~reviewed by Goat
Thereís something in the water in Loveland Colorado.
Whatever it is, itís got these boys sick.
Watch for Skinned when they come to your town. I didnít get to see them live the night they came to mine, because as per usual in B.F.E., someone at the club skrewed something up. But they were kind enough to leave a CD with me, and thus the review.
The songs on this CD span back from 1996 all the way up through 2003. The sound stays brutal throughout even though the players change over time.
Death metal. The musical equivalent of a very large, extremely painful bowel movement? From deep within the guts, the putrescence moves; terrible, beau-tiful (?), a welcome relief to the addled body and mind. Especially the raw stuff that hasnít been all polished up by some studio in Austin or NYC or South Florida.
This is that death metal. The kind that cleanses. The kind that maligns in a way that leaves oneís ears somehow more holy for the indignation.
I will say that to the bandís credit, I prefer the most recent incarnation with Dan Adams on main vocals, only because I am more partial to the really low death-metal vocals a la Incantation over the higher-end black-metallish type vocals. I also prefer the more straight-up death metal style of the most recent work whereas the older work still shows moments of hardcore-ness which just ainít my thang. I want my death metal like a f***ing saw to my skull and I donít want it to let up. Ever. The early stuff approaches that intensity, but the more recent material from Ď99-Ď03 reaches it wholly. Iím looking forward to a Skinning in person sometime this summer. Wherever you are guys, horns up and head West!
On Dead World Syndicate Records
Skinned website: http://www.skinnedweb.com/main.htm