They've turned a bit heavier and faster, SKYCLAD on"Prince Of The Poverty Line". No, they have not returned to Thrash, but they still are a littler faster and the guitars a little heavier than on "Jonah's Ark", also a bit more intense somehow.
SKYCLAD have been and still are something that only few bands can fame themselves with: Absolutely original, genre-defining, critical and just brilliant! They took the foundation of "Jonah's Ark" and built on it, furthering exploring the borders of the genre, refining the song-writing, so you still can find the basic ingredients of the typical SKYCLAD-sound, the characteristic guitars of Steve Ramsey, the violin of Cath Howell, the Folk Metal and of course Martin Walkyier's charismatic voice including the lyrics, but still they manage to sound different, somehow even better.
All tracks are SKYCLAD-classics by now, be it the quite fast "Civil War Dance", "Cardboard City" (starting out with Big Ben), the unusually structured "Land Of The Rising Slum", the equall yunusual, but great ballad "The One Piece Puzzle", the stomping "A Bellyful Of Emptiness" or the very intensive "Gammadion Seed" (Gammadion is a different expression for swastika) with its very good lyrics, which is one of my absolute favourite tracks by the folks from Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Once more the lyrics really deserve special attention, written by Walkyier in his very own, inimitable fashion, often playing with words (e.g. "Land Of The Rising Slum" or "A Bellyful Of Emptiness"), it's just a joy to read them, because they very subtly and at times quite amusingly deal with serious and critical topics, just one of the reasons, why SKYCLAD are among my absolute favourite bands!
To put SKYCLAD into a few words only is equally difficult as unjust, because there are only very few bands that can claim such an originality, they definitively are among those bands that you have to have heard to really get a picture of them. Therefore "Prince Of The Poverty Line" is recommended to all Metalheads!