Folk metal band Scythia will be in Chilliwack Aug. 5. The Vancouver band features something called the Oboe of Death.

Folk metal band Scythia will be in Chilliwack Aug. 5. The Vancouver band features something called the Oboe of Death.

Get ready for Scythia’s ‘oboe of death’

Folk metal band Scythia is coming to Chilliwack Aug. 5 as part of their Summer Siege Tour.

Folk metal band Scythia is coming to Chilliwack Aug. 5 as part of their Summer Siege Tour.

The Vancouver-based band features a unique sound called the Oboe of Death, and are busy promoting their sophomore album, Of Exile.

Formed in the latter half of 2008, Scythia is a five-piece that combines haunting folk melodies with the driving force of modern progressive metal to form a raw and powerful sound.

Taking its name from vocalist/guitarist Dave Khan’s infatuation with a painting of Nordic/Russian warriors riding bears while brandishing swords, Scythia not only “gives the painting musical significance,” but it is also “the name of an ancient empire spanning from the Caucasus through Russia, and even into eastern Scandinavia.

“The melodies used in our music have a very ancient, sometimes medieval sound, so I wanted to attribute them to an ancient civilization,” says Khan.Scythia, Aug. 5, OAP Hall at 5725 Tyson Rd, 8 p.m. with guests A Human Nothing.