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Scythia

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Formed: 2008
From: Vancouver, Canada
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Scythia News

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Scythia Posts "Lineage" Playthrough

Canadian folklore metallers Scythia recently released newest full-length offering, "Lineage," which can still be heard in full at this location.

Today the band also drops a playthrough video for the title track (available below). Scythia guitarist and vocalist Dave Khan states:

"We're stoked to have our playthrough of 'Lineage' up with Gear Gods! We use some really unusual gear. I play a custom-made Warrior Black Knight with X2N active pick-ups into an ENGL raider 1 x 12, and AJ plays a Ibanez RG premium through a Blackstar HT Stage 100."

Scythia is gearing up to perform at two more events this summer before heading out on a tour this fall (details coming soon).

Aug 19 - Edmonton, AB @ DV8
Aug 25-28 - Valemount, BC - Metalocalypstick Festival More...

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Scythia Posts Entire New Album Online

Canadian progressive/power folklore metal band Scythia is pleased to unleash a fourth independent full-length album, "Lineage," today. Grab your copy at Bandcamp here.

In celebration of today's release, the band is independently streaming entire album as a gift to the loyal fanbase. Listen to "Lineage" below.

Guitarist and vocalist Dave Khan states, "Oh boy, Scythia is incredibly excited to release our fastest, meanest and most well-executed release yet. Lineage is the culmination of two years of blood, sweat and ale and showcases a loose-concept album about the victims of war set in the medieval world. We are excited about sharing this new piece with our fans and look forward to hit the ground with shows in new places!"

Catch these upcoming Scythia live shows:

May 4 - Calgary, AB @ Dicken's Pub - Official Album Release Party w/ Thunderstone and Viathyn
May 6 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater w/ Thunderstone, Titans Eve, Terrifier and Mournir
May 7 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room - Shredmonton Festival w/ Dying Fetus, Goatwhore
Aug 19 - Edmonton, AB @ DV8
Aug 25-28 - Valemount, BC - Metalocalypstick Festival More...

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Scythia Posts "Laugh Of The Tsar"

Progressive/power metal four-piece Scythia recently announced the release of fourth independent full-length album, "Lineage," hitting stores this Wednesday, May 4th. Pre-orders are up here.

Today the band releases a new track from the upcoming album. Check out "Laugh of the Tsar" below. Scythia guitarist and vocalist Dave Khan states:

"'Laugh of the Tsar' was written eight years ago and on Lineage we FINALLY give life to this surreal whirlwind of a symphonic metal track. From beginning to end, the song charges ahead with a fast-tempo onslaught of melodic death metal against an orchestral backdrop with only a brief respite in the middle to showcase Scythia's ability to weave beautiful slavic-style folk music into a crushing metal track."

Although the band primarily self-produced the album, "Lineage" features engineering from Nino Laurenne (Firewind, Finntroll, Wintersun, Ensiferum) and Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Gloryhammer, Powerwolf), and mastering from Svante Forsback (Rammstein, Volbeat, Firewind, Apocalyptica). Nino Laurenne is also responsible for mixing duties on the album. "Lineage" was recorded at LSD Studios in Lubeck, Germany and Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland. More...

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Scythia Releasing New Album

Scythia is pleased to unleash a fourth independent full-length album, titled "Lineage" and set to release on May 4th, 2016. Pre-orders for Lineage are available now via Bandcamp here.

Today, the band is previewing the record with a stream of first single "Soldier's Lament," available for streaming below.

"With 'Lineage,' we feel that we've put our best foot forward and succeeded in delivering a follow-up to that progresses upon what we started with '...Of Conquest,'" states guitarist and vocalist Dave Khan. "This new one is faster, heavier and SLIGHTLY more serious-toned but also more dynamic and original than its predecessor. This story will take the listener on a sonic voyage through peaks and valleys in true power metal style!"

Although the band self-produced the album, "Lineage" features engineering from Nino Laurenne (Firewind, Finntroll, Wintersun, Ensiferum) and Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Gloryhammer, Powerwolf), as well as mastering from Svante Forsback (Rammstein, Volbeat, Firewind, Apocalyptica).

Nino Laurenne is also responsible for mixing duties on the album. "Lineage" was recorded at LSD Studios in Lubeck, Germany and Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland. The track listing is:

1. Eternal Oath
2. Laugh of the Tsar
3. Barbarian
4. Soldier's Lament
5. Loremaster pt. I
6. Loremaster pt. II
7. The Sacrifice
8. Lineage More...

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Shredmonton Reveals Full Band Lineup

Prairie Fire Events Ltd is proud to announce the full lineup for the official Farmageddon Open Air indoor sister festival Shredmonton Metal Festival and Conference, taking place from Friday, May 6th to Sunday, May 8th.

