The Bloodstock team are pleased to announce that TYR has been confirmed for Bloodstock Open Air 2008.
The one-armed God of Warâ€”the bravest of allâ€”became the eponym of the Nordic quartet. Yet Joensen is no war monger in disguise and points out that TÃ½r (also known as the God of Justice) is also revered for first seeking the avenues of diplomacy â€” an attribute that does not take away from this God Of Warâ€™s drive.
The bandâ€™s musical direction followed an unrelenting campaign of tempestuous perseverance. After six years of innumerable gigs (Iceland, Denmark, Russia, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Finland, Russia, Germany, and of course, the Faroe Islands) and several domestic television appearances, Eric the Red became the islandâ€™s best-selling album, coming to the attention of Napalm Records, the Austrian label that finally made the album available worldwide.
Eric the Red followed the style dictated by the old religion. Almost every song is based on Faroese or Nordic lore, and is revetted in the garb of the Folk Metal genre. Its approach unmistakably creates a very true Viking Metal. Tracks with such sonorous and powerful titles as "Regin SmiÃ°ur" (Regin, the Blacksmith), "StÃ½risvÃ¸lurin" (The Tiller), or "Ã“lavur RiddararÃ³s" (Olaf, Knight of the Rose), all reminiscent of other disparate, yet genre specific, bands like Otyg, Glittertind, Ensiferum, Moonsorrow, old Vintersorg, and last but not least Solsticeâ€™s doom/folk cult album New Dark Age, are catchy reminders of the good olâ€™ days of the Viking era.
In 2006, TYR once again entered the Studio with engineer Jacob Hansen to record their new album. Ragnarok was also mixed by Jacob Hansen, produced by TYR, mastered by Lehnert Kjeldsen at Mastertouch in Copenhagen, and features the band stronger than ever before. Hymns of nordic Folk and pounding Metal summon the ghosts of TYR's ancestors. Scandinavian mythology, Viking warriors, and heroic battles become the lyrical backdrop that accompany powerful Viking choruses, traditional melodies, and timeless Heavy Metal. TYR have refined their trademark sound in their latest work, Ragnarok. Technically brilliant and 100 percent authentic, Ragnarok emerges as a masterpiece within the true Viking Metal genre!
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