"Unbeliever's Script" (Candlelight USA/Empire; 2004)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Hailing from Poland, certainly one of the premier death metal hotbeds of the world, Sceptic play more in the vein of the American counterparts Death rather than their Polish bretheren Vader or Decaptitated. Sceptic's brand of technically proficient death metal is (again) closer to Death than say Nile or Decaptitated. The vocalist, too, seems to channel the spirit of Death's Chuck Schuldiner as well and there's nothing wrong with that.

Quite frankly, I enjoyed "Unbeliever's Script" as the mid-paced death metal style was particularly appealing to me when I chose to review the album. I was expecting something a bit more chaotic given the murky appearance of the artwork but I've mis-anticipated many an album based on artwork before. I was pleasantly surprised by the band's infusion of melodic elements and interesting songwriting as well.

When taken as a whole, there are no real highlights or low points on "Unbeliever's Script" but I find that to be an overall positive in this case. The nine tracks include eight with vocals and one (predominantly) instrumental. I'm a sucker for instrumentals, but "Voices From The Past" is a solid, emotionally heavy track that actually might share more in common with Iron Maiden's use of melodic and dramatics than most death metal bands.

Fans of mid-paced metal will enjoy Sceptic's "Unbeliever's Script."

"Unbeliever's Script" was produced by Sceptic.

Sceptic is Marcin Urbas on vocals, Jacek Hiro on guitars, Grzegorz Felikis on bass, and Jacub Chmura on drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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