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Stand Up and Fight *
1. March of the Varangian Guard, The
2. Take the Day!
3. Hunting Pirates
4. veto! [Venetoi! - Prasinoi!]
5. Stand Up and Fight
6. Great Escape, The
7. Fear the Fear
8. End of an Empire
9. Bosphorus Freezes Over, The
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 979822
Janne Saksa; Heikki Savolainen; Jyri Riikonen; Matias Kupiainen
Personnel: Mathias Nygrd (vocals, programming); Jussi Wickstrm, Matias Kupiainen (guitar); Olli Vnsk (violin, background vocals); Klaara Pyrhnen, Anniina Ahlstrm, Anna Vhl, Ville "O.D." Koponen (violin); Katariina Ruokonen, Juha Ahvenainen, Tina Brnnkrr (viola); Christian Fagerstrm, Jaakko Pulakka (cello); Netta Skog (accordion); Miikka Saarinen, Tomas Gricius (trumpet); Kalle Kataja, Ville Hillivirta (French horn); Tude Lehtonen (drums); Hannes Horma (programming, background vocals); Perttu Vanska, Risto Kupiainen, Mikko P. Mustonen (programming); Janne Saksa (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Jens Bogren.
Recording information: 5 By 5 Studio, Helsinki (03/2010-10/2010); E-Studio, Helsinki (03/2010-10/2010); Studio Sound Supreme, Hmeenlinna, Finland (03/2010-10/2010); Verkatehdas, Hmeenlinna (03/2010-10/2010); 5 By 5 Studio, Helsinki (06/2010); E-Studio, Helsinki (06/2010); Studio Sound Supreme, Hmeenlinna, Finland (06/2010); Verkatehdas, Hmeenlinna (06/2010); 5 By 5 Studio, Helsinki (07/2010); E-Studio, Helsinki (07/2010); Studio Sound Supreme, Hmeenlinna, Finland (07/2010); Verkatehdas, Hmeenlinna (07/2010); 5 By 5 Studio, Helsinki (08/2010); E-Studio, Helsinki (08/2010); Studio Sound Supreme, Hmeenlinna, Finland (08/2010); Verkatehdas, Hmeenlinna (08/2010).
Photographer: Jarmo Katila.
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" Nygrd'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. Nygrd'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), Nygrd 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. ~ Tim DiGravina
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