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Formed: 1998
From: Faroe Islands
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Tyr News

Below is our complete Tyr news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Tyr Offering Latest Album As Picture Disc

Viking metallers Tyr have issued the following announcement about offering their latest album "
By The Light Of The Northern Star" as a picture disc:

"Ltd to 500 hand numbered Copies in Heavy Picture Vinyl incl. 2 Bonus Tracks and Insert Sheet.

"Order your copy here.

"Best wishes, Týr MySpace"

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Tyr Streaming New Song "Northern Gate" Online

Viking metal band Tyr are currently streaming the new song "Northern Gate" on their MySpace page. The song comes from their upcoming album "By The Light Of The Northern Star," which will be released in Europe through Napalm Records on May 29th.

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Alestorm Announces North American Tour with Tyr

UK metallers, Alestorm, have announced the following north American tour dates with TYR and Suidakra:

3/4 - Houston, TX @ Walter's on Washington
3/5 - Austin, TX @ Red 7
3/6 - Dallas, TX @ Ridglea Theater
3/7 - Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee
3/9 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
3/10 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
3/11 - San Marcos, CA @ The Jumping Turtle
3/12 - Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
3/13 - San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
3/14 - Portland, OR @ Satyricon
3/15 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
3/16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
3/17 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
3/18 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
3/19 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
3/20 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room / Capone's
3/21 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
3/22 - Detroit, MI @ Blondie's
3/23 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
3/24 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
3/25 - Rochester, NY @ The Penny Arcade
3/26 - Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st St Pub
3/27 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
3/28 - Allentown, PA @ The Sterling Hotel
3/29 - New York, NY @ High Line Ballroom
3/30 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11

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Bands Announced For 2009 Wave Gothik Treffen

The 2009 Wave Gothik Treffen festival will take place from May 29th - June 1st in Leipzig, Germany. The current confirmed bands for the festival are as follows: More...

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Tyr Names New Album

Heri Joensen Vocalist/guitarist of viking metal band, Tyr, has issued the following update on their official forum about the new record:

"No e-bow used so far and I don't plan to either, but still anything could happen. No clean sound used at all on this album. It will be a very simple and straight forward pure Viking Pagan Folk Metal album. ...well, as simple as a three way combined term like that allows for"

"There will be no DVD with the release." More...

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Georgia's Scion Rock Fest Details Revealed

The Scion Rock Fest will take place on Saturday, February 28th at the Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia. The show will go from noon until midnight and attendees must be at least 18 years old. The line-up is as follows:

High on Fire
Wolves in the Throne Room
Harvey Milk
Toxic Holocaust
A Storm of Light

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Initial Bands, Dates Announced For Ragnarok Fest

The 2009 RAGNARÖK VI FESTIVAL is set to take place on Aril 17 and 18 in Stadthalle Lichtenfels (Oberfranken), Germany. The band announced so far are:

DORNENREICH (AUT) – "Metal Show"
FJOERGYN – "Jahreszeiten"-Release-Show

For more information about the festival, check out their website at ragnaroek-festival.com.

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Suidakra Announces US Tour Dates

SUIDAKRA will be coming to the USA on the Pagan Knights tour with Faroese Viking metallers TÝR and Scottish pirate metallers ALESTORM.

SUIDAKRA's debut DVD "13 Years Of Celtic Wartunes" was released by Wacken Records in the USA on October 7th.

SUIDAKRA looks back to their 13 year band history with 8 album releases, more than 200 gigs and various touring activities. The band has seen a steadily growing following over the years in the German Metal scene.

The new album "Crogacht" will be released in Germany February 20th, in Europe February 23rd and in the USA/Canada on March 3rd. Song titles include "Conlach," "Isle Of Skye," "Scathach," "Feats Of War," "Shattering Swords," "Ar Nasc Fola," "Gilded Oars," "Baile's Strand."

Here are the Pagan Knights tour featuring Suidakra, Tyr, and Alestorm: More...

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First Bands Announced For U.K.'s Hammerfest

Hammerfest, which is to be held in Pontins, Prestatyn Sands, North Wales on April 24th - 25th has announced their first batch of acts. The first bands confirmed for the festival are Saxon, Skindred, Cathedral, Bullet For My Valentine, Hammerfall, Sabbat, Dream Evil, Trigger The Bloodshed, Alestorm, Tyr, Exit Ten, Annotations Of An Autopsy and Grand Magus. More bands and details will be announced shortly.

