Sound — 8
This is TYR's 6th studio album and my my, it is a good one! The sound of the album very much the sound of TYR. Heavy, fast, very melodic and the very unique voice of Heri Joensen. The album kicks off with "Flames Of The Free", a fast paced melodic song with nicely layered guitars and a small solo. The voice of Heri Joensen kicks in, and the song instantly gets this typical TYR feeling. "Flames Of The Free" is followed by "Shadow Of The Swastika". It is a very nice melody on the guitar that features this song. The drums play a great part in this song, as with a lot of tyr songs, by accenting the vocal/guitar rhythm. This gives so much energy to the music, you get instantly excited. Great song. After this "Take Your Tyrant" follows. This song's got a more laid-back feeling, the song is calmer. The tempo isn't that much different than the previous songs, but the guitar riff calmer as well. Overall a nice song with a catchy melody and riff! Now comes evening star, a slow song, which gives Heri the time to show his voice in a different setting as well. The clean guitar sounds very nice, and when a warm distorted guitar comes in the songs gets a bit more power, with a fast drumbeat and a layered vocal chorus. These songs give you a feeling of what to expect of the album in sound, the rest of the songs are in the same style. The thing with TYR is that the music creates a great atmosphere, and the vocals and the melodies are great overall. The guitars sounds awesome on this album, Heri's got a great solo tone. Drums are excellent, as always.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are about freedom, old Faroer-tales, and about broader, elemental themes in life. The song "Shadow Of The Swastika" is all about the nazi's, not a theme you'd expect on a TYR album, and not in this place in time. I haven't been able to find out why they wrote these lyrics. The singing on this album sublime, as said before in this review. It is THE thing that got my into listening to this band. He can definitely sing!
Overall Impression — 8
This band is one of the leading bands in the folkgenre. They have great melodies, a good rhythm section and great leadguitar play. The singing stands out and the lyrics are fascinating. If it were for me, they'd sing a bit more in their own language, but that's just me. Great album and a must-have for a folk metal fan!