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Skyclad - The Silent Whales Of Lunar Sea



8.5 | 87 votes |
Release date: 24 March 1995
Style: Folk metal

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01. Still Spinning Shrapnel
02. Just What Nobody Wanted
03. Art-Nazi
04. Jeopardy
05. Brimstone Ballet
06. A Stranger In The Garden
07. Another Fine Mess
08. Turncoat Rebellion
09. Halo Of Flies
10. Desperanto (A Song For Europe?)
11. The Present Imperfect
12. Dance Of The Dandy Hound [hidden track]

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14.03.2017 - 23:29
Rating: 8
Redel

Great folk metal album, best Skyclad imho. It includes all my favourite Skyclad songs: Stranger in the garden, halo of flies, another fine mess, and the masterpiece The present imperfect. The latter song ranks among the top 50 of my all-time top metal songs.
That said, it is too unfortunate that this album also contains several filler songs, almost too many. A haircut by 3-4 songs would have helped here. Nevertheless I have some 8.5-8.6 to assign here.
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15.03.2017 - 00:31
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Written by Redel on 14.03.2017 at 23:29

Great folk metal album, best Skyclad imho. It includes all my favourite Skyclad songs: Stranger in the garden, halo of flies, another fine mess, and the masterpiece The present imperfect. The latter song ranks among the top 50 of my all-time top metal songs.
That said, it is too unfortunate that this album also contains several filler songs, almost too many. A haircut by 3-4 songs would have helped here. Nevertheless I have some 8.5-8.6 to assign here.

Great album indeed, but not their best I also agree that Stranger In The Garden, Another Fine Mess, and The Present Imperfect all rank among the best Skyclad songs ever. That said, I find Halo Of Flies a bit weak, like Brimstone Ballet and (worst of the bunch) Turncoat Rebellion
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20.03.2020 - 05:23
Rating: 8
Necrodamus

With better production this album would be right up there with their best efforts. Still a very enjoyable listen, even if it is a step down from Prince of the Poverty Line.
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20.03.2020 - 23:41
Rating: 8
Redel

Written by Necrodamus on 20.03.2020 at 05:23

With better production this album would be right up there with their best efforts. Still a very enjoyable listen, even if it is a step down from Prince of the Poverty Line.

Prince of the Poverty Line grew on me no earlier than in recent years. Today I would say that it is their best release, together with the album at hand.

What I have been wondering over all the years is what the term "Art-Nazi" is supposed to mean.
A common term, used especially in the second half of the 20th century, for German Nazis that have already been politically active during the time of the 3rd Reich is "Alt-Nazi", which literally translated means "Old-Nazi". It separates this group of people from the "New-Nazis" (Neo-Nazis), which are those Nazis that have become politically active no earlier than after the time of the third Reich.
I wonder if the song on this album is devoted to those "Alt-Nazis", and there just happened to appear a typo that got lost in translation, or if the term "Art-Nazi" is supposed to stand for something else, which I am not aware of.
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24.03.2020 - 00:43
Rating: 8
Necrodamus

Written by Redel on 20.03.2020 at 23:41

Written by Necrodamus on 20.03.2020 at 05:23

With better production this album would be right up there with their best efforts. Still a very enjoyable listen, even if it is a step down from Prince of the Poverty Line.

Prince of the Poverty Line grew on me no earlier than in recent years. Today I would say that it is their best release, together with the album at hand.

What I have been wondering over all the years is what the term "Art-Nazi" is supposed to mean.
A common term, used especially in the second half of the 20th century, for German Nazis that have already been politically active during the time of the 3rd Reich is "Alt-Nazi", which literally translated means "Old-Nazi". It separates this group of people from the "New-Nazis" (Neo-Nazis), which are those Nazis that have become politically active no earlier than after the time of the third Reich.
I wonder if the song on this album is devoted to those "Alt-Nazis", and there just happened to appear a typo that got lost in translation, or if the term "Art-Nazi" is supposed to stand for something else, which I am not aware of.

It's probably not a typo given Skyclad's play-on-words song titles. I'm thinking it's a play-on-words of the aforementioned "Alt-Nazi" you described. Still, an odd title for sure.
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24.03.2020 - 21:23
Rating: 8
Redel

Written by Necrodamus on 24.03.2020 at 00:43

It's probably not a typo given Skyclad's play-on-words song titles. I'm thinking it's a play-on-words of the aforementioned "Alt-Nazi" you described. Still, an odd title for sure.


Right, their play-on-words song titles. I didnt think of it in this context. That could be the reason for this title. Though I wont really understand the play in this case. And it would be a pretty subtle one, right? Or is it that all the people that dont speak German are aware of the term Alt-Nazi?
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24.03.2020 - 23:17
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Written by Redel on 24.03.2020 at 21:23

Written by Necrodamus on 24.03.2020 at 00:43

It's probably not a typo given Skyclad's play-on-words song titles. I'm thinking it's a play-on-words of the aforementioned "Alt-Nazi" you described. Still, an odd title for sure.


