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The Varangian Way

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.

The Varangian Way
Album cover of The Varangian Way by Turisas.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedUK: May 28, 2007
Finland: June 6, 2007
Europe: June 18, 2007
North America: July 17, 2007
Japan: July 25, 2007
RecordedNovember 2006 - March 2007 at Sound Supreme Studio, Hämeenlinna, Finland
GenreFolk metal
Power metal
Symphonic metal
LabelCentury Media
ProducerMathias "Warlord" Nygård, Janne Saska
Turisas chronology
Battle Metal
The Varangian Way
Stand Up and Fight

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

Professional ratings
Review scores
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PopMatters7/10 stars link

Track listingEdit

  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.




  1. ^ "Turisas - The Varangian Way". Metal Storm.

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