Today we've got some pretty awesome epic/folklore/progressive thrash metal for you.
Scythia are from Western Canada and they have been around since 2008. They have been pumping their version of folk like metal for over 5 years now and are achieving quite a modicum of success.
They have a couple full length efforts and EP's under their belt already but the newest release "Of Conquest" is their most thought provoking and anticipated one to date.
I had the honor of seeing Scythia play live at Armstrong Metal Fest in 2013 and they blew me away. Their stage presence and overall product really appealed to me and I most assuredly enjoyed the set. One song in particular that I remember the most is 'Bear Claw Tavern.' I've been waiting for the album version for a while now and finally it's a reality.
The video for the song debuted on the Guitar World Magazine website and it's already amassed almost 100,000 views.
It's the third track on this album which is a perfect place to supplement all the insanity going on. It's very upbeat and catchy as all hell. I've had it stuck in my head for quite a while now, fortunately gnomes not included.
Another keeper on this release is 'Into The Storm.' Teemu Mantysaari, the guitarist for Wintersun, has a guest spot on it and it shows. The intensity is spot on and I can't say enough good things about vocalists Dave Khan voice and guitar playing ability. Playing lead guitar and singing is no easy feat simultaneously and he pulls it off without a problem.
12 tracks in length and each song is just as killer as the last. 'Fanfare 1516' all the way to 'Departure' nothing flounders and it's just a complete album, no downside.
It releases on January 14, 2014 so make sure to pick yourself up a copy.
See you.... "At the BEAR CLAW!"