The event features more than 20 bands over the course of 3 days at The Starlite Room and The Brixx Bar and Grill (same building), as well as a multi-room industry based conference located at the Shaw Conference Center.

Tickets and full details are available here and the lineup will be as follows:

Friday, May 6, 2016 @ The Brixx Bar and Grill - $20.00

5:30pm - Guitar Clinic (Tylor Dory)
6:30pm - Drum Clinic (Tim Waterson)
8pm - Spruce Moose
9pm - Armifera
10pm - The Dead Cold
11pm - Every Hour Kills More...

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Shredmonton Metal Fest Lineup Announced

Prairie Fire Events Ltd is proud to announce the launch of an official Farmageddon Open Air indoor sister festival.

The Shredmonton Metal Festival and Conference is set to take place from May 6th - 8th, with the lineup for the 6th and 7th revealed today.

This fest features over 20 bands during the course of 3 days at The Starlite Room and The Brixx Bar and Grill (same building), as well as a multi-room industry based conference located at the Shaw Conference Center.

Tickets are available here, and the currently announced lineup is as follows:

Friday, May 6, 2016 @ The Brixx Bar and Grill
5:30pm - Guitar Clinic (Tylor Dory)
6:30pm - Drum Clinic (Tim Waterson)
8pm - Spruce Moose
9pm - Armifera
10pm - The Dead Cold
11pm - Every Hour Kills More...

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Scythia Gearing Up For Tour

Vancouver, BC folk metal band Scythia's upcoming trek, dubbed the “Conquest of the Northwest” tour, kicks off in Edmonton, AB on March 29th.

The tour hits ten cities in the U.S. and Canada, running sporadically through April 26th in Calgary, AB at a battle for Wacken at Vern’s.

Scythia will be touring in support of new album "...Of Conquest" and you can catch the band live on these dates:

Mar 29th: Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop w/ Ides of Winter, Eye of Horus, Ironstorm
Apr 3rd: Golden, BC @ Rockwater Grill
Apr 4th: Vancouver, BC @ Funky Winkerbeans w/ Iron Kingdom, 88 Mile Trip, Alchemy Chamber
Apr 5th: Longview, WA @ L&J Grill w/ Within the Pyre, Zorakarer
Apr 7th: Seattle, WA @ Two Bit Saloon w/ Zorakarer, Fallen Angels
Apr 8th: Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge w/ Gorgon Stare, Terraclipse
Apr 11th: Maple Ridge, BC @ The Wolf Bar
Apr 12th: Nelson, BC @ Kootney Co-op
Apr 19th: Calgary, AB @ Lord Nelson's Pub w/ Viathyn, Enemyus, Skymir
Apr 26th: Calgary, AB @ Vern’s w/ Wacken Battle More...

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Scythia Releases New Album

Vancouver, BC's Scythia has officially released new album "…Of Conquest" today, and you can also now hear the full release in the player belwo or over at Bandcamp here.

The album was engineered/produced by Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Gloryhammer, Halcyon Way, Svarsot) at LSD Studios in Lubeck, Germany, with co-production by Shaun Thingvold (Strapping Young Lad, Lamb of God, Fear Factory). "...Of Conquest" was mixed by Nino Laurenne (Ensiferum, Wintersun, Kiuas, Firewind) at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland. Mastering credits go to Svante Forsback (Rammstein, Firewind, Korpiklaani,Apocalyptica) at Chartmakers in Helsinki, Finland.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Fanfare 1516 02:55
2. Merchant of Sin 05:21
3. Bear Claw Tavern 03:12
4. Sailor's Accolade 03:07
5. Reflections 04:46
6. Rise of the Kraken 04:37
7. Into the Storm 06:44
8. Land of Scythia 05:08
9. Wrath of the Ancients 03:10
10. Army of the Bear 04:41
11. Path Through the Labyrinth 12:53
12. Departure 03:46 More...

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Scythia Releases "Fanfare 1516" Playthrough

Canadian medieval-themed power metal band Scythia will release "…Of Conquest" on February 25th, 2014.

The band has also released a playthrough video for the track "Fanfare 1516," which can be seen below courtesy of Geargods.net.

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Scythia Streaming New Song

Canadian medieval-themed power metal band Scythia is streaming the new track "Reflections," cut from the band’s upcoming album "…Of Conquest," which hits stores on February 25th. Give it a listen below, courtesy of Decibel Magazine.

“This track is a 'one-of-a-kind track' on the record,” states guitarist and lead vocalist David Khan. “‘Reflections’ pays tribute to the progressive styles of the early 80’s, with a good dose of powerful modern riffs. Actually, come to think of it... this song has a lot of gems and they are all rolled into a track that clocks in at less than 5 minutes.”

