TYR - Land

Tyr - Land

10 songs
68:26 minutes
***** ****


Tyr from the tiny Faroe Islands managed, thanks to the great Eric The Red, and the still very good Ragnarok, to make it to the top of the international Viking metal league. Even though the competition wasn’t sleeping, their unique flair for melodies and their fantastically arranged vocal parts mesmerised their fans from the beginning. They have now come up with something special for their fourth album Land. You get the usual mix of metal and folk ballads, and conceptually they are again using motifs of Northern mythology, but this time they rearranged old Swedish, Faroese and Icelandic traditionals in a metal way, although some of the lyrics have been translated into English. Tyr emphasise that all these songs are from before the year 999, when the Christianisation of Northern Europe began.

The album starts with a dramatically recited intro with background noises that set the mood for a feasting Viking town. This segues seamlessly into an a cappella part which shows that the band hasn’t lost any of its talent which didn’t always show on their previous album. The frequent polyphonic vocal parts delight and make you crave for more. As the band relied on folk songs, the album is essentially catchier and more epic than its predecessor. Highlights include the genial Gatu Rima and Brennivin. There are no fallouts, but especially the sixteen minute long title track sent more than once shivers down my spine. Valkyrjan contains a homage to Edvard Grieg, the famous Norwegian composer from which also Savatage (Hall Of The Mountain King) have been inspired in the past.

Land brought Tyr back on the right track, and is even slightly better than Eric The Red. This album justifies that the gates of Valhalla will be open to them in the future.

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