Metal band Tyr have put the tiny Faroe Islands on the heavy metal map with their Norse mythology-inspired songs and Viking Age style. Their unique fusion sound spans several metal subgenres, and their hard-hitting, highly theatrical performances bring together fans of all stripes. A beloved live act that has appeared at Paganfest and on the 70,000 Tons of Metal concert cruise, Tyr brings plenty of experience to the stage every time they treat US fans to their hair-raising sets on tour.
Tyr formed in the Faroe Islands in 1998 after a fruitful jam session between founding members Heri Joensen and Kari Streymoy. In its early days the band honed a diverse hybrid sound with the intention of breaking down the barriers between metal's divisive subgenres. Their 2002 debut album How Far to Asgaard drew heavily on Norse mythology and Viking lore, establishing a unique sonic and visual identity that earned them legions of fans. A string of acclaimed albums followed during the ‘00s including 2006’s Ragnarok and 2009’s By the Light of the Northern Star. In addition to tours with Alestorm, Eluveitie, and Amon Amarth, the band has appeared on both the US and European legs of Paganfest. A veteran live act beloved for their intensity and showmanship, Tyr continues to slay ticket buyers on their high-octane tours.