Paganfest Extended 013, Tilburg, The Netherlands (22-03-2015) Photography: Paganfest Extended, Turbinehalle, Oberhausen, Germany One of the places to be if you are into pagan, folk and viking metal is the annual festival Paganfest. After being cancelled last year, the Paganfest tour has returned to Tilburg with an XL tour, featuring …Continue reading →
TURISAS & STARKILL Tivoli de Helling, Utrecht [nl] 24-02-2014 By: Gur Photos: Eline The venue was loaded, and this on a Monday-evening. The Helling isn’t very big, but still…. It has been a while since Turisas was in the Netherlands with a headlining show. With an albums which is rather …Continue reading →
5, 6 October Oberhausen and Tilburg Every folk- and paganfan knows it by now; Heidenfest. This year it was hard to escape this great feast. With a various mix between large bands like Ensiferum, Equilibrium and Turisas, and small bands like Winterstorm and Frosttide, it promised to be a great …Continue reading →
By: Nick Score: 5,5/10 Release: 26-8-2013 Label: Century Media Records Turisas, the band which had its big breakthrough with the album ‘Battle metal’, and introduced a new sub-genre at the same time. That they aren’t making proper battle metal any more was already clear when ‘Stand up and Fight’ was …Continue reading →
Turisas’ violinist Olli Vänskä took some time to talk to me during the busy Paganfest tour. It was a very nice conversation where he told me a little bit more about himself as a violinist and of course about what Turisas has in store for us this year.
Hi Olli, how are you and what have you been up to lately?
“This will sound cliché, but I do have a hangover! But it will be all right. The tour has been very nice so far. Tonight we will play, I think, the fourth show. Everything is getting a little bit more smoother now. It’s been a while since we were on stage, so that’s always a little bit scary.”
Turisas has divided their fans with the last album Stand up and Fight! Some fans like the new style, the other one longs for the days of Battle Metal. Folk-metal.nl spoke Turisas at Heidenfest. Though the interview was planned with Mattias, singer and frontman of Turisas, but with him being ill Jussi, the guitar player had to replace him. Unfortunately Jussi could, because he’s less involved with the creative process of an album, not answer most of our questions. Despite this, we still had an interesting conversation with Jussi.
For a lot of bands Heidenfest is the chance to reach a large audience. It’s cheaper for these bands than it is to be touring on their own. But I’m curious if the same goes for a well-known band like Turisas. Jussi says it’s fun to be on a tour like this, but they rather tour by themselves, or with a support. In that case fans come for you and it’s also less tiresome An tour of your own is often longer, but you don’t have to perform every day. It’s fun to do this with a lot of bands, but after the first show you don’t get to look at each others gigs.
Heidenfest 2011 Location: 013, Tilburg 9 Oktober 2011 By: Nick Photography: Dorien Every folk-metalfan in the Netherlands know it, every year the heidenfestcircus visits al least one Dutch city. This time it was 013 in Tilburg where the Heidenfest took place. Organized by Rock the Nation as well. The event …Continue reading →
Summerbreeze 2011 Dinkelsbühl (DE) 18-20 Augustus 2011 By: Nick Summer Breeze is one of many metal festivals in Germany. With only 20,000 men remains a small-scale festival, not as massive as for instance another German Wacken. Here too metalheads from all over Europe gathered for three days of beer, party …Continue reading →
By: Dorien Score: 10/10 An album like only Turisas can make it. Orchestral, theatrical and above all very bombastic. But what a masterpiece these Finns delivered again. With this album, I strongly feel that I am listening to soundtracks, unfortunately I really miss the guitar solos. The guitar is actually …Continue reading →