Skyforger are a band from Latvia that has been around since the 90's and plays a pagan form of black/folk metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "Senprusija" which will be released in April by Thunderforge Records.
A very dark and medieval sound starts off the album along with some clean singing pagan vocals and you can also hear some folk instruments in the background and after the intro the music starts adding in more of a heavier and raw black metal sound along with a decent amount of blast beats and high pitched screams.
You can hear a lot of melody and traditional metal influences in the bands musically sound and the vocals also use some rough of angry shouting type of singing and you can also hear a heavy dose of thrash in the bands musical style and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the folk instruments also mix in with the heavy parts quite a bit throughout the recording.
When solos and leads are utilized they are in a more melodic metal direction and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and some of the tracks also bring in the sounds of war from the middle ages and as the album progresses clean playing can be heard in certain sections of the recording and the pagan vocals and folk instruments that where present on the intro also make a return on some of the later tracks while one of the later songs also brings in a brief use of spoken word parts.
Skyforger creates an album that focuses more on a straight forward pagan metal sound this time around while also keeping their black and folk metal roots, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in their native tongue and cover Prussian History and their roots as a Baltic people before the Germans conquered.
In my opinion Skyforger are a very great sounding mixture of pagan, black and folk metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Senprusija" "Herkus Monte" "Melnas Buras" and "Zem Lietuvas Karogiem". 8 out of 10.