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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sceptical Schizo - The Four Seasons (1991)

Genre: Atmospheric Doom/Death Metal
Country: Finland
Year: 1991

1. (Spring) Illusion of Sleep
2. (Summer) I Came to Grief
3. (Autumn) Falling Leaves (And My Fears Became to Life)
4. (Winter) Wrapped in Darkness I Grieve

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This is the demo that many consider to be Sceptical Schizo's break-out point, and probably the highlight of their short-lived career. Four lengthy and intricate songs make up this release and are a bit more aggressive than the previous demo. It seems to have a little faster pacing and is more upbeat, especially on the happy, crisp seasons like Spring and Summer. Their signature atmospheric touches are still there, often created by subtle synths, making for an 'epic' sound at points. However, they never overdo it, and what few times you do hear it, it sounds amazingly well-placed. This release, following the previous one, has a very entrancing touch and while I'm typing this, I keep finding myself staring at the computer screen, completely sucked into the music. Top-notch riffing as well, especially within the first few moments or pretty much every track, with some great, quick main riffs to complete each song perfectly. Highly recommended.

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