Skepticism – Companion (2021)

Funeral doom came from Skepticism, Winter, and Thergothon as bands took a death metal approach to the ultra-maudlin doom metal of Candlemass and Saint Vitus, giving it a new grandeur that mirrored what the brainier death metal bands were doing, and slowing it down as a form of even greater extremity.

With Companion, Skepticism both continues this evolution and tempers it, working in more melodic metal and — dare we say it? — speed metal riffs into their work. As such, this album finds its way song-by-song and has less of the conceptual unity and sensation of a portal opening as previous albums.

It also bypasses some of the sameness that reduced songs to textures of the thematic bundle of each release, and aware of past successes, plays up the moments of epic soundtrack style confrontation, working in some of the more inspirational nearly whole note melodies that power metal employs.

Similar to Alloy, the latest from Skepticism offers different portals to a central idea which remains unstated, using obscurity and ambiguity as a background theme against which the basic riffs of a song clash before abolishing themselves, allowing an inner motif to emerge in full and overwhelm the listener.

4 thoughts on “Skepticism – Companion (2021)”

  1. Ligatus says:

    My most anticipated album of the year for sure, glad to hear it is not wholly unworthy. Anything else been released this year that people think is worth giving a listenp? Have not been paying attention to any new releases.

  2. Belano says:

    I al so have distanced myself a bit from what is published recently. I’m catching up on some recommendations from last year, like the new Tau Cross album.

    An insightful review, specially the “allowing an inner motif to emerge in full and overwhelm the listener” part. I was a little hesitant as I read about the incorporation of speed metal riffs, but after hearing the song, the truth is that you get a certain epic character even with the changes. Waiting for the album.

  3. Douglas e. Heeren says:

    Best funeral doom bands right now are “The Funeral Orchestra” and “Abysmal Grief”. Of course “Hell” and his newer “MSW” project are worth a listen. Need links. Uloz.to click on the British Flag at the top for English. Also, anyone into RAC music should check out RAC-forum.org for top anti-Communist bands.

    1. Amethyst sphinctaria (zhe/zerg) says:

      That last site you mentioned turned out to be a great place to find ‘men’ who are into pegging and swallowing their own seed, many thanks!!

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