You can also check out the lyric video for "Army of the Bear" at this location, or catch the band live:

Apr 3: Golden, BC - Rockwater Grill
Apr 4: Vancouver, BC - Funky Winkerbeans w/ Iron Kingdom, 88 Mile Trip, Alchemy Chamber
Apr 7: Seattle, WA - Two Bit Saloon w/ Skelator, Fallen Angels
Apr 8: Portland, OR - Tonic Lounge w/ Gorgon Stare, Terraclipse
Apr 18: Edmonton, AB - TBD
Apr 19: Calgary, AB - Lord Nelson's Pub w/ Viathyn, Enemyus, Skymir More...

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Scythia Releases Lyric Video

Canadian power metal band Scythia is pleased to release a new lyric video for the track "Army Of The Bear," available below courtesy of BraveWords.com.com.

The band also recently announced February 25th, 2014 as the official release date for new album, "…Of Conquest," which can be pre-ordered at this location.

The album was engineered/produced by Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Gloryhammer, Halcyon Way, Svarsot) at LSD Studios in Lubeck, Germany, with co-production by Shaun Thingvold (Strapping Young Lad, Lamb of God, Fear Factory).

"...Of Conquest" was mixed by Nino Laurenne (Ensiferum, Wintersun, Kiuas, Firewind) at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland, while mastering credits go to Svante Forsback (Rammstein, Firewind, Korpiklaani, Apocalyptica) at Chartmakers in Helsinki, Finland.

You can also catch Scythia live on these dates:

Apr 3: Golden, BC - Rockwater Grill
Apr 4: Vancouver, BC - Funky Winkerbeans w/ Iron Kingdom, 88 Mile Trip, Alchemy Chamber
Apr 7: Seattle, WA - Two Bit Saloon w/ Skelator, Fallen Angels
Apr 8: Portland, OR - Tonic Lounge w/ Gorgon Stare, Terraclipse
Apr 18: Edmonton, AB - TBD
Apr 19: Calgary, AB - Lord Nelson's Pub w/ Viathyn, Enemyus, Skymir More...

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Scythia Premieres New Song "Into The Storm"

Canadian folk metal act Scythia premiered the new song "Into the Storm" over at Metal Injection, and you can now hear the track below.

The song appears on the upcoming new album "....Of Conquest," which is expected in early 2014.

The song features a guest appearance from Wintersun guitarist Teemu Mäntysaar. Vocalist David Khan commented:

"This song is definitely one of the front-runners off of the new album. It is a great example of Scythia's musical diversity captured in less than 7 mins. It shows that we can write an orchestrated power metal anthem that evolves into a clashing instrumental that sonically represents a devastating storm. Complete with a guest appearance from Wintersun's Teemu Mäntysaari this song crushes, shred and soars above any of its predecessor's from our growing discography!"

The track list for "...Of Conquest" is:

1. Fanfare 1516
2. Merchant of Sin
3. Bear Claw Tavern (see music video here)
4. Sailor's Accolade
5. Reflections
6. The Kraken
7. Into the Storm
8. Land of Scythia
9. Wrath of the Ancients
10. Army of the Bear
11. Path Through the Labyrinth
12. Departure More...

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Scythia Releases New Music Video

Do you fancy yourself a jolly good time with a mischievous dwarf? Perhaps whilst downing a few cold brews with some fun-loving medieval ruffians? Throw in some powerful, folk-driven heavy metal to make the experience even better, and you’ve transported yourself to a mystical world by way of Scythia's new music video for "Bear Claw Tavern!"

Watch the new official music video below, courtesy of Guitar World.

The old world-themed music video, directed by fantasy movie director Richard Olak and filmed at the Storm Crow Tavern in the band’s hometown of Vancouver, BC, is an uproarious three-minute scorcher featuring the band rocking out in a medieval tavern filled with hooligans and mysterious characters.

"Bear Claw Tavern" is the first single cut from the band’s upcoming melodic, power/folk fusion record, "…Of Conquest." The track listing is as follows:

1. Fanfare 1516
2. Merchant of Sin
3. Bear Claw Tavern
4. Sailor's Accolade
5. Reflections
6. The Kraken
7. Into the Storm
8. Land of Scythia
9. Wrath of the Ancients
10. Army of the Bear
11. Path Through the Labyrinth
12. Departure More...

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Scythia Releases Second New Music Video Preview

Canadian folk metal act Scythia released another teaser clip from the upcoming new music video for "Bear Claw Tavern." The video debuts on December 4th at 8:00pm MST via the band's Official YouTube Channel.

"Bear Claw Tavern" is the new single, which appears on the new album "…Of Conquest," which is expected in early 2014.

