Latvia number one Pagan/Black Metal band SKYFORGER with their legendary Debut-Album ''Kauja Pie Saules'' from orginal 1998. Eastern European Metal appears to be developing a highly distinctive sound. SKYFORGER epitomise many of its characteristics. The band are obsessed with their supposedly Latvian, pre-Christian pagan past and use every opportunity to stress it. To their credit they?ve managed to do this without coming across as vacuous or ridiculous. The lyrics are entirely in Latvian and a couple of tracks are unadomed and very lovely Latvian folksongs. Many of the others use a variety of traditional instruments including mouthharp, bagpipes and kokles. Of course this is a primarily a Metal album and it works well on these terms too. The epic, pagan feel and the battle scene on the cover reminded me of BATHORY. SKYFORGER avoid the often tinny sound of contemporary Black Metal with a strong bassy, bottom end to their music. ''Kauja Pie Saules'' is a substantial piece of work with none of the tokenistic folkisms of some of their lesser peers, that should firmly establish Latvia on the Metal map.Here comes the re-printed LP-Version limited to 400 copies on black vinyl with printed innersleeve.