The Varangian Way
The Varangian Way is the second full-length album by the Finnish folk metal band Turisas, released on May 27, 2007 through Century Media. It is a concept album that tells the story of a group of Scandinavians traveling the river routes of medieval Kievan Rus’ (territory of modern Belarus, Ukraine and Russia), through Ladoga, Novgorod and Kiev, down to the Eastern Roman Empire.
A Special “Directors Cut” edition was released with the Rasputin single.
A Limited Edition “Pagan Fest Tour Edition” version comes with the bonus tracks, Rasputin and To Holmgard and Beyond (single edit), and a DVD containing the video for Rasputin and several live performances.
Accordion, Choir [Varangian] – Lisko
Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitar [Additional], Choir [Mixed Classical] – Janne Saksa
Bass, Backing Vocals, Choir [Varangian] – Hannes Horma
Choir [Mixed Classical] – Anna-Maija Kujanpää, Anu Hostikka, Ari Tuunanen, Eeva-Maija Setälä, Elina Laitinen, Elina Tanner, Heikki Sainio, Irene Kuusirati-Mäkipää, Jari Mattila, Jenna Saksa, Johanna Laukkanen, Juha Hostikka, Juha-Pekka Niemelä, Miia Ehrukainen, Mikko Kankainen, Outi Kaleva, Salla Liusvaara, Tytti Vänskä, Veera Heino
Choir [Varangian] – Ami Koivistoinen, Antti Ventola, Jaakko Kunnas, Perttu Vänskä
Double Bass – Aleski Aromaa
Drums, Percussion, Choir [Varangian] – Tude Lehtonen
Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Choir [Varangian] – Jussi Wickström
Narrator – Jonathan Hutchings
Violin [Acoustic], Violin [Electric], Choir [Varangian] – Olli Vänskä
Vocals [Guest Vocals], Choir [Varangian] – Antti Paranko
Vocals, Programmed By, Keyboards, Choir [Varangian], Choir [Mixed Classical] – Warlord Nygård