STEVE RAMSEY (SKYCLAD): “If We Feel We Are Repeating Ourselves We’ll Just Create A New Style”

Photo of Skyclad from 1991

In 1997 Folk Metal pioneers Skyclad had already recorded 8 albums. The new one, The Answer Machine? still had the strong folk feel to it, but it showed a less aggressive band since the 1991 debut The Wayward Sons of Mother Earth. In this interview from 1997 guitarist and founding member Steve Ramsey (ex-Satan/Pariah) explains how the band’s unique style came about, how the band avoids to repeat themselves and what the plans are now that the lineup has been reduced to a quartet. Are there other bands trying to copy their unique style and what The Answer Machine? is. You get all answers in this flashback interview!


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