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Album: Skindred – Kill the Power

January 31st, 2014

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Kill The Power
DoubleCross Records
27 January 2014

by Tomas Doyle

Some things just aren’t meant to go together: chalk and cheese, mirrors and vampires, Richard and that droop-faced dipstick Judy. On paper at least reggae and metal fall firmly into this category of rubbish combinations – like pouring a bottle of Levi Roots sauce over a bag of nails. Yet in their 16 years as a band Skindred have more often than not come up with the goods, even if their reputation as a great live act who have never quite achieved their potential persists. Indeed, after more than a decade and a half ripping up stages on the periphery, you fancy that new full length Kill The Power might represent their last chance to really take things up a gear or two. So, is it Buju Banton or steaming pile of poo-ju Banton?

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Live: Hammerfest IV – The Hammer of Thor – 17 March 2012

March 23rd, 2012

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Well, he survived – and here’s the final proof. In the last of his three reports from Hammerfest IV, David Keevill pretends he didn’t have a permanent hangover, and reviews Oaf, Cerebral Bore, Mortad, DripBack, Hell, Amon Amarth, and – of course – Saturday night’s headliners, the almighty Skindred.

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Interview: Benji Webbe of Skindred talks about Union Black, Papa Roach and his dreadlocks

April 20th, 2011

Welsh ragga punks, Skindred are releasing their fourth album, Union Black on 25 April 2011. We thought it would be a good idea to ask frontman, Benji Webbe a bunch of questions about the album. It’s a good idea!

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Expectations are very high for the new Union Black record. What were the main differences when writing and recording this album?
It was killer to record our fourth record in the UK, with British producer James “Le Rock” Loughrey. All our other albums have been recorded in the States with an American dude producing, so it’s different working over here in the snow and cold rather than the sun of LA and Florida. It’s UK all the way this time baby.

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Album: Skindred – Union Black

April 19th, 2011

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Union Black
BMG / 7pm Records
25 April 2011

by Amit Sharma

There is no doubt that Skindred are one of the most exciting live acts the UK has produced in the past decade. Even your most purist, elitist and holier-than-thou of metalheads would struggle to fault their consistently explosive stage performances. That said, whilst it’s commonplace for most bands to sound better live than on record – the incongruity is at its most severe with Skindred. The three albums that precede Union Black have showcased how innovative this Welsh quartet can be, though never quite captured the absolute intensity of what they are capable of. After years of touring and proving their worth to the masses, will this be the record that does them justice?

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