Release Review: Scythia – …Of Exile

Scythia is a folk metal band from my hometown of Vancouver BC Canada. Now, I’m usually not one for folk metal, but I do like it when it’s played well and Scythia actually plays it well.

The thing that has always thrown me off about this style of music has been that most bands focus on the theatrics of the music more than the music itself.  This is fine for a live setting but on an album this can be fatal as the person can’t see the theatrics when they are by themselves listening to the album on their ipod or CD player. Scythia however, even though obviously care about the theatrics, also obviously care about the music.

A lot of the tunes aren’t on the incredibly heavy side, even though there is crunch to them. The emphasis on this folk metal is undeniably the folk. The songs work like this so I don’t mind having a little bit less metal for some quality songs.

The lyrics are pretty much standard fantasy fare with tales of battle and other “epic” things in abundance but the vocals are top notch with both male and female vocals mixing together and actually creating an “Old-Tyme” atmosphere.

Check the guys out on their Bandcamp page and pick their album up so you can hear some of the best fantasy metal that Canada has ever produced.

‘…Of Exile’ tracklisting:
1. Prelude
2. Spirit of the Quest
3. Sleeping Village
4. Forgotten Forest
5. Fallen King
6. Voice of the Sword
7. For The King
8. The Fortress
9. Dies Irae II
10. Hobarth’s Inn

Scythia are:
Dave Khan – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Terry Savage – Bass Guitar
Morgan Zentner – Oboe
Celine Derval – Drums, Vocals
Scott F. Thompson – Keyboards

More Scythia:
Official Website


About Curtis Dewar (45 Articles)
Curt is a 38 year old Canadian who lives in Cambridge, Ontario. As he has been listening to metal since he was about 8 years old he has a fairly broad knowledge of metal and hard rock. The first "metal" album he ever really got into was Bon Jovi's "Slippery When Wet", followed by bands like Aerosmith, Motley Crue, Skid Row and the like. By 1991 he discovered the "Big 4" and gradually went onto heavier bands like Sepultura, Carcass and Morbid Angel.

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