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  • Audio CD (April 25, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Napalm
  • ASIN: B000EMGFSU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,812 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Edge
2. Regin Smidur
3. Dreams
4. The Wild River Styrisvolurin
5. Ólavur Riddararos
6. Rainbow Warrior
7. Ramund Hin Unge
8. Alive
9. Eric The Red
10. God Of War
11. Hail To The Hammer

Editorial Reviews

Ori Release 06. Combine progressive, folk, power, and viking metal. 2 Bonus Track "God of War" & "Hail To The Master"

Customer Reviews

Buy this album and your ears will be happy.
TrollhammerX
A mandatory purchase for anyone interested in the viking/folk metal genres, and an essential one for anyone else who cares about metal music in general.
Bullethound
This whole album is a remarkable musical synthesis.
Altjungr

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bullethound on March 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I can't say enough good things about this album. I think I listened to it at least once or twice every day for the first 4 months or so that I owned it. It still gets played at least once a week more than 8 months later. This is one of those CDs that you feel like purchasing multiple copies of, just in case one is damaged somewhere down the road. With "Eric the Red," Tyr has crafted an album that will appeal not only to fans of viking and folk metal, but to metal in general. Listeners who may be turned off by the harsh vocals found in many metal bands these days can rest assured that there's nary a scream or growl to be heard on this release. What you get are ten outstanding tracks ranging from an excellent and very fun rendition of the traditional folk song "The Wild Rover," to the absolutely stunning "The Edge"--my vote for one of the best metal songs EVER. I love the way the band has incorporated both English and Faeroese lyrics into this song and the absolutely seemless manner in which it is carried out. Other songs are sung almost entirely in English or the bands native Faeroese. Tyr has two other releases that I'm aware of ("Ragnarok" and "How Far To Aasgard") and while both are excellent, neither can hold a candle to "Eric the Red." A mandatory purchase for anyone interested in the viking/folk metal genres, and an essential one for anyone else who cares about metal music in general.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Óli Gneisti on December 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Eric the Red is the second album from Tyr.
The album is a beautiful mix of heavy metal versions of traditional songs (Danish, Faroese and Irish) and the bands own compositions. The first song is The Edge which tells the story of a man's battle with his own conscience and his decision to take his own life to repent for his crimes. The Edge might be the best song of the album but there are so many great songs that it is hard to decide. Regin Smidur, Ramund hin Unge, Dreams and Alive are also tracks that could ensure Tyr a place among the best, a place which they deserve.
Heavy metal hasn't seen a band like this for many a year and the album Eric the Red is worth every penny. Also check out How far to Asgaard by Tyr.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. West on April 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
First I must say that Tyr's "Eric the Red" and Opeth's "Morningrise" are imo, the absolute 2 best Metal albums ever created. In this genre of Viking Metal, the only other band that tops Tyr is Enslaved. On this, their second album Tyr demonstrate brilliant songwriting and instrumental skill. They are making this genre incredible. There are so many metal bands out there, and I've listened to hundreds. But, Tyr are way ahead of every one of them. These kinds of albums come along maybe once every 10 yrs. Their latest "Ragnarok is also a great slab of Metal. You must check this band out, Pronto!!!!!!!!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Shieldmaid on December 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I listen with great glee and pride to everything from the "Cantigas de Santa Maria" to the Sex Pistols--and 'Eric the Red' has been in my CD player since the first day I tore the cellophane off the jewel case the disk came in.

The structure and arrangement of the originals are disarming in their originality and beauty, without losing a drop of their power. The traditionals are performed and arranged with a skilled ear to wed what is best about traditional and crunchy contemporary musics. The lead guitar lines are performed with a skill and expertise not often heard in contemporary metal that enhances, rather than restrains, the wild energy with which they are performed. And the vocals are brilliant--snarly and growly and whiskey-voiced as Hel, but with astonshing range and clarity.

If you're looking for grandiose, ponderous, 3-power-chord, brain-dead metal fare, search elsewhere. But if you're up for riding breathless over auditory terrain where thunder walks and sharp cliffs sing as they fall away beneath your feet--with eloquent growling sea-wolves as your tour guides--buy this CD. Seriously.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew C. Wright on February 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I first discovered TÝR upon watching the music video for 'Regin Smiður' (track 2) and I was instantly hooked. TÝR is possibly the finest in Viking/folk metal out there, as they not only deliver excellent musicianship and beautiful melodies with crushing metal riffs, but they aren't below mixing jazz and classical elements into their music (examples: 'Eric the Red', intro to 'Rainbow Warrior').

TÝR is a refreshing change from the tradition of European bands who sing exclusively in English - some of the songs are Færoese, with one in Danish. Keeping in mind their heritage, TÝR has updated some old folk songs ('Ramund Hin Unge', 'The Wild Rover', 'Stýrisvølurin') and given them a progressive metal makeover, so to speak. If Dream Theater wore chainmail and drank mead, they would probably turn into TÝR. 'Eric the Red' has a good measure of time signature changes, odd meters, and instrumental technicality, but nothing that detracts from its base in Viking lore. It's definitely a hard-hitting metal album, so prepare to be rocked!

'Eric the Red' is definitely a change from 'How Far to Asgaard' in that the songs on 'EtR' have a much faster pace, and the overall sound quality is greatly improved. There's no single outstanding track, as each one has parts that really stand out. This album is a must-buy for anyone who loves metal, Scandinavian lore, or just an album with a sense of adventure.
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