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Tyr Announces North American Tour Dates

Tyr has announced a series of shows in North America with support being handled by Scottish metallers Alestorm and Suidakra.

The tour dates are as follows:

February 28 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
March 1 - Orlando, FL @ The Backbooth
March 2 - Tallahassee, FL @ The Engine Room
March 4 - Houston, TX @ Walter’s on Washington
March 5 - Austin, TX @ Red 7
March 6 - Dallas, TX @ Ridglea Theater
March 7 - Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee
March 9 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
March 10 - Tempe, AZ @ TBA
March 11 - San Marcos, CA @ The Jumping Turtle
March 12 - Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
March 13 - Oakland, CA @ The Metro
March 14 - Portland, OR @ TBA
March 15 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
March 16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
March 17 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
March 18 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
March 19 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
March 20 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room / Capone’s
March 21 - Cleveland, OH @ TBA
March 23 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
March 24 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
March 25 - Rochester, NY @ The Penny Arcade
March 27 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
March 28 - Allentown, PA @ The Sterling Hotel
March 29 - New York, NY @ High Line Ballroom

More dates/venues will be announced shortly.

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Tyr, Hollenthon, Alestorm and Svartsot To Tour

Tyr, Hollenthon, Alestorm and Svartsot are planning to tour Europe's larger cities on what has been dubbed the "Aaskereia - The Wild Hunt" touring festival. The tour will begin on the 8th of October until the 26th. Current tour dates are as follows:

Oct 8 2008 @ 8:00P - The Rock @ Copenhagen
Oct 9 2008 @ 8:00P - Markthalle @ Hamburg
Oct 10 2008 @ 8:00P - Romein @ Leeuwarden
Oct 11 2008 @ 8:00P - Helvete @ Oberhausen
Oct 12 2008 @ 8:00P - Biebob @ Vosselaar
Oct 14 2008 @ 8:00P - Z7 @ Pratteln
Oct 15 2008 @ 8:00P - Musicdrome @ Milan
Oct 16 2008 @ 8:00P - Backstage @ München
Oct 17 2008 @ 8:00P - Szene @ Wien
Oct 18 2008 @ 8:00P - Metal Invasion Festival @ Passau
Oct 19 2008 @ 8:00P - Masters of Rock Cafe @ Zlin
Oct 20 2008 @ 8:00P - Ship A38 @ Budapest
Oct 21 2008 @ 8:00P - Arge @ Salzburg
Oct 22 2008 @ 8:00P - Rockfabrik @ Ludwigsburg
Oct 23 2008 @ 8:00P - Batschkapp @ Frankfurt
Oct 24 2008 @ 8:00P - Eisenbahnhalle @ Losheim
Oct 25 2008 @ 8:00P - Hellflame Festival (South Side Of Hell) @ Lichtenfells
Oct 26 2008 @ 8:00P - Luxorlive @ Arnhem

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Vikings Set Sail For North American Paganfest

To begin with, Korpiklaani was not present for this leg of the Paganfest tour, and it’s nothing short of a tragedy that North Americans had to miss out on the Forest Clan for this event.

Eluveitie was also not in attendance, supposedly because they didn’t file the proper paperwork with the Canadian customs in a timely fashion, so Gwynbleidd was on hand to fill in as an opener at the Medley in Montreal, Quebec. These New Yorkers weren’t quite as folksy as their Scandinavian counterparts, yet they offered a melancholic, progressive metal – slow, dark material, somewhat similar to High On Fire, and they set the stage quite nicely for Tyr.

Tyr looked the same as ever, long-haired and bare-chested, and they treated the crowd to a song from their newest album, “Land”. Fans were pleased to see “Hail to the Hammer” and the Faroese “Ramund Hin Unge” get some play, as well as “Wings of Time”. Unfortunately, their set was cut mercilessly short after a few songs, and they were replaced by Turisas. It is safe to say, even among the crazy Ensiferum fans, that Turisas stole the show that night. They swept up the crowd into the palm of their head and collectively placed it in their pocket. More...

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Korpiklaani Speaks On The Paganfest Tour

Korpiklaani have posted the following message via their official website:

"After this great Paganfest tour we like to thank all fans who filled the venues with their enthusiasm. It was heartwarming to see how many of you showed up to see us all!

