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Thursday, March 24, 2016
Release: 15 April 2016
Pagan/viking metal is often associated with European bands, but this is music from Canada. This entity has been active since 2003 and this new album is the fourth one, actually. Below you will find a link to hear some of the new music, as well as some official information for those that would like to learn more.
SIG:AR:TYR is pleased to announce the upcoming release of their fourth full-length album, Northen, on April 15th, 2016 via Hammerheart Records. The first new music from SIG:AR:TYR since 2010’s Godsaga album, Northen blends epic pagan and viking metal atmospheres with a heavy metal heart, with nine powerful songs written to tell the tale of the Vikings' adventures in North America a thousand years ago.
SIG:AR:TYR mainman Daemonskald describes the album’s theme: "Near the end of the Viking age, the Norse set out from Greenland to explore new lands to the West, now understood as the east coast of Canada, including Baffin Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and possibly even further inland to New Brunswick and the northeastern United States. Unlike the permanent settlements in Greenland, their stay here was short-lived, and we are still discovering the extent of their travels, the artifacts from their small settlements, and unfolding the tales of their interaction with the native cultures here at the time. This is a tale of tribute to this small group of adventurers, who with a dynamic and individualistic spirit, were willing to throw stability and comfort aside to explore mysterious new places like Helluland, Markland, and Vinland, and be their own master in a changing world. A world where their old ways and traditions were fading, a world where sons turned away from their father’s faith, and where some rediscovered the path of the Northen…”
In late 2015, Daemonskald visited the site of the only confirmed Viking settlement in North America to see for himself what he had been writing about for so many years. Located at the northern tip of Newfoundland, the archeological site at L’Anse aux Meadows was discovered and excavated in the 1960s, and changed our knowledge of the past forever as the site of the first known contact between Europeans and the New World.
SIG:AR:TYR came into being in 2003 as a one-man project from London, Ontario, Canada dedicated to the dark, grim history and mythology of Northern Europe. Evolving from a solo acoustic guitar/ambient project to a successive number of albums that cover a diverse ground of viking, pagan, and black metal, SIG:AR:TYR continues on its path to imbue its atmospheric metal music with the heart and spirit of a forgotten ancient past.
Northen is the first SIG:AR:TYR album to feature additional musicians, including Nicholas Ireland on drums, Morgan Rider on bass, and live rhythm guitarist Michael Grund who in conjunction with Nicholas Ireland wrote the first SIG:AR:TYR song not created by longtime sole member Daemonskald.
What does the name SIG:AR:TYR mean?
SIG, AR, and TYR are the names of three letters of the old North European runic alphabet. These runic symbols represent the forces of chaos, balance, and order. SIG:AR:TYR is a formula for living a dynamic, cyclical existence, a struggle between the extremes of fire and ice while remaining in balance with the natural world and spiritual realms.