Tyr
By the Light of the Northern Star


4.0
excellent

Review

by ThyCrossAwaits USER (46 Reviews)
August 26th, 2009 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “By the sword in my hand, I will conquer the land. I will decimate and decapitate those who question the sword in my hand!”

While on their innumerable raiding and pillaging voyages, the Vikings must have picked up two vital skills: the ability to come up with an eternity’s worth of tasteless war lyrics, and the skill to continually write delectable metal until no one really cares about the lyrics anymore. Like a clean-vocals incarnation of Amon Amarth, Faroese band Tyr have cranked out another Viking power metal record, and for the life of me I can’t stop listening.

Even past the laughable lyrics about swords, war, and heathenism, Tyr still embody stereotypical Viking metal. These Faroese go shirtless, braid each other’s beards, and wear leather armor. But from the hooky power metal of “Ride” to the beer-chanting of “Tróndur * Gøtu,” By the Light of the Northern Star is just ridiculously entertaining. The vocals (especially the omnipresent gang vocals) can verge on pretentious, but it’s all for the sake of good fun…and beer. On “Hold the Heathen Hammer High” the riffage topped by the slurring gang vocals is more fun than an ale-soaked beard, and Korpiklaani would be proud of the battle cry “By the Sword In My Hand” and the epic “Into the Storm”. Both the guitar-backed religious chorale of “Turið Torkilsdóttir” and the title track are epically beautiful. Even the solos are excellent.

The music may be simple, there’s no over-technical guitar wankery or keyboards, but that also means that the album is gimmick-free and completely true to form. Tyr veer from the heavy (“By the Sword In My Hand”) to the melodic (“Turið Torkilsdóttir”), but every song is full of mead-driven spirit and incredibly catchy hooks. No grand awards will be given to By the Light of the Northern Star, but fortune prick me if it isn’t a longboat-load of awesome.

“By the sword in my hand, I will conquer the land. I will decimate and decapitate those who question the sword in my hand!”



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BallsToTheWall
August 26th 2009


44714 Comments


Shit man, i've been blasting this all day. With the windows down, most specifcally the title track, By The Sword In My Hand, and Northern Gate. This is balls out viking metal, none of that pussified faggoty purple Wintersun shit. Ace review.

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ThyCrossAwaits
August 26th 2009


3056 Comments


I really really like this. It's ridiculously awesome.

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Essence
August 27th 2009


3586 Comments


This is balls out viking metal, none of that pussified faggoty purple Wintersun shit. Ace review.


Could have made that the entire review and I would have downloaded it. Yes I'm aware Balls didn't write it, but if you're writing a Viking Metal review, you might as well quote him.

Zip
August 27th 2009


5312 Comments


Yah Balls is basically this site's offical Viking

LepreCon
August 27th 2009


4147 Comments


Never got into Tyr, should I start with this or Land?

Demonicgman
August 27th 2009


417 Comments


epic

lobby
August 27th 2009


1251 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

will acquire this real soon

ThyCrossAwaits
August 27th 2009


3056 Comments


yay, i'm influential.

plutosatanclubhouse
August 27th 2009


142 Comments


I will definitely be checking this out soon, good review.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2009


8371 Comments


good review man, I've been spinning some Ensiferum and Amon Amarth lately so i guess i will check this out also in the coming days.

Greggers
August 27th 2009


2375 Comments


Good review, I have their other albums but I could never really get into them, still, I may yet check this out

Poet
August 28th 2009


5935 Comments


Yah Balls is basically this site's offical Viking


Yet he looks far from a viking.

Essence
August 28th 2009


3586 Comments


He's a broking.

Hawks
November 24th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hyperion was right, this is awesome.

MetalMartin
March 14th 2011


64 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Enjoyable band. Refreshing arrangements. I like the folk influences. Only my first listen. I'm sure I'll appreciate it more after additional listens.

MetalMartin
March 15th 2011


64 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Second listen and I can tell I really enjoy the various solos throughout. In some of the songs sometimes you're about to get
a bit bored and all of a sudden the song shifts, like the beat changes or the riff changes or a solo starts. Final summation
you don't get bored at all. The gang singning is also very good and differenciate this band from others within the genre,
which is awesome.

nagstar89
May 30th 2011


71 Comments


and lol.'ride' has a green day - holiday vibe to it..and the 1st half of the song sucks .but the rest of the album is kinda good..nice review mate

Shuyin
January 28th 2012


11853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

title track is so awsome m/

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ViperAces
April 13th 2013


12481 Comments


this is so cheesy and generic

demigod!
April 13th 2013


44793 Comments


check eric the red

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