So often we hear about the so-called Viking Metal but really it is just Black Metal or Death Metal with Viking Themes. Tyr, on the other hand, is music that the vikings actually would have listened to. In fact, about half of the songs on this album that are traditional folk songs played on modern instruments with some killer guitar solos thrown it. Even the ones that are original like “The Edge” (which defines their sound), “Rainbow Warrior” (delightfully Hippie-bashing), or “Dreams” (which describes every Heathen’s experiences) draw upon these folk-musical structures. This whole album is a remarkable musical synthesis.