Skyforger is a Fowk metal baund frae Latvie. As weel as their ain sangs that's for ordinar anent pagan gods, Latvie history an war; the baund aften kivers tradeetional Latvie fowk sangs as weel as kiverin metal staundarts.

Skyforger
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Background information
OreiginRiga, Latvie
GenresFowk metal
Black metal
Years active1995–present
LabelsMetal Blade Records, Folter Records,
Mascot Records
Wabsteidwww.skyforger.lv/
MembersPēteris Kvetkovskis
Edgars Grabovskis
Edgars Krūmiņš
Kaspars Bārbals
Mārtiņš Pētersons
Past membersViesturs Grīnbergs
Konstantīns Švedovs
Linda Bēce
Imants Vovers
Rihards Skudrītis
Ģirts "Motors" Kļaviņš

HistoryEedit

Skyforger begoud in 1995 wi the umwhile members o a spleet baund cried Grindmaster's Death, an pit oot their first demo twa year efter. The demo won thaim a record contract, an the follaein year they pit oot their first fou-lenth album, Kauja pie Saules (Sco: The Battle o the Saule). In 1999, for tae merk the aichtiet year efter the Latvian War o Unthirldom, they pit oot Latviešu Strēlnieki (Sco: Latvie Riflemen) that wis anent an dedicate tae the Latvie Riflemen that teuk a muckle pairt in that war. The maist diferent soondin o their albums wis Zobena Dziesma (Sco: Swuirdsang) in 2003 that wis aw fowk muisic wi nae metal in it ava.

Tho the baund haed aye taen a wheen o tift frae Black metal, their album Semigalls' Warchant (2005, maistlins a re-release o their 1997 demo, but wi fower new sangs) haed a wheen mair tift frae Thrash metal, tho the leerics wis aye anent Lativan history an paganism as aye.

ControversyEedit

Due tae their uiss o auncient pagan seembols, the baund wis inrowed in a scaudnal. Tho the baund haes aye gane oot their gate tae pynt oot that they arna poleetical in ony wey, their uiss o seembols sic as the swastika, or sunwheel, wis misread bi some fowk as a Neo-Nazi statment. The producer o the Pērkonkalve (Sco:Thunnerforge) album jaloused they war allee'd wi Neo-Nazism an quat warkin wi thaim. Sinsyne, the baund haes chynged their logo sae that the sunwheel isna pairt o it ony langer, forby pittin a statement on the back o their first twa albums sayin "No Nazi stuff here!". The baund sees thaimsels as patriotic, but no poleetical ava.

Line-upEedit

MembersEedit

  • Pēteris Kvetkovskis - vocals, guitar an Latvie fowk instruments
  • Edgars Grabovskis - bass guitar, backgrund vocals, Latvie fowk instruments
  • Edgars Krūmiņš - drums, percussion
  • Kaspars Bārbals - Latvie fowk instruments, backgrund vocals
  • Rihards Skudrîtis - guitar

Umwhile MembersEedit

  • Mārtiņš Pētersons - guitar
  • Viesturs Grīnbergs - guitar
  • Konstantīns Švedovs - vocals
  • Linda Bēce - fluit
  • Imants Vovers - drums
  • Girts "Motors" Kļaviņš - guitar

DiscographyEedit

DemosEedit

  • Semigall's Warchant (1997) (demo)

AlbumsEedit

  • Kauja pie Saules (Sco: Battle o the Saule) (1998)
  • Latviešu Strēlnieki]] (Sco: Latvian Riflemen) (1999)
  • Pērkonkalve (Sco: Thunnerforge) (2003)
  • Zobena Dziesma (Sco: Swuird Sang) (2003)
  • Semigalls' Warchant (2005) (re-release o the 1997 demo wi fower new sangs eikit)
  • Kurbads (2010)
  • Senprūsija (Old Prussia) (2015)

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