|Review: Skyclad - In the... All Together|
|In the... All Together|
Label: Scarlet Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Folk Metal
Review online: November 29, 2009
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
for:In the... All Together
It is hard to believe that this band has 20 years of existence and I barely know about them. In fact, the only other album I have is Prince of the Poverty Line, and I remember that it was often regarded as the band's best by their fans. As it turned out, I didn't like it as much and put this band aside, but when they released a new album I decided to give them another chance. And boy, did it work since I found In the All Together to be a better record. The main reason for this is that it features the melodic voice of Kevin Ridley (former producer) instead of the death vocals of Martin Walkyier. I always felt that Kevin's type of voice was better for Folk Metal and while he isn't a world class singer, his voice is better suited for the new Skyclad.
More importantly, this record features all the aspects that can make Folk Metal so cool. From the inclusion of foreign instruments like the violin, fiddles and piano, to the pace at which the album is played. It doesn't hurt that the songwriting is up to par with the ambition of the band with songs like the opener "Words Upon the Street" and "A Well Traveled Man". Not only that but Skyclad have managed not to overbear the listener with the foreign instruments, you can actually hear and appreciate the riffs here. Although sometimes there is a heavy violin presence like in "Still Small Beer." The band gets away with it because they don't forget that the guitars are supposed to be the most important aspect of a band's sound.
The only problem I had is that the songs tend to fade away instead of finishing in a powerful fashion. I am nitpicking here since this is a good album but that situation is annoying enough to warrant a reduction in my score. Still this is a terrific and fun album by a band that knows what they're doing. If you are a longtime fan of Skyclad or Folk Metal in general you will like this.
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