When most people listen to the Fore Islands’ Týr, politics is the last thing likely to come to mind. With the release of the band’s sixth album The Lay of The Thrym, that will all likely change.
While the band still speaks to Norse mythology on the new record, there is a not so subtle look at global issues in vocalist Heri Joensen’s lyrics this time around. The album’s crux is the tale of King Thrym who dared steal Thor’s hammer, but on the new album, Heri and the band use the story in part as a metaphor for global tyranny and repression. Certainly the song “Shadow of the Swastika” has no direct connection to the Faroese or Norwegian mythology.
In a way, Joensen has done with his lyrical content what the band has done with its sound over the last two albums, and that is to simplify. So where there is less progressiveness musically, the lyrical content has taken on a duality. This has made is simpler for Heri to write, but adds a new layer for fans to dig into.
This week Metalholic jumped on Skype with the band’s voice and co-founder to discuss the new album and changing elements within the band’s style and sound. We briefly discussed his side project Heljareyga, and while we didn’t get firm dates, we got a commitment that the band will return to U.S. shores to tour The Lay of Thrym. We also touched on the album’s bonus track tribute to the late Ronnie James Dio, and how the band manages to prepare for an album living in different countries.