The gig started at a very reasonable hour – following my arrival at nine pm, the finnish barbarians were just about to roam onto the stage. Turisas played for an hour. Extending their allocation with an extra song and constant extolling of finnish virtues – after all they’d spent five months touring across the North America and Europe. I’d seen the band once previously, their long gig in last year’s FME was one of the highlights of the year, so I had high expectations for the warm-up slot. And the band certainly didn’t disappoint, from the initial bars of Battle Metal to Holmgard and Beyond the stage was packed with rawest energy and wit. Last time the accordionist had been a stand-in for the one they lost in Netherlands, but in the meantime Netta Skog had been promoted to full membership. Too bad Turisas was given a meager hour – like the band, I’m looking forward to their return as headliner to these shores.
I didn’t take notes, so the following set list might be wrong on too many levels:
Battle Metal A Portage To The Unknown In The Court Of Jarisleif One More The Dnieper Rapids Rex Regi Rebellis Rasputin To Holmgard And Beyond
DragonForce sounded and looked almost clinically clean in contrast to Turisas. The lightning-fast power metal took a while to adjust to, but in the end the ninety-ish minutes were worthwhile enough. The stage seemed crowded for the band. Apart from the drummer the rest of them kept running and jumping (guitars were tongued, bounced on the hip and spun around in gravity-defying fashion). And whatever the keyboardist’s cheerios were laced with in the morning, the dose was quite a bit over the top (the teddybear-presenting ceremony was a surprising turn of events). The last song was predictably the very song that introduced them to a wider audience, Through the Fire and Flames, famous from being the final song in Guitar Hero III. During it the stage was stormed by Turisas members, each bearing a tiny plastic guitar.
I didn’t recognize half of the songs on the selection, so the set list is cribbed from blabbermouth:
Heroes of our Time Operation Ground and Pound Reasons To Live Fury of The Storm The Warrior Inside Revolution Deathsquad Soldiers of The Wasteland The Last Journey Home Valley of The Damned Through the Fire And Flames
Tavastia was sold out, but surprisingly enough the floor got emptier as the evening drew on. Turisas’ set was fully packed, but it seems that quite a few people left after their set.
The selection of t-shirts was good, albeit not cheap. Ended up pledging my allegiance to the warm-up band by purchasing their tour shirt.