Skyclad
Outrageous Fourtunes


4.0
excellent

Review

by Voivod STAFF
June 1st, 2012 | 26 replies | 2,141 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Skyclad tune down the heavy metal distortion to bring forth their intimate pagan/folk aesthetics.

In their 1998 album The Answering Machine?, English folk metal act of Skyclad concluded with conviction what had been left half-finished in Oui Avant Garde A Chance, that is, the undisputed taking over of their trademark folk/pagan melodic wizardry at the expense of the coarse heavy/thrash of early-to-mid albums. In those albums (1991-1994), heavy/thrash coexisted with folk in perfect harmony and gave the band great character, especially when compared to the rest of “classic” metal bands at that time. However, in view of the successful experimentation in The Answering Machine?, it became apparent that the folk side in Skyclad’s early musical endeavors had the potential of being adapted anew. Hence, selected tracks from early albums were reformed from the band and given away to fans as a free EP, titled Outrageous Fourtunes at selected dates during Skyclad’s 1999 German tour.

In order to come across with the task, Skyclad chose four tracks overall from Prince Of The Poverty Line and A Burnt Offering For The Bone Idol albums. In short, band did a terrific job, starting from the superb sound production. Although the original take of “Land of the Rising Slum” is an immensely energetic and groovy song, its new version re-adapts the basic melody at a significantly slower tempo with acoustic guitars and keys caressing the soothing yet bleak vocals of Martin Walkyier. Violinist Georgina Biddle is giving an excellent performance in revising the main melodies in “Sins of Emission” and especially “Spinning Jenny”, where the cheerful folk/thrash character of the original version is turned into a mesmerizing dirge. Aside from the violin which is inherently one of Skyclad’s calling cards, the ritualistic percussion in the new version of “Alone in Death’s Shadow” is not only its main attraction but also a direct loan from similar practices undertaken in The Answering Machine?. The subtraction of the electric guitar distortion and the implementation of slow – almost doom – pace for the new arrangements, gives vocalist Martin Walkyier more room so as to unfold his excellent lyrics, describing the world’s dismal status quo. Walkyier’s notorious proficiency with words and their multiple meaning is apparent even from the name of this EP, which cynically satirizes the success of the song adaptations overall.

As an epilogue, Outrageous Fourtunes EP is a fantastic treat for long time Skyclad fans and an appropriate introduction for meet-and-greet with an act that legitimately pioneered the folk metal scene.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 1st 2012



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Land of the rising slum:
Original version - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJtB4BwpyG8
EP version - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AITCBJu_NBc


Sins of Emission:
Original version - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wvz8PcBf0gs
EP version - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L54JJ9srJ9c


Alone in Death’s Shadow:
Original version - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZ1kOlaG6dM
EP version - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GorQ4iMPMyI


Spinning Jenny:
Original version - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nD9zi_WliSA
EP version - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOeDcdNSbyc





Constructive criticism is more than welcome.

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TheNotrap
June 1st 2012



8029 Comments


A Burnt Offering For The Bone Idol is very interesting, don't know this though.

Glad you wrote a short review, have a pos.

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Voivod
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June 1st 2012



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Listen to the links and tell me what you think.

CaptainDooRight
June 1st 2012



28756 Comments


Good review bro. Pos. Gonna check out some of those songs.

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TheNotrap
June 1st 2012



8029 Comments


Enjoyable acoustic stuff indeed. Nice to hear this versions of Alone in Death's Shadow and Spinning Jenny.

Voivod
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June 1st 2012



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The new take on Land Of The Rising Slum is awesome too.

TheNotrap
June 1st 2012



8029 Comments


Indeed.

Tyrael
June 1st 2012



20798 Comments


metal, folk?

WHY HAVEN'T I HEARD OF THIS BAND BEFORE

pos

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 1st 2012



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This band will be a real treat for you Ty.

Skyclad are regarded as the first folk metal band.

Listen to everything they have done with Martin Walkyier.

Tyrael
June 1st 2012



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They're on my 'things to listen to list' ;]

I'm a bit busy with my finals and everything now haha

Voivod
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June 1st 2012



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First the work, then the pleasure ;-)

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 1st 2012



20284 Comments


This sounds interesting, I might check it out.

Good job on the review as always.

Voivod
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June 1st 2012



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This band needs more love in here.

greg84
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June 1st 2012



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It sounds a bit like Faith No More, which is always a plus. Good review.

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Voivod
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June 1st 2012



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Are you talking about the original or the EP versions?

Skyclad are not relevant to Faith No More, at least from where I'm standing.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
June 1st 2012



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I've heard original versions only and I enjoyed them.

Voivod
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June 1st 2012



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It's the first time that I see Skyclad being compared to Faith No More.

I'll admit that you got me thinking.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
June 2nd 2012



4400 Comments


Really great review, Voivod, POS'd!
Its been a while since I listened to these guys.

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ZedO
June 2nd 2012



1096 Comments


only heard their debut, I have no idea about other releases.
pos hard...

Voivod
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June 2nd 2012



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Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I intend to write more reviews for this band in the future, that is, if everything turns out fine.



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