Scythia – Lineage (2016)
Contact: PR Rep – Jon Asher – ashermedia(@)gmail.com
For fans of Turisas, Ale Storm, Ensiferum, Korpiklaani, Eluveitie
Release Date: May 4, 2016
“The fourth full-length (Lineage) and follow-up to the groundbreaking … Of Conquest from this Vancouver progressive/fantasy metal crew is easily its best in terms of production, performance and variety….Album overall award goes to drummer Celine Derval, who just hammers home ever riff and break with pounding complexity. ” – Vancouver Sun
“I love the killer guitar work” – Bravewords
“What sets Scythia apart from the others is its specific attention to quality musicianship. The music is adventurous, creative, and epic.” – Metal Underground
“Scythia has successfully created what truly is ‘movie score metal’ with a style that is a confluence of Russia’s Beer Bear, Elvenking, and early Uriah Heep.” – Metal Underground
“If you are looking for something a bit different, you might want to give Scythia a listen. – HardRockHaven
“I highly recommend catching them…Scythia’s fun and catchy folk metal, it’s a fantastic show that’s sure to put your fist in the air and a grin on your face.” – Hellbound.ca – Live Review
“Folk-Metal with fiery conviction” – The Argus (Thunder Bay) – Live Review
1. Eternal Oath (3:37)
2. Laugh of the Tsar (5:41)
3. Barbarian (4:53)
4. Soldier’s Lament (5:22)
5. Loremaster Pt. I (7:33)
6. Loremaster Pt. II (6:49)
7. The Sacrifice (5:43)
8. Lineage (3:15)
Album Length: 42:56
– Production: Dave Khan and Terry Savage
– Engineering: Nino Laurenne (Firewind, Finntroll, Wintersun, Ensiferum), Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Gloryhammer, Powerwolf), Dave Khan, and Terry Savage
– Mixing: Nino Laurenne
– Mastering: Svante Forsback (Rammstein, Volbeat, Firewind, Apocalyptica)
L-R – AJ Bergin – Guitar, Terry Savage – Bass, Dave Khan – Vocals, Guitar, Celine Derval – Drums (Kevin Eisenlord – Pandemic Photography)
Like a charging bear Scythia have been playing progressive power metal with a twist of folklore since 2008. Scythia has coined their own sound while drawing influences from different genres such as celtic/gypsy folk music, power metal, death metal and progressive rock. Scythia’s albums and performances feature rich, poetic storytelling and grand tales that vividly captures the imagination of their listeners. Because of this, they have taken the independent scene by storm as they gather more and more fans both domestically and internationally. Scythia acquired its name from vocalist/guitarist Dave Khan’s infatuation with ancient Slavic imagery and melodies inspired from Balkan music. The name is fitting for a grandiose sound as Scythia is also an ancient empire spanning from the Caucasus through Russia, and even into eastern Scandinavia.
Scythia delivered their first album “Of War” in 2010 where the band’s distinctive sound was forged, which carried on to their next release “Of Exile” in 2011. These albums featured sound effects, narration and classical instrumentation to help drive home their story through the medium of concept albums. Touring and press associated with these albums garnered recognition for the band as they were nominated for the Best Metal Group/Duo for Canada’s Sirius XM Indies – Independent Music Awards. Other nominees include Bison B.C, Derelict, Devin Townsend Project and Mares Of Thrace. This is a great honor for the band to be included as nominees for these awards since they represents the Canadian independent music scene.
In February 2014, Scythia had its sights set on new and larger horizons. They released their 3rd full length album “Of Conquest”, which was engineered/produced by Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Gloryhammer, Halcyon Way, Svarsot) at LSD Studios in Lubeck, Germany. Co-produced by Shaun Thingvold (Strapping Young Lad, Lamb of God, Fear Factory), Mixed by Nino Laurenne (Ensiferum, Wintersun, Kiuas, Firewind) at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland, and Mastered by Svante Forsback (Rammstein, Firewind, Korpiklaani,Apocalyptica) at Chartmakers in Helsinki, Finland. “Of Conquest” let to an overwhlemingly popular response and saw the band co-headline a major festival in Brazil and other festivals in the southeast USA in 2015.
“Of Conquest” sonically paved the way for their 4th full-length release “Lineage” which was recorded using the same production team. 2016 sees Scythia getting ready for more touring in Canada and the US, and setting sail across the seas to international venues.