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Faroe Islands (1998 – present)

Týr is a folk metal band from the Faroe Islands. Their music can be described as a blend of viking, folk and significant progressive structures. The band incorporates many folk elements and melodies in their songs, spiced up by the musical inclusion of the islands’ native folk structure. Their songs include many rhythm changes and complex time signatures.

The project began in January 1998. Heri Joensen met his old bandmate, Kári Streymoy, at a party in Copenhagen, Denmark. Joensen suggested to Streymoy that they should meet up and jam. Streymoy initially declined, but later took him up on his offer.

They were soon joined by another former bandmate, bassplayer Gunnar H. Thomsen, making the duo a trio.

Singer Pól Arni Holm and guitarist Jón Joensen (Heri Joensen’s brother) were part of the band while they recorded How Far to Asgaard but left soon after its release.

Terji Skibenæs joined after Jón Joensen had left the band. Allan Streymoy (Kári Streymoy’s brother) took over singing duties for a brief time during which they released the single “Ólavur Riddararós”. After Allan left Heri Joensen took over the vocals. It was this line up which recorded Eric the Red.

Skibenæs left the band for a while after the release of Eric the Red. The band played as a trio for some time.


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  • Boulesis

    Yeah, some of the lyrics on Valkyrja are pretty cringeworthy.

    21 Jul 10:13am Reply
  • RusSpawn

    Отличная группа! Рад, что открыл для себя такую.

    15 Jul 10:51am Reply
  • Alice_North

    "You can shove the sins of the your father where no light may pass And kiss my Scandinavian ass." priceless line.

    11 Jul 3:37pm Reply
  • Unknowndarkgirl


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  • aktalion

    In my opinion: best album: "How Far To Asgaard" best track: "How Far To Asgaard" :-)

    31 Mar 9:46pm Reply
  • letmyswagon

    14 Mar 2:53am Reply
  • Willensmacht

    Not happy about the corny bestiality crap, the juvenile double entendres, or the egregious "ethereal female vocals." Way to go down the path of cookie cutter stupidity. There are still plenty of good Tyr moments on this album. Let's hope it won't turn into a depressing downward spiral.

    10 Mar 7:39pm Reply
  • BTsGraveland

    The chanting in 'Wings of Time' is so utterly awesome.

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
  • EivindKR

    Just got to see these guys live, and what a fucking show! :D i still can't stop smiling, amazing band

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • wingsofjudas

    What's up with this week's top tracks? They all have exactly 100 plays each and are not by the folk metal band Tyr.

    9 Oct 2014 Reply
  • bonjovyborges

    fuck, i scrooble all this time this band as ''TYR''. fuck Windows Media Player, now says ''it's the first time you listen to this band''

    29 Sep 2014 Reply
  • TesseractGirl

    Let's see how good is the favorite band of my boyfriend :)

    19 Aug 2014 Reply
  • ElHuevas1428574

    ⌠↑ಠ_ಠ ←:D→ ಥ_ಥ↓⌡

    18 Aug 2014 Reply
  • monisiowaty

    great Iron Maiden cover !

    7 Aug 2014 Reply
  • bluegrassishhh

    v yup

    23 Jun 2014 Reply
  • bryantheqb

    wish every song was in Faroese, English is so boring

    17 Jun 2014 Reply
  • StoneManu

    @Neebook: No, your are not ;)

    16 Jun 2014 Reply
  • MrReznov

    I'd say 'By the Light of the Northern Star'. 'Ragnarok' is also very good.

    8 Jun 2014 Reply
  • mattyhaych

    v I'd suggest either 'By the light of the northern star' or 'The lay of Thrym', at the moment I'm loving 'The lay of Thrym'

    6 Jun 2014 Reply
  • HatiEatsTheMoon

    What do you suggest to start listening to this band? I mean, what albums should I try first?

    6 Jun 2014 Reply
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