maybe that has had a larger impact than was anticipated as while this is a solid album it is nothing more than that, and I was incredibly disappointed. I liked it, and you know I am not the keenest man regarding metal, but I would recommend it.
Overall there are a few good numbers but not enough to make it anything special. Other than this the album is full of excellent tracks and the quality never takes a dive throughout the albums nine track duration. They were founded in 1997 by Mathias Nygård and Jussi Wickström and named after an ancient Finnish god of war. Even The Pogues were better at this style of music and I'm not a fan of them either! Posted Saturday, September 21, 2013 Review 1041154 Review originally posted at www. It is mostly instrumental, exceptions are couple of neat growls, which blend surprisingly well with the orchestration Ennio Morricone or John Williams would be proud of. The first track, The March of The Varangian Guard, is the most straightforward song on the album, but it is not a typical power metal song.
Great mix of anticipation and anger. I'm afraid that I have to admit to not being anything close to an expert on the folk music of different cultures and countries but to hazard a guess I'd say the folk in Run Bhang-Eater, Run! Although Stand Up And Fight is not a typical prog album, it is full of amazing musical ideas and one of the most carefully composed and arranged metal albums ever released. Also, lyrics of this song are amazing as they neatly connect the story with the world of the supposed listener. But the real icing on the cake is the final track, the melancholic The Bosphorus Freezes Over. The band suffered some great tragedies in the following years that would mean a couple of lineup changes. This track is in fact a great hit song in a symphonic metal coat. This formula is repeated once more, until it actually turns heavier than ever, mainly due to the voice, which sounds full of anger.