Caledonian Metal - United Kingdom

Saor Band

Since its formation in 2013, SAOR has 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 knows 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 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.

The release of the ‘Forgotten Paths’ in 2019 marked the band’s breakthrough to a wider audience. 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 sound.

Now, signed to Season of Mist and with a new record in the works, SAOR are getting ready for the the next chapter of their career.


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Date Venue City Country Info
November 21st, 2020 Hydrozagadka Warsaw Poland + Borknagar
November 22nd, 2020 Kwadrat Krakow Poland + Borknagar
November 23rd, 2020 Futurum Prague Czech Republic + Borknagar
November 24th, 2020 UT Connewitz Leipzig Germany + Borknagar
November 25th, 2020 Logo Hamburg Germany + Borknagar
November 26th, 2020 Turock Essen Germany + Borknagar
November 27th, 2020 Kavka Antwerpen Germany + Borknagar
November 28th, 2020 The Garage London United Kingdom + Borknagar
November 29th, 2020 HRH Sheffield United Kingdom + Borknagar
December 1st, 2020 Petit Bain Paris France + Borknagar
December 2nd, 2020 Le Rex Toulouse France + Borknagar
December 3rd, 2020 Caracol Madrid Spain + Borknagar
December 4th, 2020 Bóveda Barcelona Spain + Borknagar
December 5th, 2020 Vileurbanne Lyon France + Borknagar
December 6th, 2020 Campus Music Industry Parma Italy + Borknagar
December 7th, 2020 Pont Rouge Monthey Switzerland + Borknagar
December 8th, 2020 Im Wizemann Stuttgart Germany + Borknagar
December 9th, 2020 Backstage Munich Germany + Borknagar
December 10th, 2020 Viper Room Vienna Germany + Borknagar
December 11th, 2020 Café Central Weinheim Germany + Borknagar
December 12th, 2020 Eindhoven Metal Meeting Eindhoven Netherlands + Borknagar
Posted on July 1, 2020

Caledonian metal band SAOR are announcing two re-issues on Season of Mist. The debut record ‘Roots’ will be available on vinyl and CD, with the bonus tracks “Pictish Pride” (Ainshval cover) and “Yearning” (unreleased demo track). The release date is set for August 21, 2020.

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