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  TÝR SEE OFF THEIR DETRACTORS AS UNLEASH THE ARCHERS MAKE LONDON DEBUT OF THE YEAR
Týr/Unleash The Archers
O2 Academy, Islington, London
Sunday 27th November 2016


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Words: Steve Göldby, Pictures and Video: Ash Phoenix

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Týr arrived in London amidst huge controversy due to mainman Heri Joensen's participation in the Grindwaljagd, the annual traditional slaughter of dolphins and whales. Some German venues refused to allow Týr to play and at one point the band were off the tour but thankfully were later reinstated.

The band were met by protests at several venues on this European run which was headlined by Sirenia and we spoke with Heri before he went on stage for this, the final date and the Faroese frontman spoke about how the tour had been for him so far amidst the angst and bitterness, as well as revealing some details of the next Týr album. Here's the conversation in full.



There was a protest outside the Academy but it was a peaceful one and not particularly well attended and after our conversation, Heri went to talk to the protesters.

Whatever your opinion on the Grindwaljagd, there is no doubt that the man deserves huge respect for doing that.

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Unleash The Archers took to the stage in a blaze of glowing strobes to 'Northern Passage', the intro to latest and third album, 'Time Stands Still', and made an immediate impact with frontlady Brittney Slayes immediately winning over the London crowd. It was game, set and match by the time 'Frozen Steel' was over and the ref stopped the contest as Brittney demanded of the audience, 'Test Your Metal'.

Brittney is the one who separates Unleash The Archers from the pack and makes them stand out from the mass of female fronted Metal bands out there, symphonic, operatic or otherwise. She's got that extra something that should propel the Canadians onto huge success and she made sure London knew all about it tonight.

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Unleash The Archers have been categorised as mixtures of various style but that is futile because it's pure Heavy Metal played with drive and passion by a hot, uber-talented band and topped off by a captivating lady who remains in control at all times while delivering a punchy, aggressive singing style that is going to win over the masses easily.

Seven songs were not enough tonight and it left a hugely impressed Academy crowd wanting much, much more and that is what we fully expect from Unleash The Archers now as this is a band surely destined for great things after the best London debut of the year.

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A huge buzz of anticipation was evident before Týr took to the stage and Heri's confidence was evident from the second 'Gandkvæði Tróndar' started proceedings. That confidence is borne from a rich catalogue of superb songs that resonate deep and impact hard and here is one band whose performance cannot be faulted in any way.

Even the songs sang in Faroese, Norwegian and Danish have paved a way through the linguistically partisan attitude of English audiences for Týr and another brave move was playing their best known track, 'Hold The Heathen Hammer High', fifth song in rather than saving it for a grand finale, as was expected.

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Týr deliver their repertoire like true professionals who have totally mastered their art and this excellent performance took the crowd on a Nantucket sleighride. It's fair to say that Týr were having a whale of a time live in London tonight as their supporters revelled in victory and their detractors withered and faded.

As Heri mentioned in our conversation above, it's time for the band to get back to the studio now and get the next album finished and released. They've just been announced for Hellfest next June and if that means a run of European festival appearances, make sure you get to see them because you will be heavily impressed. More power to Týr, a band of conviction and sheer, total quality.

Forward, we all have the right to be free.

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Týr setlist:
Gandkvæði Tróndar
Sinklars Vísa
Blood Of Heroes
Grindavísan
Hold The Heathen Hammer High
By The Sword In My Hand
Turið Torkilsdóttir
Lady Of The Slain
Tróndur Í Gøtu
Mare Of My Night
Hall Of Freedom
Ramund Hin Unge

Unleash The Archers setlist: Northern Passage
Frozen Steel
Test Your Metal
Tonight We Ride
Dreamcrusher
Time Stands Still
General Of The Dark Army

unleash the archers WORLD PREMIERE: UNLEASH THE ARCHERS UNVEIL THIRD AND FINAL VIDEO FROM 'TIME STANDS STILL'
"We are so excited to finally share this video with everyone! It's our thank you to all the fans we've met and made on our first European tour..."

tyr   TÝR EUROPEAN TOUR UNDER THREAT OVER WHALE CONTROVERSY


     

     

Steve Göldby's Heavy Metal Chronicles




30.11.16




MONSTERS OF ROCK IN FULL FLIGHT SURE TO BECOME FUTURE COLLECTOR'S ITEM

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Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is stricylt limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.






 


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