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Tyr

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 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)!"

Korpiklaani

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

April
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:

May
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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10th Annual NEMHF Details Revealed

This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, the largest and most successful metal festival in the United States.

This year’s show, presented by ESP, Randall, EMG, and exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, will take place the weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., its home since its inception. Sumerian Records will sponsor the “Summer Slaughter Tour” second stage.

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. Saturday will be headlined by Dimmu Borgir, Shadows Fall, and Behemoth. Ministry, Meshuggah, and Nevermore will close out the festival on Sunday night.

Other bands scheduled to perform include: A Life Once Lost, The Acacia Strain, After the Burial, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Belay My Last, Born of Osiris, Braindrill, Classic Struggle, Cockpunch!, Cold World, Dead to Fall, Demiricous, Dillinger Escape Plan, Disfear, Eluveitie, Elysia, Embrace the End, Emmure, The End, Ensiferum, First Blood, From a Second Story Window, Full Blown Chaos, The Ghost Inside, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Hemlock, High on Fire, Impending Doom, Job for a Cowboy, Keep Of Kalessin, Kid Deposit Triumph, Ligeia, Mensrea, Monstrosity, Municipal Waste, On Broken Wings, Overkill, Recon, Red I Flight, Rhinoceros, Shai Halud, Shipwreck a.d., Since the Flood, Skeletonwitch, Sleeping Giant, Soilent Green, Sons of Azrael, Stick to Your Guns, Stray from the Path, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Trap Them, Turisas, Tyr, Unexpect, Unholy, Vanna, Veil of Maya, Vital Remains, Waking the Cadaver, Winds of Plague, Withered, and Xtyrantx.

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

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 15 at 10 a.m. EST. The cost is $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass. Tickets available at all Strawberries / FYE Stores, by calling (800) 477-6849 or online at tickets.com.

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New Dates Added To Pagan Fest Tour

A few more dates have been added to the Pagan Fest Tour, which features Ensiferum, Turisas, Tyr and Eluveitie.

New dates are as follows:

May 09 San Francisco, CA - Fat City
May 13 Albuquerque, NM - The Launchpad
May 21 Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock

Confirmed tour dates: More...

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Kataklysm Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have been confirmed for this year's Bloodstock Open Air festival, set to take place August 15-17, 2008 at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

AT THE GATES
COMMUNIC
DIMMU BORGIR
ELUVEITIE
EVILE
HELLOWEEN
KATAKLYSM
MOONSORROW
OPETH
PRIMAL FEAR
SOILWORK
SWALLOW THE SUN
TÝR

KATAKLYSM will perform at the Rebel Radio "Birthday Bash" alongside TROUBLE on January 27 at The House of Blues in Chicago, Illinois. More bands will be announced soon.

KATAKLYSM has recruited producer Jason Suecof (CHIMAIRA, TRIVIUM, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER) to mix the band's new album beginning in early February. "Prevail" will feature several guest appearances to be announced at a later date. The album is scheduled for a late spring/early summer release via Nuclear Blast Records.

KATAKLYSM recently decided to "immortalize" the character that was featured on the cover of their most recent album, "In the Arms of Devastation", and have him re-appear as the main character — dubbed "The Heartbeast" — on their next offering, "Prevail".

Commented vocalist Maurizio Iacono: "We had so [much] killer feedback on the artwork but especially on the character that we decided to keep him as the band's fifth band member... kinda like IRON MAIDEN did with 'Eddie.' We have the perfect concept for the next album art... it will be bad-ass!"

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Ensiferum Add New Dates To Tour

As previously reported, ENSIFERUM, TURISAS, TYR and ELUVEITIE will join forces for the Pagan Fest North American tour, running through April and May. Dates have now been announced for El Paso, TX and Hollywood and Long Beach, CA.

Confirmed dates currently include:

April
25 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
26 - Montreal, QC - Medley
27 - Worchester, MA - The Palladium
28 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
29 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s
30 - Detroit, MI - Harpo’s

May
1 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Powerfest
3 - Denver, CO - Cervantes
5 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
6 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
7 - Sacramento, CA - The Boardwalk
8 - Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues **
10 - Long Beach, CA - The Vault **
11 - Phoenix, AZ - The Cell Block
12 - El Paso, TX - Chics **
14 - Tulsa, OK - Crush Lounge
15 - Fort Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater
16 - San Antonio, TX - The White Rabbit
17 - Houston, TX - Java Jazz
22 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club

** new dates

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Ensiferum Explain Cancellation Of Illingen Show

ENSIFERUM have issued the following update:

"Ensiferum is very sorry for the cancellation of the Hexentanz gig in Illingen, Germany (on December 15th). Our guitar player Markus had to go to a hospital on the previous day in Switzerland and he had to stay in the hospital for a few days. At this moment Markus is doing fine and future gigs will be played as planned."

