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Tyr - By the light of the northern star

Reviewer :
Ola Gränshagen Format: Advance album
Year: 2009
Label: Napalm Records
Genre: Metal
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TÝR is one of few bands I know of from the Faroe Islands. This promo CD states that they are into viking metal, and I´d say that´s an adequate description. Power metal with clear folk melody vibes is what you get, and these guys are good musicians too. And it starts out really interesting with "Hold the heathen hammer high". The song is nicely varied and has a heavy and yet truly melodic sound. Unfortunately, several songs right after this one drive me nuts. Try "Tróndur i Götu" for example; most of the song is built around one and the same idea that is delivered with power and speed - with no variations at all. Instead of being a nice song you´re listening to, it turns into a disturbing element, like when your neighbor is hammering late in the evening. I like many kinds of music, and metal (or viking metal, as in this case) can be great. But there needs to be some air in the arrangements, as well as more variation. TÝR is a good act, but in my opinion they have some things to think over. Power and energy is not everything.


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