Turisas swept the Finnish Metal Awards 2011

TURISAS received awards for Best band, Best album, Best vocalist and Best album artwork.


Turisas and Finnish Metal Awards

The Finnish Metal Awards, FMA, were held on on Saturday 18 February in Helsinki, Finnish Metal Expo. The best in Finnish metal were awarded for the 7th time in seven categories. Over 20,000 votes were given in open voting with no predetermined nominees.

Out of seven awards (and out of five possible ones), Hämeenlinna’s battle metal originators TURISAS received four. THe band got awards for Best band, Best album (“Stand Up and Fight”), Best vocalist (Mathias “Warlord” Nygård) and Best album artwork. Even the fifth award wasn’t far, as violinist Olli Vänskä placed #2 at the Musician of the Year category.

“Stand Up and Fight” debuted at #5 on the official Finnish charts in February 2011.

“What can I say – this an overwhelming honor! After all, it’s a direct voting by fans; this is no back-patting promotional gala of the record industry or anything. Even if we haven’t been doing gigs in Finland lately or received mainstream media attention, our fan base here is extremely supportive, dedicated and active. This kind of feedback is great and gives you faith in your own doing – especially because we’ve had our fair share of setbacks and hardships during our career. We’ve worked our asses off, but things like these make every drop of sweat worth it. Thanks go to all the people who voted us, I hope to see you at next summer’s festivals!” says vocalist Mathias Nygård.


Turisas is leaving soon to Australia for the huge Soundwave Festival tour. After this, the band will embark on North American tour, headlining the PaganFest: America Part III tour, with support from Scotland’s Alestorm, Arkona from Russia and Huntress from the US.

Soundwave Festival
25.2. Soundwave Festival, Brisbane, Australia
26.2. Soundwave Festival, Sydney, Australia
29.2. The Factory, Sydney, Australia
1.3. The Espy, Melbourne, Australia
2.3. Soundwave Festival, Melbourne, Australia
3.3. Soundwave Festival, Adelaide, Australia
5.3. Soundwave Festival, Perth, Australia

PaganFest: America Part III
3/29 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
3/30 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
3/31 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
4/1 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
4/2 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
4/3 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
4/4 Detroit, MI @ Blondie’s
4/5 Chicago, IL @ Reggie s Rock Club
4/6 Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
4/7 Louisville, KY @ Vernon Club
4/8 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
4/9 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4/11 Dallas, TX @ Trees
4/12 Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
4/13 Denver, CO @ The Marquis
4/15 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/16 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
4/17 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
4/18 West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
4/19 Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live *Without Alestorm*

FINNISH METAL AWARDS results:

BAND OF THE YEAR 2011:
01. Turisas
02. Insomnium
03. Nightwish
04. Amorphis
05. Amoral
06. Turmion Kätilöt
07. Before The Dawn
08. Stratovarius
09. Omnium Gatherum
10. Medeia

ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2011:
01. Turisas – Stand Up And Fight
02. Insomnium – One For Sorrow
03. Nightwish – Imaginaerum
04. Amoral – Beneath
05. Amorphis – The Beginning Of Times
06. Turmion Kätilöt – Perstechnique
07. Omnium Gatherum – New World Shadows
08. Before The Dawn – Deathstar Rising
09. Medeia – Abandon All
10. Stratovarius – Elysium

VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 2011:
01. Mathias “Warlord” Nygård (Turisas)
02. Tomi Joutsen (Amorphis)
03. Niilo Sevänen(Insomnium)
04. Ari Koivunen (Amoral)
05. Marco Hietala (Tarot, Nightwish)
06. Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius)
07. Tuomas Saukkonen (Before The Dawn, Black Sun Aeon, RoutaSielu)
08. Jules Näveri (Profane Omen)
09. Tarja Turunen (Harus, solo)
10. Keijo Niinimaa (Medeia, Rotten Sound, Nasum)

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR 2011:
01. Tuomas Saukkonen (guitar/drums/keys, Before The Dawn, Black Sun Aeon, RoutaSielu)
02. Olli Vänskä (violin, Turisas)
03. Alexi Laiho (guitar, Children Of Bodom)
04. Tuomas Holopainen (keyboards, Nightwish)
05. Ben Varon (guitar, Amoral, Tornado)
06. Markus Vanhala (guitar, Omnium Gatherum, Insomnium, Malpractice)
07. Ville Friman (guitar, Insomnium)
08. Esa Holopainen (guitar, Amorphis)
09. Matias Kupiainen (guitar, Stratovarius)
10. Vesa Pännäri (bass, Wankers Of The Zoo Crew)

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR 2011:
01. Constantine
02. RoutaSielu
03. Battle Beast
04. Ghoul Patrol
05. Bob Malmström
06. Disease Of The Nation
07. Brymir
08. For The Imperium
09. Mors Subita
10. Rage My Bitch

DEMO / SELF-RELEASE OF THE YEAR 2011:
01. Artificial Heart – Broken Bones & Buried Dreams
02. Nerve End – Axis
03. Standing Ovation – Scars Suit Me
04. Wankers Of The Zoo Crew – Modulated Launderings
05. Mekanism – Cicatrized
06. Unborn Generation – Culture Of Violence
07. Unhoped – Die Harder
08. Dreadful – It’s Killing Me Inside
09. Lost Society – Lost Society
10. Human Sculpture – Our World – Torn Down

ALBUM ARTWORK OF THE YEAR 2011:
01. Turisas – Stand Up And Fight (Album art by Pasi Juhola & Titanik Helsinki)
02. Insomnium – One For Sorrow
03. Nightwish – Imaginaerum
04. Amorphis – The Beginning Of Times
05. Amoral – Beneath
06. Stratovarius – Elysium
07. Before The Dawn – Deathstar Rising
08. Ghost Brigade – Until Fear No Longer Defines Us
09. Children Of Bodom – Relentless Reckless Forever
10. Wankers Of The Zoo Crew – Modulated Launderings

Finnish Metal Awards is sponsored by EMP, Finnish Metal Events and Imperiumi.net.

TURISAS online:
http://www.turisas.com/
http://www.myspace.com/turisasofficial
http://www.facebook.com/turisas
http://www.twitter.com/

More info: ProPromotion Oy, Taija Holm, 040 748 3435, taija@propromotion.fi

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