Turisas were formed by Warlord Nygård and Jussi Wickström in 1997 in Hämeenlinna, a small city right in the heart of the pagan forests of South/Mid-Finland and named after an ancient Finnish war god. Their first recording Taiston Tie (The Battle Path) 1998 is still kept locked away and unreleased due to its poor sound quality. In 2000 TURISAS recorded their demo-CD The Heart of Turisas and, with the assistance of a few energetic live shows, started to catch peoples attention from both fans and labels.
In 2003 'Century Media Records' signed the band to a worldwide deal and Battle Metal resulted in spring of 2004.
There may bemany folk-influenced bands hailing from Finland nowadays, but Turisas may out to be the most diverse wild bunch, daring to even incorporate unusual influences as well as historic elements. The songs recorded are all very pagan 'Battle Metal'. Rex Regi Rebellis turns out to be the most epic song on the album. The tune, which simply must be heard in its entire diversity, is based on the Finnish poet Zacharias Topelius' historical novel Surgeon's Stories (or In Times of Gustavus Adolphus) which deals with The Thirty Years War fought in Europe 1618-1648. The battle is just about to begin, so grab your sword and join the ranks of Turisas marching for war under the bann er of Warlord Nygard (vocals), Jussi Wickstrom (guitars), Tude Lehtonen (drums), Antti Ventola (keyboards), George Laakso (guitar), Hannes Horma (bass), Olli Vanksa (violin), and Lisko Makinen (accordion).