Label
Capitol
Release date
20 Aug 1990
Running length
9 tracks
Running time
37:20

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Anno Mundi (The Vision) 6:12 3,572
2 The Law Maker 3:55 23,407
3 Jerusalem 3:59 24,083
4 The Sabbath Stones 6:48 25,207
5 The Battle of Tyr 1:08 25,061
6 Odin's Court 2:42 24,485
7 Valhalla 4:42 25,672
8 Feels Good to Me 3:49 22,716
9 Heaven in Black 4:05 23,429

About this album

TYR is the fifteenth studio album by heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in 1990 by I.R.S. Records.

The album title and several song titles are taken from Norse Mythology which led many to call Tyr a concept album, although bassist Neil Murray dispelled that in 2005, stating that while many of the songs may seem loosely related, very little of the album has to do with mythology and it was not intended to be a concept recording.

Tyr is the son of Odin, the chief god in Norse mythology. He is the god of single combat and heroic glory, portrayed as a one-handed man. The usage of such analogies and mythology was a great departure from Headless Cross’ descent into the Dark Side and the power of Satan. This is due to the direction of the lyrics by singer Tony Martin, who is an avid fan of history and joked that people “could get history degrees by listening to Black Sabbath!”

This album represents possibly the most dramatic departure from Black Sabbath’s traditional sound, with only traces of it found in the occasional riff. The production has been criticized by some (who claim Cozy Powell’s drums drown out most of the other instruments) and praised by others, who note that this is one of Sabbath’s heaviest albums and perhaps the most prominently reliant on keyboards by the perennial 5th member, Geoff Nicholls. As a result, much of the music is a lot darker than previous Sabbath works, closely resembling the previous album Headless Cross in terms of darkness.

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