March 16, 2013
Thanks to everyone who came out to the show last night! It was great to meet so many of you! Thanks for your support and we hope to be back playing in Toronto soon.
March 10, 2013
We are playing our first ever Canadian show supporting Einherjer and Panzerfaust in Toronto this Friday March 15th, at the Hard Luck Bar in Toronto.
See you there!
February 26, 2013
We regret to report that the Heathen Crusade Metalfest in St. Paul, MN on March 9th has been cancelled. We are very sorry to any fans who were looking forward to seeing us play. Please see http://www.facebook.com/heathencrusadefest for details and refund information.
January 10, 2013
Big concert announcement! We are finally playing our first ever Canadian show supporting Einherjer and Panzerfaust in Toronto, Friday March 15th, at the Hard Luck Bar in Toronto.
December 21, 2012 - Winter Solstice
It's been almost 3 years since Godsaga. Although I've had a collection of ideas, riffs, songs for the next album for a long time, I've never had the inspiration for the overriding theme of it all. This is something that is extremely important to me, and always needed before I set down to the actual arranging and recording. A theme gives an album direction, a story, a journey to be followed. The demo "The Stranger" was based on a short story of an encounter with Odin, while "Sailing" had the snow, ice, and polar origins concept. "Beyond the North Winds" was grounded in stone, mountains, and earth, and "Godsaga" explored Egil's Saga and the themes of loss, sacrifice, and spiritual transformation.
It was only very recently that I was inspired for the overall theme of the next and most likely the last SIG:AR:TYR album, and much like the winding down of this musical journey for me, it deals with the end of the Viking age, and their adventures in my own country, Canada. Unlike the permanent settlements in Greenland, their stay here was short-lived, and we are still discovering the extent of their travels, the small settlements, and their interaction with the native cultures here at the time. For me it is the simple admiration for a group of people with an adventurous, dynamic, and individualistic spirit who even at the end of the Viking age, were still willing to throw stability and comfort aside to explore new lands, places like Helluland, Markland, and Vinland, and try to be their own master in a changing world.
The album will be called "Northen", and some of the planned songs beyond the title track include "Crownless", "One Eye's Son", "Sing Under the Shields", "Runarmal", "When the Last Ship Sails", and "Skraeling".
December 2nd, 2012
Been jamming some new songs with the band during practice and some ideas are taking shape. Really want to get the next album done and recorded over the winter. It’s been too long since Godsaga, but the timing and ideas had to be right!
October 22nd, 2012
Thanks to everyone who made it out to our first ever show last week!! We had a blast attending this event, and thanks to the Legion for putting this festival on and inviting us down. Met a lot of awesome people! Some video footage available on the Facebook page.
September 20th, 2012
In late 2003, I released "The Stranger", a 6-song demo of acoustic guitar/ambient music. Only 100 CD-R copies were made, and its never been available since then… until now. "The Stranger" is now available for streaming and also digital purchase from Bandcamp. Hope you enjoy the humble beginnings of SIG:AR:TYR!
All my albums are available for streaming and digital purchase on Bandcamp. Thanks for your support!
July 17th, 2012
After 10 years as the solitary musician behind SIG:AR:TYR, I'm proud to announce that it's time to embark on the next adventure for this entity… to the live stage. For many years I’ve been the proverbial basement musician, never venturing forth beyond releasing an album every few years. In the beginning, I never thought that what originally was just a small hobby project would turn into what it is, and after a demo and three full length albums, I have that deep inspiration inside and the feeling that the “stars are right” to take this to the next level. I’d like to introduce my cohorts, guitarist Mike Grund and drummer Nicholas Ireland (from Battlesoul), and bassist Morgan Rider (from Vesperia). Together they will help me bring the sounds and atmosphere of SIG:AR:TYR to the live realm and keep the northern flames alive. Our first field of battle has just been announced, and we will be playing at the Winter is Coming Fest in New London, CT on Sunday October 14th, 2012.. I look forward to meeting old and new friends wherever we play. Fates wheel, is turning, my father, will guide my journey...