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Týr - By The Light Of The Northern Star
With already their fifth album to be released soon, Faroe Islands’ Týr is back with their Viking metal. Music that is drenched in folklore and ancient stories from these Scandinavian islands. Music that has a story to tell, and does so in the English as well as the Faroese language. Here is another lesson in Faroese and Norwegian history.
The cover of this album pretty much says all you can expect when listening to By The Light Of The Northern Star. There’s a huge Viking with a long beard and a sword in his hand, standing on rocks close to the sea, next to a smashed down cross. The cross being the symbol for the mythical parts in the music, the Viking being the symbol for the folk music. It’s a mixture that works out fine, just like it did on Týr’s previous albums.
Expect sing-along “whohohohos”, typical mid-tempo folky tunes and songs sung in a foreign language that triggers your curiosity throughout the entire album. Especially ‘Tróndur í Gøtu’ is such a song. If you like folk music you only need to listen to this song to know that you will like Týr. Just like on their last album, there’s again some space for the guitarists to give away a solo here and there, for example in ‘Turid Torkilsdóttir’. This makes for a nice mixture between the more standard riffing and the typical metal parts.
I think fans of the band were already convinced of the fact that this band is never gonna let them down as long as they stick to their own sound. That is immediately a point of criticism from my side, ‘cause the music on this album tends to bore after a while. It just makes you feel like you’ve heard it all after a couple of songs. I guess it has something to do with the mood you’re in as well. Anyway, people into folk metal who still don’t know any Týr material, check this out. You’ll dig it. Now swing around that sword you bearded people!
Týr - By The Light Of The Northern Star
71/1001Details Napalm Records
Released on Friday May 29th, 2009
Viking Metal

Writer @Boek on Friday May 22nd, 2009

Tags: #Týr
Tracklisting 01. Hold The Heathen Hammer High
02. Tróndur í Gøtu
03. Into The Storm
04. Northern Gate
05. Turid Torkilsdóttir
06. By The Sword In My Hand
07. Ride
08. Hear The Heathen Call
09. By The Light Of The Northern Star
Line up Heri Joensen - Vocals, Guitar
Terji Skibenæs - Guitar
Gunnar H. Thomsen - Bass
Kári Streymoy - Drums