Some are barely ten centimeters across and some are large enough to creep into and listen to the echoes of the sea. Heri Joensen has spent three years writing all music and lyrics for HELJAREYGA. He wrote new melodies for every track, as opposed to the music for his first band TÝR which is infused with traditional melodies and existing lyrics from ancient ballads. Soaring melodies, echoing guitar riffs and epic compositions characterize the 48-minute long self-titled debut album. All lyrics are in Faeroese and represent personal struggle and hardships. The flowing verse connects to the age-old tradition of the lone warrior making his way through the world. Four talented musicians from the Faeroe Islands were brought in for recording HELJAREYGA.: Guitarist John Ivar Venned and bassist Ísak Petersen play together in the melodic trash metalband Synarchy (formed in 2004).
Second guitarplayer Ken Johannesen came in from his project The Apocryphal Order and drummer Amon Djurhuus is a familiar face as he filled in for TÝR-drummer Kári Streymoy on several tours in 2008. Technically and musically the work of HELJAREYGA is more progressive than anything yet to flow from Heri Joensen’s mind; lyrically this album is more personal than any ever written. Influences from both classical masterminds (Bach) and legendary metal musicians (Dio, Malmsteen) resonate in every song. The five men that are now HELJAREYGA plan on touring and recording at least two more albums together. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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