Title - 'Never Is Now'
Artist - Skold
For those not in the know, Skold is Tim Sköld, a Swedish musician and record producer, who in addition to producing solo work, has also collaborated with multiple musical groups including Shotgun Messiah, KMFDM, Marilyn Manson and Motionless in White.
Swedish born multi-instrumentalist Sköld, the creative force behind his namesake industrial metal project, has been one of few lasting Swedish music exports since the 1980s as front man for one of that country’s earliest and more successful metal bands, the aforementioned Shotgun Messiah.
After the suspension of that outfit in the mid-90s, Sköld struck out on his own and released the debut album for his industrial metal project, the self-titled Skold album, in 1996.
The album was hailed as a triumph with songs such as 'Chaos' and 'Hail Mary' landing in major motion pictures as well as mainstream video games.
Since then, Sköld has gone on to work in a numerous other major bands, becoming a permanent member of the aforementioned KMFDM and Marilyn Manson as well as playing live with Taime Downe’s The Newlydeds and Nivek Ogre’s Ohgr; all the while composing, performing, and producing for other artists.
Never Is Now is the much anticipated follow-up to 2016’s The Undoing and perfect for all fans of industrial metal. Released this April 5th, 2019 via Cleopatra Records, to my mind, this is easily Skold's finest work to date and showcases a new masterpiece from a master musician.
1. 'Never Is Now'
2. 'Small World'
5. 'Please Remain Calm'
7. 'In Another Life'
8. 'This Is The End'
9. 'Idle Hands'
10. 'Temple Of Rage'
11. 'Be Brave'
12. 'American Bluff'
13. 'This Is What You Get'
15. 'And So'
It begins with the earthy bass beat tones of the title track, 'Never Is Now' and backs that up with the searingly industrial 'Small World' and the lesser-cursive 'Pharmaceuticals.' The melodic 'Roses' is then followed by the gently pulsating 'Please Remain Calm,' the head-spinning 'Ravenous' and then the mid-'80s synth trip of 'In Another Life.'
The wickedly powerful orchestrations of both 'This Is The End' and 'Idle Hands' make for a great mid-section with the foot-stomping 'Temple Of Rage' up next. Complete with an exilerating guitar solo that's backed by more '80s-esque synth work on both 'Be Brave' and especially 'American Bluff.'
This incredible, sensory album then rounds out with more poignant synth work, albeit more of the mid-'90s feel within 'This Is What You Get,' before the Skold backbone gets heated up for the EDM-vibed 'Insatiable' and then comes the hauntingly poetic album closer, 'And So.'
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