New TÝR Album Streaming In Its Entirety

Friday, 13th September 2013

Valkyrja, the forthcoming album from Faroe Island metallers TÝR can be heard in its entirety beginning today (Friday, September 13) through Monday, September 16 via Soundcloud widget below.

Metalblade Records comments: “Fans: this is your chance to hear previously unreleased tracks, including ‘The Lay of Our Love’, which features LEAVES’ EYES vocalist Liv Kristine. Plus, the band’s covers of IRON MAIDEN’s ‘Where Eagles Dare’ and PANTERA’s ‘Cemetery Gates’.”

In terms of what the band hopes fans take away from the album, bassist Gunnar H. Thomsen comments: “I hope they will enjoy it and they like the new direction as well as (guitarist) Terji’s bigger involvement in writing and George’s drumming. We had a more upbeat direction without changing TÝR’s style.”

TÝR has collaborated with Jacob Hansen onace again at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark for their new record and along with Hansen — the band recruited acclaimed drummer George Kollias (NILE, NIGHTFALL). Kollias manned the drum kit during the recording sessions, filling in for former TÝR sticksman Kári Streymoy who parted ways with the folk horde in May.

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.