Skyclad

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": folk metal heavy metal metal Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
Links online: Lyrics Wikipedia

Biography

This innovative UK thrash/folk/rock crossover band was put together in 1990 by former Sabbat vocalist Martin Walkyier. Enlisting the services of Steve Ramsey (8 July 1964, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England; guitar, ex-Pariah), Graeme English (b. 4 November 1963, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England; bass, ex-Pariah) and Keith Baxter (b. 19 February 1971, Morecombe, Lancashire, England, d. 4 January 2008, England; drums), they were signed by European label Noise. By their second album, 1992’s A Burnt Offering For The Bone Idol, they were combining pagan lyrics, crashing power-chords and electric violin (courtesy of Fritha Jenkins) to startling effect. Press descriptions included citing them as the ‘heavy metal equivalent of Fairport Convention’, but they certainly offered a welcome alternative to run-of-the-mill trad-rock. Their fourth album, 1994’s Prince Of The Poverty Line, featured excellent work from violinist Catherine Howell. George Biddle (b. Georgina...

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