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...Of War
October 2010
Released: 2010, Self Released
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Robert Williams

Scythia is a six-piece Folk Metal band based out of Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. Formed in 2008, the band formerly known as Thorgen Hellhammer have just issued their first self released full length album ...OF WAR.

Scythia being the brainchild of guitarist/vocalist/frontman Dave Khan musically draws similar comparisons to fellow bands of the folk metal ilk, namely Falconer yet what perhaps set Scythia apart from their brethren is the gratuitous use of violin performed most exquisitely by Ms. Marisol Valerio. Tracks like "The Black Death" and "Warrior's Anthem" serve as vast soundscapes versus standard metal tunes, that firmly place Scythia as a band of gypsy minstrels in this renaissance period of swashbuckling tales of swordplay.

"Adamantium" showcases the collective musical discipline of the six Scythians, pulling off some impressive tempo shifts and swings, all the while airing a bit of a Middle Eastern musical influence. Also of note would be the considerable shredding abilities and excellent tone demonstrated on "Dies Irae". Did the six members of Scythia meet at a musicians ins

The production on ...OF WAR handled by Shaun Thingvold (Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory, Darkest Hour) sounds well enough for a self released effort. The album is housed in a digipack, with a pretty simple booklet with lyrics and photos of the band members. All in all, a pretty decent first offering from Scythia.
Track Listing

1. Caspian Rhapsody
2. Fierce Riders of Scythia
3. The Black Death
4. Red Wizard
5. Elegy
6. Adamantium
7. Dies Irae Part One
8. Warrior's Anthem
9. Epilogue


Dave Khan - Guitar, Vocals
Ryan Preston - Guitar
Terry Savage - Bass
Christian Sampaleanu - Keyboards, Piano
Marisol Valerio - Violin
Samantha Landa - Drums

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