Emerging to the stage at this year’s HRH Vikings are Swedish metal troupe Thyrfing. After seven full-length albums and numerous live performances all over the world, the band have gained a strong following over the years and an exquisite standing within the metal scene. They are considered one of the top bands within the so-called Viking/pagan metal genre – but in reality, Thyrfing are so much more with their truly outstanding and self-contained musical offerings.
As we move ever closer to the release of Vanagandr, Thyrfing’s first album in eight years, the fantastic reaction to the band’s two previous singles Döp dem i eld and Jordafärd, proved that the metal world is more than ready for the return of these Viking/Pagan metal legends! Alas, their third single Järnhand, translating to Iron Hand, showcases a more familiar side to Thyrfing’s unique brand of metal. Commanding and melodic in equal measure, it boasts a dynamic power, switching between blast beat and groove at will with swirling folk elements that this group are the masters of. The single will be accompanied by an epic music video directed by Patric Ullaeus of rEvolver – who has worked with Dimmu Borgir, Arch Enemy and Europe to name a few.
The name of the band is taken from the sword “Tyrfing” in Norse mythology – a cursed blade that appears in several tales and myths. Ever since the start, mythology has played a huge part in the scenery and imagery of the band’s music and lyrics, something which is still intact in 2021.