on 21 May 2008
After seeing Tyr at Paganfest and hearing Sinklars Visa as their first song it drew me straight to this album, and it does not disapoint. I have all the other Tyr albums and this one is even better than the last. Its opening is epic, an absolutely perfect first track for an album, which is an orchestral version to the riff of Land. Then after which leads into the chanting of Sinklars Visa, which is probably one of the best songs on the album. Other great songs are Land and Lokka Tattur. And for any fans of Hail To The Hammer there is another new version on the cd. Its worth buying for any fan of Tyr or any fan of real folk metal
on 1 November 2009
Of all Tyr's albums so far this is the one that takes most trouble to chart the path from the Faroe Islands' original folk-music and beliefs to their own uniquely modern heavy-metal and rock interpretations. Recitations from Faroese poetry and original folk-singers' performances are included, and the general theme is about the power of the homeland - plus the forces that drive people through the generations to leave it. While including the knock-out fan favourite Sinklars visa, a lot of the album is quite reflective and/or consists of pretty straight interpretations of traditional tunes, so it is maybe not the most striking example of Tyr's work for a new listener to try. But those who know how to value the group's combination of new and old poetic themes with powerful rock techniques will be well satisfied.