I don’t believe that the TLA serves flagons of mead, but that would be the most appropriate way to herald the arrival of Faroese metal band Týr. The group has a penchant for pairing its classic New Wave of British Heavy Metal sound with epic tales of Viking lore and Norse mythology. Their songs are soaring, anthemic tales of Gods and battles and glory on blood-drenched snowscapes. The first song on their latest album, Valkyrja (Metal Blade), roars “Tonight we dine in hell,” and the surprise is not that they’d lyricize this warrior’s toast but that it took seven albums to finally do it.
Valkyrja is a concept album (c’mon, you knew that was coming) about a Viking warrior’s attempts to impress the Valkyrie with his battlefield prowess so that she’ll escort him to Valhalla. It’s full of swagger, swordplay and warrior queens, a Frazetta painting in musical form. If you planned to adapt it into a film, in other words, a significant part of the budget would have to be set aside for animal skins, armored breastplates, and beard grooming. Grab a mutton leg and sing along. Tickets and information for Týr‘s March 22nd show at The TLA with Children of Bodom can be found here. Listen to “Blood of Heroes” below.
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