Skindred – ‘Union Black’

Skindred – ‘Union Black’

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Skindred
‘Union Black’
9/10

 

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No messing around with this one, Skindreds new album ‘Union Black’ is simply outstanding and the bands best album to date. It’s a mash of metal, reggae, and dubstep that comes very close to capturing the energy and passion of the bands live show, and that’s no easy feat when you consider that Skindred are regarded as a must see band. It’s an album that is more experimental than Charlie Sheen when he is “winning” (also no easy feat) and may well turn out to be the bands defining album. 
 
The album opens up with an intro that is a version of the national anthem. Even this intro is a different sound than what is expected from this band. As soon as the intro is over the band are in your face with the song ‘Warning’ and what a song it is. It’s aggressive and will make you stand to attention for what is in store with every other track. Every side of Skindred is on show with this album and it really feels like any shackles that may have edged them towards making a more “main stream” album have been cut off and thrown away. This is twelve tracks of raw expression that says ‘this is us and this is what we do, judge us how you like’. Lead singer Benji Webbe really showcases his vocal talent and is the dominant force that drives every song in a way only he can do. The song ‘Get It Now’ is a particular highlight with Benji switching between, reggae rap, raw aggression, and soulful passion. Is their anything this man can’t do? Benji is backed up by a mix of sound that just keeps on moving and changing, no song on this album can be pinned down and labeled because as soon as you think a song is straight up metal it will punch you in the face and drop in something you can’t quite work out.
 
It seems that this album is a product of the welsh rockers satisfying their own creative needs, and they have ended up with something that will more than satisfy their fans and many new fans this album will bring.  The core of ‘Union Black’ is metal, but (and it’s a big but) it’s a mix of almost everything that is happening in the UK music scene at the moment. Skindred have taken things up a notch with this album and have made something that stands head and shoulders above 99{56f2936c3fbc3de09a84fd52b6c7526482536b9cf55829985307b198e62a23d8} of what is out there today. This will be one of the best albums this year and I recommend you go out and buy it today.
www.skindred.com/
Christopher Brown

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