- What is the story of your band?
Týr started in January 1998 in Copenhagen. We began to play what we thought was Heavy Metal loosely based on Faeroeses and Scandinavian traditionals. Later we have been told that ther correct term is Viking Metal, a term we had never heard before it was used by reviewers... [click here to read more!]

- When will TÝR tour the US?
From late April 2008 and... [click here to read more!]

- Why did you re-release Eric The Red?
It was the decision of Napalm Records to re-release 'Eric The Red'. They have done the same with other bands as well and that's just the way the work. They use a re-release to do some... [click here to read more!]

- What are the Faroe Islands like?
The Faroe Islands, The Faeroes, The Islands of Sheep, Faer- means sheep and –oes means Islands in Old Norse, therefore ‘Islands' in ‘Faeroe Islands' is redundant as it would mean ‘the sheep island islands'. Anyway, our islands are is situated in the... [click here to read more!]

- Were you in any other bands before TÝR?
Before starting Týr Gunnar, Kári and Heri played in a band called Wolfgang, which in turn rose out of the ashes of an evern earlier band called Cruiser, in which Gunnar... [click here to read more!]

- Is TÝR, a fascist, nazi or racist band?
NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT! We have called our band Týr partly because of the Germanic and Old Norse god called Týr and partly because of the Black Sabbath... [click here to read more!]

What is the story of your band?
Týr started in January 1998 in Copenhagen. We began to play what we thought was Heavy Metal loosely based on Faeroeses and Scandinavian traditionals. Later we have been told that ther correct term is Viking Metal, a term we had never heard before it was used by reviewers to describe our style. Today we lean more to the traditional side that we did to begin with. We took a long time to get the band up and running for real. We played a lot of music competitions in the early days, and our breakthrough in the Faeroes was in April 2001 in a music competition. We didn't win but one of our songs, 'Ormurin Langi', was on top of the radio chart for 15 weeks. In the autumn of 2001 the rumour of 'Ormurin Langi' had spread to Iceland. In the meantime we had done the recordings of 'How far to Asgaard' during which Jón Joensen left us. When we released 'How far to Asgaard' through Tutl Records in Jan. 2002 it was on top of the Icelandic bestseller list for some time, and in March 2002 we made a small and really successful tour to Iceland with Terji Skibenæs replacing Jón. 'Ormurin Langi' was the most wanted ever on Icelandic radio. We shot the 'Ormurin Langi' video, our first but not our best, on that trip to Iceland. The following autumn Pól Arni left us, just after shooting the 'Hail to the Hammer' video in the Faeroes. We played the following winter in Norway and Latvia with Allan Streymoy, though not remotely with the same success as in Iceland. Allan left us early in 2003 and we were in dire need of a singer and we were also working very hard on the second album. We felt we needed to work fast to keep our heads above waters with all the line-up problems and in June that year we released 'Eric the Red' on which Heri Joensen sang more or less as an emergency solution. After that we played around a bit, the Faeroes, Iceland, Denmark, Poland and Russia. On that trip to Poland we made the 'Regin Smiður' video. We toured on with the same album in 2004 adding Germany and Finland to our list and that is where we found our real audience. We also had more line-up issues that year when we almost lost Terji who was replaced temporarily by Ottó Páll Arnarson from Iceland. We didn't play abroad in 2005 concentrating all our energy on the third album and to get a deal with a record company and a booking agent, which we knew was crucial to secure the future for the band. We got both and we are really exited about Napalm Records and L!sten Up Management. Also we are confident that we will release our best album so far in 2006. This is our experience till this day. Our line-up has stabilized and we all agree that the only way out of this band is death or severe mutilation. [back to top]

When will TYR tour the US?
From late April 2008 and all of May with the PAGANFEST. [back to top]

Why did you re-release Eric The Red?
It was the decision of Napalm Records to re-release 'Eric The Red'. They have done the same with other bands as well and that's just the way the work. They use a re-release to do some initial marketing and get exposure for the band and then when the next album is released we start from a little further on that we would have done without the re-release. Also they changed the cover and it looks a million times better than our original cover, so for us only that is worth the re-release. [back to top]

What are the Faroe Islands like?
The Faroe Islands, The Faeroes, The Islands of Sheep, Faer- means sheep and –oes means Islands in Old Norse, therefore ‘Islands' in ‘Faeroe Islands' is redundant as it would mean ‘the sheep island islands'. Anyway, our islands are is situated in the middle of the North Atlantic, north of Scotland, east of Iceland, if you check a map you might think is a fly shit on your map, but when you try to scratch it of with the nail of your index finger you see that it is indeed some islands strewn randomly over the North Atlantic.

The Faeroes were populated by Norwegian vikings, travelling via the British Isles, in the late seven hundreds. Today we are 48,000 people on 1,400 square kilometres of land, divided into 18 islands of greatly varying sizes, of which 16 are inhabited. We have an abundance of sheep, we export fish, fishing vessels, fishing industry know-how, stamps and now also Heavy Metal. There are signs of Oil in the Faeroese underground and we have quite a few tourists coming by every year.

Much to our dismay, christian protestants is the national religion. We have a lot of wind, rain and storms the climate is sub arctic, which means that the warmest month is below 10 degrees Celsius on average. We have quite mild winters though, because we are situated in the middle of the Gulf Stream, which brings warm waters from the Mexican Gulf and north to us. We have low crime and high (Scandinavian) standards of living and people are very easy going and most people don't lock their doors when they go to bed at night. We also have the highest child birth rate in Northern Europe (and probably also the lowest pregnancy prevention turnover). Oh, and our national football team once beat the Austrian, 1-0, did I mention that? Naturally we feel somewhat attached to the Vikings, as they are the direct ancestors of the Faeroese people, although we are now a thousand years on. We want to update, pass on and thus perpetuate the legacy of our ancestors and I think the greatest honour we can give them not to relive the past but build on it in all it's aspects. I might mention here that there was a genetic research project on the Faeroese recently and it shows that Faeroese men have 92% of their genes in common with the Swedish and the Norwegian men while Faeroese women have 80% of their genes in common with Celtic women, that is the original Irish and Scottish population. That means that the men who came this way from Sweden and Norway stopped by the British Isles and brought women from there. Traditional music dating back to the Vikings, that is not preserved anywhere else in the world, not even in Iceland, is passed on in an oral tradition here and it is still alive and well. That is what we build our music on and draw great inspiration from.

You can read more about the Faeroes and the Faeroese language at Wikipedia. [back to top]

Were you in any other bands before TÝR?
Before starting Týr Gunnar, Kári and Heri played in a band called Wolfgang, which in turn rose out of the ashes of an evern earlier band called Cruiser, in which Gunnar and Heri played. These groups were short lived and marked by internal turbulence. They didn't sound remotely like Týr does today, save maybe only a few passages in some songs by Wolfgang. Heri and two classmates of his formed Cruiser when they were 17. Gunnar, who was two years younger than us, played bass. In Cruiser we played American juvenile rock with very little musical or lyrical value, but I suppose you have to go through that stage of songwriting to develop. Wolfgang, the name inspired by Mozart, was more like the British Rock and Metal scene fused with some German classical influences. For two short periods of time Kári played with us in that band. We even did recordings for an album, but we never got as far as releasing it. In fact we participated in the 1995 Prix Føroyar competition with Wolfgang, the same as we participated in in 2001 with Týr. We became nr. 3, and that was probably the top of our musical careers before we started Týr. [back to top]

Is TÝR, a fascist, nazi or racist band?
NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT! We have called our band Týr partly because of the Germanic and Old Norse god called Týr and partly because of the Black Sabbath album called Týr. We got the idea for the rune logo from that same Black Sabbath album. We distance ourselves from the 3'rd Reich's misusage of the Týr rune. We have nothing to do with facist, nazi or racist ideas and we distance ourselves from it, infact we strongly support the idea that all men are born equal.

At the same time we take the right to be proud of our cultural heritage, but without attacking others cultural heritage. [back to top]

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