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Valkyrja [Double CD, Limited Edition]

Týr Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (16 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Limited Edition
  • Label: Metal Blade Records
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,222 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8. Into the Sky
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11. Valkyrja
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAY THE TRUE GODS REJOICE 9 Nov 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I came across Tyr three years ago and last year travelled to York for the Yorvik celebrations to see them perform live following the release of 'The Lay Of Thrym'. I was not disappointed, and the atmosphere within the claustrophobic venue full of chain mail wearing re-enactors, was electric. The band rocked, and I proudly held my heathen hammer high when called for by the singer, Heri Joensen.
Because of the thematic content of Tyr's songs they naturally fall into the rock sub-category of 'Viking Metal' but unlike the majority of the groups that fall within this genre, the songs are beautifully crafted and Heri's vocals powerfully emotive without recourse to the tuneless growls and comic roars that seem so prolific amongst other Viking inspired ensembles. Admittedly, Tyr's earlier material, from various differing line-ups, is not really to my taste - a little too 'folkie' for me. But the current line-up of Heri Joensen on vocals and guitar, Terji Skibenaes on guitar and Gunnar Homsen on bass, are a tight, heavy and rocking force at the top of their game, and despite them loosing their regular drummer on this album, it achieves the near-impossible and if anything manages to eclipse both 'The Lay Of Thrym' and 'By The Light Of The Northern Star' for sheer rocking brilliance. Acclaimed drummer, George Kollias, fits in seamlessly with the bands incomparable style, though being a Greek national, one wonders how he will fit in with the long-haired and bearded Faeroe Islanders if he ever appears on-stage with the band.
As has been mention by other reviewers, Valkyrja is a concept album, and follows the exploits of a warrior leaving his hall and his beloved wife to go off to war and, well, die for his nation and countrymen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More songs of myth and ages past. 9 Oct 2013
By Pam
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Tyr remain to be a consistently great band with well-crafted songs with interesting lyrics based upon Norse mythology, Scandinavian history, culture and music which is in itself a bit of an education. What is great about each album is that they do manage to weave a theme that binds the songs together and in this the album can tell it's own tale as well as each song does itself. In Valkyrja there are a couple that stand out. First is the story of a nameless man who hopes to go off to war and be slain in battle so that he may be carried away by the Valkyries and end up in one of the two halls where the chosen slain are sent to, one being owned by Odin and the other belonging to the goddess Freyja who has associations with warriors killed in battle. Quite a typical theme for this sort of music but what is interesting is that the other common theme is the part that women and female mythical figures feature in this and the different aspects of these ladies. Mare of my Night is rather surprising for a Tyr song as it is rather sexually explicit but is based on from what I can gather a sort of succubus type creature and in the commentary CD with the deluxe edition, Heri and Terji explain some of the Scandinavian folklore that inspired it. Hel Hath No Fury could be said to be how things can go sour when the relationships between men and women break down and also maybe a bit of what the protagonist went through. The Lay of Our Love is a nice ballad with the lady in question being that of the wife or lover who doesn't want her partner to leave for war. Liv Kristne from Leaves Eyes provides some vocals, I know there were some groans when this was released but Tyr have written quite a few "love" songs on earlier albums. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars damn fine album 17 Dec 2013
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Always when a band releases a new album there is always a part of
You that hopes its not bad and
Especially when they are under a new
Label thankfully they are still awsome
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Band 25 Nov 2013
By Kyle
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This band is one of the best Viking bands out there, this is a must get for any Viking metal fan
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not their Best 8 Feb 2014
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Tır's latest release continues on a great collection of underrated, quality Metal but somehow I feel that Valkyrja does not quite live up to previous albums such as "Land" and "By The Light Of The Northern Star". However I give them a lot of credit for continually changing their style enough to make the album feel fresh but similar enough to keep the loyal fan base happy. While Tır tracks tend to be a great listen, I've found that I only tent to really appreciate them after listening to them on several occasions so I might be judging Valkyrja prematurely since I've only had one listen of the album so far.

Overall, Valkyrja is definitely worth owning and if you like Tır or similar bands, you will not be disappointed, its just that this is not their best album.
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