REVIEW
SKINLESS - Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead
Released: June 19th, 2006 | Label: Relapse | Rating: 8/10 | Reviewer: PSL | Provided by: Target



01. Overlord
02. A Unilateral Disgust
03. Deviation Will Not Be Tolerated
04. Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead
05. Spoils of the Sycophant
06. Endvisioned
07. Execution of Reason
08. Wicked World

I'm not familiar with all Skinless' material, but I liked the last album From Sacrifice to Survival not to mention their Skinflick DVD, so I was waiting for the next Skinless release for quite a while, and with the changes in the line-up that had taken place my interest was even greater. Would the New Yorkers put out another strong release? Would it live up to the expectations? The answer is not an unconditioned yes, but Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead is no bad release. However, it feels like something is missing.

The music is still ultra heavy and groovy death metal. The songs are varied, but still miss that little something extra that makes them stand out, like "A Unilateral Disgust", "Deviation Will Not Be Tolerated" and "Execution of Reason" do. This gets an increasing problem, the more I listen to Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead, because I feel like jumping back and forth between the three aforementioned songs, instead of just letting it play. The production is fat and heavy almost bordering to the muddy, and Skinless barely get away with it. Sure it gives the music a powerful feel, but it probably also carries some of the blame why half of the songs remain anonymous.

The band finishes it all off with their rendition of the Black Sabbath track "Wicked World", an alright song, but nothing particular interesting. Fans of the band will most likely not be disappointed with Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead, and new fans can also easily jump the wagon here, but it's not the immense powerhouse that it could have been.





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