SKYFORGER – Senprusija (CD review)
Skyforger has been around the mid nineties, and their lyrical themes based around pagan subjects and the ancient art of warfare create some of the best extreme folk metal around.
Their songs deal with Latvian ancestry, paganism and battles fought on their motherland, and so you’ve “Senprusija” (Old Prussia), an album of 12 epic and triumphant tracks to that warrior in you ready for the war. Pretty much, every track on this release is like a short story, but sung in their native Latvian tongue.
Imagine for a minute the occult-like songs from that of Bathory and folkloric influences from Skyclad entangled with the black metal extremes of Marduk and Enslaved, and you’ve Skyforger.
Even though Skyforger’s lyrics are written in their native Latvian language, as a listener you do not feel like a stranger as the music has that personal touch to it. It’s something you, the listener can, and are able to truly feel, as it fundamentals are based in the universal language of heavy metal.
“Ramava” is as brutal as can be, within the black/death metal realms, but with the ancient-styled clean vocals of a victory march, something more akin to the movie Excalibur, it’s nothing short of brilliant.
The musicianship on this album is superbly executed with tons of fiery brutality and rawness that’s sure to fucking kick your ass as well as your head in.
Listening to Skyforger is like listening to a mental barrage of nothing but the finest hell and chaos mixed into one mega-punch of lethal grandeur. This is what I call sheer excellence, and it definitely shows throughout the 12 cuts found here. Sarjoo Devani