My history of "metal" may have begun as early as 2000 and 2003 with nu acts like Linkin Park
, System of a Down
and Disturbed, or even bands like Metallica
, but it did not begin in truth until 2007-2008. That
was when I stumbled across Týr.
Having recently studied the grim, fatalistic yet wholly enjoyable legends of the Nordic people, I was in a state of fandom of anything Viking
. For some reason, I was drawn to look up bands related to the word "Ragnarok
. "This brought me to Týr...If I could describe this album in one word, it would be...
Several years later, I still enjoy listening to this album. Now that I have studied classical music somewhat, I can see a definite classical influence in this album, increasing its epic-ness.But enough bollocks, here's the album.
The album is musically tied together, with each song sharing melodies from the various interludes. As such, it feels as though there is no clear separation between the two tracks: that they run together as if part of a grandiose plan...as how the events that heralded the Ragnarok
legends were also tied together in a great fabric of fate.
It's hard really to pick out a few favorites from this album, just because I love almost all of it. This is progressive folk metal at its finest, with two of the most under-rated guitarists of our time shredding their way through Norse
mythology. Though a tenor, Heri Joensen's unique voice makes his vocal parts interesting to listen to. Some of his most impressive singing moments are on "The Hammer
", "Brother's Bane
", "The Ride to Hel", "Wings
of Time", "The Hunt
" and the title track. Whether chanting in his native Faroese tongue, belting out power-metal-inspired vocals or hitting hair-raising highs that epitomize the tenseness of the moment, these are definitely some of his finer moments.
Attention must be drawn towards the instrumental tracks "Rage
of the Skullgaffer" and "Valkyries' Ride." Here we get to see Heri and his co-guitarist Terji Skibenaes at their absolute finest. One can easily imagine a host of warrior-women, shining with the Northern Lights
, galloping across the sky to either of these tracks.
Joensen and co. seem to have hit the hammer (of Thor
) on the head with this album. Having said that it Týr's unofficial mission was to break the boundaries of musical genres, it is no doubt that this album does just that. With thrash-inspired "The Ride to Hel" and "The Hunt
", ominous, doomy giants like "Brother's Bane
" and "Ragnarok
", or traditional numbers like Torsteins Kvæði, Týr makes certain that their metal is as broad and varied as ever.
Get this album! It is the epic-ness of Nordic legends incarnate!