"We want to thank the incredible audience, crew and bands CHTHONIC and INSANIA for a great tour. Special thanks goes to the audience in Pratteln's Z7 club for understanding and to the staff for good work and great help. We salute you!"

Ensiferum plays a gig on February 4th at Helsinki Icehall, where the headliner is the legendary MEGADETH." More...

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Tyr Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

Faroe Islands based metallers TÝR have been announced as the latest act to perform at the Bloodstock Open Air 2008 which is scheduled for August 15th - 17th at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England.

Other bands scheduled to play at the event will are: DIMMU BORGIR, AT THE GATES, OPETH, PRIMAL FEAR, MOONSORROW, SOILWORK, SWALLOW THE SUN, TÝR, COMMUNIC, EVILE and ELUVEITIE.

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Ensiferum Release More "Pagan Fest" Tour Dates

More dates have been released for the “Pagan Fest USA” North American tour next year that will feature ENSIFERUM, TURISAS, TYR, and ELUVEITIE:

April 25 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
April 26 - Montreal, QC @ Medley
April 27 - Worchester, MA @ The Palladium
April 28 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
April 29 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
April 30 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
May 1 - Chicago, IL @ Chicago Powerfest
May 3 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes
May 5 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
May 6 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
May 7 - Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
May 10 - Orange County, CA @ California MetalFest
May 11 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Cell Block
May 14 - Tulsa, OK @ Crush Lounge
May 15 - Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
May 16 - San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
May 17 - Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
May 22 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

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Darkane Confirmed For Chicago Powerfest

Sweden's DARKANE and Germany's SUIDAKRA have just been confirmed for Chicago Powerfest 2008. The sixth annual metal festival will take place on Friday/Saturday, May 2-3, at The Pearl Room in Mokena, IL. There will also be an official Powerfest "kick-off" show on May 1, featuring ENSIFERUM, TURISAS, TYR and ELUVEITIE, who will be making a stop along their Paganfest tour.

As previously announced, Powerfest promoters, CRJ Productions, have introduced an official fan sponsorship/VIP program this year that will give fans a higher level of participation in the fest and a chance to take advantage of some cool perks.

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Queensryche Confirmed For Bang Your Head Festival

QUEENSRŸCHE have been confirmed as one of the headlining acts for next year's instalment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place on June 27-28, 2008 in Balingen, Germany. The band will deliver a very special three-hour performance with the full "Operation: Mindcrime" sets along with a huge stage production including stage actors, dialogue intermissions, video screens and other audio-visual effects.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AGE OF EVIL
AGENT STEEL
BREAKER
CONTRACRASH
ENSIFERUM
FORBIDDEN
GRAVE DIGGER
GREAT WHITE
KORPIKLAANI
LIZZY BORDEN
OBITUARY
ONSLAUGHT
QUEENSRŸCHE
RAGE
SAXON
SECRECY
TANKARD
TRAMP'S WHITE LION
TYR

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Turisas Announce European Headlining Tour

After a support slot for ICED EARTH and ANNIHILATOR, Finnish warlords TURISAS will be on the road again in March and April 2008.

Commented Warlord Nygard: "The tour with ICED EARTH and ANNIHILATOR in October was great; we made a lot of new friends and fans, and both bands were great guys to be on the road with. The reactions were awesome, even if there was a lot of people in the crowd who had never heard of us before. However, we could easily understand that some of our fans weren't prepared to pay the tickets on some 30 euro for seeing us play for 30 minutes — that's one euro a minute if you were not too bothered about the other two bands! This is why we are now returning to play full headline sets in Europe for a reasonable ticket price. We are all very excited about getting back on the road and doing our first headlining European tour."

TURISAS European tour dates:

Mar. 01 - Northampton, UK @ Soundhouse
Mar. 02 - Sheffield, UK @ Corporation
Mar. 03 - Aberdeen, UK @ Moshulu
Mar. 04 - Edinburgh, UK @ Studio 24
Mar. 05 - Liverpool, UK @ Academy 2
Mar. 06 - Norwich, UK @ Waterfront
Mar. 07 - Peterborough, UK @ Park
Mar. 08 - Leeds, UK @ Cockpit
Mar. 10 - Exeter, UK @ Cavern
Mar. 11 - Cardiff Clwb, UK @ Ifor Bach
Mar. 12 - Southampton, UK @ The Brook
Mar. 13 - London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
Mar. 14 - Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
Mar. 15 - Haarlem, Netherlands @ Patronaat
Mar. 16 - Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Doornroosje
Mar. 18 - Hamburg, Germany @ Marx
Mar. 19 - Karlsruhe, Germany @ Substage
Mar. 20 - Munich, Germany @ Metropolis
Mar. 21 - Winterthur, Switzerland @ Salzhaus
Mar. 22 - Bochum, Germany @ Matrix
Mar. 23 - Berlin, Germany @ Kato
Mar. 25 - Vienna, Austria @ Planet Music
Mar. 26 - Bratislava, Slovakia @ Randal
Mar. 27 - Prague, Czech Republic @ Rock Café
Mar. 28 - Lichtenfels, Germany @ Ragnarök Festival
Mar. 29 - Osnabrueck, Germany @ Tomahawk Festival
Mar. 31 - Malmö, Sweden @ KB
Apr. 01 - Gothenburg, Germany @ Musikens Hus
Apr. 02 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ The Rock
Apr. 03 - Oslo, Norway @ John Dee
Apr. 04 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben More...

