Tyr has never been well received in mainstream circles, and that’s not surprising, line-up changes have seen three distinct vocalists since 2002’s “How Far to Asgaard”.
“Land” is indicative of the band’s heritage and this is evident in the impact of Icelandic and Faroese traditional music in a number of the tracks. There is also a large historical element.
Opening track ‘Gandksvaedi Tróndar’ is a traditional Faroese song written by poet J.H.O. Djurhuus. Djurhuus’s work features again on the title track while the work of Icelandic bassist Björn S. Blöndal is included on the track ‘Brennivin’.
Perhaps only the most devout of Viking Metal fans will appreciate this album. It’s technical and it’s progressive in a heavy way. It’s a lot to digest, and it’s obvious this is a band doing its own thing.
Treat with caution.