Scythia - ...of Exhile Digi-CDR

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Great Folk Metal from Canada! CDR in a nice digipak for special price! More the 50 minutes playtime! #### = 8/10 points: First things first: how admirable and respectful is when a band decides to take its fate on its own hands and release its works on its own? Especially when the band?s members do it in a way that many professional labels would be jealous of (a very nice PDF sheet with all the info about the band was included in the digital promo). A lot of kudos for that as it takes guts (and a good amount of cash) to do that! SCYTHIA from Vancouver, BC, Canada (former name: THORGEN HELLHAMMER) is one of those bands and here we deal with their second full-length album, entitled ??Of Exile?. Scythia, in classical antiquity, was the area in Eurasia inhabited by the Scythians, from the 8th century BC to the 2nd century AD. This has partially to do with the reason why SCYTHIA decided to name their band like that, but there is also another reason as well. The band was named by Dave Khan (vocals, guitars) after he saw a painting of Nordic / Russian warriors riding bears while brandishing swords (!). So, without further ado, let?s get down to business since this review is going to be kind of a long one. Well, pretty much since we are in the 21st century we have gotten used to the use of ?strange? instruments in our music. Mostly in the folk / Pagan Metal genre (and yes, you guessed right: SCYTHIA is one of those bands) instruments like mandolin, bagpipes etc. have found a spot. But what about oboe? Yeap, that?s right folks! SCYTHIA may be the first one (somebody correct me if I am wrong) to be using that musical instrument. Throughout the entire album there is clearly the ?message? that a concept story takes place here. And if we take the lyrical themes for granted (medieval folklore / warfare), it makes perfect sense actually. ??Of Exile? begins in a ?mid-tempo?, if I may say so, way with some powerful breakthroughs, then gets a bit more ?calm? and ends up in that way that it perfectly serves the purpose of the album's concept. What actually caught my attention in their music is that does not belong to the traditional folk Metal genre. On the contrary, you can find clear progressive elements (music wise) in their songs, and more epic / Power Metal finishing touches. The unique sound of the oboe fits perfectly to the music without being on the spotlight but just playing its role pretty well. More or less one could describe the album as LOTR Metal (curses to genre labels but this one popped in my mind while I was listening to the album) since it could easily be featured in fantasy movie OST. The spoken words between the songs prepares the listener for what is to follow filling the gaps in the storytelling part of the album. Another plus to the album is the fifty-fifty (almost) share of female and male vocals, offering a nice diversity to the songs. Oh, and something else: I really do believe that 80?s Metal fans will find something to like in ?For The King? song. Maybe the only complaint I have concerns the production especially in parts of the album but then again this goes away after a couple of listenings. Those of you familiar with my reviews will remember what is my opinion on the trend that folk Metal has become nowadays. Even more bands appear from time to time and they tend to reproduce (in a bad way) what has already been played. However SCYTHIA were a pleasant surprise: not only do they offer that kind of folk Metal that is not over-played but I was pleased to be mistaken when I said to myself ?Unsigned folk Metal band? Crap...?. Thumbs up guys, keep up the good work! (Written by Manolis Alfieris)