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Skepticism : Ethere

This mini album of Skepticism is a must have! Why? Simply because it contains a great version of 'The March and the Stream', one of the best doom-metal tracks ever written. For those who are not familiar with the funeral doom this band plays, a short description about their music: Only very few bands play as slow as Skepticism. Skepticism's faster part are about as fast as most band's slower parts. Most of the minimalistic guitar sound is supported by a heavy sounding organ. This creates an incredible atmosphere. The drummer must have a huge self-control to keep himself playing this strict but very slow rythm. The vocals vary between grunts and whispers. They seem to come from very deep anyway. This mini album features three songs.

'The March and the Stream' and 'Aether' appear back on the latter full album 'Lead and Aether' too, but in re-recorded versions. In my personal opinion, the versions of both songs are better on the mini album. I have caught the rumour that Skepticism re-recorded the songs because they lost the original recording tapes from the 'Ethere' sessions. I don't know about the reliability of this rumour though. The last song 'Chorale' appears only on this mCD.

The three songs are very much what one should expect from Skepticism: doomy, dark, creating a funeral atmosphere, containing hypnotizing drum/guitar/organ combinations and vocals that put a spell on you, but above all: it is S.L.O.W.!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The March and the Stream
2. Aether
3. Chorale

Duration : Approx. 27 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Arnstein H. Pettersen
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