A shining example of Viking metal

Is there really anything more metal than a Viking?

They pillaged, they raped, they plundered, they got what they wanted by force and never said no. Metal music is meant to be all about anger, force, power, so Viking Metal really seems so natural. And cue Turisas’ album opener “The March of the Varangian Guard” – an intro with rolling drums, building up to the chorus of a pure Viking battle cry.

Turisas are not a new band, and Viking metal is not a new genre but does not get generally as much notice as other subgenres. Stand Up and Fight is Turisas’ third offering, and their ability to take you into battle with their songs has not faltered. This time around though, Turisas have added a greater emphasis on the power metal guitar sounds.Stand Up and Fight has all the Viking Metal trimmings – over the top orchestral arrangements, stories of battle, chanting, and horns and accordions to really capture that Scandinavian feel. “Venetoi! – Prasinoi!” opens with an intro of horns one would expect to hear before a King’s proclamation – and that is exactly what you hear before the song kicks into high metal gear. Every track on the album holds its own as an epic battle cry – short stories that make up the complete novel that is Stand Up and Fight. Almost every song follows the same formula, a slow build toward chanting choruses taking you into battle.

While the record is otherwise a shining example of Viking metal, the final two tracks – “End of an Empire” and “The Bosphorus Freezes Over” – sees the tempo drop, and it sounds like the fight had been taken out of Turisas. The album really ends with “The Great Escape” especially when Mathias “Warlord” Nygard cries “wave goodbye, because gentlemen, we are heading home!” The trip home could have been skipped, but the journey is well worth taking.

has all the Viking Metal trimmings – over the top orchestral arrangements, stories of battle, chanting, and horns and accordions to really capture that Scandinavian feel. “Venetoi! – Prasinoi!” opens with an intro of horns one would expect to hear before a King’s proclamation – and that is exactly what you hear before the song kicks into high metal gear. Every track on the album holds its own as an epic battle cry – short stories that make up the complete novel that is Almost every song follows the same formula, a slow build toward chanting choruses taking you into battle.

While the record is otherwise a shining example of Viking metal, the final two tracks – “End of an Empire” and “The Bosphorus Freezes Over” – sees the tempo drop, and it sounds like the fight had been taken out of Turisas. The album really ends with “The Great Escape” especially when Mathias “Warlord” Nygard cries “wave goodbye, because gentlemen, we are heading home!” The trip home could have been skipped, but the journey is well worth taking.

1. March of the Varangian Guards
2. Take the Day!
3. Hunting Pirates
4. “βένετοι! – πράσινοι!” (Venetoi! – Prasinoi!)
5. Stand Up and Fight
6. The Great Escape
7. Fear the Fear
8. End of an Empire
9. The Bosphorus Freezes Over