Since its formation in 2013, SAOR have continually evolved while remaining boldly faithful to its Scottish heritage. Forged by the vision of the band’s founder Andy Marshall, SAOR (meaning “Free” in Scottish Gaelic) has a uniquely expressive approach that dives deep into lyrical themes based on literature, landscapes, history, sorrow, nature, and the majestic mountains of his homeland.
Expertly transitioning between atmospheric Black Metal, Celtic Folk, and traditional Scottish sounds – the wildly exploratory music of SAOR know no limitations and seeks out every opportunity to expand on its potential.
With a crew of talented session musicians surrounding him in the studio, Andy recorded the debut album “Roots” in the band’s inaugural year, following it up with the second record “Aura” in 2014. Inspired by the response, Andy pushed himself creatively towards that next-level once again and brought his songs to the stage live for the first time in 2015 – a move that immediately bolstered the ambitions of SAOR and opened the door to an entire host of new opportunities for them.
The release of the 2016 album “Guardians” saw even more support for the band’s music forming rapidly, soon finding SAOR in high demand for shows of all over the globe. Surging forward to cover the map with stops in Russia, Malta, Belgium, Germany, France, Norway, Italy, Finland and the UK, they played in feature spots of notable festivals like Hellfest Open Air, Ragnarök Festival, Damnation Festival, Steelfest Open Air, Kilkim Žaibu, and Cernunnos Pagan Fest along their journey. Cementing their place on the stage where they rightly belonged, SAOR became synonymous with gripping live performances, showcasing the range of sonic extremities in the band’s sound while revealing captivating ideas and complex structures.
For the past two years, SAOR has been writing and recording an all-new set of powerful songs that take the insightful mix of stunning melody and musical intensity in their sound boldly into the next chapter of their career
on the highly-anticipated release of the latest record “Forgotten Paths,” coming out February 2019.
Enlisting the talent of Neige from ALCEST to contribute to the new album (on the titletrack), along with another ensemble of talented session musicians, “Forgotten Paths” promises to be a genuine experience in music unlike any other, designed to push/pull emotions through thought-provoking and poetic lyricism and sounds that courageously explore the most innocent expressions to the full storm and fury of SAOR’s unbridled passion.
Their creation of Caledonian Metal has clearly caught fire with listeners and ignited what was once only a spark of support into a full-blown blaze of burning desire and an authentic craving for the unmatched skill, uniqueness, and imagination in SAOR’s verifiably epic sound.
With the official release of “Forgotten Paths” in 2019, festival bookings for Wacken Open Air in Germany and Brutal Assault Festival in the Czech Republic coming up, and a relentless tour schedule that will see the band dominate stages in Europe, Canada and the USA over the course of the same year – SAOR’s music is finding the worldwide audience that such monumental commitment, focus, and determination, truly deserves.
1. Forgotten Paths (11:04)
2. Monadh (10:21)
3. Bròn (12:22)
4. Exile (4:51)
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