Check out the teaser clip here:

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Scythia Reveals New Album Details

Since 2008, the Canadian metallers in Scythia have been performing their own blend of epic metal with a twist of folklore. Scythia's music features rich, poetic storytelling, and an epic tale that captures the imagination of all who are privy to its lyrical melody.

Scythia will release a brand new, third full-length album in early 2014, entitled "…Of Conquest."

The new album was engineered/produced by Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Gloryhammer, Halcyon Way, Svarsot) at LSD Studios in Lubeck, Germany, with co-production by Shaun Thingvold (Strapping Young Lad, Lamb of God, Fear Factory).

The album was mixed by Nino Laurenne (Ensiferum, Wintersun, Kiuas, Firewind) at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland. Mastering credits go to Svante Forsback (Rammstein, Firewind, Korpiklaani, Apocalyptica) at Chartmakers in Helsinki, Finland. The track listing is as follows: More...

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Scythia Posts Preview Of "Bear Claw Tavern" Video

Canadian folk lords Scythia posted up a preview clip for the upcoming new music video for "Bear Claw Tavern." The track appears on the upcoming third full length album, as of yet untitled. The clip contains behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoot and some live footage from the band's recent performance at Battlefest.

Check out the preview clip here:

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Scythia Posts Pre-Production Demo For New Song

Canadian folk metal act Scythia is streaming a pre-production demo for the new song "Army Of the Bear. The song will appear on the band's upcoming new release, as of yet untitled, which is due out in late 2013/early 2014. According to the band, the song marks a new musiccal direction.

Check out "Army Of the Bear":

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Scythia To Shoot New Music Video

Scythia has just kicked off an Indiegogo crowd funcing campaign, in an attempt to find funding for an upcoming epic fantasy music video: ”Bear Claw Tavern” with director Richard Olak. The following press release was issued about the campaign:

"Since 2008 Scythia, has been bringing some of the most epic progressive metal with a twist of folklore. Their albums, tracks, and performances features rich, poetic storytelling, and epic tales that captures the imagination of all who are privy to its lyrical melody. Now they need a music video equal to their music and have started a IndieGoGo campaign to raise $2100 which is part of the costs of the video production.

"Scythia’s campaign is rich in personalized, epic and limited items such as a Scythia House Party, Engraved Beer Mugs, Genuine Drinking Horns, Signed Merchandise and more. They have made sure there is something for everyone from $2 to $1000 and have included some great packages so you can grab a few of the great items at a time. Find more details about the Indiegogo campaign and donation possibilities at this location." More...

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Scythia Announces Lineup Change

Folk metal act Scythia, which was covered in the recent Canadian edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column, has issued the following announcement about a lineup change and upcoming live activity:

"2013 brings change and new opportunity for Scythia. After some serious consideration, The band has decided to relocate to Calgary.

"Additionally we announce the departure of Morgan Zentner from the group. We appreciate what she contributed musically and wish her all the best with her new project!

"With a nomination for best metal band in Canada, a tour with Arkona and heading to Europe later this year Scythia is ready to keep things going with renewed strength!" More...

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Unearthing The Canadian Metal Underground

It’s Monday again, which means it’s time to explore three more lesser known bands in the metal underground. Today’s exploration to the underground world features our neighbors to the north, which is home to its fair share of metal legends, from the most extreme to the most melodic. We’ve actually looked at Canadian acts several times before, specifically focusing on Toronto and the Maritimes previously, and today we’ll trek there again for three bands that cross the genre spectrum.

I suppose I should start out with a bit of disclosure: I’m not from Canada, and I’ve only been there once for a fishing trip years ago, although the border is only a few hours north of me. So unfortunately these are bands I know solely via their music and their online presence, and I haven’t had the pleasure of interacting with them in the live scene personally.

While working on the review for the new Chariots of the Gods album “Tides of War,” I got to thinking about the very solid lineup of bands from the frigid north, especially in the underground metal scene. There’s a fairly large grouping of what are essentially “second tier” bands currently active – these guys bring the metal full force, but they haven’t gotten signed with Nuclear Blast or Metal Blade or any of the larger labels focusing on heavy music. They still manage to get hooked up with PR companies to keep their presence known however, release high quality albums, and a good deal of them stay busy with touring and festival appearances.

Chariots of the Gods

Is this Ottawa act composed of thrash maniacs who are really into melodic death metal, or are they in an MDM band that can’t give up their love for Megadeth? Either way, this is pretty crushing, headbanging-mandatory stuff.

Chariots of the Gods will be officially dropping debut full-length album “Tides of War” later this month (January 29th to be precise), and the band has already released teasers that should more than pique the interest of metalheads. We recently had the opportunity to premiere the track “Unbound,” which features a guest appearance by Aleksi Sihvonen of Norther, and you can also hear the album’s title track below. For some more background on the band and info on the album’s themes, check out our recent interview here.

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