Turisas were formed in 1997 in the southern Finnish city of HÃ¤meenlinna and quickly developed a sound incorporating elements of folk, Viking and power metal. They spent the next few years honing their style and recording demos for promotional purposes. Their debut album Battle Metal was subsequently released in 2004 and almost immediately spawned its own sub-genre â€“ battle metal â€“ since used to refer to Turisas and other bands with a strong influence from Northern European folk history.
Tragedy struck in 2005 when guitarist Georg Laakso was seriously injured in a road accident, but although he was forced to quit as a result, the rest of the band resolved to forge ahead without him. Continuing to tour and gather momentum, Turisas were voted â€˜Best New Bandâ€™ in Metal Hammerâ€™s 2006 readersâ€™ poll. Their second album The Varangian Way appeared in 2007, upping the ante on every front and winning the band many new fans and glowing reviews. They have become something of a festival institution, playing most of the major outdoor events across the length and breadth Europe and making their first UK debut at B.O.A. in 2007 with a rapturously received set of blood, thunder andâ€¦ sauna.
2008 has seen the band embark on their biggest ever tour, supporting DragonForce throughout the UK, Europe and the US and also the release of their first DVD A Finnish Summer With Turisas. 2009â€™s UK EXCLUSIVE show will witness their welcome return to the beer-soaked fields of Bloodstock â€“ cheers!
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TURISAS â€“ From Beer To Eternity - BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2009.
Bloodstock takes place on Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August at Catton Hall, Walton on Trent in Derbyshire.
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