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Valkyrja

(Metal Blade Records)

Reviewed by : Kelley Simms
Rating : 8.0

Valkyrja is the seventh full-length album from Faroese Viking metal band, TÝR. It’s a concept album based loosely around an anonymous Viking warrior who leaves his woman to eagerly impress the Valkyrie on the battlefield so that she may bring him to Valhalla. It consists of 13 (minus two cover tunes) battle-ready folk/power metal anthems soaked in a hardy Scandinavian flavor. Frontman and founder Heri Joensen has one of the most distinctive and charismatic voices in metal and you’ll find it hard to resist the chant-able and infectious singalong choruses. From the charging JUDAS PRIEST meets GAMMA RAY pure power metal riffs of CD-opener ‘Blood Of Heroes’ to the IRON MAIDEN-ish galloping melodies of ‘Hel Hath No Fury,’ Valkyrja displays the likable trademark qualities of Tyr; great drinking tunes decorated with huge melodic hooks and twin guitar leads. Liv Kristine of LEAVE’S EYES makes a guest appearance on ‘The Lay Of Our Love.’ Although the two singers give a good performance, it’s a bit predictable as far as ballad-esque duets go. Tyr closes the album with two excellent cover tunes: IRON MAIDEN’s ‘Where Eagles Dare’ and PANTERA’s ‘Cemetery Gates.’ With the former, it doesn’t have the same punch as the original and seems to be a half step behind in tempo, but the added vocal harmonies gives the song a new dynamic. On the latter, despite Joensen’s and Anselmo’s voices being completely on the opposite ends of the vocal spectrum, the song works well. The length of the album is on the longish side, but the songs are more rocking and less folky than the band’s previous material. Valkyrja begins strong, slags a bit in the middle before ending on a high note.



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