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HOW FAR TO ASGAARD

Tyr

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3.04 | 11 ratings | 3 reviews | 9% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hail To The Hammer (4:34)
2. Excavation (6:42)
3. The Rune (6:42)
4. Ten Wild Dogs (6:51)
5. God Of War (7:08)
6. Sand In The Wind (6:24)
7. Ormurin Langi (5:50)
8. How far To Asgaard (8:59)

Total Time 53:10

Line-up / Musicians

- Heri Joensen / guitars
- Kári Streymoy / drums
- Pól Arni Holm / vocals
- Gunnar H. Thomsen / bass

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TYR How Far To Asgaard ratings distribution


3.04
(11 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(9%)
9%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(27%)
27%
Good, but non-essential (36%)
36%
Collectors/fans only (18%)
18%
Poor. Only for completionists (9%)
9%

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Review by siLLy puPPy
COLLABORATOR PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams
4 stars While the tiny little territory called the Faroe Islands may hardly be on anybody's radar as far as the world metal music scene is considered, this little rugged subpolar archipelago located just north of the UK and equidistant between Norway and Iceland could be considered an extension of the Scandinavian music scene in general. With only a population slightly over 50,000 inhabitants, the tiny territory has produced a significant number of metal bands alone (as well as other musical genres) ranging from Heljareyga, Hamferđ, Vernon, Synarchy, Asyllex, Hatursvart, Terji to this review's subject of choice TÝR which has managed to poise themselves as the islands' greatest musical export. All these musical connections result in the fact that the Faroe Islands are an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark with close ties to Copenhagen as well as the rest of the Nordic lands. The culture traces its language and history back to Old West Norse from the Middle Ages and the language is closely related to Icelandic which makes it one of the closest linguistic connections to the old Viking tongues of the past.

Not surprisingly the subject matter TÝR is almost exclusively steeped in Viking lore, mythology and history. Their name itself is derived from the god of law and justice in the Norse religion and the music is heavily steeped in kvćđi, the traditional folk music of the Faroe Islands which consists of stanzas plus a chorus sung between every verse. The band was formed in 1998 when Heri Joensen and Kári Streymoy decided to get together and jam which resulted in a similar outlook of creating a style of musical that was designed to break down the walls that have been erected between the various styles of metal the that have been created thus the music of TÝR is a unique blend of power, doom, progressive, Viking, folk and traditional classic metal. The debut album "How Far To Asgaard" may sound like a tribute to the Lord Of The Rings style Tolkien-based themes but in reality "Asgarard" is one of the Nine Worlds and home to the Ćsir tribe of gods in Norse Mythology. For the debut Pól Arni Holm was recruited for vocals and Gunnar H. Thomsen for the bass parts.

While TÝR would develop quite the epic progressive metal sound on subsequent albums, on the debut, "How Far To Asgaard" displays their knack for mixing all the styles of metal ingredients dispersed throughout the metal universe around a mostly traditional Faroese folk style of compositional construction complete with homegrown musical scales and quirky time signatures. The album starts off feeling more like a doom metal release with chugging and slowed down tempos as "Hail To The Hammer" and "Excavation" delve into the Viking world lyrically and plod along with downtrodden doom inspired riffs constructed with a folk feel and a progressive metal methodology of incorporating high register vocals and challenging time signature jitteriness. A classic 80s metal feel comes into the picture as well as the metal aspects tend to have a somewhat classic compositional style with verses, choruses and virtuosic guitar solos. The mix of all these styles may sound quite strange at first and it took me a few spins for "How Far To Asgaard" to sink in as i found i needed to calibrate my sensibilities to its quirky idiosyncrasies but after i did so found myself really loving the intricacies of how these tracks were constructed and the melodies become quite catchy once you catch the Faroese vibe.

My favorite tracks are those that think outside the box such as "Ten Wild Dogs" which uses a hammer on guitar lick as the guitar with a slightly warped sense of rhythm yet existing in the general framework of the established fusion sound TÝR have created. While the tracks are definitely metal based with Faroese folk mixed in, the track "Ormurin Langi" is a metal version of a traditional Faroese song and if anyone if familiar with some of the Pagan leaning black metal bands of Norway, Sweden and Finland such as Enslaved and Moonsorrow, this traditional style of Nordic folk music should sound quite familiar. The lyrics are mostly in English on "How Far To Asgaard" but native Faroese is also used in some choruses and of course on the traditional. Here's another debut that i find myself against the grain on. True that it requires a little indoctrination to the subtleties and an education into the ethnomusicology folklore that it derives from, but once i put this on while driving on full audio emersion, i found i loved this one a lot as it's some of the most authentic fusion of ethnic folk music and modern day metal i've ever heard and doesn't resort to some of the beer chugging bards of future albums. Nice harmonics, instrumental counterpoints and history lessons. Excellent!

"How Far To Asgard" has been released twice. One with the original ominous purple sea album cover with the rune inspired band logo and again with an artistic vision of the Faroese landscape with Vikings gazing out from the clouds above. This second version re-released in 2008 on Napalm records after the band found more worldwide success contains the two bonus tracks "Ólavur Riddararós" and "Stýrisvřlurin" which are two more examples of traditional Faroese folk music dressed up in metal clothing and are highly recommended. Not only do i like the second release better for the artwork and extra two tracks, but all the bad production gripes i've encountered regarded this album seem to have been rectified on this second go at it. While it's taken me a while to get into the music of TÝR, i have to admit that after hearing a few albums, it was this debut that made it all click and now i'm hooked.

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2 stars Týr's music consists of Progressive Metal mixed with traditional Faroese compositions with lyrics romanticizing vikings and the old Norse religion. Every creative thought in folk metal should be cheriched, so the time has come to review some Týr. Týr's debut could be better. It suffers from uni ... (read more)

Report this review (#309028) | Posted by MeThos_valdroa | Tuesday, November 9, 2010 | Review Permanlink

2 stars I watched a BBC programme about the folk music in the Faroe Islands last year. The music was both interesting and very good. To my astonishment, Tyr was included in the programme with some pretty good stuff. The connection between the folk music scene and Tyr was pretty obvious and their inclu ... (read more)

Report this review (#245097) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Sunday, October 18, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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