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Skyclad – A Burnt Offering For The Bone Idol (Review)

Skyclad – A Burnt Offering For The Bone Idol (1992)

A Burnt Offering For The Bone Idol is a grand medieval banquet full of succulent folk, juicy classic metal and meaty thrash. Skyclad’s 1992 album was a truly original and pioneering work that built on their debut album’s idiosyncratic promise. The addition of a full-time violinist Fritha Jenkins adds class and colour to a rich and varied set of pagan metal all graced by the gifted lyrics and charismatic vocals of Martin Walkyier. The lusty jig Spinning Jenny and the fist-pumping The Declaration Of Indifference are the enduring set-list faves but every track here is special. The mix of traditional metal mastery à la Maiden and Manowar coupled with the rage and darkness of the underground made this the album to beat in a year when proper epic metal seemed to be in short-supply. From the dystopian anger of Broken Promised Land to the historical tragedy of R’Vannith and the mellow moon-lit ley lines of Ring Stone Round, A Burnt Offering… is a treasure from start to finish.

HMO Rating: 5 Out Of 5

News: Akercocke Return With a New Song!

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The monkey is out of the cage! The sartorial satanists Akercocke are back with their first new music since their excellent Antichrist album in 2007. Their new song Inner Sanctum premiered on Radio One over the weekend and a recording has wound up online. It’s exciting to hear Jason Mendonca’s vocals again and it’s classic Ak through and through: an eclectic whirlwind of a tune.

It’s the first concrete Ak-tivity from the band after a period of teasing on social media. The band also hinted at a further announcement on 26th April 2016 by posting a Facebook link to the site www.themonkeyisoutofthecage.com (A reference to the band’s name – Akercocke was a talking capuchin monkey in Robert Nye’s Faust). Hopefully a new album will be on the cards and there are rumours of an appearance at Bloodstock but I’ll keep you posted when the announcement is released. Even as I write this the band has posted a photo of the new lineup. It’s all go! From left to right: returning guitarist Paul Scanlan, new bassist Nathan Underwood, Jason Mendonca and David Gray. The Ak is back! Praise Satan!

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Few bands rock a Turtleneck like Akercocke