"Disembody: The New Flesh" (Century Media)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Armed with two new guitarists Skinlab are ready to make a full-scale assault on your senses. Skinlab  demand to be heard - whether or not you like the music you will be impressed by their integrity and confidence. With contumacy and blatant disregard for conventional methods, "Disembody: The New Flesh" exudes relentless power. Fans of all genres of heavy metal will find something to like about Skinlab's relentless approach.

It is easiest to compare Skinlab to Pissing Razors; however Skinlab are much better than Pissing Razors. There must be something in the water in San Francisco as Skinlab's obvious similarity to the tone that Machine Head has made so famous is in copious evidence here.

"Disembody: The New Flesh" is a blitz of invigorating songs that slash and burn with serpentine guitar riffs, heavy beats, and damn catchy hooks. With an aptitude for astute songwriting Skinlab is sure to impress for years to come. "So Far From The Truth," "No Sympathy (For The Devil)," and "Excellerate" are great tunes that should be heard by metal fans everywhere.

The CD is a multimedia affair as it contains an entire video for "Know Your Enemies."

"Disembody: The New Flesh" was produced and mixed by Andy Sneap (Earth Crisis, Napalm Death, Machine Head). Justin Leah engineered the disc.

Skinlab is Snake on guitar, Paul Hopkins on drums, Steev Esquivel on bass and vocals, and Scott Sargeant on guitar. Everyone in the band takes credit for the songwriting. Snake is formerly of Skrew while Scott previously spent time in Killing Culture and Laaz Rockit.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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