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Skyclad - Sword Of A Thousand Men (-/10) - Great Britain - 2001

Genre: Folk Metal
Label: Demolition Records
Playing time: 08:54
Band homepage: Skyclad

Tracklist:

  1. Sword Of A Thousand Men
  2. Sword Of A Thousand Men (Skyclad Only Mix)
  3. The Widdershins Jig (2001 Mix)
Skyclad - Sword Of A Thousand Men
The first document of the new ear of SKYCLAD, post-Martin Walkyier. I had been very cautious, because I could not imagine this band without Martin. The first approach of the band towards the fan is the bonus-track of the "Folkémon"-album, the TEN POLE TUDOR-cover "Sword Of A Thousand Men" and a new version of the "Wayward Sons Of Mother Earth"-classic "The Widdershins Jig".

Compared to the original cover we'll get a mix with TEN POLE TUDOR-fronter Ed Tudor Pole himself and a new SKYCLAD-version, a little bit more folky, the difference is so small, though, that you really have to ask, if it has been necessary. And I don't know if it's because of my ears or my player or whatever, but this production does not sound good!

And the new version of "The Widdershins Jig" is almost purely acoustic and so sounds very interesting, only time will tell, if this will be the new musical direction. But as good as this sounds, there is one very, very, very characteristic part missing: Martin Walkyier. Not that Kevin Ridley didn't do a good job, but his voice is far less characteristic and cannot bear the sound, which is a pity.

I cannot recommend this one, because you get too little for your money, only if you finally would like to hear SKYCLAD with Kevin Ridley on the microphone...

Alexander Melzer



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