This tour was a great enjoyment for us, being together with all these cool friends from all these brilliant bands was an absolute highlight. We had a great time and lot of fun together. So thanks to all bands, also the local supporting bands, technicians, organization and of course to you... the audience!

We wish the other Paganfest bands very happy touring in the USA!" More...

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Paganfest Changes A Couple Of Venues

The May 11 Paganfest stop, featuring Ensiferum, Turisas, Tyr and Eluveitie, has been moved to a new venue. The show will now take place at Chasers Bar and Nightclub in Scottsdale, AZ.

The May 12 show in El Paso was also recently moved to a new venue. The show will now take place at Club 101 in El Paso, TX.

Here are the latest Paganfest 2008 tour dates: More...

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Tyr Delay New Album, "Land," and Reveal Artwork

Faroe Islands metallers TÝR will release their fourth full-length album, "Land", on May 30 in Europe and June 10 in the U.S. via Napalm Records. According to the band, the follow-up to 2006's "Ragnarok" "contains mostly Faeroese, but also Icelandic and Norwegian traditionals, re-arranged into heavy metal. The second most prevalent language is English." The CD was recorded at Jacob Hansen's (RAUNCHY, ROB ROCK, HATESPHERE, MERCENARY) studio in Ribe, Denmark.

"Land" track listing is as follows:

01. Gandksvaedi Tróndar
02. Skinlars Visa
03. Gátu Rima
04. Brennivin
05. Ocean
06. Fipan Fagra
07. Valkyrjan
08. Lokka Tattur
09. Land
10. Hail To The Hammer More...

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Complete NEMHF 2008 Lineup Revealed

The complete lineup for the 10th Anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, set for weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachussetts has been confirmed.

The largest and most successful metal festival in the United States will be presented this year by ESP, Randall, EMG, exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, and "Summer Slaughter Tour" second stage sponsor Sumerian Records.

"When we first started, we never could have much this festival would have grown," said festival co-founder Scott Lee. "It started out of our love for metal and it’s been amazing to be able to share that with fans who love it as much as we do. It’s also gratifying to be able to give exposure to up-and-coming bands and watch them develop into international stars."

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will present Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire on Friday night. Doors will open Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday will kick off the full two-stage set up at 11:30 a.m. with for the Fallen Dreams, Veil of Maya, Trap Them, COCKPUNCH!, Xtryrantx, Winds of Plague, From A Second Story Window, Soilent Green, Arsis, Sleeping Giant, Stick to Your Guns, First Blood, Disfear, Municipal Waste, The Ghost Inside, Embrace the End, The End, Keep Of Kalessin, Monstrosity, Skeletonwitch, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Heaven Shall Burn, Vital Remains, Kataklysm, Hate Eternal, The Acacia Strain, Overkill, Behemoth, Shadows Fall, and Dimmu Borgir.

Sunday’s lineup includes Classic Struggle, Stray from the Path, Waking the Cadaver, Unholy, Cold World, Recon, Elysia, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, On Broken Wings, Dead to Fall, Full Blown Chaos, Ligeia, Since the Flood, Shai Hulud, Hemlock, After the Burial, Unexpect, Thy Will Be Done, Born of Osiris, Impending Doom, Kid Deposit Triumph, Vanna, Emmure, A Life Once Lost, Despised Icon, God Forbid, Eluveitie, Tyr, Turisas, Ensiferum, Nevermore, Meshuggah, and Ministry. The show will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The full schedule of set times will be announced soon.

The festival will also host the popular vendor area, where fans can pick up an assortment of rare CDs, t-shirts, and other memorabilia. Artists performing at the show will be on hand for meet and greets throughout the three days.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Metal Edge Magazine, Monster Energy, All In Merchandise, 518 Prints, MTV’s Headbanger’s Blog, The Syndicate, Mazur PR, Heavy Hitter, Scott Lee Clothing, and many more to be announced.

Tickets are $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass.

Tickets are available at all Strawberries and FYE Stores, online at tickets.com and enterthevault.com, or by calling 1-800-477-6849.

The Palladium is located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, MA.

