This Friday (March 8th 2019), the Faroe Islands’ TYR will release their eighth full-length, ‘Hel’, via Metal Blade Records.
“Hel” is a collection of ruthlessly melodic and irresistibly compelling progressive folk metal that will immediately resonate with any who have followed the band at any point over the two decades of their storied career.
For a preview of the album, a video for the new single, “Ragnars Kvæði”, can be viewed HERE
The previous singles can also be heard HERE
The new TYR album “Hel” can be pre-ordered in the following formats HERE
The new TYR album “Hel” can be pre-ordered in the following formats:
–box set (digipak CD, drinking horn, leather belt clip, poster, autographed photo card – limited to 1000 copies)
–steel-blue/ gray marbled vinyl (US retail exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–clear mushroom brown marbled vinyl (US webstore exclusive – limited to 200 copies!)
–blue/ white/ black/ red splatter vinyl (US webstore exclusive – limited to 100 copies!)
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–turquoise blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies!)
–clear/ blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies!)
–bordeaux red/ black marbled vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 200 copies!)
–olive marbled vinyl (Nuclear Blast exclusive – limited to 200 copies!)
–white/ blue marbled vinyl (Tutl exclusive – limited to 100 copies only…!!!!!)
Known for their prolific nature – dropping their first five full-lengths in the space of just seven years – the six-year gap between Valkyrja (2013) and Hel is by far the longest between any two of their records. During that period the band toured hard, taking the album around the world, including a support run with Children Of Bodom in North America and two appearances on the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise.
However, other factors played into this extended break between releases. “We approached this one differently because I learned that if I continue doing albums in the way we had up to now, I would die from a heart attack before I’m 50!” says TYR guitarist/vocalist Heri Joensen. “That’s one of the reasons we changed our method and took such a long time on this one.” That this tactic has been beneficial is borne out in the finished product, which is perhaps more immersive than those that came before. “Musically it leans a bit towards our album, ‘Ragnarok’ (2005),” states Thomsen. “It’s a bit more epic and also much better worked through than any of our previous albums.” It also marks the recording debut of drummer Tadeusz Rieckmann, who has manned the drum throne for TYR’s live shows since 2016.
TYR – Hel track-listing:
1. Gates of Hel
2. All Heroes Fall
3. Ragnars Kvæði
5. Sunset Shore
6. Downhill Drunk
7. Empire of the North
8. Far from the Worries of the World
9. King of Time
10. Fire and Flame
11. Against the Gods
12. Songs of War
13. Alvur Kongur
TYR Facebook page: HERE
Official TYR Website: HERE