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Skepticism is a Funeral Doom Metal band from Riihimäki, Finland who are the Trope Codifiers for that genre. Their career, since 1991, has naturally resulted in quite a lot of critical acclaim as one of the genre's pioneers. They have released a single, a demo, three EPs, four full-length albums, and one live album.

Members

  • Matti Tilaeus - vocals
  • Jani Kekarainen - guitars
  • Timo Sitomaniemi - guitars
  • Eero Pöyry - keyboards
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  • Lasse Pelkonen - drums

Releases

  • 1992 - Towards My End (7" single)
  • 1994 - Aeothe Kaear (demo)
  • 1995 - Stormcrowfleet
  • 1997 - Ethere (EP)
  • 1998 - Lead and Aether
  • 1999 - Aes (EP)
  • 2002 - The Process of Farmakon (EP)
  • 2003 - Farmakon
  • 2008 - Alloy
  • 2015 - Ordeal (live)
  • 2021 - Companion

Tropes

  • Darker and Edgier: They (and funeral doom as a whole) are effectively this to traditional doom and death/doom.
  • Doom Metal: Trope Codifier for funeral doom.
  • Drone of Dread: Because of the extremely slow tempo of their music, it's not uncommon for them to hold a note for an extended period of time.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Their first single, "Towards My End", is straightforward Death Metal with some doom metal elements, as opposed to the funeral doom sound they would become known for.
  • Epic Rocking: After their first single, nearly all of their songs have been at least six minutes long, with more over ten minutes than not. Aes is the longest, at nearly twenty-eight minutes.
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  • Hidden Track: The Process of Farmakon and Farmakon both have them.
  • Indecipherable Lyrics: Matti Tilaeus almost exclusively uses growling as his vocal style and his vocals tend to be low in the mix, making it pretty much impossible to make out the lyrics.
  • Live Album: Ordeal, is this although it consists mainly of new material. Live performances of two old songs, "Pouring" and "The March and the Stream", are included as a bonus.
  • Long Runner Lineup: The line-up was the same from 1993 to 2015. In 2015 they added a second guitarist, Timo Sitomaniemi. Even then, some sources only consider him a live member.
  • Loudness War: Mostly averted until Alloy, which plays the trope straight at DR5. But they were back to averting it with Ordeal, which is DR10.
  • Metal Scream: Matti uses a deep, sonorous Type 2.
  • New Sound Album: Aeothe Kaear is the most obvious example, as it's where they established their funeral doom sound. Before that, they were a straight-up Death Metal band.
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  • Ominous Pipe Organ: Many of their songs feature synthesized organ as the backbone of the sound.
  • Remaster: The band released a remastered edition of Stormcrowfleet in 2018.
  • Re-release the Song: Often.
    • "The Everdarkgreen", "Pouring", and "The Rising of the Flames", first released on Aeothe Kaear, were all re-recorded for Stormcrowfleet.
    • "Chorale", first released on Aeothe Kaear, was re-recorded for Ethere.
    • "The March and the Flames" and "Aether", first released on Ethere, were re-recorded for Lead and Aether.
    • "Backward Funeral and the Raven" and "The Process of Farmakon", first released on The Process of Farmakon, were re-recorded with different titles ("The Raven and the Backward Funeral" and "Farmakon Process", respectively), on Farmakon.
    • Finally, "Pouring" (from Aeothe Kaear and Stormcrowfleet) and "The March and the Stream" (from Ethere and Lead and Aether) were recorded a third time, this time in concert, for Ordeal.
  • Trope Codifier: For funeral doom.
  • Two-Part Trilogy: You could consider the EP/album pairs variants of this trope, more or less.
    • Ethere consists of three songs, two of which were re-recorded for Lead and Aether. Ethere runs for about twenty-seven minutes and Lead and Aether for about forty-eight.
    • Similarly, both songs proper on The Process of Farmakon were re-recorded with new names for Farmakon itself (both also have untitled hidden tracks, but those aren't the same). The Process of Farmakon is 17½ minutes long (18½ if you add the silence for the hidden track) is and Farmakon is sixty-one (or, again, sixty-two if you add the silence).
  • Uncommon Time: Shows up occasionally. "Nowhere" has a lot of segments with 5/4, 6/4, and 7/4 mixed irregularly (mostly 5/4, but some 6/4 or 7/4 at the end of each four-measure phrase). The opening of "Nothing" is based on patterns of (5+5+6+6)/4.
  • Up to Eleven: Their style can basically be considered this to traditional doom and death/doom: it's even slower than either of them, with vocals so low pitched as to be incomprehensible.

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