Profession of the Christian Faith or Decapitation: This was the choice given by Sigmundur to his Faroese Viking compatriot Tróndur í Gøtu.
And so it was that in 999 A.D., the Christianization of the small “Faeroe Islands” began, casting a veil of oblivion over the ancient Scandinavian gods and only leaving
the relics of forgotten heathenry buried deep within the Christian ritual.
Or so it was believed…Exactly 999 years later, a small group fondly remembering the archaic gods and rites came together to form the Faroese Viking metal band, TÝR.
The one-armed God of War —the bravest of all— became the eponym of the Nordic quartet.
Yet TÝR mastermind Heri Joensen is no war monger in disguise and points out that TÝR (also known as the God of Justice) is also revered
for first seeking the avenues of diplomacy—an attribute that does not take away from this god of war’s drive.
A distinctive trademark that sets TÝR apart from most other bands of the Viking metal genre is the authenticity of their music:
“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,” explains Joensen.
Almost every song is based on Faroese or Norwegian lore, and is riveted in the garb of the folk metal genre. Its approach unmistakably creates very true Viking metal.
Heri Joensen – Vocals,Guitars
Terji Skibenæs – Guitars
Gunnar H. Thomsen – Bass