British Heavy Metal – Newcastle upon Tyne (UK)
Kevin Ridley – Georgina Biddle – Steve Ramsey – Dave Pugh – Graeme ‘Bean’ English – Arron Walton
SKYCLAD Biography, Fall 2017
SKYCLAD are a British heavy metal band formed in 1990 in their home town of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Combining heavy metal/thrash metal with British indie/post-punk and folk influences, they created a highly original and influential sound; today SKYCLAD are widely regarded as one of the originators of folk metal. The band’s lyrics are generally in the vein of a classic protest band, discussing politics, society, social issues and environmental destruction.
In the past 25 years, SKYCLAD played hundreds of shows all across Europe and released 12 critically acclaimed LPs plus several EPs and compilation albums.
The band’s 13th studio album was released in April 2017 via Listenable Records. Titled ‘Forward Into The Past’, the LP marks the return of guitarist Dave Pugh to SKYCLAD’s line-up as a permanent member.
SKYCLAD are currently busy promoting the new album, with live appearances at festivals like Hammerfest (UK), Iberian Warriors (ES), Rock Hard Festival, Hörnerfest and Wacken Winter Nights (DE) and as main support for the first leg of Ensiferum’s “Two Paths” tour.
Press Quotes – Album Reviews:
“This is a fantastic album, and if you’re a fan of Skyclad, folk metal, or bands that aren’t afraid to experiment, then you have to buy yourself a copy of this album – awesome stuff!!”
All About The Rock, ‘Forward Into The Past’ review – 9/10
“SKYCLAD präsentieren sich 2017 so frisch wie eh und je. Bei “Forward Into The Past” ist der Name Programm, und das in mehrlei Hinsicht. Die Scheibe ist eine Reminiszenz an die frühen Zeiten (mit Dave Pugh auch personell), während sie den Weg weiter vorwärts beschreitet. Ganz typische SKYCLAD-Kunst mit vielen neuen Ohrwürmern und wie immer liebevoll gestalteter Fusion aus Folk, Metal und Rock.”
Reaperzine, ‘Forward Into The Past’ review – 9/10
“Die Briten von SKYCLAD gehören sicher zu den eigenständigsten Metal-Bands überhaupt. […] Ich bin echt begeistert, wie die Briten aus der Versenkung zurück kehren – und sofort anzeigen, wie Folk Metal eigentlich klappen kann. Der Name SKYCLAD gehört in den Metal-Olymp. Punkt.”
Powermetal.de, ‘Forward Into The Past’ review – 9/10
Press Quotes – Live Reviews:
“Only three songs into the set and it’s fair to say there was no shortage of energy in the room. Guitarists Steve Ramsey and Dave Pugh along with bassist Graeme English, and frontman Kevin Ridley were rocking out on the stage with headbanging a plenty and drinks in hand between songs, notably Ridley’s well drank bottle of red wine. Drummer Arron Walton never let up throughout the show, smashing the hell of his prized kit that Ridley had mentioned never went on tour with them. Most notable is of course remaining member, fiddler Georgina Biddle. Man that woman rocks the fiddle is all I can say! […] I’d thoroughly recommend anyone to go and see them for a guaranteed good time and if any readers are new to Skyclad, go and check them out. […] Hopefully they’ll gain some new fans – their music is awesome and they deserve it.”
http://www.moshville.co.uk, Bannermans/Edinburgh review, January 2015
“With a setlist comprising ‘The Parliament Of Fools’, ‘Thinking Allowed?’, ‘Inequality Street’, ‘The Widdershins Jig’, ‘Spinning Jenny’, ‘Anotherdrinkingsong’ and ‘Emerald’, here were the Folk Metal founders doing what they do best. Dave Pugh is back in the band and Steve Ramsey never left and with Georgina Biddle have clocked up over twenty years’ service and Graeme ‘Bean’ English also a founding member, you can’t get much closer to the original line-up than that.
Kev is a great frontman who knows how to work his audience and he and his comrades put in a ten pint performance from where we were standing, which was right at the front.”
http://www.metaltalk.net, Titanfest review, November 2016
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