Stand Up and Fight

Century Media
Release date
16 Jul 2012
Running length
9 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The March of the Varangian Guard 3:51 33,002
2 Take The Day! 5:26 26,964
3 Hunting Pirates 3:43 28,981
4 βένετοι! -… 3:49 2,099
5 Stand Up And Fight 5:27 38,119
6 The Great Escape 4:51 23,060
7 Fear The Fear 6:13 22,090
8 End Of An Empire 7:16 20,205
9 The Bosphorus Freezes Over 5:37 17,697

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Stand Up and Fight is the third album by the Finnish / band Turisas, released on February 23, 2011 through Century Media. The album continues to develop the themes started by The Varangian Way, but it is not actually a sequel.

The lyrics, dealing with the 11th century Byzantine Empire have a universal appeal and are applicable to the modern world. Musically, the band claims to have incorporated more progressive elements, as well as influences from such genres as the 1980s stadium rock. For the first time, real string and horn sections were used to record the album.

01. The March Of The Varangian Guard
02. Take The Day!
03. Hunting Pirates
04. βένετοι! - πράσινοι! (Venetoi! - Prasinoi!)
05. Stand Up And Fight
06. The Great Escape
07. Fear The Fear
08. End Of An Empire
09. The Bosphorus Freezes Over

10. Broadsword (Bonus CD Limited Edition)
11. Supernaut (Bonus CD Limited Edition)

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  • Lionheartattack

    I agree fully with CarrierOfEchoes. These two newest ones are peculiar things. They are growers if any albums ever were. That, and you don't even remember how good they are until you listen to them. They are not so underliningly traditional pagan/folk Turisas as those two first albums, but they are... somehow grandiose in their own right. Very different. They seem to get better and better when you listen to them again and again. The material is not mainly catchy or otherwise memorable, but damn is it good when you get into it! Just today I realized how epic song End of an Empire is, for instance. You discover new things with these albums every time.

    20 Oct 2014 Reply
  • CarrierOfEchoes

    Finally got round to picking this up today. I definitely think it'll be a grower, just as Turisas2013 was. When I first heard that it sounded just, well, not Turisas. A few listens though and it's recognisably Turisas just evolved - which is no bad thing at all.

    30 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Harkonnenka

    My favorite album from Turisas :)

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Re1nKaos

    I think this is their best record so far, I love it!

    5 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Wuscher

    Well, I know, taste is different, but if I have a look at The Varangian Way which was an excellent piece of music and which also included both elaborate and epic lyrics, I really have to say, it's mindblowing that Stand Up And Fight managed to reach at least the same level. It is definitely a consequent evolution (which is a neutral statement) and they do an overwhelmingly great job going on with what they've begun on their preceding CD.

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • darkwitch_metal

    It's not their best album, but anyway it's still good album :)

    17 Jul 2012 Reply
  • HeathenLoki

    Best album in the world.

    4 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Crashgate3

    Just finished reading the 'Viking' series by Tim Severin. I think I found where Nygard got his inspiration.... the last two books are hugely similar to the story in The Varangian Way and Stand Up And Fight.

    21 Jun 2012 Reply
  • schorrf

    Best album of 2011!

    2 May 2012 Reply
  • Megadieftw

    Amazing! Absolutely love it! And the cover art is fantastic!

    5 Jan 2012 Reply
  • otyget

    I agree with what others said about this being a grower. I was quite disappointed at first, but after listening to it a number of times, I realized how great it actually is.

    5 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Lugaid13

    It's like listening to 'Vikings - The Musical' [2] Its still freaking awesome!!

    3 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Crashgate3

    Gods this is amazing. I love just how much Andrew Lloyd Webber-esque ridiculousness Nygard is putting into his songwriting, it's like listening to 'Vikings - The Musical'

    21 Oct 2011 Reply
  • corpegrinder23

    Favourite of 2011, maybe my favourite ever. Just awesome. But you need to listen to it at leat 4-5 times to realise how good is this record.

    1 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Metallimaster

    Shitty album artwork

    6 Aug 2011 Reply
  • hotdog963al

    Best album of 2011 so far for me.

    6 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Dragonator235

    Ranked the albums of 2011...where did this one end up?

    14 Jun 2011 Reply
  • MrChimney

    Way too mediocre after the grandeur of The Varangian Way.

    8 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Chemin

    Underrated as fuck. That's all I have to say.

    28 May 2011 Reply
  • Braver255

    Give it another go. I thought the same at first. It's different, yet still very good.

    10 May 2011 Reply
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