For the last two decades, the band has been fighting under the flag of Latvian Pagan Metal, an extreme blend of traditional Baltic Folk music and various Metal influences ranging from Norwegian inspired Black Metal through to 80s-rooted Heavy Metal. The band’s unique combination of ancient and modern influence has given them a wide appeal throughout both the Metal and Folk scenes, and has brought great variety to their song writing over the course of the six Skyforger albums.
There are some bands that you do enjoy their music for some time, but then, for no reason at all, sometimes you simply forget about them and there are others that you are always eagerly awaiting for their next release. Skyforger fits the second category in my case, a band that I’ve been following its works with much admiration for the quality, creativity and honesty in their compositions. And there’s also one more positive fact about Skyforger, this has been one of the nicest bands that I have interviewed in the last fifteen years. Well, in 2015, their sixth full-length album, “Senprūsija”, comes to light and I’m sharing some words about it, how the album “feels” in my modest view.
First, let me talk about the concept of the album. In my humble opinion, very interesting, concerning the Old Prussians and quoting Peter, the songs itself will tell about some important events and key figures from those times, like Great Prussian uprising in 1260, pagan sacred place of Romuva, the high priest Krive Krivaito, old gods and war heroes like Herkus Monte. He also mentioned that, since the legacy of the Old Prussians remains in scarce historical books, the band finds important to remind the influences and importance of the Old Prussians in today’s Latvia and Lithuania.
This could only result in one thing, a very powerful and intense release, filled with outstanding song-writing and memorable riffs. Each song has this epic feeling, an imposing aura that leaves you wondering about the grandiosity of old days. And what I find utterly important is that you can sense that this album has heart, it’s a passionate, beautiful work. I sincerely believe it’s safe to say that we have a masterpiece here, of how, in my humble opinion, of course, Pagan/ Folk Metal should sound, passionate, ardent music.
And about the music, one more time, the guitars sound so majestic, strong and well-composed, while the gritty vocals are simply magnificent. As a matter of fact, the whole “package” is indeed of amazing quality and diversity, as in “Senprūsija” you can find elements of Black and Thrash, interweaving with melodic parts and folk instruments, which enrich the album, but never being overused, keeping the release in a more metal facet, although I admit that I love the folk tunes. My friends, as I’ve mentioned before, there’s beauty, depth, spirit and talent in “Senprūsija”.
I’ve heard many great works in the current year, but, so Skyforger takes the cake. I am truly stunned. To end my thoughts, concerning the production, it’s top-notch work, making it even easier to enjoy this work of art. So, please, my friends, take your time to find out a bit more about Skyforger and if you enjoy their music, I urge you to support and or promote this band in any form that is possible for you. They profoundly deserve this.
Until next time.
Album: Senprūsija (2015)
Label: Thunderforge Records
- Ei skīja, skīja
- Sudāvu jātnieki
- Tagad vai nekad
- Herkus Monte
- Lepnums un spīts
- Divi brāļi
- Melnās buras
- Nekas nav aizmirsts
- Lietuvas karogiem
Edgars “Zirgs” – Bass
Pēteris “Peter” – Vocals, Guitars
Edgars “Mazais” – Drums
Alvis – Guitars, Vocals (backing)
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skyforgerofficial
Official Homepage: https://www.skyforger.lv/
All photos belong to their rightful owners.April 18, 2015