Epic themes, Battle, War, Glory, Finnish History
Mathias D.G. "Warlord" Nygård - Vocals & Studio Keyboards (1997-) (Cadacross)
Jussi Wickström - Guitar (1997-)
Hannes "Hannu" Horma - Bass (2007-)
Tuomas "Tude" Lehtonen - Drums & Percussion (1997-)
Olli Vänskä - Violin (2007-)
Netta Skog - Accordion (2008-)
Antti Ventola - Keyboards (1997-2007) (Cadacross)
Georg Laakso - Guitar (1999-2006) (Cadacross)
Ari Kärkkäinen - Guitar (1997-1999)
Sami Aarnio - Bass (Cadacross)
Tino Ahola - Bass (Cadacross)
Mikko Törmikoski - Bass (left 2004)
Janne "Lisko" Mäkinen - Accordion (2007-2008)
Live session musicians:
Riku Ylitalo - Accordion & Keyboards (Cadacross)
Wincef Boncamper - Accordion
Antti "Pormestari" Laurila - Accordion
Left to right: Wickstrцm, Horma, Nygеrd, Vдnskд, Lehtonen
Formed under the name Kцyliц in 1997, the band's name was changed to Turisas between 1998 and 1999. Turisas (Iku-Turso) is the name of a sea monster in Finnish mythlogy, sometimes considered a god of war.
In July 2004, Georg Laakso was stabbed six times in the back after getting in a fight with a stranger, but suffered no serious injuries. On the morning of October 29th 2005 Georg was in a severe car accident that left him wheelchair-bound. After several months uncertainty, he finally retired in July 2006. It is unlikely that he will ever be able to walk or play guitar again.
Olli Vдnskд, Hannu Horma and Janne Mдkinen played with Turisas as touring guests before being added to the permanent line-up during the recording of the second album. Antti Ventola left the band around the same time. Vдnskд had also played on the first album as a session musician. Turisas used to use two live accordion players (Ylitalo and Boncamper, then Mдkinen and Laurila) before Lisko became a full band member.
Lisko was removed from the line-up in early 2008 after effectively disappearing. When the band flew back to Finland from a tour in the Netherlands, Lisko called them to advise he wouldn't fly on the same plane. The other members have not seen him since, and received only a few text messages as means of communication. His permanent position in the band is unclear.
Promo - Demo, 1999
The Heart of Turisas - EP, 2001
Battle Metal - Full-length, 2004
To Holmgard and Beyond - Single, 2007
The Varangian Way - Full-length, 2007
Rasputin - Single, 2007
A Finnish Summer With Turisas - DVD, 2008