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Album Review

Skyclad's ambitious attempt to combine thrash metal, English folk music, and medieval fantasy lyrics results in a groundbreaking — though at times understandably awkward — debut. Despite the album sleeve's picture of them wielding swords and clad in medieval garb, the band starts off tentatively, leading the way with the thrash-heavy "Sky Beneath My Feet" and "Trance Dance" before plunging into the album's "folkiest" moment, "The Widdershin's Jig." With it's violin-led arrangement, the song is a huge departure and, unfortunately, the band still lacks the confidence and conviction to see the experiment through. In fact, they only manage to let their guard down for the album's second half, which finally yields some great progressive thrash metal in "Cradle Will Fall," "Moongleam and Meadowsweet," and "Terminus." Misfires aside, Skyclad firmly declared their mission with this release, paving the way for their much more focused and satisfying sophomore effort.


Formed: 1990

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Based in Newcastle, England, the progressive thrash metal band Skyclad was founded in 1990 by vocalist Martin Walkyier, who left his previous band, Sabbat, after an argument with guitarist Andy Sneap. Walkyier added two former members of Pariah — guitarist Steve Ramsey and bassist Graeme English — as well as second guitarist Dave Pugh and drummer Keith Baxter. The band signed to the German Noise International label and recorded Wayward Sons of Mother Earth for a 1991 release. After touring...
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  • $8.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: 1991

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