With five bands playing a vast range of different styles of metal, including symphonic, folk, melodic death, and power metal, this evening featured one of the more diverse lineups I have seen in my concert attending career.
On the final date of their European tour supporting Norwegian symphonic metallers Sirenia, guitarist Terji Skribenæs of Týr was kind enough to talk to Metal-Rules about their upcoming album, the ongoing whaling controversy surrounding the band, and their experience touring with Sirenia, amongst other things. Read the rest of this entry »
When ‘Heroes’ was released to critical acclaim earlier this year, it was obvious that Sabaton’s inevitable UK tour would be a mighty success. With arguably their best material since 2005’s ‘Primo Victoria’, it came as no surprise that Wolverhampton’s Slade Rooms sold out months before Sabaton’s return to our shores. Read the rest of this entry »
ELUVEITIE: Announce North American Tour for Fall 2014
Swiss folk-metal pioneers, ELUVEITIE, will return to North America once again for a headlining tour this Fall! The band will be touring in support of their highly-anticipated follow-up to Helvetios (2012), with the release of their new album, Origins, this August.
“In September, 2013, our massive Helvetios world tour came to a well-deserved end. After just over 200 shows, spread over 3 continents and including over 30 countries, it was time begin work on a new album,” comments drummer Merlin Sutter. “Now that we’re finally holding Origins in our hands, we can’t wait to share it with you – and what better way to do so than with a tour! We are extremely excited to kick off our new tour in North America this time, and you can expect us to make every single night one to remember. We’ll bring along some of the most exciting new ELUVEITIE music yet, as well as a hand-picked line-up featuring our friends from the Faroe Islands, the magnificent TYR, and the excellent Metsatöll from Estonia. See you this Fall!” Read the rest of this entry »
House of Blues Hollywood March 1, 2014
Halo of Blood over North America tour 2014
Review and photos by Metalette
When I heard that Children of Bodom, Death Angel, and Týr were touring together, I was stoked. What a dream line-up! I saw them on a Saturday night at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip, and the show was even more awesome that I imagined it would be. And I knew it was going to be awesome, so that’s saying quite a bit. Read the rest of this entry »
TÝR has unveiled their latest music video, “The Lay of Our Love,” from their most recent album, “Valkyrja.” The song features a vocal duet with Leaves’ Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine. So, naturally, fans will be excited to see that Kristine joins Heri Joensen and the rest of TÝR in this new video! The video was produced by Stanimir Lukic, directed by Ivan Colic.
TÝR comments on “The Lay of Our Love”: “We’ve wanted to make a CGI video for a long time, and this is our first one, so we’re obviously excited for the release and reception of the video. On top of that, the presence of Liv in the video makes it even more special. All in all we’re very pleased with the result.”
TÝR will be joining Children of Bodom on their “Halo of Blood over North America” tour in early 2014. The tour will embark on February 14th in Quebec City and wraps up on March 28 and 29 with back-to-back shows at Irving Plaza in New York, NY. Additional supporting acts are TBA with announcements coming soon. Tickets and premium packages are available now exclusively at SHOWstubs.com.
TÝR will be joining Children of Bodom on their “Halo of Blood over North America” tour in early 2014. The tour will embark on February 14th in Quebec City and wraps up on March 28 and 29 with back-to-back shows at Irving Plaza in New York, NY. Additional supporting acts are TBA with announcements coming soon. Tickets and premium packages are available now exclusively at SHOWstubs.com. General tickets will go on sale on Friday, November 8th at 10:00am local time.
As the nights draw in the Heidenfest festival tour makes it’s way around Europe, once again missing out the UK. The arrival on UK soil of an exceptional line-up in support of Finntroll’s ‘Blodsvept Over Europe’ tour, goes a long way towards placating those folk metal fans unable to get across the water. Finntroll are back in London just 4 months after selling out Camden’s Underworld on a Monday night. This time they are accompanied by fellow Nordic acts Týr (from the far flung Faroe Islands) and Skálmöld (from Iceland).
Iceland has a population roughly equal to that of Leicester, but has a reputation for generating a diverse and talented range of musical artists. Skálmöld are no exception and are Iceland’s biggest metal act.
Singing in their native language, their kooky heavy metal viking folk has filled over half the venue already. Their set closes with ‘Kvaðning’ a lengthy and memorable prog-out which is distinctive in a scene awash with folk metal clone bands. A stunning start to the evening.
Týr originate from the remote Faroe Islands and tonight are promoting new album ‘Valkyrja’. They open with a near perfect rendition of biggest hit ‘ Hold the Heathen Hammer High’ which is accompanied by a fan holding an inflatable hammer aloft!
Despite the humour in the pit, on stage it all seems rather serious with front-man Henri never cracking a smile despite a lot of light-hearted banter between songs.
The set includes 3 new songs: ‘Blood of Heroes’, ‘Mare of My Night’ and ‘Blood of Heroes’. Týr play immaculately, almost clinically and it left me feeling slightly cold.
The crowd were pretty much static too but that could be in part due to the technical natures of the music.
At the conclusion of the galloping ‘Shadow of the Swastika’ the band vacate the stage but the light-show hints at a possible encore, which is called for but hopes are dashed when a tech starts dismantling the drum kit.
A shame many fans had come out to see them tonight.
Finntroll take the stage with Vreth (Mathias Lillmåns) looking a little more disheveled than the polished image they started this tour with. The Garage is stiflingly hot once again but the Finns do love their saunas, so should be right at home, but even they comment on the heat.
The band launch into the title track of their latest album ‘Blodsvept’, causing the most infatuated fans to rush towards the front where they commence gesticulating and head-bang over-enthusiastically.
