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[2020-02-17]
SCEPTICAL SCHIZO (Death/Doom Metal, Finland) compilation CD!!!
We´re beyond stoked to announce the release of a compilation CD of old material by the Finnish band SCEPTICAL SCHIZO.

The start of 1991 witnessed a band of brothers from different mothers, SCEPTICAL SCHIZO, from the sleepy small town of Noormarkku, Finland, searching for direction and real artistic integrity. Formed in 1988 by childhood friends Joonas (guitar/vocals), Toni (bass) and Mikko (drums), the band had evolved from the rudimentary Speed/Thrash Metal of 14 year-old kids into a more structured Thrash Metal trio flirting with Death Metal tones. Still only 16-17 years old, the members were finding new music (Punk, Hardcore, Shoegaze Indie, Goth-Rock, Industrial, Doom Metal, Electronics) left and right, eager to create fresh material that would showcase and incorporate all these newly found inspirations. In February 1991, SCEPTICAL SCHIZO recorded their fourth and final demo, "The Four Seasons", lyrically based on a playful reference to Vivaldi´s "Le Quattro Stagioni Violin Concerti" and channeling the new heavier and gloomier vibes in a raw package, drawing from Swedish Death Metal, early Doom, the 70´s and even post-modern experimentalists such as Finland´s Grind Rock´n´Roll masters Xysma. The demo spread around in the tape trade scene of the era, and was fairly well received in fanzines and by a handful of fans. The band, however, wanted to dive deeper. To get heavier, slower and more atmospheric, melancholic and psychotic in the process. Jukka Sillanpää, the engineer and "producer" of the band´s demos, was recruited to play the second guitar and the foursome started writing new pieces that were heavily inspired by 70´s Heavy Rock, Psychedelia, Goth, some Indie Pop of the era and, especially, new British Doom Metal that was just entering the scene: bands such as Paradise Lost, Cathedral and My Dying Bride. During the winter of 1991-1992, SCEPTICAL SCHIZO ended up recording 4 new lengthy tracks that were released on two separate 7" EP´s, both quickly sold out during 1992. Both releases were well received and it looked like there was a demand for more of the same thing. But the band, and life, had different plans. The vinyl releases of 1992 and 1993 were the last things ever to surface from SCEPTICAL SCHIZO, until the 2019 digital EP "Aggressions" saw the original three team up again to embrace their Thrash Metal roots.

Memento Mori will unleash a CD that will compile the "The Four Seasons" demo (1991), the "Into the Suction of Blue / Withdrawn" EP (1992) and the "The Plight" EP (1993), as a comprehensive guide to the band´s style progression and natural curiosity. Release date of this CD will be early 2021. Further details to follow in the coming months. Meanwhile, make sure to give them a like on Facebook and surf YouTube for songs featured on those releases.

Discography:
"Demo #1" demo (1989)
"Dispossessed" demo (1990)
"Danse Macabre" demo (1990)
"The Four Seasons" demo (1991)
"Into the Suction of Blue / Withdrawn" EP (1992)
"The Plight" EP (1993)
"Aggressions" EP (2019)

Link:
https://www.facebook.com/scepticalschizo
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