Skindred
Kill the Power


4.0
excellent

Review

by Philip Whitehead USER (27 Reviews)
January 24th, 2014 | 66 replies


Release Date: 01/27/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You can run but you know you can’t hide, Skindred are killin it on album #5.

Ah, Skindred. Known worldwide for their fantastic live shows and unique mix of dancehall reggae, nu metal and various forms of electronic music, they’ve never really managed to get the same universal acclaim in the studio, which has always come as a massive shame as it’s quite clear that this has always been one of the key stumbling blocks that has prevented such a great band from reaching the heights that their live shows are deserving of. Now onto album #5 in their 16 year career, they’ve sought to try to capture what makes them such a great live entity and put that on record, and in most cases it’s fair to say they’ve more than succeeded.

Electronic influence is all the more present in this album. From the Cypress Hill-esque title track “Kill the Power” to the UK garage influences of “Ruling Force” and the atmosphere and dubstep drops in “Playing With The Devil” it’s clear that Skindred are branching out with their sound, and that’s just the opening three tracks. While there are still the standard Skindred ragga-metal moshers in heavier tracks like “Ninja” and “Open Eyed” (featuing additional vocals from one Jenna G) and more reggae lined tracks like “Worlds On Fire” and ska-driven “Saturday”, an overall more commercial sound is present on this album but that’s far from a bad thing, as the talent and essence of the band is still there, yet hooks are plentiful thanks to songwriting support from maestro Russ Ballard (best known for penning hits like “Since You Been Gone” and “God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You”), particularly in the choruses.

In spite of this more commercial sound, the album also contains quite possibly the heaviest ‘Dred song yet in “Proceed With Caution”, which intitially kicks off a pure groove metal stomper making one wonder if they’re really listening to the same band that wrote the preceeding tracks “Dollars And Dimes” and “Saturday” until Benji starts singing and then all makes sense in the world again. The only weak patch in this album is towards the middle, where “The Kids Are Right Now”, “We Live” and “Dollars And Dimes” are rather poor compared to the rest of the album. While not particularly bad, they just fail to hold the listener’s attention nearly as much as the rest of the album does and they’re not nearly memorable enough. “The Kids Are Right Now” would be one of the stand out tracks on an album such as “Union Black” or “Shark Bites And Dog Fights” but can’t quite hold its own here.

Overall, though, this is by far Skindred’s most eclectic yet accessible release yet. If this is still continuing the trend of albums which pale in comparison to their live performances then one shudders to think at how amazing these tracks are going to sound live. From the lighter sounds of “More Fire” and “The Kids Are Right Now” to true moshers such as “Proceed With Caution” and “Ninja” there’s something for everyone on this album, and it’s definitely worth checking. With any luck this will be the album that finally gives Skindred the attention that they deserve.

Recommended tracks:
Ninja
Saturday
Proceed With Caution
Playing With The Devil



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DatsNotDaMetulz
January 24th 2014


1846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is out now in parts of Europe.

DatsNotDaMetulz
January 24th 2014


1846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Specifically Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

VolcanoDay
January 24th 2014


135 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Preferred Union Black myself, but there's some good tunes on this. Agree that it does get a bit wobbly in the middle. I disagree with some of what you say but it's a well written review, have a pos.

Tyrael
January 24th 2014


20945 Comments


the brostep on the first few tracks was definitely an 'ewwww' moment for me

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Sanders
January 24th 2014


2361 Comments


God I love this band. If I liked their earlier stuff am I going to get along with this?

DatsNotDaMetulz
January 24th 2014


1846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers, well considering the varied nature of the album there's always gonna be differing opinions on what are the stronger and weaker tracks and how much of an album people will like.

Also I just realised my summary kinda rhymed. That was a total fluke.

DatsNotDaMetulz
January 24th 2014


1846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Sanders there are some pretty Babylonian moments on it yeah but there's a lot of stuff which is building on the Union Black sound too.

VolcanoDay
January 24th 2014


135 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Playing With the Devil is too brosteppy, and if anything I find Proceed With Caution dull. The title track and World's On Fire are the standouts for me.

DatsNotDaMetulz
January 24th 2014


1846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really like Proceed With Caution and, well, I liked The Path of Totality so I don't see anything
wrong with Playing With the Devil.

Saturday reminds me a lot of Roots Rock Riot era Skindred.

DatsNotDaMetulz
January 24th 2014


1846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Probably worth noting that pre-production was handled by 1997 Mercury Prize winner DJ Roni Size which may have possibly slightly influenced the garage/jungle traits in some of the tracks.

SharkTooth
January 24th 2014


5741 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Was waiting for this to come out. Awesome band

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mryrtmrnfoxxxy
January 24th 2014


13396 Comments


oh fuck yes

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DatsNotDaMetulz
January 24th 2014


1846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've preordered the signed CD/Shirt/patch set from them so should have that on Monday hopefully. Gonna be guuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuud

VolcanoDay
January 24th 2014


135 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I quite liked TPOT, it's more that I don't feel the dubstep is as well incorporated here. It's not badly done, it just sounds out of place whereas TPOT was a whole record of it, so it was a lot more cohesive.

JS19
January 24th 2014


4365 Comments


lol Skindred

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mryrtmrnfoxxxy
January 24th 2014


13396 Comments


aww its not out yet =[ cant spotify it might 5 it now anyway

pacedown
January 24th 2014


174 Comments


hahaha .
Kill the power is one of the worst singles i ever heard in years.
the song is a fucking mess.
wyclef jean would fit better

SharkTooth
January 24th 2014


5741 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

got it as a gift from a friend in Scotland(:


ericu03
January 25th 2014


176 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

aw yessss. review's pre good have a pos :]

emprorzurg
January 25th 2014


522 Comments


2 tracks in and this is no Roots Rock Riot yet, but I'm optimistic



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