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Review: Skiltron - The Highland Way
The Highland Way

Label: Independent
Year released: 2010
Duration: 48:22
Tracks: 11
Genre: Folk Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: September 6, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Readers Rating
The Highland Way

Rated 2.33/5 (46.67%) (3 Votes)

Two years have passed since I heard this band for the first time in Beheading the Liars. I liked that album and because of it, I also got their debut, which I found very entertaining as well. Now I got the brand new one and I couldn't be happier. For those who don't know Skiltron, they are an Argentinean Folk band that have William Wallace and Celtic Wars as their main topics. If you are a fan of the band, then you'll know what to expect here: Folk Metal with a strong Power Metal influence.

For that reason, Skiltron always remember that metal is supposed to be the most important part of their sound. Yes, you have all kinds of foreign instruments but they have integrated them in such a way that it seems effortless. But the most striking difference between this album and the previous two is that the "party" atmosphere is much diminished here. While there are still uplifting songs like: "Bagpipes of War" and "The Bonfire Alliance" there is a remarkable maturity in their sound. And in my opinion this is nothing but a good decision in their part.

The Highland Way has a couple of faults though: the ballads here can break the momentum of the album as it was the case with "Through the Longest Day". In addition, the few instrumentals here don't add much to the experience and it would have been better if they were absent. Still this is a great album from a band that have started to develop their own sound. Needless to say if you are a fan of theirs then this will be a treat but if you despise Folk Metal then avoid this a it won't change your mind . In the end, I think that this is the best album that Skiltron have produced but that doesn't mean much since their entire discography is worth having.

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Review: Beheading the Liars (reviewed by Michel Renaud)
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