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OriginSurrey, England
GenresBlack metal, folk metal
Years active1997–present
LabelsAngelisc Enterprises
Karmageddon Media
Seven Kingdoms
Eisenwald Tonschmiede
Associated actsFolkearth

Forefather is a folk metal band from Surrey, England. There is a lack of consensus as to which of the "Anglo-Saxon Metal" or "Viking Metal" subgenre or subgenres of metal it belongs.[1] Since inception in 1997 the band has released seven studio albums.


Forefather was formed in September 1997 by brothers Wulfstan and Athelstan.[2] Two years later Forefather released its first album, Deep Into Time, on the band's own label, Angelisc Enterprises, on which two more albums would be released by the band, The Fighting Man and Engla Tocyme, in 2000 and 2002, respectively.[2] Forefather's fourth album, Ours Is the Kingdom was released in 2004 by Karmageddon Media, on which the band's entire back catalogue of full-length albums was re-released as well - remastered and with added bonus tracks.[3] In 2008, Forefather released its fifth full-length album, Steadfast,[4] on the band's new own label, Seven Kingdoms,[5] on which three years later the band's sixth album, Last of the Line, would also be released.[6] In April 2015 the band released a new album, Curse of the Cwelled, on St George's Day, again on their own Seven Kingdoms label. In 2017, they released their latest album, Tales from a Cloud-Born Land, to strong popular reception.

Current line-up[edit]

  • Athelstan – guitars, bass, keyboards
  • Wulfstan – guitars, bass, vocals

Both Athelstan and Wulfstan also are former members of the folk metal project Folkearth.


Studio albums[edit]


  • Legends Untold (2000)


  • Summer's Flame (2009)


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