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It is SKILTRON`s fourth judgement, pardon me, album by now and they have refined their delicate celtic folk, 80s classic heavy metal and hardrock mixture with fresh ideas, new elements and especially a new singer who does not really seem to be a different man than before but definitely is. Singer Diego Valdez left two years ago in 2011 and he was a real trademark of SKILTRON with his powerful hard rock voice strongly influenced by Ronnie Dio concerning his timbre but his successor Tony Thurlow, actually with LIES OF SMILES from England, does an amazing job and song by song he unveils his true personality a bit more. Give this guy a few spins and you will discover the true differences between him and Diego. In the end it does not really matter for SKILTRON were always the combination of each aspect and so this new album really sounds like SKILTRON. What else is new, what else is old? Bagpipes, mandolins, bouzoukis, all these classic celtic folk instruments can still be heard on “Into the battleground”. New is that first of all we get a kind of 80s thrash metal inspired upspeed ripper with even harsh vocals entitled “Besieged by fire”, a track that is still an anthem but kicks your ass with infernal fury. Except for the middle section that shows a flamenco guitar style melody being picked on an acoustic instrument and has a more gentle direction. Later on there is a song on which SKILTRON just go nuts taking elements of musical styles such as bluegrass and Indian folk with sitar melodies to mix them with a mid paced heavy metal sound and get a quite exciting yet still classic heavy tune out of it. This is definitely epic. Heavy metal as musical principle is of course the leading style on this album as it used to be in the past. The guitar roars furiously when the time has come to roar and howls like a beast in the solo sections but there are more passages now where the real Celtic folk is coming through and those aforementioned fresh elements of other traditional music styles. SKILTRON have matured a lot since their debut album “The clans have united” but still keep their true spirit with them. The sound of the album is overtly natural in every aspect and this is what will excite the headbanger with a fondness for the raw edge of even the major productions with the 80s metal and on the other hand they have this lithesome element to give even the more moderately directed folk rock aficionados a great time of listening and dancing pleasure. These guys gonna be big!!!!
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