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John “Turbo” Shatesky

01/25/1980 – 07/28/2023

Folklore Metallers SCYTHIA Begin North American Tour Tomorrow

Canadian progressive/power folklore metallers SCYTHIA will kick off their fall conquest of North America tomorrow, October 26, in Regina, SK! The tour will hit several major U.S. and Canadian cities, coming to a close on November 19 in Edmonton, AB. This isn’t your average metal show, SCYTHIA‘s music – influenced by genres ranging from power metal to celtic folk and beyond – will take you on a mystical journey through time and far away lands!


SCYTHIA is touring in support of their newest full-length offering, Lineage. You can order your digital or physical copy of Lineage now via the band’s Bandcamp page. Lineage features engineering from Nino Laurenne (Firewind, Finntroll, Wintersun, Ensiferum) and Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Gloryhammer, Powerwolf), and mastering from Svante Forsback (Rammstein, Volbeat, Firewind, Apocalyptica). Nino Laurenne is also responsible for mixing duties on the album.


SCYTHIA North America Tour Dates:
10/26 – Regina, SK @ The Artful Dodger
10/27 – Portage La Prairie, MB @ Masonic Hall
10/29 – Minneapolis, MN @ Hexagon Bar
10/30 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Metal Grill
10/31 – Covington, KY @ Backstage Café
11/1 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Skeletunes
11/3 – Nashville, TN @ Daisy Duke’s
11/4 – Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
11/5 – Marietta (Atlanta), GA @ Tavern 120
11/9 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder
11/10 – Spokane, WA @ The Pinnacle
11/12 – Lethbridge, AB @ Smoke House
11/18 – Calgary, AB @ Overtime Sports Bar
11/19 – Edmonton, AB @ The Mercury Room


SCYTHIA‘s albums and performances feature rich, poetic storytelling and grand tales that vividly captures the imagination of their listeners. Because of this, they have taken the independent scene by storm as they gather more and more fans both domestically and internationally. SCYTHIA acquired its name from vocalist/guitarist Dave Khan’s infatuation with ancient Slavic imagery and melodies inspired from Balkan music. The name is fitting for a grandiose sound as SCYTHIA is also an ancient empire spanning from the Caucasus through Russia, and even into eastern Scandinavia.


SCYTHIA delivered their first album Of War in 2010, which was quickly followed by their next release Of Exile in 2011. The latter scored SCYTHIA a nomination at Canada’s Sirius XM Indies Independent Music Awards in the Best Metal Group/Duo category, amongst the likes of Bison B.C., Derelict, Devin Townsend Project and Mares Of Thrace. In February 2014, the band released their most recognized release to date, …Of Conquest. The Canadian quartet’s lead single and music video, entitled”Bear Claw Tavern”, was first featured via GuitarWorld.com and instantly hit the web like wildfire. The video – described as a truly uproarious three-minute scorcher featuring SCYTHIA rocking out in a medieval tavern filled with hooligans and mysterious characters – garnered over 50,000 views in less than a few days, inciting io9 to dub it “20 times better than The Hobbit“.


…Of Conquest positioned the band with an opportunity to co-headline a major festival in Brazil and other festivals in the southeast US the following year. With the same production team behind their new offering Lineage, SCYTHIA is taking 2016 by storm!


Justen Bieber