I have a theory about bands and albums: The first album sucks, as they're still finding their groove. The second will be far better, combining the raw energy of a new band with additional skills, and I will like their music best at this time. The next one however starts to go too far, and by the third (or sometimes fourth) album I have a hard time getting into their technically impressive but dense and awkward stuff.
X Japan did this: Blue Blood was brilliant, but Silent Jealousy had only one good track. Def Leppard did this: Pyromania was awesome, but Hysteria was over-done synth rock and everything after that was bubble-gum, sweet for a moment then just annoying.
Turisas just did that. Stand Up and Fight is a wild ride, but between the gorgeous orchestra and pro chorus backup to their wonderful 'battle metal' there's too much trickery. Lyrics are awkwardly sung into place and I can't help feel they utterly succeeded in progressing their music into places I cannot follow.
Two songs are staggeringly awesome, but I have to preface this recommendation with a caveat: I love the crap out of epic hymns and metal tales of conquest and adventure. If you're not into anthem metal (as someone once described my tastes) then these tracks might sound cheesy and embarassing.
Well, they are. But they're so much fun that I feel like laughing out loud and slapping people on the back, smashing tankards of ale together and smiling the night away.
Take the Day is classic Turisas, sounding a little like One More and Land of Hope and Glory. It has a little bit of some 80s strident singing here and there (Rising! Fighting!) but the movie-soundtrack orchestra backing and Turisas' own hoarse vocals absolutely and totally work for me. I get goosebumps when I play it loud.
Quote by Take the Day:Scattered remains of our own troops, we meet as we advance:
"Turn around while you can fools, you won't stand a chance"
But deep within their eyes you see, hope mixed with respect
They're here, the men from beyond the sea, the fight is not over yet
And Hunting Pirates is an awkward but smashingly fun sea-shanty rhyme about soldiers of fortune and piracy on the high seas. Many of the lyrics sound like they were desperately crammed into what is possibly the very best sea-faring metal music ever crafted, but the theme and final product absolutely resonate with me.
Quote by Hunting Pirates:Slaying a man, taking what you can
What is right, what is wrong, who can answer?
Sailing the seas, we do just what we please
Emperors, pirates; all cancer
So yeah! New Turisas, and it has two amazing songs on it. I'll buy it. I bought The Varangian Way for Holmgard alone, so two songs is like 100% more value!