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Hymns of Nordic Folk and pounding Metal summon the ghost of Tyr's ancestors. Scandinavian mythology, Viking warriors, and heroic battles become the lyrical backdrop that accompanies powerful Viking choruses, traditional melodies, and timeless Heavy Metal. Tyr has refined their trademark sound in their latest work, Ragnarok. Technically brilliant and 100 percent authentic, Ragnarok emerges as a masterpiece within the true Viking Metal genre! The special Ltd. Ed. contains two bonus tracks not found on the regular edition.
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12. Valkyries Flight
And they make the difference!
If you do not know them you can find it in youtube.
(sorry for my bad english)
I have always loved Norse, Old English and Irish folklore and myth, so the subject matter of Ragnarok is right down my ally. It is a "concept" album that tells of the final battle that shares it name with the album. Even if you are not necessarily into Scandinavian myth, the themes of lies, deceit, and apocalypse have resonance. There is an overall melancholy to the album I do not get from other "viking" metal. In fact, I think it a bit unfair to call this straight "viking" metal, because it transcends genre in a way. There is something almost spiritual about it--something mystical.
The decision to sing in English as well as Faroese is brilliant and courageous as well. When other bands are singing solely in English, this band chooses to sing in their native language with traditional folk songs. Language is such a big part of culture that I do not believe it can be fully separated. These artists are sharing their culture with a world that has forgotten it. Kudos!
That being said, musically, the traditional moorings lend complex melodies that seem too old for "heavy metal," but not too old for music. This makes the achievement of Ragnarok all the greater. It all fits together nicely. It's as if a medieval poet plugged up and started using electrical instruments to tell the stories that have been told for centuries. I had a professor who would recite (from memory) large pieces of The Wanderer and Beowulf in OE, and I was always in awe at the rhythms in that language's poetry. They were haunting and hard to grab in a way. It was as if I were listening to the bones of the language I had spoken all of my life, and the only thing I could recognize was the rhythm--as if it were already a part of me in some way. Faroese is rhythmically very similar, at least to my ear, and this album (with Eric the Red a close second) is the closest thing that I have ever heard in "pop" culture to those rhythms.
In fact, they treat the alliterative nature of Old Norse poetry using the traditional half-line feet in many songs. One half-line that comes to mind is in the song "Ragnarok": "With heavy hearts we head, on towards the end." This is a great example of translating the poetic language in a very old tradition into present-day English. The "h" and "w" alliteration in the first half-line and the vowel and "t" alliteration in the second half really stands out as tightly woven poetry. This is not an easy thing to accomplish (I've tried). It's made more impressive, I think, by adding the music that accompanies it.
If you like Norse mythology, great music, or great rhythmic poetry, you need to check this album out. I have nothing bad to say about it. I would give it more stars if I could.
The theme to all of the songs are Viking battles, epic journeys, the afterlife, death in battle, finding ones self and are based on ancient pagan myths and history. Did i mention that these guys are from the Faroe Islands, between northern Europe and Iceland.
Get this record if you like good catchy epic metal that isnt to aggressive or dark. If you like Metallica, Sonata Arctica, Amon Amarth, or Ensiferum, you will love this!!!
2) Want 13 compelling reasons to read "The Poetic Edda"? Buy this CD. Much of the subject matter for the original pieces comes from the stories found there. "Ragnarok" is a fine concept album, really--running the cycle through Loki's need to come up with an impressive gift for Thor, through his hand in the death of Baldur, up to the meeting of his own fate. And more.
And the subject matter itself--while worthy enough--is not the only amazing and noteworthy point. The voice, hand and many layers with which these pieces were composed is stunning. The lyrics stand alone as examples of excellent poetry true to Viking-Age Norse subjects and style.
They also work just fine as metal lyrics, too.
How cool is that?
3) Just buy it. Really. If you're a fan of smart, powerful, accomplished heavy metal; if you're a vocalist, songwriter, guitarist, drummer, bassist on the prowl for some stellar examples of excellence in your art; if you like folk-modern fusions, Norse culture, the Faeroes and/or TYR themselves--you can't possibly be disappointed in this CD.