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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Blood Of Heroes
Hold The Heathen Hammer High
By The Sword In My Hand
Lady Of The Slain
Tróndur Í Gøtu
Mare Of My Night
Hall Of Freedom
Ramund Hin Unge
Unleash The Archers setlist: Northern Passage
Test Your Metal
Tonight We Ride
Time Stands Still
General Of The Dark Army