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Paganfest USA Tour Dates Announced

ENSIFERUM, TURISAS, TÝR and ELUVEITIE will team up for the Paganfest USA tour beginning in April. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Apr. 25 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
Apr. 26 - Montreal, QC - Medley
Apr. 27 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Apr. 28 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Apr. 29 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
May 01 - Chicago, IL - The Pearl Room (Chicago Powerfest)
May 05 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
May 06 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
May 07 - Sacramento, CA - The Boardwalk
May 10 - Orange County, CA - California Metalfest
May 15 - Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater
May 16 - San Antonio, TX - The White Rabbit
May 22 - New York, NY - BB King Blues Club & Grill

More dates will be announced soon.

Commented ENSIFERUM bassist Sami Hinkka comments: "Across the oceans, through the storms. Towards Vinland, brave warriors of the North! The time has come for us to unite, brothers and sisters; hold your swords up high! With our allies; ELUVEITIE, TÝR and TURISAS, eternal glory and victory waits for us! May beer flow and the Skydome rumble during our quest, so that even the Gods know, it is time for a Paganfest..."

ENSIFERUM recently entered the German chart at position No. 37 with its third album, "Victory Songs". The CD also debuted on the Finnish national chart at No. 6.

"Victory Songs" was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki with producer Janne Joutsenniemi. A limited-edition version of the album includes an extra track, "Lady in Black", and a bonus DVD. An e-card for the CD can be found here. Check out the video for the song "Ahti" at YouTube.

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Tyr Confirm January Live Dates

Faroe Islands based metallers TÝR check in with the following update:

"There will be two Týr concerts and a festival at the end of January. SVARTSOT, who have recently signed to Napalm Records, will support Týr on this short tour."

Dates include:

January
24 - Odense, DEnmark - Badstuen
25 - Lübeck, Germany - Treibsand
26 - Osnabrück, Germany - N8 (Winternoise Festival)

As previously reported, Týr will go into Jacob Hansen's (ROB ROCK, HATESPHERE, MERCENARY) Studio in December to record their fourth full-length album, due to be released by Napalm Records in April or May 2008.

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More Bands Confirmed For Bang Your Head Festival

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE and FORBIDDEN are the latest acts confirmed for the 2008 edition of Germany's Bang Your Head!!! festival which is scheduled for June 27th - 28th at Messegelände in Balingen, Germany.

Confirmed acts now include: AGENT STEEL, AGE OF EVIL, BREAKER, CONTRACRASH, ENSIFERUM, FORBIDDEN, GRAVE DIGGER, GREAT WHITE, KORPIKLAANI, LIZZY BORDEN, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE, ONSLAUGHT, RAGE, SAXON, TANKARD, TYR and WHITE LION.

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Tyr To Enter Studio

Faroe Islands metallers TÝR have issued the following update:

"TÝR will go into Jacob Hansen's [RAUNCHY, ROB ROCK, HATESPHERE, MERCENARY] studio in in December to record their fourth full-length album, due to be released by Napalm Records in April or May 2008. TÝR's preceding two albums, 'Ragnarok' and 'Eric the Red', [were] recorded at Jacob Hansen's studio. It is situated in Ribe on the Jutland peninsula in Denmark. Ribe is one of the oldest known large and organized viking settlements in Scandinavia, so it's only very fitting that TÝR record their albums there. The cooperation between TÝR and Jacob Hansen have been most appreciated by all parts involved so the decision for TÝR to continue recording at Jacob Hansen's studio was not a hard one."

TÝR's third album, "Ragnarok", was released in Europe in September 2006 via Napalm Records.

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Saxon And More Confirmed For Bang Your Head

SAXON, ONSLAUGHT, ENSIFERUM and LIZZY BORDEN have been confirmed for next year's Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 27-28, 2008 at Messegelände in Balingen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AGENT STEEL
AGE OF EVIL
ENSIFERUM
GRAVE DIGGER
GREAT WHITE
LIZZY BORDEN
ONSLAUGHT
RAGE
SAXON
TANKARD
TYR
WHITE LION

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Sahg Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Norwegian heavy rockers SAHG, who feature in their ranks members of GORGOROTH, MANNGARD and AUDREY HORNE, have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): More...

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