Right, their play-on-words song titles. I didnt think of it in this context. That could be the reason for this title. Though I wont really understand the play in this case. And it would be a pretty subtle one, right? Or is it that all the people that dont speak German are aware of the term Alt-Nazi?

just discovering it myself.
And I'm sure it's not a typo on Skyclad's part, as the lyrics show
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"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you"

"I've lost too many years now
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25.03.2020 - 22:43
Rating: 8
Redel

Written by Darkside Momo on 24.03.2020 at 23:17

And I'm sure it's not a typo on Skyclad's part, as the lyrics show


How do the lyrics show that it is not a typo?
What I meant by typo is that some native speaker might have translated it for the band. And in this process one letter got lost in translation, and then sticks through the entire song, lyrics...
But I not sure anymore that this has really been the case. I like the play-on-words song titles hypothesis, though I dont really get the point in this case.
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28.03.2020 - 02:12
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Written by Redel on 25.03.2020 at 22:43

Written by Darkside Momo on 24.03.2020 at 23:17

And I'm sure it's not a typo on Skyclad's part, as the lyrics show


How do the lyrics show that it is not a typo?
What I meant by typo is that some native speaker might have translated it for the band. And in this process one letter got lost in translation, and then sticks through the entire song, lyrics...
But I not sure anymore that this has really been the case. I like the play-on-words song titles hypothesis, though I dont really get the point in this case.

Well I don't see anything 3rd reich related in the song, more of an acerbic critic of the state of an art creator vs the business side (which is also described as the devil) who are the only one who know the (monetary) worth of art - kind of grammar nazis but for art.
Well, that's how I understand the lyrics anyway
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"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you"

"I've lost too many years now
I'm stealing back my soul
I am awake"
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28.03.2020 - 21:43
Rating: 8
Redel

Written by Darkside Momo on 28.03.2020 at 02:12

Well I don't see anything 3rd reich related in the song, more of an acerbic critic of the state of an art creator vs the business side (which is also described as the devil) who are the only one who know the (monetary) worth of art - kind of grammar nazis but for art.
Well, that's how I understand the lyrics anyway


Hey, that was indeed a good hint. I never saw it that way. But now, given your interpretation, I think you are most probably right, dude.
Skyclad lyrics are really always so much fun to read carefully and think about. That is something -- next to their music -- that I enjoy a lot with this band.
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28.03.2020 - 22:52
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Written by Redel on 28.03.2020 at 21:43

Written by Darkside Momo on 28.03.2020 at 02:12

Well I don't see anything 3rd reich related in the song, more of an acerbic critic of the state of an art creator vs the business side (which is also described as the devil) who are the only one who know the (monetary) worth of art - kind of grammar nazis but for art.
Well, that's how I understand the lyrics anyway


Hey, that was indeed a good hint. I never saw it that way. But now, given your interpretation, I think you are most probably right, dude.
Skyclad lyrics are really always so much fun to read carefully and think about. That is something -- next to their music -- that I enjoy a lot with this band.

Yeah, Martin Walkier is such an awesome lyricist - one of the best for sure
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"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you"

"I've lost too many years now
I'm stealing back my soul
I am awake"
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30.03.2020 - 01:08
Starvynth
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Written by Darkside Momo on 28.03.2020 at 22:52

Yeah, Martin Walkier is such an awesome lyricist - one of the best for sure

Agreed 100%.
But it's not just Skyclad, the first two Sabbat albums are real treasure troves of extraordinarily good lyrics as well - for 1988/89 standards.
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30.03.2020 - 02:31
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Written by Starvynth on 30.03.2020 at 01:08

Written by Darkside Momo on 28.03.2020 at 22:52

Yeah, Martin Walkier is such an awesome lyricist - one of the best for sure

Agreed 100%.
But it's not just Skyclad, the first two Sabbat albums are real treasure troves of extraordinarily good lyrics as well - for 1988/89 standards.

Agreed, but I while I like Sabbat, I certainly prefer Skyclad's music
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"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you"

"I've lost too many years now
I'm stealing back my soul
I am awake"
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06.05.2020 - 21:22
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Tage Westerlund
This is good one, maybe 1th folk metal album from band, more folk, less HM, TM, funk, I need listen whole disco. I like it it starts strong, opening song is strong, so strong what follows trough whole album, some weaker songs, but in general aspect its sstrong, maybe bands best
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06.05.2020 - 21:24
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Tage Westerlund
Written by Starvynth on 30.03.2020 at 01:08

Written by Darkside Momo on 28.03.2020 at 22:52

Yeah, Martin Walkier is such an awesome lyricist - one of the best for sure

Agreed 100%.
But it's not just Skyclad, the first two Sabbat albums are real treasure troves of extraordinarily good lyrics as well - for 1988/89 standards.


You nailed it, I agree. That band whit Metallica has maybe best lyrics in thrash metal. Whole 70's 80's early 90's lyrics are boring and shit. Only works whit music, doom metal ,later 90's bm and Scandinavian dm start to write lyrics, basically in mid 90's came good lyrics into metal IMO
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Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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