The Varangian Way

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Finnish sword-wielding berserkers Turisas cemented their name within the hallowed halls of the Viking metal scene in 2004 with the seminal Battle Metal, creating an entire subgenre fueled by what can only be described as "over the top everything." Churning out records to accompany muted viewings of 300 or the Lord of the Rings trilogy is nothing new (Manowar has been it doing it for years), but on the ambitious Varangian Way the group takes it one step further, creating its own unique narrative. Built around the epic journey of a group of traders, mercenaries, and pirates ("Varangians") exploring trade routes between their 9th century homeland and ...
See more details below
CD
$14.75
BN.com price
(Save 7%)$15.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (1) from $7.28   
  • Used (1) from $7.28   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Finnish sword-wielding berserkers Turisas cemented their name within the hallowed halls of the Viking metal scene in 2004 with the seminal Battle Metal, creating an entire subgenre fueled by what can only be described as "over the top everything." Churning out records to accompany muted viewings of 300 or the Lord of the Rings trilogy is nothing new (Manowar has been it doing it for years), but on the ambitious Varangian Way the group takes it one step further, creating its own unique narrative. Built around the epic journey of a group of traders, mercenaries, and pirates ("Varangians") exploring trade routes between their 9th century homeland and Constantinople, Varangian Way is infinitely more cinematic in scope than Battle Metal, employing narration, accordions, and massive choirs (the group still relies on main man Warlord Nygård's tasteful keyboard work for the orchestral bits) to move the story along. The rousing "To Holmgard and Beyond" sets the pace, taking the Battle Metal formula of brass lead, group vocals, and crushing guitars to the next level. It's a catchy call to arms that makes some of the more serpentine art-rock sections like "In the Court of Jarisleif" easier to digest. That said, the most eclectic number of the set, the epic closer "Miklagard Overture" might be one of the most successful forays into progressive fantasy metal in some time, employing an army of memorable melodies, unexpected left turns, and a pretty impressive death growl on the chorus. Like everything on Varangian Way, it strikes the perfect balance between power metal, folk and symphonic metal, and while some listeners may be put off by all of the Renaissance Fair excess or the concept of grown men in pelts singing "Come with us to the south/write your name on our roll," they need not worry, as this delicious feast of strong ale, stale bread, and "flesh from the beasts that stalk us in the night" wasn't made for them. [Varangian Way was also released with a bonus "Director's Cut CD/DVD" that included a 'Single Edit' of the track "To Holmgard and Beyond" as well as a series of videos that feature material from Battle Metal filmed both live and in the studio.]
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2007
  • Label: Century Media
  • UPC: 727701828022
  • Catalog Number: 18280
  • Sales rank: 62,970

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Turisas Primary Artist
Jari Mattila Choir, Chorus
Warlord Nygård Keyboards, Vocals
Jussi Wickström Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Tude Lehtonen Percussion, Drums, Choir, Chorus
Antti Ventola Choir, Chorus
Hannes Horma Bass, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Olli Vänskä Violin, Choir, Chorus, Electric Violin
Antti Laurila Accordion
Aleksi Aromaa Electric Bass, Double Bass
Miia Ehrukainen Choir, Chorus
Veera Heino Choir, Chorus
Anu Hostikka Choir, Chorus
Juha Hostikka Choir, Chorus
Jonathan Hutchings Narrator
Outi Kaleva Choir, Chorus
Mikko Kankainen Choir, Chorus
Ami Koivistoinen Choir, Chorus
Anna Maija Kujanpää Choir, Chorus
Jaakko Kunnas Choir, Chorus
Irene Kuusirati-Mäkipää Choir, Chorus
Elina Laitinen Choir, Chorus
Johanna Laukkanen Choir, Chorus
Lisko Mäkinen Accordion, Choir, Chorus
Salla Liusvaara Choir, Chorus
Juha Pekka Niemelä Choir, Chorus
Mathias Nygåard Choir, Chorus
Antti Paranko Vocals
Heikki Sainio Choir, Chorus
Janne Saksa Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Eeva Maija Setälä Choir, Chorus
Elina Tanner Choir, Chorus
Ari Tuunanen Choir, Chorus
Tytti Vänskä Choir, Chorus
Jussi Wiskstrom Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
John Coulthart Illustrations
Mika Jussila Mastering
Teemu Lehtonen Engineer
Mathias Nygård Composer
Warlord Nygård Programming
Jussi Wickström Composer
Olli Vänskä Composer
Matias Kupiainen Engineer
Johanna Laukkanen Choir Arrangement
Mathias Nygåard Programming, Producer, Orchestral Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
Janne Saksa Producer, Engineer
Jukka Vierimaa Engineer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously