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Rīga, Latvia (1995 – present)

Skyforger is a band from Rīga, Latvia. They have been tempering their music in the smithy of the Thundergod since 1995. For the last decade, the band has been fighting under the flag of Latvian ; an extreme blend of traditional music and various metal influences ranging from Norwegian inspired through to 80s-rooted . The band’s unique combination of ancient and modern influence has given them a wide appeal throughout both the and scenes, and has brought great variety to their song writing over the course of the five Skyforger albums.

The first of these was unleashed from the forge in 1997. Titled Semigalls’ Warchant, the demo-album told tales of the last free pagan tribes of the Baltic peoples; and their struggles with Christian invaders throughout the thirteenth century. The album’s music is heavily inspired by the Scandinavian black metal of the early nineties. Harsh and cold, the extremity is balanced by traditional folk instruments, which anchor the venomous brutality firmly in the past; never loosing sight of the ancestral legends the music seeks to describe.

These tales of ancient tribal Latvia and its heathen tradition were to be expanded upon in Skyforger’s first CD, 1998’s Kauja Pie Saules (‘The Battle of Saule’). Later in 2000 followed their third release, the First World War themed Latvian Riflemen.

At the end of 2002 Skyforger signed to German label Folter Records.


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