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About Skyclad

  • Skyclad are often referred to as ‘The Originators of ‘Folk-Metal’ – a sub-genre of metal that mixes thrash/speed metal elements with traditional instruments and folk-style melodies – as typified by their seminal album ‘The Wayward Sons Of Mother Earth’ (1991). The band produced a string of highly acclaimed albums – ‘A Burnt Offering For The Bone Idol’ (1992), ‘Jonah’s Ark’ (1993), ‘The Prince Of The Poverty Line (1994) and ‘The Silent Whales Of Lunacy’ (1995) - and gained a reputation as a powerful and energetic live act with many European tour and festival appearances.

    During the late 90’s, despite several line-up changes, the band continued to develop and experiment with their musical style - producing albums such as ‘Irrational Anthems (1996), ‘Oui Avant Garde a Chance’ (1996), ‘The Answer Machine’ (1997) and ‘Vintage Whine’ (1999) – they even undertook several ‘unplugged’ tours across Europe alongside appearances at festivals such as Wacken Open Air (1998) and ‘The Gods Of Metal’ (1999) before returning with a more ‘metal’ album, ‘Folkemon’ in 2000. 
    Whilst Folkemon proved to be the last album for founder member and vocalist Martin Walkyier, the band decided to continue and released the ‘Swords of a Thousand Men’ single (featuring ‘Eddie Tenpole’ himself) and the ‘unplugged’ album ‘No Daylights Nor Heeltaps’ in 2002. A new studio album ‘A Semblance Of Normality’ followed in 2004; which, as well as having all the usual folk instruments and influences, also featured the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and was well received by both fans and media worldwide.
    ‘Semblance’ marked the start of an exciting new chapter for Skyclad, who, while continuing to play in strongholds such as Germany, also made successful appearances in new territories such as Sweden, the Czech Republic (‘Rock Café, Prague, 2005), Finland. All this live work culminated in a full European Tour in 2006, which took in ten countries, along with the release of the ‘Jig-A-Jig’ EP, which the band produced themselves as a special ‘one-off’ release for the tour. 
    As well as continuing to play gigs and festivals across Europe (even reaching Moscow in 2007), Skyclad released their twelfth studio album entitled ‘In The…All Together’ in 2009. Unlike ‘Semblance’ however, this album was recorded completely by the band members – there are no ‘guests’ or orchestras. This was a deliberate move to try and keep the recordings as ‘live and fresh’ as possible and one aimed at taking the band into the studio ‘all together’. This wasn’t exactly a ‘back to basics’ strategy, as the songs on this album are far from basic as the band continued to experiment with their songwriting.
    ‘In The… All Together’ was released by Italian label Scarlet and the band promoted the album with European tours in 2009 and 2010 as well as festival appearances including Dong Open Air, Germany, (2009, 2010 & 2013), ‘Pounding Metal’, Germany (2009), Sweden Rock (2010), Metieval festival, UK (2011), ‘Up The Hammers’ festival, Greece (2012), Ragnarok festival, Germany (2012), and Metal Fest, Spain (2012). 
    Skyclad began working on songs for the 13th studio album in 2013 but recently managed to fit in dates in Germany, the Netherlands and Greece and they appeared at Metal Assault, Germany (2014).
    Skyclad are extremely happy to be making a return to Bloodstock in 2014. It’s been quite some time since Skyclad appeared at the first ever Bloodstock at the Derby Assembly Rooms back in 2001, so it will be great to get a ‘Jig-Pit’ going and unleash some Folk-Metal in the UK at B.O.A. 2014.
     



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  • Skyclad Live at the Dynamo '95
  • Skyclad Live at the Dynamo '95


    Released : 2011
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Intro (Live)
    2. Another Fine Mess (Live)
    3. Cardboard City (Live)
    4. Art-Nazi (Live)
    5. The Wickedest Man in the World (Live)
    6. The One Piece Puzzle (Live)
    7. Still Spinning Shrapnel (Live)
    8. Just What Nobody Wanted (Live)
  • Skyclad Live
  • Skyclad Live


    Released : 2011
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Intro (Live)
    2. Another Fine Mess (Live)
    3. Cardboard City (Live)
    4. Art-Nazi (Live)
    5. The Wickedest Man In The World (Live)
    6. The One Piece Puzzle (Live)
    7. Still Spinning Shrapnel (Live)
    8. Just What Nobody Wanted (Live)
  • Oui Avant-Garde A Chance
  • Oui Avant-Garde A Chance


