Skinlab - _Bound, Gagged and Blindfolded_
(Century Media, 1997)
by: Adrian Bromley (
What a fuckin' spitting image of fellow Bay Area band Machine Head. Right from the mold. This is the same fuckin' band. Same style of music and everything. The whole shebang! From opening number "When Pain Comes to Surface" on through hard-hitters like "Down", "Race to Hate", or "The Art of Suffering", Skinlab carry out all the same maneuvers, sounds, and stylings of Machine Head. I kid you not. You'd swear this was Robb Flynn and the MH boys cranking out the tunes. I wouldn't call this a rip-off, but... well... maybe I would? But with all this ranting and raving about copying Machine Head, I just admit this is good. Solid songs, rounded out by aggressive overtones makes _BG&G_ worth a loud listen - even if it sounds like... well... y'know who.
(article published 8/12/1997)
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