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Classic Review: Skepticism - Stormcrowfleet

Label: Red Stream
Year released: 1995
Duration: 57:17
Tracks: 6
Genre: Funeral Doom

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: July 9, 2008
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (21 Votes)

Finland in the mid-90's was pretty much the beginning of Funeral Doom. Thergothon and Skepticism invented the genre between them, and every Funeral Doom release since then has looked to either Thergothon's seminal Stream From The Heavens or to this one: Skepticism's equally genre-defining debut full length Stormcrowfleet.

This is not nearly as gurgly and Lovercraftian as Thergothon, and in fact Stormcrowfleet is far more mournful and emotional, with sweeping riffs and pagan-sounding drum patterns. The vocals are the traditional indecipherable rasp, and the songs are all like ten minutes long. In other words, this is prototypical Funeral Doom, and despite being more than a decade old, it still stands out with the quality of the songwriting. Slow and iconoclastic this is, but it is far from uneventful. Skepticism made extensive use of an organ to give their music an even more authentic 'funeral' sound, and the whole thing shimmers with invention and that wonderful arcane obscurity of the best Doom. The production is what would charitably be called 'weak', and to modern ears it sounds very muffled and mushy, but again, that is part of its underground charm. A classic.

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