SKYCLAD Releases Video For 'Starstruck?'

The official video for the song "Starstruck?" from British metallers SKYCLAD can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's latest album, "Forward Into The Past", which came out on April 28 in Europe on Listenable Records.

Vocalist Kevin Ridley comments: "As part of our continuing promotion for the new album, 'Forward Into The Past', SKYCLAD are pleased to announce the release of a new video for the track 'Starstruck?'. The video has again been produced by Fernando J. Martinez, but adopts a very different approach to that of the recent lyric video for 'Change Is Coming'."

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Popular for their original influential sound mixing heavy metal and traditional folk, SKYCLAD's lyrics have generally been permeated by political, social and environmental matters and the new album is no exception, as as vocalist Kevin Ridley points out clearly: "The songs are about politics, the environment and the music business and so on. These are mixed with the standard SKYCLAD fayre of traditional bawdy/drinking type of songs and songs with blues and more 'ethnic' feels."

"Forward Into The Past" track listing:

01. A Storytellers' Moon (intro)
02. State Of The Union Now
03. Change Is Coming
04. Starstruck?
05. A Heavy Price To Pay
06. Words Fail Me
07. Forward Into The Past
08. Unresolved (instrumental)
09. The Queen Of The Moors
10. Last Summer's Rain
11. The Measure
12. Borderline
13. A Storytellers' Moon (outro)

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The cover artwork for "Forward Into The Past" was painted by Duncan Storr, who has previously worked with EDGE OF SANITY, RAGE and HAWKING. The cover displays the mesmerizing face of a man made out of trees and branches. Ridley elaborates: "The 'green man' or 'storyteller' image used here is a traditional image (from Roman times at least in the U.K.) which is usually taken as 'showing the close interdependence between man and nature"

That natural feel is also largely expressed in the album production. "I think the new album sounds, warm, natural and 'real' (i.e. not processed or overproduced)," Ridley says.