Skold
Anomie


4.0
excellent

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
May 11th, 2011 | 56 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Skold has got his muse back -- thank God herself for this miracle.

In the New Testament there is a story about the time God went down to Earth in order to indulge in a little skeeball. He ends up being held captive by a fucking demon that is trying to cause the end of the world. Of course that’s not cool and the Angels know it, so they charge two prophets and Rufus The Black Apostle with the task of bringing Jesus’ bangin hot great great great great great grand-niece to the Catholic Church (run by Thomas the Train) to stop the nefarious plot. During their travels they meet a muse that has fallen from heaven in order to indulge in her own personal hotness. During their time with her she mentions that she has been able to influence countless other people but that she can’t seem to keep any inspiration for herself – it would suck to be her, except she’s damn hot. It’s a really good story that also involves a shit demon and batshit insane Angels with good hair… you should read it.

At this point you might be wondering what that has to do with the latest solo album by Tim Skold – allow me to bring this around full circle. Tim seems to have the same problem as the muse in that biblical story (he shoots, he scores!). Shotgun Messiah? He single handedly dragged them away from cock rock and towards the bleaker pastures of thunderous industrial metal. Marylin Manson? He basically wrote and played all the music for the albums he was on while Manson played American Idol the home version (i.e. he only sang). KMFDM? Ok, that one is up in the air, but they were on cruise control by the time he showed up so get off his back. Skold, the debut solo album? Total garbage. I’m not sure why he couldn’t save any cool ideas for his self, but the fact is that he couldn’t. That’s why it was hard not to chuckle when the first single for his sophomore solo album was called “Suck”. It turned out, though, that I was the chucklehead because that EP was a return to the metalized industrial of his Violent New Breed release. The only question that remained was whether he could actually pull it off for an entire album. He did.

Anomie is Tim Skold’s first solo album in fifteen years and it appears as though the time away did him some good. One of the biggest benefits of having Tim Skold in your band has always been that his riffs are excellent (especially when compared to your average ‘industrial riff’), and he has delivered some of his best on this release. The opening track, “(This is My) Elephant”, begins with a brooding melody that reminds me of the opening to Def Leppard’s “Too Late For Love” in all the best possible ways. It eventually transitions into a heavier riff that has more in common with rock than industrial (but with the necessary electronic accompaniment). That alone is enough to make the song more diverse and ‘musical’ than your average industrial metal track, but Skold wasn’t done yet. Before “(This is My) Elephant” is over Tim has blown through a ripping guitar solo, a few different transitional elements and even a short acoustic section. It’s the perfect opening to show to all the doubting assholes (like me) that Tim Skold is firing on all cylinders and that he isn’t going to be holding anything back. This refusal to work within the limited confines of your typical industrial blueprint is one of this album’s main attractions – diversity.

Tim Skold’s musical background makes it possible for him to create songs that can pull from melodic rock one moment and black metal the next without sounding schizophrenic or directionless. It almost seems like he made a conscious effort to include just a little bit from each of his previous projects without rehashing someone else’s sound. There’s the sarcastic abrasiveness of KMFDM hiding just underneath the simpler beats and accessible riffs of a few tracks. There’s the thrashy domination of songs such as “Angel of Noise” with its occasional black metal flourishes that hint back to a time when Shotgun Messiah was confusing its make-up sporting fans with a heavy industrial release that seemed to come from nowhere. There’s darker, moodier tracks that pull from EBM that aren’t really like anything he has done before, and none of these stylistic embellishments sound tacked on or ‘token’. If there is a problem with this album, it’s that Tim Skold’s vocals still aren’t what they should be. Don’t get me wrong, he definitely gets the job done, but a vocalist with just a little more power and range could really take the music to another level. At any rate, it’s the only minor issue with the album.

I don’t know what happened to Tim Skold during the fifteen year break between solo albums, but he definitely regained his power to keep some of those great ideas for himself. Over the course of Anomie Tim is able to create a diverse collection of songs that pull from his entire career. He is able to skillfully merge catchy 80s rock riffs with mechanical industrial beats one moment and then turn around and deliver a wall of power chords and blast beats the next without ever sounding awkward or gimmicky. I can tell you one thing for sure, Anomie is probably making all of those other bands piss themselves for not trying harder to keep him around. Oh, and if you’re still trying to figure out where that story is in the bible, it’s near the back. Trust me, it’s there. Snoogans.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Willie
Moderator
May 11th 2011


16073 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album Stream: http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/21


Willie
Moderator
May 11th 2011


16073 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There was definitely something going on last night, that's for sure.

Tyrael
May 11th 2011


20929 Comments


I just knew you were the right man to review this Willie, nice job!

Meatplow
May 11th 2011


5524 Comments


will have to hear this

BassDemon333
May 11th 2011


3412 Comments


Excellent review willie, just as I knew it would be. I still have yet to hear this, but I loved his work with Manson ( even some of the riffs on Eat Me, Drink Me were pretty good). If this is some good industrial rock/metal i'll have to check it out.

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greg84
Staff Reviewer
May 11th 2011


7423 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm a fan of the first paragraph. Great review. And yeah, this guy's work with Manson was cool. The Golden Age of Grotesque ftw.

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bloc
May 11th 2011


34951 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yes sir, The Golden Age is what's propelling me to give this a listen.

Willie
Moderator
May 11th 2011


16073 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So, the album is streaming... anyone actually follow through on checking it out yet?

Blindsided
May 11th 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You know I will.

Tyrael
May 11th 2011


20929 Comments


It's everything I was expecting.

Willie
Moderator
May 11th 2011


16073 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool. I listened to that Def Leppard song again and they're definitely similar. Not a ripoff though.

crazyblinddude
May 11th 2011


3389 Comments


Nice review, Willie. I'm actually pleasantly surprised to see that this is really good. I'll definitely have to give the stream a full listen.

Wizard
May 11th 2011


19556 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

That was a seriously brilliant review and I can't wait to listen to this.

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Willie
Moderator
May 11th 2011


16073 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks. I'm looking for some follow through here ;)

Wizard
May 11th 2011


19556 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

After the new Shining, I will be listening to this.

pizzamachine
May 11th 2011


12571 Comments


What the... another Willie review? You're on fire man!

Willie
Moderator
May 11th 2011


16073 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There's lots of good shit coming out. I didn't mean to end up reviewing it all, but I try to review anything I download from a label promo area that doesn't suck. I still have ohGr coming too.... but I'm holding off on it.

afghanwhigger
May 12th 2011


67 Comments


Great review. I like this better than the new KMFDM. The little description on the streaming site makes it sound like Tim hasn't done shit in the last 15 years.

psite45
May 12th 2011


275 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This album sucks balls

pride
May 12th 2011


227 Comments


streaming it now, I'm a few song in, liking what I hear



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