The Canadian folk metal warriors of Scythia have posted new video from their recent travels on the Western Canadian Summer Siege Tour. The video chronicles the bands recent stop at Meow Records in Prince George, BC, an acoustic porch jam, and being rescued by West of Hell & Zimmer’s Hole vocalist Chris “The Heathen” Valagao’s handy grinder saw during a tour van lock out incident.
Formed in the latter half of 2008, Scythia is a five piece band that combines haunting folk melodies (emphasized by keyboards and oboe) with the driving force of modern progressive metal to form a raw and powerful sound that is their own. Scythia is not your older brother’s metal band. Unless that band had an oboe of death, echoes of thunder, and a knack for writing folk metal tunes.
Taking its name from vocalist/guitarist Dave Khan’s infatuation with a painting of Nordic/Russian warriors riding bears while brandishing swords, Scythia not only “gives the painting musical significance,” but it is also “the name of an ancient empire spanning from the Caucasus through Russia, and even into eastern Scandinavia. The melodies used in our music have a very ancient, sometimes medieval sound, so I wanted to attribute them to an ancient civilization,” says Khan.
September 5, 2011 – Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC