Skold returns with another exalted full-length named Dies Irae. The chances you never heard for Tim Skold are equal with the chances you spent your life under the rock. His exceptional ideas, musicianship, and producing skills are reaching almost every division of the music industry for over three decades. Besides performing side by side with Marilyn Manson for years, Skold also worked with groups like Kingpin, Shotgun Messiah, The Newlydeads, KMFDM, MDFMK, Shylock, Doctor Midnight & The Mercy Cult, Not My God, and Psyclon Nine. Since 1996, he released dozen of full-length recordings, such as self-titled debut, a split album with KMFDM, Anomie, The Undoing, and Never Is Now. Besides full-lengths, Skold also released singles and extended plays like Chaos/Neverland, Suck, Tonight, and Small World. Therefore, Dies Irae represents his fifth solo album, which I would like to talk about a bit more today.
Dies Irae carries ten brand new compositions, decorated with brilliant ideas, exquisite musicianship, and clever arrangements like his previous works. Like in his preceding recordings, Skold remains true to his industrial background, but also thoroughly explores the aesthetics of modern metal music. If you’re familiar with these genres, you probably know that these abovementioned genres are operating together in harmony, so that’s the case with this album as well. The presence of contemporary metal music is refined and appeals to the industrial aesthetics of the artist. You may also notice the strong presence of modern goth rock atmosphere roaming during the entire album. The dark, melancholic, symphonic vibe continuously pervades from all the possible directions, but you’ll mostly hear it during the striking choruses.
Skold encapsulates the best characteristics of each genre he explores in a particular moment, so that’s also the case with generous portions of grimy electronica, mainly incorporated during the overtures, verses, or solo sections. He also uses a specific songwriting formula that will especially appeal to the admirers of industrial sound. Most of his compositions are commencing with the colossal guitar shreds, then transit into more profoundly detailed industrial verses. However, these guitar shreds, industrial rhythmic sequences, and generous dosages of various electronic maneuvers are joining forces at the powerful choruses. The pre-choruses and choruses are the segments where Skold’s brilliance dominates the most, but you’ll enjoy the other partitions of these thoroughly planned compositions as well.
This material explores even further to the depths of industrial sound as the album proceeds, but Skold also involves even more dark ambient and electronica along the way. He gradually involves some dubstep elements, such as glitchy electronics and half-step rhythmic acrobatics, but he also reduces these ingredients to a minimum when necessary. Dies Irae represents a natural evolvement of an artist who shapeshifts the boundaries of underground music for decades. This material will especially appeal to all the fans of industrial, modern metal, goth rock, dark ambient, electronica, and dubstep. Dies Irae comes on
vinyl and compact disc, but it is also available at all streaming services. Head over to Cleopatra Records for more information about ordering.