It all began with a video of "Thinking Allowed" on - you sitting - MTV! Yes, 1993 you could see a SKYCLAD-video on MTV and it changed something within me, from this moment on I have been SKYCLAD-fan. "Jonah's Ark" had been the album, the opener of which "Thinking Allowed" is, the three-and-a-halfth album of the Brits around Martin Walkyier.
Just on like the previous offers I can compare SKYCLAD with exactly one band only - SKYCLAD. The Thrash-part has been considerably tuned down, while the folk received a bigger portion of the album, at the same time Martin Walkyier starts to really sing, but still his voice is very, very characteristic and truly unique.
What the songs have retained is their own character, which is purely SKYCLAD, just as well as the equally unique lyrics of Walkyier, which subtly deal with serious topics, but packed into very interesting word-games and have been and still are among the most read-worthy of the whole Metal-scene.
Be it straighter songs like "Thinking Allowed" or "Earth Mother, The Sun And The Furious Host", something a bit more complex a la "A Near Life Experience" or "The Wickedest Man In The World", the strong "A Word To The Wise" or the balladesque "It Wasn't Meant To End This Way", they all bear the SKYCLAD-imprint, in structure, guitar-sound, violin and vocals and all are among the classics of the genre for sure.
"Jonah's Ark" had been the turning point of the career of SKYCLAD, towards the Folk Metal they would grow famous for and every quality-conscious Metalian should at least know this album and band, no protest!