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Review: Scythia - ...Of Conquest
...Of Conquest

Label: Independent
Year released: 2014
Duration: 60:19
Tracks: 12
Genre: Folk Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: March 11, 2014
Reviewed by: Edward T. Head
Readers Rating
...Of Conquest

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (6 Votes)

If there's an award out there for most drastic growth from one full-length to the next, then, ...Of Conquest, from Vancouver's Scythia, should be in the running. The band's 2011 album, ...Of Exile, was rather quirky Folk Metal, mixed with elements of Power and Melodic Death, along with some nods to 70s-style Prog and Folk Rock (think Jethro Tull). It's an interesting listen, but too incoherent to offer much staying power. Now, three years later, Scythia returns with a more focused, and therefore more enjoyable effort.

Gone are much of the aforementioned "quirkiness" and the 70s influences, and in their place is a streamlined effort of Power/Folk Metal that packs a considerably stronger punch than its predecessor. Vocalist Dave Khan, who sounded shaky and unsure previously, displays a new found power this time around, punctuating the tales of fantasy and lore. Imagine if Turisas' The Varangian Way was less on the bombastic side, and you'll gave a good idea of what to expect from ...Of Conquest. Power and Folk Metal fans alike will find plenty to enjoy here.

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