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Friday Morning Metal – Tyr – Axes

Týr, those mighty folk metal masters of the Faroe Islands have a new song and new video out! According to Heri Joensen, “It’s a short face-melting metal song based on a single melodic idea.”

If I’m to understand the video, the dude with the axe got kicked out of his metal band by way of them ripping his black shirt off. So he decided to get vengeance on them for ruining his favorite shirt. With an axe. I’ll need to listen to the lyrics more carefully to know if that’s the case.

The song has some real balls out drumming, with melodic guitars and vocals kind of floating above it. And when the solo finally kicks in, it’s time for the final battle. Lotta hugging in that fight. But the axe man gets vengeance!

Anyway, this song shreds and is 100% Týr. So if you dig viking folk metal, you’re going to have a blast.

Friday Morning Metal – Amon Amarth – Deceiver of the Gods

I already tweeted this, but a buddy of mine has also been on a quest for more metal and decided to give Amon Amarth another look. His review of Deceiver of the Gods, their newest album, is “this will make you want to get drunk and wear a Viking helmet.” And honestly, it’s pretty accurate. This is great battle metal, Viking battle metal, where you want to land a boat on fresh beaches and loot and pillage.

Hell, a couple friends who also watch Vikings on the History Channel described it as “an hour-long Amon Amarth music video. Except when they go to Uppsalla, then it’s a Korpiklaani video.”

So here’s Deceiver of the Gods. Enjoy!

Friday Morning Metal – Tyr – Hold the Heathen Hammer High

My buddy Pat is big into folk power metal. Big vocal harmonies, really clean vocals, and songs about wizards & pagans. The main one we used to rock out to on drives to Taco Bell was Falconer, with their classically trained singer. And the Lord of the Blacksmiths made shields and other things. Great stuff.

Anyway, Tyr is another band he got me listening to, and I think the best way I can describe it is Viking power metal. This is their video for “Hold the Heathen Hammer High,” where they Viking the hell out.