"Valkyrja", the seventh full-length album from the Faroe Islands natives TÝR, will be released on September 17 in North America (one day earlier internationally) via Metal Blade Records.
A track from the CD, entitled "Another Fallen Brother", can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below.
Fans can now view a small glimpse of the creative process behind "Valkyrja" while the band was at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen. The video features some of George Kollias' drum tracking, as well as vocal tracking, and can be viewed below.
TÝR has announced that Amon Ellingsgaard will be drumming for the band on their European tour with FINNTROLL. Amon is currently drummer for TÝR frontman Heri Joensen's side project HELJAREYGA. Many fans may already be familiar with Amon, who is also the nephew of former drummer Kari Streymoy, as he has filled in for TÝR before on the first Paganfest in 2008.
"Valkyrja" is a concept album with a story line based loosely around an anonymous Viking age warrior who leaves his woman and goes off to impress the Valkyrie on the battlefield so that she may bring him to Valhalla, or to Fólkvangr, the home of Freyja — the goddess associated with love, sexuality, beauty, fertility, gold, sorcery, war, and death. One can say the album is also indirectly about women and how they affect men and what men will do to impress and obtain women. Joensen goes on to explain: "The woman that the warrior leaves may represent the earthly women. Freyja, The Lady Of The Slain, may represent the perfection of Women, and the Valkyrie is the link between the two, taking men from earthly to godly women."