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The Lay of Thrym review

Tyr  - The Lay of Thrym (Album)


The Lay of Thyrm

Tyr has always been a band whose albums have a few amazing songs on them, but predominantly either average or poor songs. On the other hand latest album The Lay of Thyrm has so many amazing memorable tracks on it, it’s hard to wonder how they managed to conceal all 50 minutes inside the rather cool front cover. Sticking to what they do best, the Folk/Viking metal themed songs are still as catchy and fist pumping as ever, but this time Tyr decide to take a more serious and meaningful approach to some of their lyrics, looking back on history at the bad times, instead of the usual story of a Viking tale they tell through battle metal anthems.

The album gets off to a flying start with the blinding opener ‘Flames of the Free’ which kicks in with a fast paced shredding guitar licked, followed by Tyr’s infamous war chant styled approach to most songs they write. It’s one of these songs, where once the chorus has kicked in you can’t stop singing it for hours on end, and Tyr would be fools not to have it in their live set. We then move onto the track ‘Shadow of the Swastika’ which musically is superb, but without the quite moving and historical lyrics about Nazism, and the fools of fascism, would not be how good it is now.

Like all Tyr albums you have the chorus’s that are basically chanting because Vikings singing are the weak amongst the men of Norse. You get the charging, circle head banging guitar and drum combo that starts off the song, which more often than not kicks into shouting or screaming five or six words at the top of your lungs in syncopation to the music, and as simple as this may be, Tyr are doing what they do best, and by god - I bet when you have hundreds of people singing tracks like ‘Take Your Tyrant’ and ‘Hail of Freedom’ sheer noise made from the crowd will bring the roof down!

But with The Lay of Thyrm you don’t just get the superfast, tributes to the Nordic gods. In various places the album slows down a lot with folk songs like ‘Evening Star’ and ‘Konning Hans’ which you can imagine a fast bearded dwarf swaying along to with a pint of grog in his hand. It’s this musical change that shows just how diverse the guys in Tyr are, and that they aren’t just on the metal scene to play crowd pleasing mosh songs, but also beautiful acoustic ballads capable of luring in any feasibly fit Viking wench.

Tyr has definitely improved a lot from previous album By the Light of the Northen Star and with this new album served up a plate of at least eight tracks which would define Tyr to a capital T. Hopefully The Lay of Thyrm is the comeback of Tyr and more great albums such as this will be with us in the near future.

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