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  • Audio CD (April 29, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B0016CP3CQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,999 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. To Holmgard and Beyond
2. A Portage to the Unknown
3. Cursed Be Iron
4. Fields of Gold
5. In the Court of Jarisleif
6. Five Hundred and One
7. The Dnieper Rapids
8. Miklagard Overture
9. Rasputin [*]

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This limited edition DVD/CD set is the band's 3rd full-length release, supporting their Pagan Fest Tour. The deluxe set includes a DVD with amazing live material from the Rock Hard Festival 2007, Download Festival (live Nation Television Prod., and With F

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A fantastic opening tune.
SillyMoose
If you love folk-metal you owe it to yourself to pick this album up right now.
James Hall
It's a perfect combination of viking metal, folk metal, and symphonic metal.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
Fist, the only way you want to experience this is with the cd/dvd edition, because you want to get the absolute Finnish fire treatment. I listened to the cd and was quite impressed, but the dvd brought the whole experience to life. This is the best concept album I've heard in a long time and it may be the best metal studio/live combo I've seen yet. I'll review the cd first and then the dvd. WARNING: THIS IS A LONG REVIEW. IF YOU DON'T LIKE LONG, MINUTELY THOROUGH REVIEWS, PASS ON, PLEASE. I JUST THINK THESE GUYS DESERVE THAT KIND OF SERIOUS ATTENTION.

I have to say something of the packaging right off, though. John Coulthart has illustrated a lot of things (perhaps, most famously, several works of Alan Moore's, you know the Watchmen scribe), and he illustrates each song just like a book is illustrated (so that when you get to "A Portage to the Unknown," for instance, the picture tells just how the men got these vessels through such impossible straits). The whole packaging is magnificently done. Okay, onto the songs:

The first song, "To Holmgard and Beyond," has become an opening staple for the band; the music brandishes off into an inspiring, hopeful, operatic song about setting off from the lands of the Varangians and Scandinavians to Kievan Rus and all the way to the glorious Greeks and Byzantium. (Sorry; some history lesson seemed apropos.) This song has everything from double bass to keyboard (without camp) to fine guitar work to violin and - is that a flute? - inspiring singing. A fantastic opening tune.

The second song, "A Portage to the Unknown," sets this scene: Hakon the Bastard and his crew having been sailing high seas (well, okay, very wide rivers) and then hit the Lovat River. To get past it to the Dnieper River, the crew has to portage the vessel.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Simon Mounsey on July 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Viking metal, while it has been criticized has had a good following with innovators Manowar in additon to bands like Amon Amarth continuing its success. While those bands are good and all (although very corny at times) I always got the sense that the best of this genre hasn't come out. Well, I've got news for you all that band has arrived and its name is Turisas. Turisas mixes power metal, death metal, classic metal and symphonic metal mixed all together and it sounds great. The 8 tracks here are very complex compositions at times that are quite rocking at the same time. These guys have some major talent and are here to stay, so if you like viking metal or if you have an open mind to metal of all types, give Turisas a shot. You won't be disappointed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EMAN NEP on July 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
TURISAS made an excellent first impression in the metal world by giving us the ultimate soundtrack to a battle--"Battle Metal". This time, they've changed themes while still putting forth high quality, energy-full songs such as the following:

"To Holmgard and Beyond" is a great opening song, getting you ready for the long journey ahead. It's full of optimism, wonder and excitement. I bet Marco Polo felt like this when he went to Cathay (China) back in his day.

"A Portage to the Unknown" is my favorite track so far. Movie soundtrack composers would kill for a song as epic as this one. It starts off sounding like a sea shanty and then the guitars and drums kick in. It has its soft parts, too, to help you enjoy the contrast.

"The Court of Jarisleif" is a very fun and folksy song. It reminds me of the punk-like band GOGOL BORDELLO (very odd but fun music, btw).

"The Dnieper Rapids" has a sound that definitely makes you think of a small boat braving some white water rapids.

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Overall, a great album and a wonderful adventure! If Odin rode into battle with "Battle Metal", then Eric the Red and other Viking explorers went on their journeys with "The Varangian Way" playing in their heads.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Karny Fieldhouse on December 21, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I might as well just keep on saying what I said above, No tracks on here can be called filler, if there's any track that could have been excluded I would pick Cursed be Iron or In the Court of Jarisleif since those 2 tracks don't really fit in with the rest of the album.

To Holmgard and Beyond - 10/10
A Portage to the Unknown - 10/10
Cursed be Iron - 9/10
Fields of Gold - 9/10
In the Court of Jarisleif - 9/10
Five Hundred and One - 10/10
The Dnieper Rapids - 10/10
Miklagard Overture - 10/10

So while the middle section is a little bit weak, it is still very cool. And the last 3 tracks take no prisoners. Special mention must go to Five Hundred and One, which blends growling and clean vocals perfectly. And of course just the truly epic Miklagard Overture, which if you have anything better to describe it with than epic, I'd like to hear it. A must buy.

Top 5:

1. Miklagard Overture
2. Five Hundred and One
3. To Holmgard and Beyond
4. A Portage to the Unknown
5. The Dnieper Rapids

Complaint - This doesn't come with Viking armor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Rodgers Jr. on May 28, 2010
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Turisas did well on their first disc "Battle Metal", but this album leaves it in the dust. This album is a kind of concept album chronicling the journey of this band of warriors as they trek across the rivers and mountains of eastern Europe. Beginning with "To Holmgard and Beyond" which conveys the excitement of embarking on this quest and ending with "Miklagard Overture" expressing their arrival at their destination and each song in between, the listener feels like they're along for the ride, taking a turn at the oars, charging into battle, mourning the loss of companions, and standing in awe at the wonders of a faraway kingdom.

Paganfest Edition includes two bonus songs: "Battle Metal" from the same titled album, and "Rasputin" previously unreleased.
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