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Review: Skiltron - Beheading the Liars
Skiltron
www.skiltron.net
Beheading the Liars

Label: Independent
Year released: 2008
Duration: 46:48
Tracks: 11
Genre: Folk Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: November 29, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Beheading the Liars

Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)
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I had to delay this review a little bit when my partner in crime Sargon the Terrible told me he preferred the previous album to this one - so I just had to check it out first.  I certainly can see his point, but at the same time there are things I like better on Beheading the LiarsThe Clans Have United had a very strong Helloween/Gamma Ray vibe, while this new album here sounds more like the band found its own sound.  It's also more straightforward than its predecessor.  There was a lot more going on in Clans..., at least on a per-composition basis; it was busyBeheading... is more "fun" - simpler yet rich compositions, several of them are downright "party-inducing" - you just feel like going to buy a case of beer, grabbing a few wenches on the way back, and throwing a medieval party with bagpipes and electric guitars.  It's very invigorating, positive-sounding music, all the while without sounding "wimpy" - there's power and conviction behind the performance here, even the bagpipes and whistles sound fucking metal — even more so when one expects a guitar solo to kick in and whoa, what is this? Bagpipes! Awesome.  I like the vocals overall - clean but convincing, a little on the harsh side but not too much, and they usually fit the music like a glove. Power/Folk is not a genre I've been exposed to very much, but damn, I'm just plain having fun listening to this album over and over.

The album is a little uneven, with a few ballad-style songs that kind of break the "party mood" a little bit - it's hit or miss and the reception will greatly vary depending on the listener's mood (or tolerance for such "relax" numbers.)  The songs aren't bad per se, but there's a bit of a clash there.  Ending the album on a rather slow and melancholic song is never a good idea as far as these ears are concerned, either.  But in the end I always have all the good stuff stuck in my heads for hours after having listened to this.  My favourite songs include "Skiltron", "The Beheading", "Signs, Symbols and the Marks of Man" and "Fast and Wild", incidentally the catchiest and more "rocking" songs here.  A fun album of medieval Power/Folk, plain and simple.  Come to think of it, why the hell aren't these guys signed yet?

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Review: The Clans Have United (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
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