Tyr
Hel


4.0
excellent

Review

by PsychicChris USER (279 Reviews)
March 8th, 2019 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Twilight of the Thunder Tyr

Right off the bat, Tyr’s first album since 2013’s Valkyrja starts with one of the band’s heaviest songs to date. While the chorus on “Gates of Hel” is the sort of power metal upliftment one would expect from these Faroese raiders, the verses and instrumental segments suggest more extreme influence with their driving guitars, blasting drums, and growled vocals. It sounds more like Amon Amarth than Tyr at times yet manages to not sound out of place with everything to follow.

Going along with that, the musicianship on Hel is some of the band’s most involved in over a decade. The guitar tone is noticeably heavier, showcasing more bottom end with a fierier character compared to the usual icy feel, and the leads are more intricate. The bass is infinitely more prominent than it has ever been with numerous tracks bursting with intrusive undercurrents. The band has stated that the writing process was much more collaborative this time around and it truly shows.

But with thirteen songs totaling to a near seventy-minute runtime, Hel is admittedly rather overstuffed. Tyr is certainly no stranger to longer albums, but such lengths were better suited for the slower, more epic style of Eric the Red or Ragnarok than the more straightforward fast-paced metal of their most recent outings. Fortunately, there aren’t any outright weak tracks on here so culling tracks would largely be a matter of preference.

And with that in mind, there are pretty great tracks on here. The singles were well chosen as the heavier tinges on “Sunset Shore” give it some extra oomph not seen on any of Tyr’s other ballads while “Fire and Flame” is one of the album’s catchiest speedsters. “Far from the Worries of the World” may be the album’s strongest track thanks to its particularly triumphant refrains and I can dig the subtler percussive hooks on “Songs of War.”

As much as Hel can feel more like Amon Amarth with clean vocals than an “actual” Tyr album, it may be their strongest effort since 2009’s By the Light of the Northern Star. It’s a little sad to see less of the band’s folk tendencies but the boost in heaviness and heightened band chemistry more than make up for it. Seeing how the band has hinted that their next album could completely move away from their Norse aesthetic, it’ll be quite interesting to see how things progress in the future.

Highlights:
“Garmr”
“Sunset Shore”
“Far from the Worries of the World”
“Fire and Flame”
“Songs of War”

Originally published at http://psychicshorts.blogspot.com



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Comments:Add a Comment 
MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2019


8882 Comments


Nice as per usual, this sounds like a banger

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WatchItExplode
March 8th 2019


6443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Started this on a whim and it rules so far.

BallsToTheWall
March 8th 2019


49496 Comments


Singles slay hard. Good review.

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Toondude10
March 9th 2019


13740 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

probably could've cut this by like 20 minutes but still a good record

CaptainDooRight
March 11th 2019


2727 Comments


yee


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NoHellsNoHeavens
March 11th 2019


62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

All Heroes Fall is probably my favorite track on the album, shit rips. Whole album rules.

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Nazzadan
March 12th 2019


2119 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This was my first exposure to Tyr, I dug it a lot. Might spin it again later and will eventually get through the rest of their discog.

WatchItExplode
March 12th 2019


6443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is a bit overlong but rips throughout.

Dmax28
March 14th 2019


486 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like that they went heavier on this album. It's a fresh take for them.

It's refreshing to hear these lengthy, well written guitar leads.

All Heroes Fall certainly is firmly planted in the total face melting category.



WatchItExplode
March 16th 2019


6443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is such a great sounding album

WatchItExplode
March 21st 2019


6443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I would like to again bump this album in light of how excited people are for Amon Amarth album #11. This is easily my favorite viking-themed release since Surtur Rising in 2011.

Essence
March 22nd 2019


6264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

riffs hard riffs good

Essence
March 23rd 2019


6264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

okay this really does need more attention, it fucking rules

WatchItExplode
March 23rd 2019


6443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Right on. I was thoroughly impressed.



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