The vocal delivery of Heri Joensen is immensely accessible and melodic. Tyr’s strong point is that they utilize a multitude of multi-layered vocals on the sing-along choruses, making them so distinctive and flavorful. Terji Skibenæs’ guitar solos are extremely rich and interesting, and the riffs flow tremendously while still retaining their folky elements.
Their sixth full-length release The Lay of Thrym is full of epic and majestic elements of Faroese traditional music with Nordic pride. The name of the album, title track and cover art is derived from one of the most famous poems from the Poetic Edda, “Thrymskvitha.” Tyr’s subject matter is based on Nordic tales, mythology, paganism and history. They often sing in their native tongue, making those songs immeasurably interesting, and "Konning Hans" and "Ellindur Bóndi Á Jadri" are both enjoyable.
"Flames of the Free" starts in true Viking folk fashion; melodic guitar twiddling, epic choir segments, great layered vocals and a driving rhythm section. "Take Your Tyrant" is a mid-paced song with a catchy chorus. "Shadow Of The Swastika," layered with reflective lyrics about the travesties of the past and glorious harmonies makes it one of the best songs on the disc.
The Lay of Thrym will most likely pique the interest of many new fans. And the older fans that were impressed with their previous two releases, By the Light of the Northern Star and Land, will be more than pleased with this one.
(released June 7, 2011 on Napalm Records)