Týr travels many lands, proud of their own all the while.
Get your Viking gear ready, the horned helmet your ale tankards—well not really. Just because The Faeroe Island's Týr sing a lot about Viking lore and history doesn't mean they shouldn't be taken seriously. With six full-length albums notched in their swords and no signs of slowing the momentum is only building. The band employs clean singing and big, fat helpings of majestic melodies. The point of it all, from my experience, is a journey-like experience—you listen and you go somewhere else. Týr plays Salt Lake City as main support for Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani with fellow openers Moonsorrow, Metsatoll and Visigoth at the Complex on Sept. 6. Napalm Flesh talked with singer/guitarist Heri Joensen—enjoy!
SLUG: There is probably going to be a few folks who have never heard Týr or remotely know what the band is all about. From your perspective, how would you describe what Týr is musically, lyrically and just as a band in general?
SLUG: Unlike a lot of bands in the same genre realm as Týr—which insanely broad to begin with—Týr takes a more majestic upbeat approach to your metal. What is the bands main inspiration for songwriting and lyrical focus?
SLUG: Did you have any inclination when you released your first record 10 years ago that you would have the opportunity to take your music to countries all around the world? What has been the most satisfying part of getting to other places while touring?