6 October 2013

Týr - Valkyrja

Now this is an album I had been wanting to hear for an awfully long time.  I am a bit late to the Týr party having only heard one album late last year after having it kick around for the last few years.  Mainly because I have never really had a great love of Viking Metal as it can be a bit OTT, and this is from someone who loves Gwar and what they do.  But the album 'By The Light Of The Northern Star' is a truly fantastic piece of work and I promised myself that I had to hear more of them; then I hear there was a new album in the works.  It is sometimes nice to have a blog to write your random words to the world......

Týr take their name from the Norse God of truth and justice, they hail from the Faroe Islands which is situated between Iceland, Scotland and Norway.  Being in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and Norwegian Sea had an effect on them obviously, as they are different to most other bands of the Viking Metal/ Folk Metal genre.  There is a bit more of a depth about them, and this has almost continued on Valkyra (note the word almost). But it is a strange album to from the start.  What is strange about this album is that it does not start off like an normal Viking Metal album, it is very traditional starter (musically at least) with "Blood Of Heroes"; it is not a bad song in any way shape or form, in fact it is very catchy but it has more of a whiff of Metallica and Judas Priest than a night in Valhalla. 

The same can be said for the rest of the album, there are some brilliant moments on here; "Mare Of My Night", "Another Fallen Brother" and "Lady Of The Slain" are great songs, but there is a major problem with this album. There is a change for the worst here from the men from those wonderful isles - it just feels like another metal album.  There is the standard track with the female metal singer from another band ("The Lay Of Our Love"), there is the pointless covers which do nothing for the band ("Where Eagles Dare" & "Cemetery Gates") and there is also a feel that the band have slowed it down for no reason.  This album should be full of glory and vigour.  But it does not have any real joy to it.  A shame really as it is performed to a high quality, just really dull from an exciting band.

4 out of ten - Well it is alright, but still......

You can purchase the album from Amazon from here

You can visit the TÝR website here

You can listen to the album on Spotify here

You can see the "Blood Of Heroes" video from the band's record label here - it is just an advert for the album with links, but it is a song from their new album and there is no live footage of their new stuff on YouTube yet....

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