The Lay of Thrym
Style: Melodic Death
Release date: 27 May 2011
Playing time: 45:58

For the most part, The Lay of Thrym delivers as the newest addition to Tyr's growing discography. It keeps an upbeat tone for the most part, and the pacing varies throughout, from slower songs like Evening Star, to quicker ones like Flames of the Free.

The riffing for the most part is pretty cool. It's not mind-blowing (like on Land), but it's largely better than the majority of By the Light of the Northern Star. The vocals tend to stand out the most, and they end up making songs like Shadow of the Swastika and Nine Worlds of Lore stand out (two of the highlights of the album). As it has been with past Tyr efforts, their best songs are usually of the non-English type, and Konning Hans and Ellindur Bondi a Jadri both are enjoyable, with a stronger groove to them, a Tyr strength that they regrettably abandon on up-tempo tracks.

Most of the album is enjoyable, though Flames of the Free kind of wears on me a bit, and I would go as far as saying Take Your Tyrant sucks, and that I've taken to skipping past it. Getting past those songs though, you've got a fairly decent effort that is going to keep previous Tyr fans interested, and it might capture some new ones as well.


01. Flames of the Free
Shadow of the Swastika
03. Take Your Tyrant
04. Evening Star
05. Hall of Freedom
06. Fields of the Fallen
07. Konning Hans
08. Ellindur Bondi A Jadri
09. Nine Worlds of Lore
10. The Lay of Thrym

Label: Napalm Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 75/100
Reviewed by: The Rev
Date: 24 May 2011
Website: www.myspace.com/tyr1