Vancouver’s Scythia are a folk metal band with a dash of prog thrown in for good measure. Now, generally folk metal is really not my thing as in honesty, most of it is fairly cheesy. Most folk metal bands are a bunch of fat, greasy European guys with a token woman thrown in for good measure. The songs are about beer and Lord of the Rings and generally are something that a D&D nerd likes.
Now, when I was asked to review Scythia’s …Of Exile I was actually really surprised to find that I really enjoyed the band’s music. Sure, the medieval Lord of the Rings themes are all there, and yes the band does like to play in goofy costumes. But, unlike other folk bands out there, Scythia can actually play and use the trappings of the genre to enhance the songs, rather than distract from the fact that their songs are shit.
Now this year the band comes along with their EP For the Bear which is somehow even better than …Of Exile. The EP is the perfect length at just under half an hour, so it does not feel too long or too short. The music on the album is superb and includes two remixes and an odd (but fun) “Video Game Medley”.
According to the press release that came with this album the intention of this album was to capture the band as they sound live. As I have yet to see them live I cannot vouch for that, but what I can say is that the songs on this album are much better than their previous. Highlights for me were the title track and “Sailor’s Accolade”, both great songs that show Scythia at their best.
If you want to hear some really good folk metal, check the band out. You won’t regret it.
The EP For the Bear is streaming in its entirety below:
1. Sailor’s Accolade
2. Fierce Riders of Scythia (remix)
3. For the Bear
4. Black Death (remix)
5. Dies Irae Pt. I (remix)
6. Mattawa Reel
7. Video Game Medley
Dave Khan – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Terry Savage – Bass Guitar
Morgan Zentner – Oboe
Celine Derval – Drums, Vocals
Scott F. Thompson – Keyboards
Check out our interview with Dave Khan.
Check out Scythia on tour:
Sept 26, 2012 – Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC w/ Terrifier, Nylithia – Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm – $10 - http://www.facebook.com/events/450549494984645/
Sept 28, 2012 – Rockwater Grill and Bar – Golden, BC (Scythia exclusive) – Show at 11pm
Sept 29, 2012 – Mac Hall Ballroom – NOCTIS METAL FEST – Calgary, AB – Scythia opens at 5pm w/ Venom, Agalloch, Grand Magus, Nun Slaughter, Black Witchery, Excrementory Grindfuckers, The Order of Chaos -http://www.facebook.com/events/366080160119589/
October 1, 2012 – Ozzy’s/The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB w/ Vathek, Spill the Blood, Half Dead Husky, Einarr – Doors at 9pm $ 8http://www.facebook.com/events/159012417556368/
October 5, 2012- Rotilicious – Ajax, ON w/ Gunt – Doors at 9pm by donation – http://www.facebook.com/events/355061057909805/
October 6, 2012 – TBA – North Bay, ON
October 7, 2012 – Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC w/ Valknacht, Warcall, Talamyus. Doors at 7pm, $10 in advance/$12 at door -http://www.facebook.com/events/374908789248527/
October 11, 2012 – Coach and Horses – Windsor, ON
October 12, 2012 – Corktown Pub – Hamilton, ON – Scythia Headlines – Doors at 9pm, Scythia at 12:45am
October 15, 2012 – Crocks – Thunder Bay, ON w/ Point North – Doors at 8pm
October 18, 2012 – Lepps – Saskatoon, SK (Lepps) w/ Druidus, Desecrate Scripture – Doors at 9pm, $10 https://www.facebook.com/events/369743303092333/
October 19, 2012 – Rendez Vous – Edmonton, AB – w/ Mortillery, Mongol – Doors at 8pm, $10
October 20, 2012 – Branding Iron – Armstrong, BC w/ Skatin for Satan, White Knights Finish Last – Doors at 8 pm, $5 http://www.facebook.com/events/278701505575765/