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Tyr spill the Blood Of Heroes in the quest for your approval

Tyr Valkyrja

Tyr are a Viking/pagan metal band from the Faroe Islands. Surprisingly, yes, they have a metal scene there, one that boasts at least one excellent band in the form of… (wait for it)  the mighty Tyr! 2009′s By The Light of the Northern Star is fantastic, and in particular the song“Hold the Heathen Hammer High” is a fantastic song. Now in 2013, Tyr are ready to release a new album, their seventh overall, titled Valkyrja.

It just so happens that Metal Blade Records were recently kind enough to share a new song from the album. The song is called “Blood of Heroes” and seems to follow the band’s usual lyrical theme of vikings and Norse mythology. It opens with a very Amon Amarth-sounding riff, but quickly moves away from that into something far more melodic.

Since you probably came here for my opinion on it, I will confess that I love this song. Vocalist and guitarist Heri Joensen’s voice is fantastic, and the vocal melodies he sings are glorious and catchy. The guitar melodies are wonderful as well, soaring over crunchy, hard-hitting riffs. The guitar solo is of particular note as it is excellent, and the drumming is fantastically solid, provided by the legendary George Kolias of Nile fame. I’m finding myself singing the chorus over and over, it just has the nameless sing along quality to it that graces so much of Tyr’s material.

In true Tyr form, Valkyria is a concept album, weaving a tapestry of mystical lore that flows through all of their music. The concept is explained as:

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Valkyrja is a concept album with a story line based loosely around an anonymous Viking age warrior who leaves his woman and goes off to impress the Valkyrie on the battlefield so that she may bring him to Valhalla, or to Fólkvangr, the home of Freyja—the goddess associated with love, sexuality, beauty, fertility, gold, sorcery, war, and death. One can say the album is also indirectly about women and how they affect men and what men will do to impress and obtain women. Front man and founder Heri Joensen goes on to explain; “the woman that the warrior leaves may represent the earthly women. Freyja, The Lady Of The Slain, may represent the perfection of Women, and the Valkyrie is the link between the two, taking men from earthly to godly women.”

Special mention for the album art as it looks fantastic, just the kind of thing you would expect from the Faroese foursome.

Valkyria will be released September 17th, on Metal Blade Records.

What do you guys think? Are you a fan of Tyr’s blend of elements? Do you like the new song? Do you know any other great metal bands from the Faroese Islands? Sound off in the comments!

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