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Heavy Skyclad - 79%

PowerMetalGuardian, July 12th, 2004

Skyclad's first album The Wayward Sons of Mother Earth, happens to be one of the heaviest Skyclad albums. The band would soon go into a more folk based band, and they tended to lean away from heaviness . Over all this album is pretty good, but not the best Skyclad album because of certain reasons.

Lets discuss the music first. Guitar wise, the riffs are pretty good. In fact most of the songs have a pretty cool or decent riff. Not for sure what you would consider it. At times the riffs sound like thrash metal, while at other times they are very melodic. Actually if you told me this album was considered folk metal, I might not believe you. Especially if the song The Widdershins Jig, was not on the album, which is really the only folk sounding song. Yes, this song even has the use of violins and is very folk-ish like. The only other thing that makes this album folk-ish is the occasional mandolin piece, like on Moongleam and Meadowsweet.

So on this album, the music is well executed, with decent guitar riffs, and bass and drum work. The singing is also decent, but not really good. I wouldn't consider it death metal vocals, but it is very gruff like. This is all cool and stuff, but on some of the melodic songs....well it just doesn't mix. It is like this; here is a song that you can do a little dance to, yet you have this mean growled vocals. The only soft vocals come on Moongleam and Meadowsweet, which mentioned before has a mandolin piece in it.

This album is a decent Skyclad album, especially for the first one. It is more heavier than folk metal. The lyrics are very dark, which some of the music can be at times. Most of the lyrics are folk-ish and Pagan like. If you like Skyclad's folk side, then you might not like this album, but if you like Skyclad to be more heavier, then here is your answer.