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30th August 2016


Týr, explosive Viking Metallers from the Faroe Islands, are currently in danger of having their whole European tour cancelled due to objections over vocalist Heri Joensen's participation in the Grindwaljagd, the annual slaughter of dolphins and whales.

Týr released their seventh and latest album, 'Valkyrja', in September 2013 and are due to set off on a twelve country tour of Europe with Sirenia starting September and finishing in London on 27th November.

The scheduled date at Logo Hamburg has already been cancelled and the venue owners made the following statement: "It came to our attention only after the official confirmation of the show that the head of the band plays an active part in Grindwaljagd in the Faroe Islands, a practice that we abhor deeply. Such people will naturally not play on our stage."

There are heavy rumours going around that other dates in Germany have also been cancelled, particularly Cologne, Rostock and Weinheim but this is not officially confirmed and the dates still appear on the band's tour listings on their official pages. There are also rumours that the entire tour has been cancelled but at the moment the London date definitely stands.

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Heri Joensen has published a video explaining his side of the situation which should be watched and understood before any judgement is passed. Here it is...

As expected, animal rights sympathisers, supporters and activists are in overdrive over this one with some pretty nasty comments being directed towards Heri and the band.

This is currently an ongoing situation that we are monitoring but in the meantime, you can show your support for Týr at O2 Academy, Islington, London on Sunday 27th November, doors 5.00pm. The bill is Sirenia, Týr, Unleash The Archers, Xaon and Relicseed and tickets are available right here.

Steve Harris of Iron Maiden who is absolutely nothing to do with this situation, although Týr did cover 'Where Eagles Dare' on 'Valkyrja'.



Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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