After a short intro, which combines acoustic guitars, violin and war-sound-samples, the opener "A Broken Promised Land" starts out SKYCLAD's second effort "A Burnt Offering To The Bone Idol" quite comparable to the debut, just more mature, combining Metal with thrashy vocals and a good bit of Folk-influence, while "Spinning Jenny" is a very folky stomper with omnipresent violin, still a live-classic today.
While "Salt On The Earth" is a good bit heavier through the use of the guitars, so "Ring Stone Round" more or less is the "Moongleam And Meadowsweet" of the second album, completely acoustic and with clean vocals. A tad heavier is "Men Of Straw", especially in the chorus, despite the used keyboards, while "The Declaration Of Indifference" starts out with a haunting violin-intro before turning into a swift SKYCLAD-cracker with heavier infusions. Another live-classic and undoubtedly the highlight of "A Burnt Offering To The Bone Idol".
With their second album SKYCLAD confirmed their reputation as different band, which pulls through their thing, despite all criticism, especially from the traditionalists, but still, who likes an original mixture from Folk, Metal and a healthy dose of Thrash, should at least check out this album.