Doubting Thomas


The Infidel

Doubting Thomas - The Infidel ©1991 Wax Trax!
1. Clocks
2. The Moodswing
3. Father Don't Cry
4. F862
5. Yowtch
6. Hiding
7. Nagual Tone
8. The Run
9. Saved
10. I.D.I.
11. Whitewax
12. Theme From Pressurehead
13. Come In Piece

Doubting Thomas is probably one of the least discussed side projects of Skinny Puppy's Cevin Key and D.R. Goettel and also ironically is the first of their many side projects that I ever heard. Unlike their efforts in the Tear Garden or Hilt, the duo here chose to work by themselves rather than with a collective of other musicians. The tracks were written between 1987-1990 and overall represent a much less dense and chaotic side of the band. The songs here use a lot of sampled voices, tons of percussion throughout and generally minimalistic keyboards and sounds. That is not to say that this is a bass'n'drums effort because it is far from that. Rather, the music uses a wide open sound with sometimes distant keyboards, synths and other instrumentation over a fairly complex rhythm set. The music also tends to be more song oriented than mood oriented, such as some of the Skinny Puppy music at that period of time. "Father Don't Cry", "Nagual Tone" and "The Run" all serve as examples of this. The Infidel is certainly a very different look at the two men behind much of Skinny Puppy's music and is most definitely worth the time finding.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 04/2000

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Father Don't Cry

Doubting Thomas - Father Don't Cry ©1991 Wax Trax!
1. Father Don't Cry (extended)
2. Turn A New Leaf
3. Xcrement
4. Movie 13
5. That Problem Child

The companion five song single to The Infidel reprises the title track (taken from the full length) in extended form and appends four unreleased songs to make for a half hour excursion into the minds of DR Goettel and Cevin Key. The music is still in the vein of The Infidel with a couple of the tracks being a little more beat heavy than others. The compositions tend to lean towards an atmospheric edge meant to garner a certain mood while listening. The most effective piece in that regard is the closer, "That Problem Child". The single on a whole is a pretty disturbing experience, what with the odd voice samples and occasionally unnerving musical contributions of the two men. The single has been reissued with a couple bonus tracks, incidentally.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 01/2001

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