REPORT FROM THE LIVE SHOW OF TYR AND SWALLOW THE SUN ON 28/1/2016 IN ATHENS
Certainly a live show on Thursday is by definition problematic for large number of the people. This of course is unfair for two great bands which they decided to play for first time Greece .The two bands represent two completely different types of music, which somehow divided the fans . We saw that many fans stayed to the show only for their one fav band .The live started at 8.30 and the first band on stage was TYR. TYR coming from t Faroe Islands and they are a folk viking metal band with many progressive and heavy elements. The songs mentioned in Norse mythology and paganism. They took their name from the god of creation according to Scandinavian mythology but the vocalist Heri Joensen did not fail to refer to Greece and in the microphone said that it is an honor to the band to play in the land of the ancient gods.
TYR are four member band and their line -up is : Heri Joensen Guitars -Vocals, Gunnar Thomsen Bass-Vocals (backing), Terji Skibenæs Guitars-Vocals (backing) and Amon Djurhuus Drums. They played very strongly and jauntily with full setlist from almost all their albums and more from “By the Light of the Northern Star” and “Valkyrja”.
Overall they played 17 songs for half an hour giving great satisfaction to their fans.
Swallow the Sun are a six-member band with stable line – up except the drummer who has changed 3 times (you must notice that the previous drummer was Kai Hahto who now playing with Nightwish). The big surprise here was that the founder and great guitarist Juha Raivio not finally appeared and his place took a session guitarist Juho Räihä (Gloria Morti). Someone would expect that the sound would have problems but Juho Räihä did look amazing and I can say that stole with his appearance the whole show. Mikko Kotamäki, the singer seemed very annoyed because the club not filled with many people t and his mood transferred and to other players .
Finally played 1 hours and 40 minutes, quite well according their standards .The songs that they played were from their entire discography, giving physically based in their last triple album.
Around 11.30 left the scene to returned directly with the two guitarists to use classical guitars, and played three songs from the second part of their triple disc as acoustic. Finally as encore they closed the show with two older “classic” songs. At 12.10 the journey in the seas of sadness ,in restless dark and tranquility the pain waves finished leaving us quite satisfied with the hope that we will see them again soon in Greece with or not Juha Raivio !!!