Music review: Skydancer CD: Land of the Grim


Label: Susperia Records

Available: November 25th, 2013

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                I have found myself confronted with metal from Galicia!!!  Where is Galicia you ask?  Hell if I know so I had to Google map that shit.  Apparently Galicia is located in the northwest area of Spain.  So with that out of the way, Skydancer claims they base a lot of their songs on ‘Land of the Grim’ on Galician myths and feelings.  They have one song ‘O Peso do Tempo’ they also sing in the Galician language.  So it’s a non-stop Galician metal assault!  So what does Galician-metal sound like?  Well…read on!

Musically, Skydancer sound a lot like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest with their guitar melodies.  Vocally they sound like a death metal band.  The songs are interesting in how the music keeps the listener attached and interested in hearing more songs as the band is talented in musical arrangements.  The vocals however for me personally are not to my taste but as I mentioned the music and style the band portrays makes ‘Land of the Grim’ a nice diversion to listen to and entertain yourself with.

Having songs based of their local legends and myths is always something I am interested in so I was also intrigued by the song titles like ‘Swamp Tomb’, ‘The Ferryman’ and ‘The Galician Exile’, though it is unfortunate I couldn’t understand what the lyrics are.  Despite this the ‘Land of the Grim’ is a solid metal offering coming from Spain with some really cool music and interesting musical arrangements.  It’s just too bad I can’t understand more of what they are telling me about their homeland.



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