Vancouver folk metal band Scythia were honoured to hear the news this week as their sophomore album “…Of Exile” just released this past friday on September 23, 2011, reached the #1 position on Earshot’s Canadian Loud Charts.
!earshot – The National Loud Chart
For the Week Ending: Tuesday, September 27, 2011- earshot-online.com/charts/index.cfm?intChartTypeID=106&dWeekOfID=2011-09-27
“I would like to thank the djs, music directors and college radio stations for embracing Scythia’s unconventional style of metal. It means a lot to us as artists when our musical efforts are recognized by Canadian college radio and played on campuses across the country. You all rule!” commented vocalist/guitarist Dave Khan.
In additional news, the band is offering a special combo package (CD with a limited edition Fierce Riders t-shirt) along with the digital album available as a pay what you want in celebration of the release at the following link here. scythia.bandcamp.com/album/of-exile-out-september-23-2011
Scythia is also offering two free downloads “For The King” and “Voice of The Sword” at the following links.
For The King – scythia.bandcamp.com/track/for-the-king-free-download
Voice of The Sword – scythia.bandcamp.com/track/voice-of-the-sword-free-download
“… Of Exile Teaser – www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yKgWHAv4E8
2. Spirit of the Quest
3. Sleeping Village
4. Forgotten Forest
5. Fallen King
6. Voice of the Sword
7. For the King
9. Dies Irae II
10. Hobarth’s Inn
About the album: “…Of Exile” is a story album that that tells the tale of a Scythian king deceived by those closest to him and his journey to reclaim his throne with his possessed sword and remaining loyal knights. Forging musical influences from folk and prog metal along with classical complements from instruments such as the Oboe of Death, cello and trumpet, “…Of Exile” takes the listener on a musical adventure to the land of Scythia. The record was produced and mixed by Shaun Thingvold who has engineered on albums with (Strapping Young Lad, Zimmer’s Hole, Lamb of God, Fear Factory).
About the band:
Formed in the latter half of 2008, Scythia is a five piece band that combines haunting folk melodies (emphasized by keyboards and oboe) with the driving force of modern progressive metal to form a raw and powerful sound that is their own. Scythia is not your older brother’s metal band. Unless that band had an oboe of death, echoes of thunder, and a knack for writing folk metal tunes.
So what is Scythia?
Taking its name from vocalist/guitarist Dave Khan’s infatuation with a painting of Nordic/Russian warriors riding bears while brandishing swords, Scythia not only “gives the painting musical significance,” but it is also “the name of an ancient empire spanning from the Caucasus through Russia, and even into eastern Scandinavia. The melodies used in our music have a very ancient, sometimes medieval sound, so I wanted to attribute them to an ancient civilization,” says Khan.
In 2010, Scythia released its debut, “…Of War” (originally with violin) which was produced by Shaun Thingvold who has engineered on projects with SYL, Fear Factory, Darkest Hour and many more. Now, following some line-up changes, Scythia will be releasing its second album “…Of Exile”, again produced by Shaun Thingvold September 23, 2011.
Upcoming Show Dates:
November 19, 2011 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre (Nerdfest)