    Released : 2010
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. If I Die Laughing, It'll Be An Act Of God
    2. Great Blow For A Day Job
    3. Constance Eternal
    4. Postcard From Planet Earth
    5. Jumping My Shadow
    6. Bombjour!
    7. History Lessens (The Final Examination)
    8. A Badtime Story
    9. Come on Eileen
    10. Master Race
    11. Bombed Out (Instru-Mental)
    12. Penny Dreadful (Full Shilling Mix)
  • No Daylight Nor Heeltaps
  • No Daylight Nor Heeltaps


    Released : 2010
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Penny Dreadful
    2. Inequality Street
    3. Spinning Jenny
    4. The Cry Of The Land
    5. Another Fine Mess
    6. Sins Of Emission
    7. The Widdershins Jig
    8. History Lessens
    9. Land Of The Rising Slum
    10. Single Phial
  • Folkemon
  • Folkemon


    Released : 2010
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. The Great Brain Robbery
    2. Think Back And Lie of England
    3. Polkageist!
    4. Crux Of The Message
    5. The Disenchanted Forest
    6. The Antibody Politic
    7. When God Logs-Off
    8. You Lost My Memory
    9. Deja-Vu Ain't What It Used To Be
    10. Any Old Irony?
    11. Swords Of A Thousand Men
  • In The... All Together
  • In The... All Together


    Released : 2009
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Words Upon The Street
    2. Still Small Beer
    3. The Well-Travelled Man
    4. Black Summer Rain
    5. Babakoto
    6. Hit List
    7. Superculture
    8. Which Is Why
    9. Modern Minds
    10. In The... All Together
  • A Semblance Of Normality
  • A Semblance Of Normality


    Released : 2004
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Intro (Pipes Solo)
    2. Do They Mean Us?
    3. A Good Day To Bury Bad News
    4. Anotherdrinkingsong
    5. A Survival Campaign
    6. The Song Of No-Involvement
    7. The Parliament Of Fools
    8. Ten Little Kingdoms
    9. Like...A Ballad For The Disenchanted
    10. Lightening The Load
    11. NTRWB
    12. Hybrid Blues
    13. Outro ('The Dissolution Of Parliment')
  • Live At The Dynamo
  • Live At The Dynamo


    Released : 2002
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Intro
    2. Another Fine Mess
    3. Cardboard City
    4. Art Nazi
    5. The Wickedest Man In The World
    6. The One Piece Puzzle
    7. Still Spinning Shrapnel
    8. Just What Nobody Wanted
    9. The Widdershins Jig
    10. The Declaration Of Indifference
    11. The Cradle Will Fall
    12. Spinning Jenny
  • Another Fine Mess
  • Another Fine Mess


    Released : 2001
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Intro
    2. Another Fine Mess
    3. Cardboard City
    4. Art-Nazi
    5. The Wickedest Man In The World
    6. The One Piece Puzzle
    7. Still Spinning Shrapnel
    8. Just What Nobody Wanted
    9. Sins Of Emission
    10. Land Of The Rising Slum
    11. Alone In Death's Shadow
    12. Spinning Jenny
  • Vintage Whine
  • Vintage Whine


    Released : 1999
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Kiss My Sweet Brass (Instrumental)
    2. Vintage Whine
    3. On With Their Heads!
    4. The Silver Cloud's Dark Lining
    5. A Well Beside The River
    6. No Strings Attached
    7. Bury Me
    8. Cancer Of The Heart
    9. Little Miss Take
    10. Something To Cling To
    11. By George (Instrumental)
  • The Answer Machine?
  • The Answer Machine?


    Released : 1997
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. A Clown Of Thorns
    2. Building A Ruin
    3. Worn Out Sole To Heel
    4. Single Phial
    5. Helium
    6. The Thread Of Evermore
    7. Eirenarch
    8. Troublesometimes
    9. Isle Of Jura
    10. Fainting By Numbers
    11. My Naked I
    12. Catherine At The Wheel
    13. Dead Angels On Ice
  • Irrational Anthems
  • Irrational Anthems


    Released : 1996
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Inequality Street
    2. The Wrong Song
    3. Snake Charming
    4. Penny Dreadful
    5. The Sinful Ensemble
    6. My Mother In Darkness
    7. The Spiral Staircase
    8. No Deposit, No Return
    9. Sabre Dance
    10. Dubious
    11. Science Never Sleeps
    12. History Lessens
    13. Quantity Time