Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead

Written by: MY on 25/06/2006 17:41:37

Skinless entered the metal scene in 1992 and despite of loads of line-up changes, the songwriting team Noah Carpenter and Sherwood Webber remained constant until 2004. In late 2004, after the release of their first DVD "Skinflick", vocalist Sherwood Webber left the band. Changing band members is always a bad experience for a band but changing the vocalist is probably the worst option, especially if the vocalist is the face of the band and one of the masterminds, just like Sherwood Webber was. Many of the fans thought that Skinless would be no longer without Webber but the band found a great replacement; Jason Keyser, the brother of Skinless bassist Joe Keyser, had another line up change with the return of drummer Bob Beaulac and released their fourth studio album, "Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead".

Think about the death metal band logos and album covers for a second. Main approach is; the harder the logo is to be read, the better the logo is. And the more blood and violenece the cover has, the better it fits the album. Skinless' logo is not that hard read but it has enough blood on it to clearly indicate that it's a death metal band we're talking about. The album cover is also successful; a man with a gas mask shooting someone while he was begging for mercy. "Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead" was recorded at the Maxtrax Studio in Albany, NY where Skinless also recorded their previous three albums as well. The band's change in sound doesn't surprise you at all considering that they have had two members switch. Skinless is now more death metal, more powerful and more brutal. Singer Jason Keyser did a great job with his grunts and it seems like he's had no difficulties in getting used to the band. Skinless pile-drives the standard death metal formula and rallies fans with the forward-charge of wreckage-provoking vocals, demolishing beats, and ravaging riffs. And there is a suprise on the last track, the cover of Black Sabbath's "Wicked World".

"Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead" is a must have if you are looking for death, grinding and brutality but otherwise you might as well just stay away from this record.

Download: A Unilateral Disgust, Spoils Of The Sycophant
For the fans of: Dying Fetus, Suffocation
Listen: Skinless@MySpace

Release date: 19.06.2006
Relapse Records
Provided by Target ApS

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