Heri Joensen - Týr
I was quite honoured with the arduous duty of pursuing and engaging in an interview with Heri Joensen, the wild rover vocalist and guitarist of the Viking Metal band Týr. The new conceptual CD Ragnorok is a brilliant blend of beauty and baleful elegance. The music is a heavy sonic ballast, balanced by the raging waters and rolling waves of melody crashing against the longships of serenity, sailing to Asgaard. Hail to the hammer of Thor! I truly envy these brothers and their burning dreams of victory. I revere this young band, and the mettle integrity which they sincerely share until the end, eliminating the lord of lies. Journey with Heri and I on this ride to helter skelter on the wings of time, strength, and justice as we discern the meaning of the one-armed God's will.
MettleAngel: Týr has such an interesting and appealing sound. How would you qualify your music? You quell the classification of Viking Metal with subtle progressive elememts, and your amazing vocal histrionics. It's like listening to Iron Maiden, Unleashed, when I listen to the CD. There are even hints of the lure of Falconer, and of course, Dream Theater.
MettleAngel: I would contend that you have, indeed, created your own unique sound. Do you find that your music even appeals to fans outside the genre of metal? Classic rockers into the progressive '70s sound of bands like Yes, Rush, Jethro Tull, and early Genesis, can easily become enamoured by your songwriting. Were these type artists perhaps a musical influence?
MettleAngel: That is quite encouraging. Your overall lyrical concepts tend to be spiritual & mythological in nature. Are you or members of the band practicers of Asatru?
MettleAngel: Well, as long as you uphold that truth in your mettle hearts, you are still remaining true to the old Norse Gods, even if you are not able to actively pursue the religion. In your videos you engage in Viking re-enactments. Are you members of this Viking troupe?
MettleAngel: That's such a shame, man! I see you are currently touring with Amon Amarth, which is quite befitting. How are their fans enjoying Týr's take on the Viking motif?
MettleAngel: I feel that it's important to have a balance of both. Most bands sing in English to gain an international fan base. Let's discuss the new CD Ragnarok, which I feel is your most enduring effort yet. This is a concept CD, correct? What motivated you to write a concept album?
MettleAngel: I can see your point on that. It's been quite a while since the last effort. Thanks to Napalm Records, fans can now hear your Eric The Red release remastered with bonus tracks. This and How Far To Asgaard have been so difficult to obtain up until now. Do you plan to reissue the Asgaard CD, as well with bonus tracks, any time soon?
MettleAngel: That is really good to know. I obtained my copy years ago from Sentinelsteel.com. Speaking of bonus tracks, what are the two bonus tracks on the limited edition digipack, and why did you choose these to be the bonus tracks?
MettleAngel: That's typical of a record company; although, it does create something special for the collector. This is why Edguy wrote the song - Life And Times Of A Bonus Track. I understand that the CD is soon to be released in the States. Is there any plan to tour the US in the future and perhaps with a band like Amon Amarth or Unleashed?
MettleAngel: I'm sure the chance to tour the US will present itself sooner than you think. Let me ask you this, given the current line-up that you now have, do you feel this is the perfect assembly of talented musicians making the music which you so deftly create?
MettleAngel: That is really good to hear and really encouraging. What is the main message which you want your fans to comprehend from the music of Týr?
MettleAngel: Now that is well stated, and I totally agree. Our ancestors have made us who we are and what we think, feel, and do today. The world is not a violent place as some have suggested. Personally, I think we are living in the best time ever given the history of our race. Thank you Heri for taking the time to answer these probing questions. It was an honour to share the page with your wisdom.