Skyforger is a band I’ve always been aware of but never really took the time to listen to. I told my buddy this and he gave me three of their albums so I figured I would start off with their first one.

Skyforger play a blistering pagan/folk metal highly informed by black metal. There’s a good mix of the folk elements where they get their time to shine and moments where the black metal features more prominently and the two compliment each other amazingly. Like chocolate and peanut butter, or rather, battle axes and skulls.

The music is a love letter and recounting of their native country Latvia’s history and folklore. They were accused of being “politically” motivated and have made efforts to correct such accusations, such as changing their logo to avoid confusion, but the music speaks for itself and if you like your black metal with a heavy dose of folk, this one should be up your alley.