A Portage to the Unknown
Label: Century Media
This Finnish folk-metal troupe were quite entertaining covering Boney M.'s balalaika-disco "Rasputin" in oranger-than-Quiet Riot war paint as part of the 2009 Paganfest tour. And despite some bombastiphonic ballad bloat and opera narrations veering close to show-tune territory, Turisas get a hearty head of steam going here, too, between the crazy orchestrations and group sing-alongs that make you raise your pint glass. "A Portage to the Unknown" even seems to have an accordion, and "Cursed Be Iron" intersperses trad Irish music with its rumbling thrash.