Nut Suite. Mini reviews of albums old and new. Minimum words. No fuss. No spoilers [?]. Occasional smugs.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

SKYCLAD / The Wayward Sons of Mother Earth (1991)

Believed to be the first ever Folk Metal album, Martin Walkyier’s post-Sabbat band never really found a target audience; no one was ready for this at the time of release so it fell by the wayside.  You can hear the Sabbat thrash in there but the folk elements come to the fore a lot in the melodies and instrumentation.  It has Walkyier’s usual hurried vocals but the folksy shanties and mandolin / fiddle / acoustic moments give it a very schizophrenic identity.  Heavier than folk fans like, and folksier than heavy fans like, it's an anomaly that nevertheless still sounds amazing 20 years later.

Songs of Note: TerminusTrance Dance

3½ odes to ancient and modern out of 5

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