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Release date: 17 October 1991
Style: Folk metal


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01. The Sky Beneath My Feet
02. Trance Dance
03. A Minute's Piece
04. The Widdershins Jig
05. Our Dying Island
06. Pagan Man
07. The Cradle Will Fall
08. Skyclad
09. Moongleam And Meadowsweet
10. Terminus

Lyrics (10)

Martin Walkyier - vocals
Steve Ramsey - guitars
Graeme English - bass, classical guitars
Keith Baxter - drums

Studio musicians
Rog Patterson - keyboards, piccolo
Joe "Guido" Caprani - voice
Mike Evans - fiddle
Dominic Miller - classical guitar

Additional info
All lyrics by M. Walkyier.
All music by S. Ramsey except:
Trance-Dance: Ramsey/English;
Moongleam and Meadowsweet: G. English;
A Minute's Peace: G. English;
Pagan Man by kind permission of R. Patterson.

Produced by Kev Ridley and Skyclad.
Engineered by Simon Osborne and Kev Ridley.
Recorded and mixed at Jacobs Studios, Surrey, England.

Artwork by Garry Sharpe-Young.

Staff review by

The first Skyclad album, one of the pioneers of the style called Folk Metal were not so folky at the beginning, as a matter of fact, is hard to know is the same band that we love and enjoy, but this record has more that ten years old, and things tend to change after that much time.

Even if this album is not the Skyclad we know, is really good, here we get a glimpse of the heavier, thrashier roots of the band. Songs are really heavy and loud, build under a wall off Thrash riffs and aggressive vocals. From the opener "The Sky Beneath My Feet" I was shocked to hear this kind of heaviness here, I was expecting more happy creatures and wood people, instead I got angry warriors with swords and chain mails. Other fine example of this could be my favorite song in the album, "Our Dying Island", a fast paced song with catchy hooks all over and great melodic aggression in every single note. God I love the raspy vocals of Martin Walkyier.

published 07.10.2004 | Comments (2)

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NocturnalStalker - 14.05.2016 at 20:38  
Rating: 8 A great debut album. It's a lot thrashier than the later records.

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