Skyforger signs deal with Metal Blade Records

Latvian folk and pagan metal band Skyforger has signed a record deal with California-based Metal Blade Records.

Skyforger has been performing since 1995, releasing five albums and becoming the best known and most popular Latvian metal band. The band has performed worldwide, giving concerts all over Europe and in the United States. Skyforger uses traditional Latvian instruments in its performances, for example the Latvian kokle in a recording of the folk song “Migla migla, rasa rasa.”

Metal Blade Records, founded in 1982 in Los Angeles, is one of the best known and most influential record labels worldwide that deals with metal music. Throughout the years, the company has worked with artists such as Metallica, Slayer, King Diamond and As I Lay Dying, among many other well known metal bands.

Skyforger’s forthcoming album Kurbads will be released on Metal Blade Records on April 23 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy; April 26 in the rest of Europe; and on May 11 in North America.

Kurbads will be a concept album about Latvian folk hero Kurbads, who was born magically from the white mare and did many great deeds.

Skyforger will also be on tour in Europe this spring and summer, including performances at a number of European metal festivals. For further information on the band, visit www.skyforger.com.

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Latvian pagan metal band Skyforger has signed with Metal Blade Records and will release its next album in April.

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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  1. Skyforger will be rocking the rafters of the Latvian Opera House on Feb 23 at the recording industry’s annual awards. They will be joined onstage by fellow warriors, Auli. Hard hats will be issued to the audience; seat belts are optional.

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