Gatis Kalniņš

Skyforger – Metal Band Of 2019

2019 was a very busy year for Skyforger, and our passion for music was appreciated by “Latvian Metal Music Awards” where we won in nomination “Latvian Metal Band of 2019”.

Once again we would like to express a big thanx to all our fans and supporters! See you in concerts!

Heavy New Year!!!

As the year draws to the end, inevitably thoughts are going back to the past trying to relive the unforgettable moments. There are a lot of great memories to keep, both onstage and offstage. In total we did 23 shows in 11 countries, from it ranging to a small club in Nottingham or Malta, up to ice hockey hall sized gigs in Riga. We had small local festivals and huge foreign metal open airs. The kind of feelings you get when you see thousands people in front of you at Kurbads metalopera is indescribable. Touring with great bands from other countries and continents gives new drinking slogans. All in all, this was a hard and interesting year. Between all hustle, band have already started to work on new music, so things are moving on. And what is your best Skyforger memory from this year?

We would like to wish all Skyforger fans a happy and heavy new year! Thanx a lot for all your support! Thanx to all the promoters for having us! See you somewhere on the road! \m/

Photo: Kristaps Ēberliņš (Kurbads metalopera in Riga, Latvia)

Metalopera “KURBADS. Kēves dēls” second time – 23rd August in Riga!

Heavy metal multimedia spectacle “Kurbads: Son of the Mare” returns!

The heavy metal opera is based on the adventures of the legendary Latvian folk hero Kurbads. Stories of willpower, personal growth and battles with internal and external demons all intertwine in this beloved legend and are as pertinent today as ever before. The production is a 21st century interpretation of this tale and to this day, has been performed only once, in the summer of 2017 in Limbaži, Latvia. The show became one of the cultural highlights of the year in Latvia and garnered both public affection and critical acclaim.

Now, come see it reborn on the 23rd of August in Lucavsala, Riga. Music by Latvian Folk Metal band SKYFORGER, featuring top modern dance performers.

Directed by Inga Tropa, stage design by Uģis Bērziņš, choreography by Guntis Spridzāns, Liene Stepena, Liene Grava, costumes by Kristians Aglonietis.

Cast: The Narrator – Zane Jančevska, Kurbads – Ģirts Bisenieks, Snake Witch – Liene Stepena.

Dancers: Ivars Broničs, Gints Dancītis, Liene Grava, Jūlija Kobceva, Aldis Liepiņš, Artūrs Nīgalis, Rūta Pūce, Reinis Rešetins, Asnate Rikse, Maija Sukute.

Doors: 18:00

Opening acts from Lithuania and Estonia: 19:30 and 20:45

Entrance – free of charge!

Pagan Warriors Across Europe tour – October / November 2019

In Fiction Entertainment, in cooperation with HeathenRock Entertainment and THE FLAMING ARTS AGENCY, are pleased to present this massive Pagan Black Metal package:

Skyforger (LV)
Pagan, Black, Historical Metal
Thunderforge Records
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5hDhkVEboY

Finsterforst (D)
Black Forest Metal
Napalm Records
new studio album 2nd August
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qI4OGjPCsuA

Enisum (IT)
Arpitanian Black Metal
Avantgarde Music
new album launched 15th March 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sxoMOpF6Q4

Helsott (USA)
Pagan Death Metal
M-Theory Audio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOM1OaTRyvw

TOUR DATES

Friday 25th October – Eindhoven / Dynamo – The Netherlands
https://www.facebook.com/events/598782070618743/

Saturday 26th October – Eisleben / Wiesenhaus – Germany
10 Years Best Of Dark Troll Show
https://www.facebook.com/events/757907367896265/

Sunday 27th October – Ostrava / Barrak Music Club – Czech Republic
https://www.facebook.com/events/373770103272812/

Monday 28th October – Brno / Melodka – Czech Republic
https://www.facebook.com/events/369765440332575/

Tuesday 29th Graz / Explosiv – Austria
https://www.facebook.com/events/460760357993237/

Wednesdays 30th October – San donà di Piave / Revolver – Italy
https://www.facebook.com/events/2358201174453535/

Thursay 31st October – St. Maurice / Manoir Pub – Switzerland
https://www.facebook.com/events/999749800213983/

Friday 01st November – Hamburg / headCRASH – Germany
https://www.facebook.com/events/695474397541823/

Saturday 02nd November – Oberhausen / Helvete – Germany
https://www.facebook.com/events/331922581074750/

Skyforger is confirmed for German metal festival Party.San 2019!

Skyforger is confirmed for mighty Party.San Open Air, which in 2019 will celebrate its 25th anniversary!

This german festival offers the finest bands of the Death / Black / Thrash / Heavy and Doom Metal scenes worldwide.

See you there and book your tickets now at http://www.cudgel.de/tickets

Get all infos at: www.party-san.de, and also pay attention to festival on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PartySanOpenAir666.

 

SKYFORGER releases “Nothing Is Forgotten” video, dedicated to the centenary of Latvian independence!

SKYFORGER today have released a brand new video for their track “Nekas nav aizmirsts / Nothing Is Forgotten” from their 2015 album Old Prussia, dedicating it to the 100th anniversary since the independence of their Latvian homeland.

Kristīne NEIKENA, who directed the video, says that main idea is there to remind that when it comes to Latvian history, “nothing is forgotten”, including the hardships and struggles of the Latvian people throughout the years.

The video tells the story through the eyes of a young woman played by Maija ARVENA, a rising Latvian film star. Her character’s journey is an emotional and symbolic account of the pivotal moments in the history of a Latvian nation, its birth, hopes, rise, fall and, ultimately, rebirth and strength while national landmarks, nature and events feature in the background.

Peter KVETKOVSKIS, SKYFORGER’s vocalist:

“As we celebrate the centenary of Latvia’s independence, we want to dedicate this video as an epitaph of sorts to all those whose lives were broken by all the wars and conflicts that have befallen our land, and to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, so that future generations could live happily as a free and independent nation. The thing is, history tends to remember only the key figures, including the villains and monsters, while the lives of hundreds of thousands of “ordinary” folks slowly disappear and vanish from the nation’s memory… Well, our song is about exactly these people and in their memory!”

Video director – Kristīne Neikena
Cameras – Mārtiņš Eglītis, Tomass Beķeris
Art – Elza Bukuma
Video editing – Mārtiņš Lazdāns
Concept and production – Andis Mikainis

Actress: Maija Arvena

SKYFORGER would like to sincerely thank everyone who participated in making of this video: Maija Arvena, Ģirts Majors and Artūrs Majors (Palladium), Inese Boka-Grūbe and Gints Grūbe (film studio Mistrus Media), Bruno Aščuks (film studio Centrums / Terra Europa), Oskars Timbars & GaCo, Ilze Krīgere (Latvian War museum), Gints Lundbergs, Jānis Freimanis, Dainis Stūrmanis, Kristaps Ēberliņš, Katrīna Vīksna, Iluta Reimarte, Pēteris Bērziņš, Normunds Jērums, Gatis Kalniņš, Toms Rumba, Jānis Belovs, Gatis Svoks, Toms Krivods and Latvian State Archive of Audiovisual Documents.

Very special thanks to Aigars Grauba, brothers Ābeles, Viesturs Kairišs and Askolds Saulītis!

Release date: 18th November 2018