As if it wasn’t good enough news that Paganfest, a much-celebrated folk/Viking metal fest, is coming back to the United States after passing the US over in 2011, Turisas has put the icing on the cake by announcing that they will headline Paganfest 2012! Turisas has been at the forefront of folk metal for almost a decade and participated in the first North American Paganfest tour in 2008 along with Eluveitie, Týr, and Finntroll. This time around, the supporting bands will be Alestorm, Ex Deo, Arkona, and Huntress.

Turisas frontman Mathias Nygård commented about the band’s return to North America as a headliner: “It took time, but finally we had a chance to make it back to North America. After many successful tours there with acts like Cradle Of Filth and Dragonforce during the past few years, it’s great to return as a headliner. This is a killer combo with great variety– some of the most twisted acts of the folkier side of metal! Be prepared for a great night out– I expect to witness some crazy audiences!”

While North Americans are not exactly known for their love of folk metal, the Paganfest tour has its die-hard devotees. During the first Paganfest, Finnish flag-toting war-painted people of all ages flocked to venues all over the continent to check out the unconventional European folk metal bands on the tour. Having been witness to the fantastic turnout of Paganfests past, it’s hard to believe that the festival has taken so long to return to North America. Expect massive crowds for the upcoming festival — we North American folk metal fans have been waiting two years for Paganfest to return, and we are ready to rock!

Paganfest tour dates are as follows:
3/29 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
3/30 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium
3/31 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
4/01 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
4/02 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
4/03 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
4/04 – Detroit, MI @ Blondie’s
4/05 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
4/06 – Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
4/07 – Louisville, KY @ Vernon Club
4/08 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
4/09 – 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