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1 the founder of a family; "keep the faith of our forefathers" [syn: father, sire]
2 person from an earlier time who contributed to the tradition shared by some group; "our forefathers brought forth a great nation"

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Perhaps directly from Old Norse forfaðir


  • (UK) , /ˈfɔːˌfɑːðə/, /"fO:%fA:D@/
  • (US) , /ˈfɔɹˌfɑːðɚ/, /"fOr%fA:D@`/


  1. Ancestor
  2. Cultural ancestor; one who originated an idea or tradition



Extensive Definition

other Ancestor Forefather are a folk metal duo from Surrey, England.


The Forefather project was born in September 1997 in Surrey, England by founding members and brothers Athelstan and Wulfstan. Their debut album "Deep Into Time" was recorded in August 1998 at their home-studio "The Croft" and released in March 1999 by their own label Angelisc Enterprises.
"The Fighting Man" was recorded between the months of May and August in 2000. Thanks to an improvement of the equipment at "The Croft" the sound this time around was much improved. The album was released in October 2000, again by Angelisc.
Also during 2000 a limited edition album "Legends Untold" was released by Germany's Millennium Metal Music label. It featured 5 demo recordings, including the never-before-heard "The Fyrdmen Cometh", "The Paths of Yesterdays" and "These Lands". The "Deep Into Time" recording of "These Lands" (left off the final master) and a synth rendition of Ancient Voice (from "Deep Into Time") completed the tracklisting.
Athelstan and Wulfstan next entered the studio in September 2001 to record their 3rd album "Engla Tocyme" (The Coming of the English). Work was completed in November and after a small delay Angelisc released the album in March 2002 along with a re-issue of "Deep Into Time" featuring brand new artwork and bonus-track "These Lands".
Hammerheart Records (now Karmageddon Media) contacted the band in 2003 with a deal offer for the next Forefather opus. After some consideration and negotiation, the Brothers accepted the deal. After spending most of 2003 writing for album number 4, Autumn brought the recording sessions for what was to become "Ours Is The Kingdom".
2004 also saw the re-release on Karmageddon Media of all the previous albums (Deep Into Time, The Fighting Man and Engla Tocyme) with 2 bonus tracks and enhanced artwork.
Since the release of "Ours..." Forefather have collaborated with numerous musicians on the Folkearth CD "A Nordic Poem" (with the song "Rhyming With Thunder") as well as featuring on the Perverted Taste Bruzum tribute CD with their version of "Beholding the Daughters of the Firmament". Recording for their second Folkearth track, to be featured on the second album "By the Sword of my Father" has been completed. Wulfstan will also provide vocals to a second track entitled "Scaldic Art". The near future will also see the release of a Falkenbach tribute CD featuring the vocals of Wulfstan on the track "HeathenPride".
A bonus for 2005 has been to see Forefather on vinyl for the first time thanks to Eisenwald Tonschmeide Records in Germany, who released the "Deep Into Time" Limited edition LP with brand new bonus track "A Hearth Companion's Pride" (recorded specially for the LP), additional artwork and pull-out poster.
The latest album "Steadfast" was released through Seven Kingdoms early 2008.

Current line-up

  • Athelstan - Guitars, Bass, Keyboards
  • Wulfstan - Guitars, Bass, Vocals
Both the members of Forefather also are former members of the folk metal project Folkearth.


forefather in Polish: Forefather
forefather in Finnish: Forefather
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