This time round I stayed well away from the most animated areas of the crowd, having been knocked off my feet and injured at the previous London Finntroll gig. Violent crowd behaviour is a common feature of folk metal gigs, seemingly from the fact that some fans don’t get out much and do not know how to behave properly at gigs.
The band seem to enjoy the response they elicit and take obvious pleasure in the control they have over the crowd and encourage large pits. It’s OK for them on stage behind the barriers!
The Trolls characteristically storm through their 90 minute set, the 7 newer songs going down better than in May. The show seems slicker than at the start of the tour and the band themselves more confident. However the downside of them having now played this new show many times is that it feels less raw and spontaneous.
Since the release of ‘Blodsvept’ Finntroll’s stage show has increased in resemblance to a cabaret stage show; developing to match their crafted steampunk-rockabilly-twenties image. Which features those ears, which of course have to be mentioned.
In theory they are at risk of the same kind of ridicule Mortiis faced during his prosthetic phase, but the Trolls pull it off, something which is helped by the make-up being so well done. Overall the feel from the set is that it is more practiced, less spontaneous but still fantastic.
At the conclusion of the joik-tastic ‘Jaktens Tid’ the band disappear but there is a lackluster call for their return.
It’s not as if the packed venue has not enjoyed the spectacle, so it it a little odd. Despite this they come back on and conclude with classics ‘Nattfödd’ and of course ‘Trollhammaren’
Great to see such a great international folk metal line-up in London and the UK as a whole. Rock the Nation take note – we want Heidenfest back!
Photos Courtesy of Sarah Lutz and Metal Blade Records
I recently spoke with Heri Losen, the lead singer and guitarist of folk metal band Týr regarding the band’s new album VALKYRJA. Heri gave some insight into the new album, spoke about the band’s new drummer, and gave his take on the rise of Viking culture in entertainment in North America.
TÝR’s brand new album, “Valkyrja,” has debuted on charts worldwide! In the US, the album reached #15 on the Billboard Heatseeker’s Chart, #22 on Current Hard Music, #39 on Overall Hard Music, and #70 on the Independent albums chart! On iTunes on day of release, “Valkyrja” reached #4 on the metal chart. In Europe, the album entered at #45 on German Top 100 Album Charts, and #76 on Switzerland’s charts. And in Canada, the record reached #26 on the Metal chart. On iTunes Canada, the record peaked at #2 on the metal chart, #9 on the rock chart, and #73 on the top 200 albums chart!
TÝR comments on the success of “Valkyrja” thus far: “Needless to say, we’re very pleased with the co-operation with Metal Blade, and we thank Brian and his crew for the amazing work they have done for us and our new album. We’re thrilled that our new album has been so well received by the reviewers and the fans, and the chart entries are just a fantastic bonus on top of it all. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all who bought our album.
TÝR will be streaming their brand new album, “Valkyrja,” exclusively via metalblade.com/tyr all weekend! The album can be heard in its entirety beginning on Friday, September 13th, through Monday, September 16th. Fans: this is your chance to hear previously unreleased tracks, including “The Lay of Our Love,” which features Leaves’ Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine. Plus, TÝR‘s covers of Iron Maiden’s “Where Eagles Dare” and Pantera’s “Cemetary Gate,” which about.com called “downright amazing, faithfully capturing the emotional essence of the original.” Additionally, George Kollias was enlisted to handle drum recording duties on “Valkyrja.” In terms of what the band hopes fans take away from the album, bassist Gunnar H. Thomsen states “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 performed live on August 10th as part of the Faroe Island’s Summarfestivalurin in Klaksvik. Over 8,000 Faroese were in attendance as the band put on a huge set featuring old favorites, as well as new tracks, including “Blood of Heroes.” The event was filmed and a video for “Blood of Heroes” can be seen now at youtube.com.
Valkyrja, the seventh full-length album from TÝR, will be released next week in North America. Limited edition pre-order bundles are still available that include: TÝR rune pendants, t-shirt, vinyl, and digipak CD.
About Valkyjra: Valkyrja is a concept album with a story line based loosely around a nameless 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. Front man and founder Heri Joensen goes on to explain; “the woman that the warrior leaves may represent the earthly women. Freyja, The Lady Of The Slain, may represent the perfection of Women, and the Valkyrie is the link between the two, taking men from earthly to godly women.”
TÝR is on tour now with Finntroll in Europe. Dates are available below as well as at facebook.com/tyrband.
13/09/13 HU – Budapest – Club 202
14/09/13 RO – Brasov – Rockstadt
15/09/13 RO – Bucharest – Silver Church
17/09/13 HR – Zagreb – Mochvara
18/09/13 AT – Wien – Szene
19/09/13 CZ – Prag – Nova Chmelnice
21/09/13 DE – Bochum – Matrix
22/09/13 DE – Augsburg – Kantine
23/09/13 AT – Wörgl – Komma
24/09/13 IT – Milano – R’n’R Arena
25/09/13 CH – Pratteln – Z7
26/09/13 DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
27/09/13 DE – Speyer – Halle 101
28/09/13 DE – Jena – F-Haus
29/09/13 BE – Bruges – Factor
30/09/13 UK – Norwich – Waterfront
01/10/13 UK – Glasgow – Classic Grand
02/10/13 UK – Manchester – NQ Live
03/10/13 IE – Dublin – The Pint
04/10/13 UK – Bilston – Robin 2
05/10/13 UK – London – The Garage
06/10/13 FR – Lille – Le Splendid
08/10/13 FR – Strasbourg – La Laiterie
09/10/13 FR – Lyon – La Salle Du Kao
10/10/13 CH – Geneve – L’Usine
11/10/13 FR – Istres – L’Usine
13/10/13 ES – Madrid – Rockkitchen/ Caracol
14/10/13 FR – Toulouse – Le Bikini