Tyr
The Lay of Thrym


3.5
great

Review

by Blindsided USER (64 Reviews)
June 24th, 2011 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Grab a horn of mead after a long day swinging that axe.

If there’s one thing Tyr is good at its drinking beer and playing consistently great Viking metal. While their lyrical theme isn’t built off of creativity, they succeed in playing a style that is their own. With more guitar-driven music than many of the folk metal fellows they share the genre with; Tyr does a great job maintaining consistency with every album they release. Their sixth album, The Lay of Thrym is full of more familiar Norse mythology, but when combined with their unique sound, it creates another album with astounding, heroic, fist pumping Viking metal songs to swing an axe to.

From their previous album, By The Light of the Northern Star to the current one, Tyr has started to play their music in a somewhat faster fashion. Some of their songs, namely the album’s first three songs, almost have a thrash influence to them. The bands lead guitarist, Terji, plays faster, more cohesively and therefore moves Tyr away from folk metal where they first established their sound. Another aspect that sets this album apart from previous ones is the appearance of only a single traditional Faroese song. On every other release by the band, at least a third or more of the songs were derived from traditional Faroese music or at least something near the Norwegian Sea. Also this album like the previous one has seen a step back from the bi/trilingual vocals that were present in many of the bands past albums. In past times, lead singer Heri Joensen would sing in Faroese and English, sometimes adding in other Scandinavian languages.

While only part of the limited release, the two bonus songs are undeniably a few of the best on the album. Tyr must have a serious man-crush on Ronnie James Dio; well either that or they decided to pay homage to him by covering one song from his days with Sabbath and one from Rainbow’s Rising album. Either way the two covers are perfectly conducted and are worth the extra purchase or acquisition of the deluxe edition. Let’s be honest who hasn’t wanted to hear a Viking metal version of “Stargazer”?

Tyr’s sound doesn’t change from album to album and that’s alright with most of their fans. They are able to remain consistent with every release they’ve put out thus far and they seem pretty content with their current state. While their most previous efforts see them moving from the folk metal realm to a more progressive metal focused sound, it does them justice because the tiny change in their sound is able to keep it fresh and interesting. We all know you’ve had a tough day swinging your battle axe, so grab a horn of mead and relax in front of the fire with the maidens and let Tyr soundtrack your days kill.



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Crysis
Emeritus
June 25th 2011


17432 Comments


Never really got into these guys

ev0ken
June 25th 2011


586 Comments


i'm the same way Crysis, but I did listen to a few songs off of this before and it seemed better than some of their other stuff i listened to by them.

Blindsided
June 25th 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

C'mon guys let's pillage the village.

pizzamachine
June 25th 2011


14247 Comments


I wanna listen to this.

Blindsided
June 25th 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You'd like it. Also I just reviewed your AOTY.

pizzamachine
June 25th 2011


14247 Comments


Amorphis isn't my AOTY, but it's really good, yeah.

Blindsided
June 25th 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn well anyways check it out!

Hawks
July 10th 2011


73729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This band is so awesome.

FatChickIrl
August 14th 2011


4095 Comments


Yeah this is cool 3-3.5 and nice dig Hawks.

itchy
August 15th 2011


247 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I would maintain that they've been moving away from progressive tendencies with each release. Eric the Red and Ragnarok were much more complex compositionally, with odd time signatures and plenty of theoretical acrobatics.



One of the things that is so fascinating about their early releases is how much of a music theory master Heri is, and how it's put to good use in the songwriting rather than just soloing and wankery.



Moving forward, each release has slowly stripped away the complexities and progressive tendencies in an effort to condense the Tyr sound. Heri has stated this sort of thing in interviews, so it is a conscious and deliberate progression away from progressive. :P

liveinflames
September 27th 2011


9 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Also this album like the previous one has seen a step back from the bi/trilingual vocals that were present in many of the bands past albums. In past times, lead singer Heri Joensen would sing in Faroese and English, sometimes adding in other Scandinavian languages. "



Actually, if I'm not mistaken, Konning Hans is in Danish, and Ellindur Bóndi á Jaðri is in Faroese, so there ARE still more languages Otherwise, pretty good review.

BallsToTheWall
October 25th 2011


49883 Comments


Tyr rules jamming to this now.

Digging: Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses

Hawks
October 25th 2011


73729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great band.

itchy
October 25th 2011


247 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ragnarok destroys all of their other releases, and they have been on a downhill slide ever since that album. I can't comprehend why Ragnarok is so poorly rated, why their later releases are rated higher, and why it doesn't get any love.

Vakarian12
March 1st 2013


4091 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great band. [2]



Vakarian12
April 24th 2013


4091 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fuckin' love this album.

oxymoronicman
May 11th 2013


1 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album came out after Dio's passing. The two cover songs were definitely done to pay homage

Vakarian12
June 27th 2013


4091 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

new album out later this year apparently m/ can't wait

Vakarian12
August 21st 2013


4091 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

new songs rule album will rule

Storm In A Teacup
November 20th 2016


26994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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