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Skiltron at Wacken Open Air 2015
Skiltron at Wacken Open Air 2015

Skiltron is an Argentinian folk/power metal[1] band formed in 2004 by Emilio Souto. While a fusion between heavy metal and celtic music is common in many parts of Europe, it is uncommon in South America, and especially in Argentina, Skiltron being pioneers of the genre. The name "Skiltron" derives from a variation of the word schiltron, a formation used by the Scottish during the Wars of Independence.

After a 3 song demo in 2004 called "Gathering the Clans", the band released their full-length debut album "The Clans Have United" (First Folk-Metal album ever released in Argentina) in 2006 through European record label "Underground Symphony".

In 2008 Skiltron released their second album "Beheading the Liars", and two years later in 2010, their third album "The Highland Way", each album continually building on the band's unique style and sound.

Most of the early gigs took place in Argentina, featuring shows with Grave Digger, In Extremo, Martin Walkyier and Korpiklaani, with whom the band shared a South American tour in 2010.

In 2012 Skiltron made their European live debut playing a UK tour with Martin Walkyier (ex Sabbat & Skyclad) as a guest singer.

Their latest album "Into The Battleground" was released in July 2013, finding the band in their best shape and stronger than ever! Followed by a European Tour playing at festivals like Haedbangers Open Air (Germany) and Bloodstock (UK), sharing stage with bands such as Slayer, Avantasia, King Diamond, Accept, among others.

In 2014 the band played in Europe once again, featuring the festivals Hörnerfest and Dong Open Air, playing together with bands like Annihilator, Grave Digger and Arch Enemy.

2015 was a landmark for the band as they were playing at Wacken Open air (which also was the first time ever for an Argentinian band playing in the biggest metal festival of the world), and also more European festivals and a UK tour in September.

Now the band is working on their new album due to be released in the first semester of 2016 through the German label Trollzorn.

Throughout the last 11 years, Skiltron have constantly earned recognition within the Folk and Metal scene, projecting themselves as one of the references of the style.


Current members[edit]

  • Emilio Souto − Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Bouzouki
  • Matias Pena − Drums
  • Ignacio Lopez - Bass
  • Pereg Ar Bagol - Bagpipes
  • Martin McManus - Vocals



Year Title
2004 Gathering the Clans
2007 The Blind Harry

Albums and Live Albums[edit]

Year Title
2006 The Clans Have United
2008 Beheading The Liars
2010 The Clans Have United (Remastered)
2010 The Highland Way (CD+DVD)
2013 Into The Battleground
2016 Legacy of Blood


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