Skold
Suck


3.0
good

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
April 12th, 2011 | 44 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This album was supposed to live up to its name, but instead Tim Skold returned with a surprising return to the hard-edged industrial that made his final album with Shotgun Messiah so good.

Tim Skold should be pretty well known within the industrial community. Over the past eighteen years he has worked with Shotgun Messiah, KMFDM, Ohgr and Marilyn Manson among a slew of others. The problem is that he has never really produced an album as good as his 1993 release, Violent New Breed, with Shotgun Messiah. In fact, it seems that his worst album was actually his 1996 solo album, Skold. That release suffered from a weak sound, an array of mediocre ideas and was simply subpar. So, when Tim Skold released the first single from his upcoming second solo album and it was just about as bad as anything from the debut it really wasn’t surprising. What is surprising is that the other three tracks on this EP are really good and feel like the natural modern progression from Tim’s seminal album with Shotgun Messiah.

The EP begins with the first single, “Suck”, and it pretty much lives up to its name. The song is a fairly generic industrial metal track that has a decent beat, but suffers from average musical accompaniment and an awkward vocal melody. The remixes by bands that include 16Volt and Combichrist don’t fair any better as they don’t really seem to put much effort into their remakes. The standout exception is the remix by Front Line Assembly. In all honesty, the remix should have been credited to Delerium because that seems to be where the influence came from. The song is slowed down and given a smooth beat and a huge dose of moody, melodic keyboards. The entire approach, especially the excellent synth work, actually works better with the original vocal melody and is easily the best remix and even outshines the original.

While it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Front Line Assembly can take a mediocre track and make it infinitely better, it is surprising that the other three original tracks are excellent. Maybe it’s just because the first single and debut album were so bad, but I never expected these other three songs to go back to everything that made Violent New Breed so good and even come through with an updated sound and a few shockers. All three tracks return to the pounding metal beats and razor-sharp guitar riffs that made Violent New Breed as good as it was. The guitar riffs, in particular, really help to set these songs apart because they’re much more unique than the average industrial metal chug. Some truly excellent guitar solos that provide a bit of extra flair and a quick surprise when they arrive boost this uniqueness. Unfortunately, Tim’s vocals still seem to lack slightly as they just don’t seem to be delivered with much conviction, but they definitely aren’t a negative factor like they were on the single.

I’ve been ready to write this EP off ever since I learned of its eventual existence. It just didn’t seem like Tim Skold was going to do anything more than hit the same mediocre mark that he did with his debut – an assumption reinforced by the average first single. Instead, he came back with an excellent remix by Front Line Assembly as well as three additional tracks that see the return of the hard-edged industrial metal that made Violent New Breed as good as it was. Usually remix albums are only for established fans, but with the additional original songs this is something that even the casual listener could pick up. In the end, the Suck EP seems to imply great things for Skold’s upcoming second album and in the meantime this will definitely do just fine.



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Willie
Moderator
April 13th 2011


16144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The song "Suck" and the remixes (with the exception of the FLA version) are around a 2.5, but the FLA remix and the other three tracks are more around a 3.5 or 4.0

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2011


31608 Comments


It amazes me when people put out a "new album" and then make half the tracklist remixes by other artists

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Willie
Moderator
April 13th 2011


16144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's not a 'new album' in the official sense. It's a new EP that is only supposed to serve as a taste of what's to come on the 'new album'.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2011


31608 Comments


I know, I just see it as sort of a cop-out to simply bolster the tracklist

Willie
Moderator
April 13th 2011


16144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Usually it is, because it's the same damn song done too many times without much variation. In theory, the remixing artist is supposed to provide the novelty but usually the just half-ass they way through a remix... Front Line Assembly didn't on this album.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2011


31608 Comments


Why do the 'Suck' remixes all have additional titles to them?

Willie
Moderator
April 13th 2011


16144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't know... witty flair on the remixer's part? Too bad, they didn't put as much effort into the remixes -- except for FLA ;)

Tyrael
April 13th 2011


20972 Comments


I enjoyed Skold's previous work, especially on Eat Me, Drink Me. Does this sound anything like it?

Willie
Moderator
April 13th 2011


16144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You're referring to Marylin Manson's album. I checked it out a long time ago, but was never a fan of his so I can't really remember it. I'm sure this is more metal (and more industrial) than that album.

Edit: If you haven't heard Skold's solo material, I'd almost be inclinded to suggest waiting for the full length album next month... but there are good reasons to pick this up too, like the last three songs and the Front Line Assembly remix.

Tyrael
April 13th 2011


20972 Comments


I haven't heard any of his solo material yet, I'll be checking those songs out then. Nice review by the way!

Willie
Moderator
April 13th 2011


16144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks. While you're waiting for Skold's second album you should also check out Shotgun Messiah - Violent New Breed. That is Skold's peak album in my opinion.

Tyrael
April 13th 2011


20972 Comments


I'll be sure to check that out, thanks!

greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2011


7459 Comments


I'll check out the whole album when it comes out. I dig this guy's work on Marilyn Manson's The Golden Age Of Grotesque.

Willie
Moderator
April 13th 2011


16144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'll be reviewing that too. I actually have decent expectations for it now.

Blindsided
April 13th 2011


1871 Comments


Yeah so I'll probably avoid this then till the whole album.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2011


8391 Comments


Yeah, I'm with Blindsided here. I'll look into the upcoming full-length if it's any good, but this doesn't seem too interesting since, really, I have no passion to wade through 5 versions of the same song (that also admittedly sucks) first before hearing something new (and that new is roughly only 15 minutes in length too so).

Acanthus
April 13th 2011


9545 Comments


If I end up giving this a listen I plan on taking your opinion to heart and skipping most of the remixes, probably won't end up getting this one though.

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Willie
Moderator
April 13th 2011


16144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

That Front Line Assembly remix was surprisingly good and it turned a mediocre song into a pretty good one.

bloc
April 13th 2011


35025 Comments


This is guy ruled so hard on Golden Age of Grotesque.

I remember hearing a solo album from him a while back but it was totally average.

Willie
Moderator
April 13th 2011


16144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yep, that's what the review said too. This is much better. Also, at the risk of being redundant, try that Shotgun Messiah album.



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