The Varangian Way

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The Varangian Way
Album cover of The Varangian Way by Turisas.jpg
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)Battle Metal2004
The Varangian Way
Stand Up and Fight
(2011)Stand Up and Fight2011

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 Kievan Rus' (territory of modern Belarus, Ukraine and Russia), through Ladoga, Novgorod and Kiev, down to the Eastern Roman Empire.

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

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PopMatters 7/10 stars link

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) (Director's Cut bonus track) - 3:53
  10. "To Holmgard and Beyond" [Single Edit] (Enhanced edition bonus track) - 3:00
  11. "Rex Regi Rebellis" [Finnish Version with Prologue] (Enhanced edition bonus track) - 10:20
  12. "Battle Metal" Live at Party San '06 (Enhanced edition bonus track) - 5:40

A Limited Edition "Pagan Fest Tour Edition" version comes with the bonus tracks, Rasputin and To Holmgard and Beyond (single edit), and a DVD containing the video for Rasputin and several live performances.




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