Forefather is a folk metal band from Surrey, England. There is debate on some sites as to which subgenre or subgenres of metal the band belongs while the band itself describes its music as "Anglo-Saxon Metal" due to its Anglo-Saxon themed lyrical content, and in likelihood as a more appropriate alternative for the "Viking Metal" term. Since their inception in 1997 the band has released seven studio albums.
Forefather was formed in September 1997 by brothers Wulfstan and Athelstan. 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.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. In 2008, Forefather released its fifth full-length album, Steadfast, on the band's new own label, Seven Kingdoms, on which three years later the band's sixth album, Last of the Line, would also be released. 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.