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Tyr Confirms New Release Date For Album

Tyr has confirmed the new release dates of their upcoming album, "Land," which also will be available as a digipak that includes a bonus DVD, "Live At Wacken." The release will drop on the following dates:

May 28 – FIN
May 30 – GAS, Benelux, FRA, ITA, SWE
June 02 – EU
June 10 – USA / CAN

"A distinctive trademark that sets TÝR appart from most other bands of the "Viking Metal" genre is the autheticism of their music: "Traditional music dating back to the Vikings, that is not preserved anywhere else in the world, not even in Iceland, is passed on in an oral tradition here and it is still alive and well. That is what we build our music on and draw great inspiration from" explains Heri Joensen, singer and guitarist of TYR

Almost every song on "Land" is based on Faroese or Norwegian lore, and is revetted in the garb of the Folk Metal genre. Its approach unmistakenly creates a very true Viking Metal.

Traditional Faroese lyrics mark tracks such as "Gátu Ríma", "Fípan Fagra" and "Lokka Táttur", and "Gandkvæði Tróndar", which is a poem by J.H.O. Djurhuus about the Faroese chieftain Tróndur, who fought against the dying of the old beliefs and for the independence of the Faroes. "Sinklars Vísa" is a Norwegian traditional song based on the true story of Scottish mercenaries killed when trying to disturbe the peace in Norway.

While most lyrics contain traditional stories about the Norse pantheon and the Viking age, some topics are more earthbound: "Ocean" explores the reasons why Scandinavians sailed westwards to the Faroes, a question that to this day remains unanswered by historians and archeologists alike. And "Valkyrjan" tackles the unheroic side of war, reflecting on the feelings of futility men face on the battlefield.

Musically "Land" guards the essence of that most sacred to TÝR: Heroic Viking Metal, highly influenced by Scandinavian traditionals and combined with contemporary metal.

Land hits the streets on 30 May and will be available as regular jewel case edition and a limited edition deluxe digipack including a bonus DVD of the very memorable gig at Wacken Open Air.

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Korpiklaani To Play First Ever Romanian Show

Finland's KORPIKLAANI have issued the following update:

"Dear friends,

We are happy to announce that we will move our asses to two countries we have never been before. We will play on Rock 'n Lasi Open Air in Romania (May 24th) and at Lagoa Burning Live Festival in Portugal (July 27th).

Soon we will join the other (great) bands for the big European Paganfest Tour. The Paganfest at Masters Of Rock Café (April 13th), Zlin (Czech Republic) is already sold out.

Would be cool to meet all of you (again)!"


Pagafest Europe features ENSIFERUM (headliner), KORPIKLAANI, MOONSORROW, TYR and ELUVEITIE. Dates are as follows:

2 - Bremen, Germany - Tivoli
3 - Tilburg, Holland - O13
4 - Antwerp, Belgium - Hof Ter Loo
5 - Essen, Germany - Funbox Amalie
6 - London, UK - Koko
7 - Leeds, UK - Rios
8 - Dudley, UK - JBs
9 - Paris, France - Locomotive
10 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
11 - Linz, Austria - Posthof
12 - Wien, Austria - Planet Music
13 - Zlin, Czech Republic - Masters of Rock Cafe (SOLD OUT)
14 - Budapest, Hungary - Petoefi Hall
15 - Innsbruck, Austria - Hafen
16 - Ludwigsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
17 - Berlin, Germany - SO 36
18 - Leipzig, Germany - Hellraiser
19 - München, Germany - Backstage
20 - Graz, Austria - Orpheum
21 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Garage
22 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp

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Suidakra Confirm Release Date Of Upcoming DVD/CD

SUIDAKRA is gearing up for the release of a DVD / CD Best Of package entitled "13 Years Of Celtic Wartunes". It will be released on April 25th. The DVD will feature Suidakra's 2007 performance at the Wacken Open Air and an acoustic show, while the CD will feature re-mastered and newly recorded songs.

Suidakra will play the following west coast dates on the upcoming Pagafest Tour in the US, also featuring ENSIFERUM, TURISAS, TYR and ELUVEITIE:

5 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
6 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
7 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
8 - Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
9 - Santa Clara, CA - The Avalon
10 - Long Beach, CA - The Vault

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Tyr Confirm New Album Title and Release Date

Faroese pagan metal band TÝR have issued the following update:

"The new album by Týr will be called Land. It is scheduled for release on May 8th and it contains mostly Faeroese, but also Icelandic and Norwegian traditionals, re-arranged into heavy metal. The second most prevalent language is English."

ENSIFERUM, TURISAS, Týr and ELUVEITIE will join forces for the Pagan Fest North American tour, running through April and May, with SUIDAKRA joining the tour for six west coast dates. More...

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