Folk metal titans TYR have confirmed a rare UK appearance after the Faroe Islanders were revealed as the Sunday night headliner at HRH Vikings.

The brand new festival will take place at the award-winning Sheffield O2 Academy in December 2018.

And TYR will join battle metal heroes Turisas to front up the latest addition to the HRH roster.

Named after the Norse god of war, law and justice, TYR blend heavy metal with Nordic folklore – drawing on rich veins of history and myth as well as ancient texts and melodies.

Vocalist/guitarist Joenesen said: “Traditional music dating back to the Vikings (that is not preserved anywhere else in the world, not even in Iceland) is passed on in an oral tradition here and it is still alive and well. This is what we build our music on and draw great inspiration from.”

Also making the voyage to Sheffield will be heavy metal warriors Pythia. The band quickly established their own blend of thrash, power and gothic metal, with epic symphonic keys and soaring female soprano vocals.

And that’s not all! Prepare yourselves for Atorc: the battle-hardened folk metal warriors of East Anglia! Their sound combines clean and harsh vocals, roaring guitar riffs, booming bass lines, harmonic keyboards, leg-slapping violins and fist-pounding drum beats. Atorc promise they’ll land in Sheffield ready for battle and glory!

HRH Vikings takes place from December 1-2 2018. The festival is already 91% sold out but remaining tickets are available from www.hrhvikings.com or by calling 0207 1939564.

Line-up:

Turisas

TYR

Svartsot

Ereb Altor

Obscurity

Finsterforst

Waylander

Old Corpse Road

Haerken

Oakenshield

Pythia

Atorc

Ravenage

Sellsword

Witan

PKA

Accursed Years

Blood Oath

Mordrake

Isarnos

Gymir