STYLE: ORIGIN: FinlandFORMED: 1991LABEL: Svart Records
  • Matti Tilaeus-Vocals
  • Jani Kekarainen-Guitars
  • Eero Pöyry-Keyboards
  • Lasse Pelkonen-Drums

Skepticism is a funeral doom metal band from Finland. Formed in 1991, they are regarded as one of the pioneers of the genre.

Starting out with a death metal sound on their first 7″, Skepticism soon began to evolve into a more distinctive style, a combination of slow doom metal and death metal with prolific use of keyboards, especially using an organ sound. The keyboards intend to create a depressive sound, rather than the gothic sound that many metal bands using keyboards tend to focus on. This style was first heard on the Aeothe Kaear demo (1994), which was still up-tempo compared to the material that was to follow. The debut full-length “Stormcrowfleet took that style a step further, consisting of six long and slow tracks with an average length of nearly ten minutes each.

After this, the band released its first ‘pair’, an EP and album which are thematically connected: Ethere (1997) and “Lead and Aether (1998). In 1999, Aes was released, a one-track EP lasting almost 28 minutes, and another departure into different stylistic territory from the band. A variety of musical themes are explored before the song turns back upon itself and returns to the opening theme.

The band’s latest releases were contained in the second ‘pair’, The Process of Farmakon (2002) and Farmakon (2003). These releases involve another slight departure from earlier releases, by introducing more elements of dissonance and experimentation. Their 2008 release is called Alloy. In 2015, Skepticism released Ordeal, which was recorded live in studio.


Ordeal / 2015

  • Album Info
  • 2015
  • Svart Records

Disc 1 (CD)
1. You
2. Momentary
3. The Departure
4. March Incomplete
5. The Road
6. Closing Music
7. Pouring
8. The March and the Stream

Disc 2 (DVD)
1. You
2. Momentary
3. The Departure
4. March Incomplete
5. The Road
6. Closing Music
7. Pouring
8. The March and the Stream

Ordeal is the fifth album by the Finnish funeral doom band Skepticism.

The album was released through Svart Records in May 2015. It was recorded live in front of an actual audience on January 24th, 2015 in Turku, Finland. The band performed six new songs and two older ones (“Pouring” and “The March and the Stream“).

Alloy / 2008

  • Album Info
  • 2008
  • Red Stream, Inc

1. The Arrival
2. March October
3. Antimony
4. The Curtain
5. Pendulum
6. Oars in the Dusk

Alloy is the fourth studio album by the Finnish funeral doom band Skepticism.

The album was released through Red Stream Inc. on October 20, 2008. The album was released five years after Skepticism’s previous effort, Farmakon. Following the albums’ release, Skepticism went on the “Exorcising the Funeral” tour, along with Pantheist and Ophis. Skepticism also performed at the Dutch Doom Days and have plans for “The Maniacal Alloy Tour” with Esoteric.

Farmakon / 2003

  • Album Info
  • 2003
  • Red Stream, Inc

1. The Raven and the Backward Funeral
2. Shred of Light, Pinch of Endless
3. Farmakon Process
4. –
5. Nowhere
6. Nothing

Farmakon is the third album of the Finnish funeral doom metal band Skepticism.

“The Raven and the Backward Funeral” and “Farmakon Process” are alternate versions of tracks that appeared on the band’s previous EP, The Process of Farmakon.

Lead and Aether / 1998

Skepticism-Lead and Aether
  • Album Info
  • 1998
  • Red Stream, Inc

1. The Organium
2. The March and the Stream
3. The Falls
4. Forge
5. -Edges-
6. Aether

Lead and Aether is the second full-length album by Finnish funeral doom metal band Skepticism, released in 1998 on Red Stream, Inc.

Stormcrowfleet / 1995

  • Album Info
  • 1995
  • Red Stream Inc

1. Sign of a Storm
2. Pouring
3. By Silent Wings
4. The Rising of the Flames
5. The Gallant Crow
6. The Everdarkgreen

Stormcrowfleet is the debut album by the Finnish funeral doom metal band Skepticismreleased in 1995 on Red Stream, Inc.

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