Released: 2005, Dead World Syndicate
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland
Skinned meet Skinless…Skinless meet Skinned. Besides ripping off Skinless’ name, logo, style and even their former lead singer for one track, Colorado’s Skinned comes to the world of gore-grind and brutal death metal with SPAWN OF INSANITY. Dan Adams’ mix of grunts, growls and shrieks is par for the course and the use of film clips to introduce several songs is also borrowed from Skinless’ playbook. So what makes SPAWN OF INSANITY worth checking out over TRAMPLE THE WEAK, HURDLE THE DEAD or FORESHADOWING OUR DEMISE? Not much and with the hideous album cover that looks like someone blew chunks across a yellow background, there is even less to recommend. Maybe Skinned would fare better as a Skinless cover band because what we have here is certainly more than an homage. Skinless’ legal team would have an open and shut case!
Brutality is the name of the game here and Skinned certainly plays the role. Tracks like “These White Walls” and “Fiend For Flesh” motor along with a grinding intensity while “Behold, My Hatred” sports a surprisingly melodic riff for this genre. Likewise, the gut-churning “Bowel Bong” and “Vomit On It” boast some catchy riffs alongside the blasting drums and nonsensical vocals. As is the norm in brutal death/grind, through 99% of SPAWN OF INSANITY, Dan Adams’ gurgled and belched lyrics cannot be deciphered at all so without the CD booklet, it is anyone’s guess what is going on, but I assure you it is nasty. Cephalic Carnage’s Lenzig shows up briefly for “Waking The Dead” and ex-Skinless frontman, Sherwood Webber, handles a verse on “Driven By Hate” but much of this CD is standard gore-grind fare without much to get excited about.
SPAWN OF INSANITY is decent but not great and it would serve Skinned well to ditch the Skinless worship in favor of its own identity. Gore-grind is hardly open to originality and the steadfast rule of the genre is the more gruesome the lyrics and faster the playing, the better. Skinned does add in some solid breakdowns and the groove factor is present in places, as well, but I would like to hear the band inject a little more personality into their music in the future. The talent is there, now it just needs some finessing.
KILLER KUTS: “Vomit On It,” “Fiend For Flesh,” “Behold, My Hatred,” “Bowel Bong”