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TYR Gets "Hammered" In New Music Video, Single

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Tuesday, March 12, 2024 @ 12:01 AM


From Upcoming Battle Ballads Full-Length; North American Tour Draws Near

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Faroe Islands-based Viking metal icons TYR today unleash their latest single and accompanying video for "Hammered". The track comes by way of the group's ninth full-length studio album, Battle Ballads, set for release on April 12th via Metal Blade Records!

When TYR teamed up with the Symphony Orchestra of the Faroe Islands on February 8th, 2020, to record the double-disc/DVD release A Night At The Nordic House, founding frontman Heri Joensen was thrilled to bring together two of the music forms he loves most - folk and classical - into his band's unorthodox form of music. But at the time, he couldn't have imagined what a profound impact the collaboration would have on his musical vision, and how much it would influence and inform the album he would write a few years later.

"There's a reason classical music is called classical," Joensen says. "It's the classical way of doing it. And it creates these epic sounds that fit in perfectly with the kind of metal we do in TYR. So, there's full orchestration on all of the new songs."

With Battle Ballads, TYR has crafted an album that resounds with their trademark Viking metal sound -- a crushing, soaring, batch of classical embellished songs that conjure images of galloping steeds, clashing swords, and hard-fought victories. At the same time, the band has experimented with new writing styles and musical techniques and created songs that are structurally simpler, yet musically more variegated. For Joensen, it's a clear illustration of how he plans to continue exploring different approaches in the future while staying true to the spirit of thunderous Viking metal.

"We consciously decided to make this a more direct album with songs that are easier for listeners to get right away than some of the stuff on our last album, or maybe even on our 2006 album Ragnarok, which was very progressive," says Joensen. "With Battle Ballads, there are progressive elements here and there, but we tried to keep the songs based on one or two musical ideas each, and work on everything from there. So, in a way, it's more concise than our last album, but it's more epic because of the symphonic elements."

There's no escaping the masterful blend of melody and savagery on Battle Ballads straight from album opener and latest single, "Hammered", which funnels infectious riffs and searing licks through a variety of rhythm and tempo changes.

Joensen comments, "The song begins with the hammering of metal against metal, forging, then melodic riffing over a simple but classical chord progression that evolves throughout the song. Driving drums, heavy metal over a symphonic soundscape. An adventurous backdrop to the forging of weapons of war, blades of battle. This used to be in the past but now it's here with a fast-paced singalong chorus. Thoughts on the apparent inevitability of war and our reaction to it. Balancing our enthusiasm against our defeatism."

Watch TYR's "Hammered" video on KNAC.COM HERE.

As much as TYR would have liked to write, rehearse, and record with a symphony, scheduling conflicts made it impossible. So they did the next best thing. Joensen sent the band's ten thunderous compositions to a Danish colleague, Lars Winther, in England, who added the orchestral samples, paying close attention to the tone and tempo of the songs so the violins, violas, cellos, woodwinds, and horns complimented the traditional rock instruments. When the samples were all in place, the album sounded impressive, but the tones weren't perfectly blended. So, TYR sent the album to veteran producer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, The Black Dahlia Murder, Amaranthe) in Denmark to put together the final mix.

Battle Ballads features the stunning artwork of Gyula Havancsak and will be released on CD and digital formats as well as vinyl in the following color variants:

  • Sea Blue Smoke (US)
  • Maroon Marbled (EU - Ltd. 800)
  • 180g Black (EU - Ltd. 500)
  • Thunderous Sky Blue Marbled (EU - Ltd. 300)
  • Teal Green Melt With Red Splatter (EU - Ltd. 200)
  • Flame Splattered (EU - Ltd. 200)
Find preorders at metalblade.com/tyr.

Battle Ballads Track Listing:

  • "Hammered"
  • "Unwandered Ways"
  • "Dragons Never Die"
  • "Row"
  • "Torkils Dotur"
  • "Vaelkomnir Foroyingar"
  • "Hangman"
  • "Axes"
  • "Battle Ballad"
  • "Causa Latronum Normannorum"
In celebration of the release of Battle Ballads, TYR will return to North American stages this Spring for The Battle Ballads headlining tour. The tour will commence on March 28th in Baltimore, Maryland and make its way through over two dozen cities, ending on April 26th in Greensboro, North Carolina. Support will be provided by TROLLFEST, AETHER REALM, and THE DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD. The tour marks TYR's first North American run since 2019. Tickets are on sale now. See all confirmed dates below.

TYR w/ TROLLFEST, AETHER REALM, THE DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD:

  • 3/28/2024 Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
  • 3/29/2024 Gramercy Theater - New York, NY
  • 3/30/2024 Middle East Downstairs - Boston, MA
  • 3/31/2024 La Source De La Martiniere - Quebec City, QC
  • 4/01/2024 Studio TD - Montreal, QC
  • 4/02/2024 Brass Monkey - Ottawa, ON
  • 4/03/2024 Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ON
  • 4/04/2024 The Sanctuary - Detroit, MI
  • 4/05/2024 Reggies - Chicago, IL
  • 4/06/2024 Skyway Theater - Minneapolis, MN
  • 4/07/2024 Park Theater - Winnipeg. MB
  • 4/08/2024 The Exchange - Regina, SK
  • 4/09/2024 Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB
  • 4/10/2024 Dickens - Calgary, AB
  • 4/12/2024 The Rickshaw - Vancouver, BC
  • 4/13/2024 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
  • 4/14/2024 Bossanova Ballroom - Portland, OR
  • 4/15/2024 Cornerstone - Berkeley, CA
  • 4/16/2024 1720 - Los Angeles, CA
  • 4/17/2024 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
  • 4/18/2024 Nile Theater - Mesa, AZ
  • 4/19/2024 Rockhouse Bar & Grill - El Paso, TX
  • 4/20/2024 Come And Take It Live - Austin, TX
  • 4/21/2024 The Granada - Dallas, TX
  • 4/22/2024 White Oak Music Hall - Houston, TX
  • 4/24/2024 Conduit - Orlando, FL
  • 4/25/2024 The Masquerade (Hell) - Atlanta, GA
  • 4/26/2024 Hangar 1819 - Greensboro, NC


 

 

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