Skyforger reissues folk song album “Zobena dziesma”

Latvian pagan metal band has reissued their long out of print 2003 album Zobena dziesma (Thunderforge Records, TFR 003). In contrast to the heavy metal musical style on their other albums, Zobena dziesma is an album made up entirely of Latvian folk songs performed in a traditional manner.

The songs, mainly about war and Latvian mythology, also feature well known Latvian folk musicians, such as Kaspars Bārbals from the group Auļi on bagpipes.

The CD booklet contains all the lyrics, as well as English translations.

The album also includes two bonus tracks – “Pār kalniņu Ūsiņš jāj” and “Cekulaina zīle dzied”, both recorded in 2006.

In other Skyforger news, the band’s 2015 album Senprūsija was awarded the Latvian Gold Microphone award for being 2015’s best hard rock/heavy metal album.

The band will be performing at a number of European festivals in the summer of 2016, including Steelfest Open Air 2016 in Helsinki, Finland, the Under the Black Sun Festival 2016 in Bernau, Germany, and the Positivus Festival in Salacgrīva, Latvia.

For further information, please visit the Skyforger website.

 

Track listing:

  1. Sen dzirdēju, nu ieraugu
  2. Zobena dziesma
  3. Parkiuns vede vedeklenu
  4. Gatavs biju karavīrs
  5. Apkārt kalnu gāju
  6. Prūšu meita karā jāja
  7. Aiziedams pērkons grauda
  8. Sidrabiņa upe tek
  9. Migla, migla, rasa, rasa
  10. Zirgi zviedza
  11. Kur tu jāsi bāleliņi?
  12. Zviegtin’zviedza kara zirgi
  13. O kai saulutė tekėjo

Egils Kaljo is an American-born Latvian from the New York area who lives in Rīga, Latvia. When not working in the information technology field, he sings in the Latvian Academy of Culture mixed choir Sõla, does occasional translation work, and has been known to sing and play guitar at the Folkklubs Ala Pagrabs in Old Rīga. Kaljo began listening to Latvian music as soon as he was able to put a record on a record player, and still has old Bellacord 78 rpm records lying around somewhere.

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