Týr - Valkyrja

Týr Valkyrja cover
Metal Blade Records
Back after 2 years since “The Lay of Thrym”, as a trio nowadays, Týr show that they still have a lot to give to their fans. Recruiting the well-known drummer George Kollias (Nile), they have obviously put some more power to their music. On the album, we also hear the ethereal Liv Kristine on “The Lay of Our Love”, which is a bit cheesy ballad. It’s been a while since I listened to such a senseless ballad! Jacob Hansen (Invocator, Beyond Twilight, Pyramaze, etc.) who has also taken care of the production does some guest vocals (choirs) on the album. The production is great though. It’s almost impossible to go wrong with Jacob.
Týr are still into (as on their latest works) heavy/power music with several progy, melodic, folk and epic elements. Without claiming that they have reinvented they wheel they do quite well, even though I do not fancy Heri’s voice that much. Then again, that’s my problem. Overall “Valkyrja” tries hard to be more epic, more pompous… more something that it ain’t. There’s nothing wrong with the album. It’s just that it sooo generic at times that it becomes too predictable. I mean if someone hasn’t heard this kind of music before then they will possibly be nicely surprised & full of joy… but if one has been listening to this music genre for more than 20 years, then believe me there’s nothing here to feel rejoice at. “Valkyrja” is an OK album in general…