Got a hankering for some honest and brutal death metal, the way it was meant to be? Then you will do well to turn your volume to max and blast the new track, “Serpenticide,” from one of death metal’s legacy bands, Skinless. For me, this track has the right balance of death, thrash metal, and groove metal, pulverized into a mid-tempo beast that causes that involuntary head bobbing. I can just imagine the pit during a live performance!
Only The Ruthless Remain is the imminent new full-length from recently reactivated New York death metal kings, Skinless. Boasting their classic late ’90s lineup of founding guitarist Noah Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser, and drummer Bob Beaulac, with the recent addition of second guitar gun, Dave Matthews, Only The Ruthless Remain is an unrelenting, seven-track symphony of sonic sickness as only Skinless could compose.
Regarding the track, Webber states:
[Illustrator] Ken Sarafin summed it up best when he said that upon listening to the new Skinless, his balls exploded and bigger ones grew in their place. That’s how we felt when making it! ‘Serpenticide’ was the song that got us into the flow of creating this album. This track has the grind, dirge, and vengeful bludgeoning that makes it a slicing cross-cut of Only The Ruthless Remain. You’ve heard the live version; here is the final in all its ruthlessness. The countdown is on. Much more to come. As the old saying goes, it’s time to stop the teasin’ and start the pleasin’, ha!
Captured by Tom Case at Edie Road Studio and Doomsday Bunker Studio, both in upstate New York, with vocals tracked by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man, etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, and the entire monster mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails, Integrity, etc.) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon, Skinless returns, triumphant and thirsty. Brandishing their signature fusion of punishing, war-waging grooves and, blast-laden mayhem delivered with surgical precision, Only The Ruthless Remain is cruel, sadistic, and poised to stand among the most addictive death metal offerings of the year.
Skinsless will wage their audio war upon Baltimore this May as part of this year’s Maryland Deathfest as well as Hellfest, in France, this June with further live conquests to be announced in the coming weeks. Stand by for future hearing loss opportunities.
Skinless Show Dates:
5/21/2015 Maryland Deathfest @ Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
6/20/2015 Hellfest Open Air – Clisson, FR
More About Skinless:
Forged in 1992, by guitarist Noah Carpenter with the sole purpose of being the heaviest band ever, Skinless established a solid, dedicated lineup from 1997 to 2001 in the form of Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser, and drummer Bob Beaulac. This version of the band would later become known as the “classic” lineup. By 1998, the band released their now-iconic Progression Towards Evil debut. Showcasing the visceral onstage energy the band had become notorious for, the independently released offering reaped the adoration of fans and critics globally and remains a cornerstone release in the annals of death metal. A union with Relapse Records ensued, and from 2001 to 2006 three more bludgeoning platters were served with Foreshadowing Our Demise, From Sacrifice To Survival, and Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead. Despite various lineup shifts, the band remained as brutal and busy as ever, touring the globe with the likes of Slayer, , Slipknot, Exodus, Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Suffocation, Immolation, Misery Index, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Entombed, and so many others consequently spawning an ever expanding horde of devout metal enthusiasts.
Following a lengthy hiatus, Skinless returned to action with their “classic” formation in 2013. Only The Ruthless Remain includes artwork by Ken Sarafin and will be unleashed on CD, LP, and digitally via Relapse Records on June 2, 2015, in North America (June 1st, in the UK/EU and May 29th, in DE/Benelux/Finland). Limited Relapse 25 Year Anniversary editions of the CD and LP will also be available. For pre-order bundles, go here. If you want the digital version, go here.
Rock Hard \m/