Any doubters of SKINLESS’ first outing with new vocalist Jason Keyser, brother of guitarist Joe Keyser, will be silenced within seconds of the new album. Clichés such as “wall of guitars” and making reference to an album as “devastating” and “brutal” suddenly make perfect sense when “Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead” is put on play.
Every song ranges from mid paced to blisteringly fast Death Metal, lacking solos but making up for it in the riffs department. While the first track, “Overlord,” is basically an introduction to the brutality about to ensue, the following tune, “A Unilateral Disgust” begins to showcase the blistering riffery that SKINLESS is capable of. A perfect balance between beautifully complex and simple, crushing riffs holds the album together perfectly.
SKINLESS knows exactly how to write insanely heavy Death Metal that maintains a groove, and with the acquisition of their intense new vocalist, they have recorded a winning album. Pick up this album, enjoy the war-themed artwork and samples throughout (“We’re going to cut out their living guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks! We’re going to murder them by the bushel!”), and absolutely do not forget to check out the closing track, an awesome cover of BLACK SABBATH’s “Wicked World.” (Online September 19, 2006)