I have been waiting seven years since Skepticism’s last album, Alloy, to hear more from my favourite purveyors of exquisite misery. These Finns feature in my top ten doom metal bands, and I’ve said before that their album Stormcrowsfleet is up there with my favourite albums of all time. Finally, the wait for new material is over. A new studio album, Ordeal, will be comping out in September from Svart Records, and today a new music video for “The Departure” – the first single from Ordeal – premiered on the Metal Hammer website.
Instead of going the usual recording-in-the-studio route, the band decided to record this new album live before an audience on January 24th at Klubi in Turku, Finland, with the event also captured on film. “Recording the album live was a positive experience. I’ve come to think of Skepticism being at its best live, and the Ordeal session proved it for me,” says keyboardist Eero Pöyry. “Only being able to fit in what your hands and feet can do at a time made me play only the essential.”
“Having a whole day to concentrate in one shot at a perfect performance brought in a good pressure – and a bit of an ordeal, as well.” Adds drummer Lasse Pelkonen, “Recording live made the album sound a bit rough and dirty, which is suitable for us in any case.”
The album will be available as a CD/DVD set, as well as an LP/DVD limited edition, which I admit I’m considering ordering, especially after hearing the new song. Clocking it at nearly ten minutes in length, “The Departure” is Skepticism at its finest, a grandiose epic of plummeting emotions and deep, rich layers. I’ve embedded the video so you can hear it for yourself.
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