Tyr
Ragnarok


4.0
excellent

Review

by Arhippigo USER (1 Reviews)
December 9th, 2009 | 19 replies | 5,469 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the best Viking metal albums in a while, doing an excellent job of avoiding the cheesiness so prevalent in the genre.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

I have a major soft spot for concept albums. And I always enjoy learning about various mythologies. And I really love bands who can combine the two without seeming overtly cheesy. So when I heard about this album, I was excited. I had already enjoyed Týr's previous work, Eric The Red, and my hopes were high for this. If they could avoid the cheesiness that plagues many of their contemporaries, I couldn't see how they could go wrong.

And avoid it they did, but almost too well. In fact, I found it rather dull on my first few listens. There were a few interesting melodies scattered here and there, and the instrumental medley at the beginning was rather neat. It wasn't really too bad, but nothing grabbed my attention. Except the title of one song: The Rage of the Skullgaffer. Not only that, but the song itself was nothing short of amazing: A wonderful neoclassical song, with brilliant interplay between the guitars. I couldn't understand how they could write a song that awesome, and yet completely trip up on the rest of the album.

But as it turned out, they didn't. The more I listened, the more I heard the heavily folk influenced melodies that exist throughout the album, much as in Eric The Red. They gave it an endearing feel of familiarity, almost like I had heard those songs in a previous life, but had only the faintest remaining memory. Soon I found myself humming their catchy--but not too catchy--choruses throughout the day, sometimes during inappropriate moments. Also helpful was that, unlike some of their other releases, the lyrics were mostly in English, which meant I could follow the storyline easily. However, I was slightly disappointed that the song lengths only averaged about five minutes. Fortunately, they avoided sounding all the same. Some had complex, woven structures, while others stayed more on the catchy side.

The vocals were a real standout. Heri Joenson has perhaps the best clean vocals in the genre; he's something like Viking metal's Roy Khan. Though perhaps not as operatic, and with more of a viking feel to them. Instrumentally, the guitar work is impressive, and they play riffs that feel simultaneously metal and folk, which give it an oddly authentic feel. A few outstanding solos also appear, especially in The Rage of the Skullgaffer. Indeed, problems with the album are very few. But some do exist, especially at the beginning of the album. While The Hammer of Thor is one of my favorite tracks, it's not one that catches you immediately. Starting out the album with a 5 minute instrumental, and a 6 minute complex, hookless song nearly wore out my patience on my first listen. Fortunately, the song immediately following, Brothers Bane, is excellent. You'll need to give this album some time, but overall it's one of the best Viking metal albums in a while, doing an excellent job of avoiding the cheesiness so prevalent in the genre.

Recommended tracks: The Hammer of Thor, The Rage of the Skullgaffer/The Hunt, Wings of Time


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Arhippigo
December 9th 2009



19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

my first review so its fairly crappy... any tips would be great... also if you don't like this album you suck

Motiv3
December 9th 2009



8888 Comments


I don't like this album, therefore i suck...

Just kidding, never heard this. Ok review, im not very good at giving tips so..

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

Arhippigo
December 9th 2009



19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah you should give it a listen

"What really stood out, though, was the instrumentation and vocals"

i just realized how dumb that is... what else could possibly stand out?

JohnnyGetYerKnife
December 9th 2009



157 Comments


i might look into this. Amon Amarth's Twilight Of The Thunder God is a really awesome viking metal album also. Scanning through it, it looks like a good review, I have yet to read it though so I'll give you tips in a minute.

JohnnyGetYerKnife
December 9th 2009



157 Comments


I have a major soft spot for concept albums. And I always enjoy learning about various mythologies. And I really love bands who can combine the two without seeming overtly cheesy.


Spelling mistake in the last sentance, second to last word? This is pretty good, sort of rambles on a bit though. Try to make it read more fluently:

I have a major soft spot for concept albums, and I've always enjoyed learning about various mythologies and other cultures. And any band that can combine these 2 are winners in my book...

...or something like that. I'm kinda tired. Altogether it's a solid first review, if a bit too personal if you know what I mean. Try not to use too many short sentances (as highlighted in your first paragraph for example) in a paragraph though.

Pos'd

Arhippigo
December 9th 2009



19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks for the tips! overtly is actually a word, just not terribly common (basically means overly)

Jayxsnoogans
December 9th 2009



72 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll stick to Eric the Red and By the Light..., thanks

Arhippigo
December 9th 2009



19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you're welcome

Rugter32
January 27th 2011



754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I found out about this album not so long ago. Good stuff.
Also, slightly relevant:
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q39/phoenix_kensai/1231087502290.jpg

Shuyin
January 29th 2012



11097 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review and album

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demigod!
March 8th 2013



43793 Comments


I GIIIVE YOU THE HAAAAMER OF THOR.

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Keyblade
March 8th 2013



14139 Comments


album rules m/

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demigod!
March 8th 2013



43793 Comments


brings hard metal

Vakarian12
April 24th 2013



3621 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow can't believe I 2.5'd this. Gonna have to fix this

Vakarian12
June 23rd 2013



3621 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i give you the hammer of thoooooooooooooooor

demigod!
June 23rd 2013



43793 Comments


i prefer eric the red but this is great

Vakarian12
June 23rd 2013



3621 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haven't heard eric the red yet, gotta get round to it

demigod!
June 23rd 2013



43793 Comments


yeah man do it, some seriously epic (and catchy as fuck) tunes on that one

Vakarian12
January 25th 2014



3621 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Beginning and Hammer of Thor are two of their best tracks, fantastic.



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