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Review: Skepticism - Alloy

Label: Red Stream
Year released: 2008
Duration: 47:22
Tracks: 6
Genre: Funeral Doom

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: December 16, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (12 Votes)

This is the first time I hear an album by Funeral Doomsters Skepticism, and I'm definitely no Funeral Doom expert, but this album could almost make an actual funeral sound happy in comparison.  Very slow and melancholic, yet with an omnipresent sense of melody that tip-toes between depressing and... "positive" (for lack of a better word), Alloy literally pins down the listener into a sense of hopelessness, but does so in a "beautiful" way - the quiet yet crunchy guitars, slow, somewhat ritualistic drums and the church-like key arrangements are about as fine-tuned and tight as they could possibly be, and the low growls used by the vocalist just float along with the music, never diverting the attention yet making their presence felt.  The whole album practically flows like a single song and may feel a bit monotonous, but strangely in a good way.  Depressing yet soothing and relaxing, this is one that'll cause some serious wear on a CD player's Repeat button.  Excellent and addictive.

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