Skindred
Babylon


3.0
good

Review

by Wizzy5 USER (9 Reviews)
July 12th, 2005 | 53 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


Skindred is comprised of Dirty Arya on drums, Mikey Dee on guitar, Daniel Pugsley on bass and programming and Benji Webbe on lead vocals.

Hailing from South Wales and their lead singer is from Jamaica, they represent the reggae metal scene. There are some rough edges, but they offer some kicking beats. This genre is not too popular and is like a new revolution of music.

“Nobody" kicks things off with a warning: “Music we make to make the crowd jump up/Crowd get hyped explode and erupt/Blend up the Ragga metal punk hip-hop/Unity sound killer groove non stop/In ah Fe dis pit only the strong will survive." If you are not ready, you just will not survive the hard wave of music. Blending great vocals and distorted drums and guitars that prove they have sheer power. “Pressure" really keys into this, as Webbe’s vocals sound a bit like Ziggy Marley crossed with Lenny Kravitz and the backing vocals sound like demons.

Scattered thorughout are three "Interludes" which either serve time to talk or add bridges.

However, the idea is great, it considers it flaws. Most of the guitar parts are simple like on "Start First." I have to admit, one peak shows with "The Fear." It is absolutely incredible, tuning things down just a bit to use more of a straight-forward reggae/rock sense with great contridicting vocals between Webbe’s distinctive reggae vocals and other softer vocals.

Most of the tracks are somewhat short, but too many of them blend one right into the other and end up sounding like noise. Perhaps they’re right when they sing that “nobody gets out alive."

Either way, look for Skindred to plant themselves firmly on the map with this debut album.

3/5

Recomended Downloads:

...Nobody...
...Start First...
...Selector...
...Bruises...
...Tears...
...World Domination...



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Comments:Add a Comment 
masada
July 12th 2005


2733 Comments


Sounds like a metal version of Bad Brains. Meh.

Decent enough review, but you really have to work on the length. It just seems like that there's things missing.

Tsuruka
July 12th 2005


55 Comments


Reggae Metal is a breathing oxymoron.

Wizzy5
July 12th 2005


32 Comments


oxymoron?

Dead_Trench
July 12th 2005


159 Comments


A contradiction within itself. Like hot cold, clear smoke, dark light, nerd sex ect.

masada
July 12th 2005


2733 Comments


Raggae-Metal isn't necessarily an oxymoron. Oxymorons tend to not make sense, or seem impossible, i.e. clear smoke, as you stated above.

Wizzy5
July 12th 2005


32 Comments


I got a new word!!

onthecontrary
July 17th 2005


4 Comments


Tee Hee...Nickies lookin' at Skindred reviews. *Giggleh* o_O I really like 'Nobobdy'. Everyone thinks im psychotic for some reason...o_O...I don't like 'Pressure' at all. Maybe I should look into the rest of the songs on the record.

masada
July 17th 2005


2733 Comments


Poopz on u.

Wizzy5
July 18th 2005


32 Comments


This a good band. Maybe a little more polishing.

Catmeat
August 4th 2005


39 Comments


good band but gets old




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Wizzy5
August 12th 2005


32 Comments


I hate you Catmeat!

FauxApathy
October 8th 2005


98 Comments


I like Pressure and Love Nobody. Will I like the rest of the album enough to buy it?

burton.and.gas
February 9th 2006


641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Reggae Metal is a breathing oxymoron."

Someone's close minded. this band rule pure and simple and the album is a four at least. i know its taboo to try and fuse genres but trust me it works in this case.

Tacos
February 18th 2006


125 Comments


this band rocks so hard, i cant wait to hear new material from them.

LeeDT
June 19th 2006


3 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

not a bad album. good live band, saw them at download before Lordi and was prettty impressed by what they threw at me. Would probably pick up their newer stuff when it comes along.

Otisbum
October 7th 2006


1912 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've only heard Nobody and Pressure, but they're both pretty awesome. And I could've sworn Nobody became a single long before '04, but I guess I was wrong.

OK review.

f_u_c_t
October 7th 2006


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah Nobody, I think Nobody was played on the radio for a little while.

Neoteric
October 7th 2006


3243 Comments


This band isn't that good at all.

f_u_c_t
October 7th 2006


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like the energy Skindred gives off

Otisbum
October 7th 2006


1912 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If some of the other songs are as good as Nobody, I may just get this.



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