Skein is a promising post-rock/progressive metal band I discovered two months ago through Submithub submissions with their irresistible song, Fifth Step – The Distance Between Gods and Men, off from their single album with the same title, released in 2020. The band is officially making releases since 2008. They have started their careers with an EP called; Sniper (2008), released two more EPs, Oblivion (2009), Children of Light (2012), seven singles, Rapier (2015), Bound (2017), Cartographer (2018), Fourth Step – The Distance Between Light and Dark (2020), Fifth Step – The Distance Between Gods and Men (2020), Sixth Step – The Distance Between Fathers and Sons (2020), Seventh Step – The Distance Between Them and Us (2020), and three long-play albums, Of Wings Unfolding (2014), Deadweight (2017), and Distances (2020). Now, please give the song a listen while reading the rest of the article.
Skein is undoubtedly one of the essential bands I discovered, making a difference with their foundations, experience, ideas, vision, and understanding of music. I can clearly say that they have the right foundations in their music, a delicious blend of atmospheric/progressive bands like Tool, Riverside, Anathema, Katatonia with some death metal-ish elements. There are many positive things to say about Skein. First of all, they have a very respectful discography. It talks for itself and introduces the band to the right people in the right way without any doubt. Secondly, I can say that these Finnish gentlemen are very experienced at what they do by looking at their compositions, lyrics, instrumentations, and song/album titles. I admire artists who show creativity not only in their music but also with their visuals and the story behind everything. In this matter, Skein is a beautiful example. A band with something to say, a message they voiced through their music.
Fifth Step – The Distance Between Gods and Men is just a piece of their new album—a very familiar and recognizable taste, an addictive journey that stays with the listener for some time. I am sure people into bands like Katatonia, Anathema, Riverside, Tool, Porcupine Tree, or Opeth will immediately feel good about Skein. These gentlemen are making music since 2008, and in my book, I don’t see any musical quality difference between their music and Katatonia’s. Some people might find Skein’s musical similarity more than it should with their influences, and I accept that. I just don’t mind it that much as long as the music sounds fresh, smart, and their decisions under control.