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4.0 out of 5 stars An Experiemental Step with Above Average Results: Fan Beware, March 15, 2011
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S. Morales (Levittown, NY United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Stand Up & Fight (Audio CD)
Turisas' 3rd full-length album 'Stand up and Fight' is nothing short of an epic Viking/Pirate/Symphonic Metal step in what seems to be an experimentation road they are taking. Fans of Turisas' first album 'Battle Metal' appreciated its more "classical" and controlled, yet brilliantly intriguing and complex musical structure, while more mainstream fans of the second album 'The Varangian Way' loved it for its kicked up bass, more epic symphonic feel, and overall more mainstream approach to Viking Metal. While both albums were great (the original easily beating out the second in terms of musical prowess), the third album does less of a Viking approach (despite the cover art) and more of a symphonic epic "pirate" one, featuring songs that don't so much entrance the listener in an old Norse Valhalla Viking world, but more of a 'Pirates of the Caribbean' one. Still, the album does continue to carry the Turisas sound, but the band seems to want to keep the more mainstream approach of the 2nd album while using elements of the more classical style of their first. It does so fairly effectively.

The album opens up strong with the first 5 epic tracks featuring heavy yet controlled slow to mid-tempo power riffs backed by powerful bass, strong symphonic elements that create worlds of ships and giant wars at sea as well as downing ales and getting drunk, grunted and clean deep vocals, and more choir-style chanting than has probably ever been heard by Turisas. While the songs are good, they are more fitting to being played when you are in the mood for something epic and soaring, not necessarily in a mood for heavy metal music. Some songs feature tempo changes, breaks and fantastical fantasy-land style melodies that are most definitely welcome and give Turisas a good flair of beautifying sensitivity. Therefore, do not think that after you've heard the first 2 minutes of a song that you have heard all it has to offer, as these tone changes within the songs do pay off.

Towards the end of the album are when things become somewhat to significantly less interesting. The Japanese import version features 2 bonus tracks which are worth picking up if you have the means, but are not as good as the better songs on the standard album, so don't think you're not going to be able to live if you are a Turisas fan and don't get those 2 bonus songs. Anyway, the last few songs on the album still hold an epic style, but simply are not as interesting overall; they are simply not creative or inspired enough to make you want to hit the repeat button. Yet interestingly enough these are the songs that do the most experimenting, yet long time fans will perhaps be turned off by when the songs tend to get a bit too progressive and epic for their own good, playing with the boundaries of Viking Metal and stepping into the realm of Rhapsody-style "Hollywood epic metal." One thing is for certain - Turisas seems very interested in creating a catchy album. Yet the problem with catchy albums is that they have a tendency to not be interesting for too long, and before you know it, after enough plays you'll perhaps feel as if the songs sound too played out to still hold the same interest as they were when you first heard them.

So while I applaud Turisas for their experimental approach and mostly successful album in presentation, production and overall performance, they may be on a road to pigeon-holing themselves with an epic style that they may not be able to leave... because if you ask me, while Epic metal definitely has its place, there is only so much grandiose celebration-style Viking/Medieval songs that you can continue playing before the ideas run rather dry and changing one's style will only result in fans looking elsewhere. Still, even with all that said, this is a very good, if JUST short of great, and far from legendary, album that will keeps fans happy before they find themselves overplaying the songs and start demanding a new record. I would suggest that with the next album Turisas take more time and try to not focus so much on "epicness" yet more on good songwriting with a theme, as they did with the first album. It may sacrifice the mainstream sound but fans will probably be more appreciative in the long run.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a Grower..., April 18, 2011
This review is from: Stand Up & Fight (Audio CD)
Put simply, this album is a bit of a grower. It doesn't provoke the same immediate impulse to don warpaint and take up arms as Battle Metal, or provide the same skald-like storytelling as The Varangian Way. However, Stand Up and Fight more than makes up for these in excellent composition. The result is an album that is initially disappointing to a long-time fan, but ends up being quite enjoyable when given enough of a chance. The album would probably be better categorized as progressive or symphonic rock than metal, all things considered.

To anyone who has watched interviews with Nygard, none of this should come as too much of a surprise, as he has made it imminently clear that he has absolutely no intention of doing the same album twice, and has thus far lived up to his word. Only time can tell what the next one will bring.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Folk Metal At It's Best, April 3, 2011
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This is another great album from the finnish stars Turisas. The first half of the album simply blew me away. From the powerful opening track The March of the Varangian Guard to the epic Take The Day into a song that had to grow on me, but is now a favorite, Hunting Pirates, to the mostly instrumental tune with a slovic name, to Stand Up and Fight, it's hard to skip a tune! They basically took everything that was awesome from the Varangian Way and added to it.
Definitely not as heavy as some of their other works, but I think that's a good thing. I love the heavy stuff, but it comes later on this album.

The second half of the album is awesome as well, however for some reason I can't bring myself to get there. I keep playing the first half over and over, though songs like Fear the Fear and End of an Empire are awesome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thus far the most awsome Turisas album to date., March 4, 2014
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Makes me so proud to be of Old Norse and these guys music truly does my Heathen heart proud. Bye this album and you'll be yelling battle cries from your car at oncoming traffic as Turisas blows out your windows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good heavy metal music, December 10, 2012
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good music I like this artist and have bought other material by them would reccomend for anyone into medieval heavy metal
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5.0 out of 5 stars Turisas Stand up and Fight With Excellent Album!!!!, July 28, 2011
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Stand Up and Fight is a rip roaring swashbuckling Longboat Riding roller coaster ride...
Turisas have matured into a Well oiled Fighting Machine
With a Fantastic Album of varied song subjects including Vikings,War,Pirates and other well reasearched stories...
Well played and a tightness that is rarely seen out side of the biggest bands around...
This is Music you can march into Battle to or just plain sit and enjoy in the comfort of your own home...
This Album gets Better and Better with each listening and will remain in your head for ever!!!
Excellent,Wonderful Album worthy of a 9/10 any day of the week...
Only reason it doesnt get 10/10 is Amon Amarths last album was a 10 but this is very very close!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stand Up and fight, June 26, 2011
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It's a powerful metal piece, and yet fulfills the objetive of making you travel in time and adventure.
Highly recommendable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic music! Metal that lifts the soul !, April 30, 2011
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Turisas continues to dazzle. Amazing vocals and soaring instrumentals. Mathias is a brilliant musician. Looking forward to them returning to the US for another tour this year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, August 26, 2014
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AWESOME ALBUM..!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, October 25, 2014
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Fantastic!!!
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