Tyr Return to North America for “Valor & Folklore Tour”

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Monday is generally the day where we are kept the busiest based on all of the tours that are being announced. This one has been on many peoples minds for a few weeks since Tyr had posted to their Facebook the fact that it was coming. They just didn’t announce the actual dates or venues but now we have them so let’s take a look.

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The Press Release:
The Faroe Islands’ very own Tyr will return to North American this April with three of Europe’s finest folk exports in tow. “The Valor & Folklore Tour” will include Heidevolk, Trollfest, and Metsatöll with headliners Tyr performing over 20 shows in cities across the USA and Canada. This is a rare chance for fans to catch this fine collection of folk all in one venue!

Tyr front-man Heri Joensen comments: “We’re overjoyed to return to North America so soon, and especially happy to be headlining again. Our last North America run was very successful, and with the line-up we have this time, we are confident that it will be an even bigger blast for all who attend – bands and fans!”

The Tour Dates:
Apr. 3 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
Apr. 4 – Ottawa, ON @ Babylon Nightclub
Apr. 5 – Quebec City, QC @ Le D’Auteuil
Apr. 6 – Montreal, QC @ L’Astral
Apr. 7 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
Apr. 8 – Chicago, IL @ Reggies
Apr. 9 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
Apr. 10 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
Apr. 11 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Apr. 13 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Apr. 14 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
Apr. 15 – Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom
Apr. 16 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
Apr. 17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Apr. 18 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
Apr. 19 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
Apr. 20 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
Apr. 21 – Austin, TX @ Come and take it Live!
Apr. 23 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Apr. 24 – Orlando, FL @ The Haven
Apr. 25 – Greensboro, NC @ The Blind Tiger
Apr. 26 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage

Known for their prolific nature – dropping their first five full-lengths in the space of just seven years – the six-year gap between Valkyrja (2013) and Hel is by far the longest between any two of their records. During that period the band toured hard, taking the album around the world, including a support run with Children Of Bodom in North America and two appearances on the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise. However, other factors played into this extended break between releases. “We approached this one differently because I learned that if I continue doing albums in the way we had up to now, I would die from a heart attack before I’m 50!” says guitarist/vocalist Heri Joensen. “That’s one of the reasons we changed our method and took such a long time on this one.” That this tactic has been beneficial is borne out in the finished product, which is perhaps more immersive than those that came before. “Musically it leans a bit towards our album, ‘Ragnarok’ (2005),” states Thomsen. “It’s a bit more epic and also much better worked through than any of our previous albums.” It also marks the recording debut of drummer Tadeusz Rieckmann, who has manned the drum throne for Tyr’s live shows since 2016.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: It’s without question that this is one of those “perfect packages” in terms of the tour. I don’t get to say this all that often because some don’t make sense to me when you look at the roster but this one is just wow. Now this reveal does come with a little bit of a concern because we’ve just reported that Lacuna Coil had cancelled numerous dates based on the growing concern about the coronavirus (Covid-19). Since we are more than a month away from this tour beginning, I will remain hopeful that this will be dealt with by then but let’s stay positive either way. Closing up I wonder what you readers think about this tour and will you be in attendance. Chime in down below in the comments section. See you next time.

Official Websites:
Tyr: http://tyr.fo/
Heidevolk: http://www.heidevolk.com/
Trollfest: https://www.trollfest.com/
Metsatoll: http://www.metsatoll.ee/

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