Wednesday 21 March 2012

Skyclad - The Wayward Sons of Mother Earth (1991)

Our generation's answer to Jethro Tull and Thin Lizzy.

A very significant album as this is probably the first ever folk-metal album to ever be released. Hundreds of more or less great folk  metal albums has followed in it's wake and this is one of the biggest metal sub genres now.

Skyclad was ex-Sabbat vocalist Martin Walkyier's new band after he split with Sabbat. The Wayward Sons of Mother Earth is the debut album by Skyclad. It hit the metal scene like a bomb. Sensational is the word I would put on this album.

The music on The Wayward Sons of Mother Earth is still based on thrash/heavy metal with chugging riffs and a heavy sound. But the folk rock, represented by fiddles and folk rock melody structures, is also very much present and is dominating this album. Add some great tracks to this mix and you have a truly great album that has survived the test of time. I still really like this  album, 21 years after I heard it for the first time.

4 points

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