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Skindred-Volume-Review-2015

SKINDRED - VOLUME - ALBUM REVIEW

Napalm Records | Release Date: October 30th 2015

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Fusion never works successfully - I mean look at all the Jazz Rock nonsense, the Funk Metal, the Rap Rock: the list of course is endless, and whilst at times the sounds might be interesting or even diverting they rarely last and the genres tend to become either rigid and staid or just lifeless and embarrassing. There are of course exceptions – very few but man these guys are the biggest of them all.


I come to every new Skindred release fearing that they might have lost that magic, or worst still get a bit boring, but after last year’s ‘Kill the Power’ it became evident that these guys just had that ‘lightning in the bottle’ and here again on ‘Volume’ they open up that bottle again, after a rigorous shake, and out pours the power and the magic all over again…


The album hits the ground running with the funky, spiky, punky groove of ‘Under Attack’ which has a chorus that soars like ‘Living Color’ used to. Title track ‘Volume’ kicks your door down and stomps all over the living room throwing the greatest house party along the way.
‘Hit the Ground’ for us though is the song that really does it all - heavy metal reggae with such power and energy it exemplifies why Skindred is so essential to anyone’s collection.


The onslaught never stops: ‘Shut Ya Mouth’ kicks an impossibly catchy groove through the roof before the first of three interludes that somewhat succeed in their attempt to capture the feel of a live Skindred show.


‘The Healing’ and ‘Sound the Siren’ both carry on the vibe, bursting with energy and intent, but it’s the gentler ‘Saying It Now’ that really catches the ear quite by surprise it’s a soulful Rock ballad that bursts with almost mainstream energy and melody to provide a nice contrast before the next interlude ‘II’ drops in.


After that it’s back to what we love about Skindred – ‘Straight Jacket’ melds Metal and Reggae with consummate ease, intense power and sure-footedness before ‘No Justice’ explodes from the speakers and ‘Stand Up’ slaps you across the face.  


‘Three Words’ that closes the album is stripped back and beautiful and in itself perfect.


This is another great album from the Welsh masters of…. Well… we’ll let you decide the tag.  

 

 


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by Mark Rockpit

 

 


 

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