The Varangian Way

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The Varangian Way
Studio album by Turisas
Released UK: May 28, 2007
Finland: June 6, 2007
Europe: June 18, 2007
North America: July 17, 2007
Japan: July 25, 2007
Recorded November 2006 - March 2007 at Sound Supreme Studio, Hämeenlinna, Finland
Genre Folk metal
Power metal
Symphonic metal
Length 42:57
Label Century Media
Producer Mathias "Warlord" Nygård, Janne Saska
Turisas chronology
Battle Metal
(2004)
The Varangian Way
(2007)
Stand Up and Fight
(2011)

The Varangian Way is the second full-length album by the Finnish folk metal band Turisas, released on May 27, 2007 through Century Media.[1] It is a concept album that tells the story of a group of Scandinavians traveling the river routes of medieval Russia, through Ladoga, Novgorod and Kiev, down to the Byzantine Empire.

A Special "Directors Cut" edition was released with the Rasputin single.

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Track listing[edit]

  1. "To Holmgard and Beyond" – 5:17
  2. "A Portage to the Unknown" – 4:50
  3. "Cursed Be Iron" – 5:03
  4. "Fields of Gold" – 4:34
  5. "In the Court of Jarisleif" – 3:17
  6. "Five Hundred and One" – 6:18
  7. "The Dnieper Rapids" – 5:20
  8. "Miklagard Overture" – 8:18

Director's cut track listing[edit]

  1. "To Holmgard and Beyond" – 5:17
  2. "A Portage to the Unknown" – 4:50
  3. "Cursed Be Iron" – 5:03
  4. "Fields of Gold" – 4:34
  5. "In the Court of Jarisleif" – 3:17
  6. "Five Hundred and One" – 6:18
  7. "The Dnieper Rapids" – 5:20
  8. "Miklagard Overture" – 8:18
  9. "Rasputin" (Boney M. cover) - 3:53
  10. "To Holmgard and Beyond" [Single Edit] - 3:29

A Limited Edition "Pagan Fest Tour Edition" version comes with the bonus tracks (with Rasputin and To Holmgard and Beyond swapping places in the track listing) and a DVD containing the video for Rasputin and several live performances.

Enhanced edition bonus tracks Normal listing +

  1. "To Holmgard and Beyond" [Single Edit]
  2. "Rex Regi Rebellis" [Finnish Version]
  3. "Battle Metal" Live at Party San '06 (video clip)

Credits[edit]

  • Music by Mathias Nygård, except track 3 (Nygård/Wickström), 5 (Nygård/Lisko/Vänskä) and 6 (Nygård/Vänskä).
  • Lyrics by Mathias Nygård, except track 3 (traditional/Elias Lönnrot), taken from the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala.
  • Classical choir recorded at Vanha Kirjastotalo Music Hall, Tampere, Finland.
  • Orchestral samples included in this recording from the Vienna Symphonic Library.

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