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Surrey, United Kingdom (1997 – present)

Forefather is an Anglo-Saxon metal band from Surrey, England. The band was formed in September 1997 by two brothers, who adopted the stage names Athelstan and Wulfstan. They recorded their first album Deep into Time at their home studio (known as ‘The Croft’) in August 1998 and eventually released it in March 1999 on their own label Angelisc Enterprises to reasonable critical acclaim. Their follow-up The Fighting Man was released in October 2000, and owing to improved equipment purchased in part from the sales of their first album was of markedly better sound quality, and was positively received by the underground metal press.

At this time the band chose to release a collection of demo recordings entitled Legends Untold on the German Millennium Metal label. Engla Tocyme (The Coming of the English) was recorded in late 2001 and released in March 2002 along with a re-issue of their first album Deep Into Time, with improved artwork and a bonus track. Ours is the Kingdom was released in June 2004, marking the bands move to the respected Karmageddon Media label, and the subsequent improvement in the general quality of artwork and packaging this afforded.

After taking some time out to work with the Folk metal supergroup Folkearth, Forefather released their fifth album Steadfast on the Seven Kingdoms label in 2008, which received very good reviews in the metal media.

Most of the bands songs are impossible to perform live with just two people. They use a drum-machine in the studio, and have revealed in interviews that they do not like the idea of guest musicians working on the project, preferring to keep it ‘In the family’, as it were.


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  • MetalHammerz

    Hail From Latvia \\m/

    5 Sep 8:50am Reply
  • TmAYD

    Feel like Forefather have been completely overtaken by Winterfylleth in recent years. Their refusal to play live has not helped at all in that respect, but equally I feel is their insane usage of a drum machine. Winterfylleth in comparison sound so much more genuine with a real unit behind the drums, whereas Forefather come across very bedroom in comparison.

    1 Sep 2:48pm Reply

    This is a riff-o-rama, digging it!

    29 Aug 10:37pm Reply
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  • garandhero

    Can't believe "The Paths of Yesterdays" is so low ranked ;'(

    11 Aug 11:21pm Reply
  • Janydmaen

    benim için bir Forefather var, bir de Forefather var.

    30 May 10:56am Reply
  • badbulon

    Steadfast is one best album from past decade.

    30 May 1:38am Reply
  • Pheneks

    Miri it is always gets me into such a great mood.

    15 Jan 7:56am Reply
  • Clubonica

    Craftsmen of the riff.

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • metalmicky

    14.10 1066 Play 'The Fighting Man' out of respect for the fallen.

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • grantosjones

    Regardless, they need to pull their collective thumb out of their collective arse and play live.

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
  • morthvargr

    The tribes of Ænglaland shall unite to repel the Vikingr tag!

    23 Aug 2013 Reply
  • OceanGypsy666

    I'm a Viking and Forefather makes me so! ;))))

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Un_Autre_Con

    Anyone who says "Englisc" instead of "English" is a wanker.

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Mortum_est

    пацаны тащат

    5 Jul 2013 Reply
  • cultur-multur


    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • bjornoW12

    wonderfully gay

    10 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Alice_North

    awesome band

    23 May 2013 Reply
  • metaltroll87

    Pure Awesomeness!!!

    13 May 2013 Reply
  • grantosjones

    wish people would stop referring to forefather as 'viking metal', it's uniquely Englisc! [2] Also the term 'Viking metal' is horrendously gay.

    9 Apr 2013 Reply
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