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3.19 | 22 ratings

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4 stars Eric the Red was the founder of the first settlement of Greenland. Tır's second album of the same name is their first of very decent quality and a good introduction to Tır's music.

Tır now incorporates more folk within their music. Instead of choosing to let exotic instrumentation add flavor to their music, Tır focuses on playing traditional Faroese song structures within a heavy metal framework. The result is a very melodic progressive metal album.

The production of Eric The Red has taken a huge step forward. As for songwriting, this album is uneven. It is one of those records were you want to skip a song in order to hear the next track. Some songs are great, like The Edge, Regin Smiğur, Ólavur Riddararós and my favorite Tır song "Ramund Hin Unge". Sometimes the rest of the album seems a bit unfocused, but it is never a real issue as there is no bad song to be found. As musicians, Tır has grown a lot. Henri Joensen has taken over vocal duties and his voice sounds a lot stronger than his predecessor. Joensen en Skibenæs really stick out as guitar players, playing solos with great ease.

With Eric the Red, Tır has taken a huge step forward. Even though Eric The Red is uneven and some songs lack a progressive approach, there are some true gems to be found on this record. If you like the concept of vikings but are tired of the genre's lack of creativity or if you don't like growling, you will not be disappointed.

MeThos_valdroa | 4/5 |


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