This band is easily one of my favorite bands of ALL time in my TOP 20!
This article is copied from the "Metal Blade Records" Newsletter.
TÝR Launches 'Valkyrja' Full Album StreamTÝR will be streaming their brand new album, "Valkyrja," exclusively via metalblade.com/tyr all weekend!
The album can be heard in its entirety beginning on Friday, September 13th, through Monday, September 16th. Fans: this is your chance to hear previously unreleased tracks, including "The Lay of Our Love," which features Leaves' Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine. Plus, TÝR's covers of Iron Maiden's "Where Eagles Dare" and Pantera's "Cemetary Gate," which about.com called "downright amazing, faithfully capturing the emotional essence of the original." Additionally, George Kollias was enlisted to handle drum recording duties on "Valkyrja." In terms of what the band hopes fans take away from the album, bassist Gunnar H. Thomsen states "I hope they will enjoy it and they like the new direction as well as (guitarist) Terji's bigger involvement in writing and George's drumming. We had a more upbeat direction without changing TÝR's style."
TÝR performed live on August 10th as part of the Faroe Island's Summarfestivalurin in Klaksvik. Over 8,000 Faroese were in attendance as the band put on a huge set featuring old favorites, as well as new tracks, including "Blood of Heroes." The event was filmed and a video for "Blood of Heroes" can be seen now at youtube.com.
Valkyrja, the seventh full-length album from TÝR, will be released next week in North America. Limited edition pre-order bundles are still available that include: TÝR rune pendants, t-shirt, vinyl, and digipak CD.
Valkyrja pre-order bundles:
North America - indiemerch.com
Europe - emp.de
UK - play.com
Valkyrja is a concept album with a story line based loosely around a nameless Viking age warrior who leaves his woman and goes off to impress the Valkyrie on the battlefield so that she may bring him to Valhalla, or to Fólkvangr, the home of Freyja—the goddess associated with love, sexuality, beauty, fertility, gold, sorcery, war, and death. One can say the album is also indirectly about women and how they affect men and what men will do to impress and obtain women. Front man and founder Heri Joensen goes on to explain; "the woman that the warrior leaves may represent the earthly women. Freyja, The Lady Of The Slain, may represent the perfection of Women, and the Valkyrie is the link between the two, taking men from earthly to godly women."
TÝR is on tour now with Finntroll in Europe. Dates are available below as well as atfacebook.com/tyrband.
13/09/13 HU – Budapest - Club 202
14/09/13 RO – Brasov - Rockstadt
15/09/13 RO – Bucharest - Silver Church
17/09/13 HR – Zagreb – Mochvara
18/09/13 AT – Wien - Szene
19/09/13 CZ – Prag - Nova Chmelnice
21/09/13 DE – Bochum - Matrix
22/09/13 DE – Augsburg – Kantine
23/09/13 AT – Wörgl - Komma
24/09/13 IT – Milano - R'n'R Arena
25/09/13 CH – Pratteln - Z7
26/09/13 DE – Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
27/09/13 DE – Speyer - Halle 101
28/09/13 DE – Jena - F-Haus
29/09/13 BE – Bruges - Factor
30/09/13 UK – Norwich - Waterfront
01/10/13 UK – Glasgow - Classic Grand
02/10/13 UK – Manchester - NQ Live
03/10/13 IE – Dublin - The Pint
04/10/13 UK – Bilston - Robin 2
05/10/13 UK – London - The Garage
06/10/13 FR – Lille - Le Splendid
08/10/13 FR – Strasbourg - La Laiterie
09/10/13 FR – Lyon - La Salle Du Kao
10/10/13 CH – Geneve - L'Usine
11/10/13 FR – Istres - L'Usine
13/10/13 ES – Madrid - Rockkitchen/ Caracol
14/10/13 FR – Toulouse - Le Bikini
|Me with Terji Skibenæs at The Rickshaw Theatre September 2011.|
He was so kind talked to me and my friends for over an hour.