SKINCRACK - ...And There Comes The Steamroller!

Skincrack - ...And There Comes The Steamroller!

8 songs
47:15 minutes
***** **
(self released)


It’s been nearly three years since Skincrack released their three track EP, and I am not really surprised that it took these veteran musicians so long to come up with their first longplayer. It was obvious from the start that the band was in it for the sheer fun of it and didn’t plan on conquering the world. In the meantime, half of the band left, leaving the two vocalists Steve (formerly of Orange Squad and playing the bass guitar) and Mars (formerly of Man Made Suicide, d-fact, Clean State and playing the guitar) who soon recruited guitarist Denis (ex-Clean State) and drummer Gibbes (ex-Toxkäpp!) to complete the line-up. So we have now four locally well known musicians with musical backgrounds in stoner rock, thrash metal, hardcore, punk and ska, which promises of course a rollercoaster ride without any stylistic inhibitions.

Therefore you shouldn’t expect one certain genre. Instead the quartet is oscillating madly between stoner rock, thrash metal and occasionally hardcore, making sure that they sit between all the chairs, but honestly, who cares? It doesn’t take a genius to notice that these four wild looking guys don’t have any ambition to cater to the mainstream’s expectations.

The aptly titled …And There Comes The Steamroller! begins with the upbeat Walk Away, also the only track shorter than five minutes. Steve’s hoarse vocals recall his times in Orange Squad, even though the music may sound a little more dynamic nowadays. The following Now starts with a quieter part and clean vocals, and frankly that’s something not working too well in the band’s favour. Fortunately the song soon builds momentum to find itself in the band’s strange mix of stoner rock and thrash metal, although labelling it stoner metal would be a little too easy a solution. Cut Into Pieces is digging into the band’s old school thrash side, with emphasis on Mars’ brutal singing. The song stays mostly in powerful mid-tempo territory, and while Gibbes may not be the most technical drummer on this planet, his powerhouse performance is very effective under the circumstances. Another Day once again flirts with undistorted guitars during its beginning phase, but its long running time of nearly seven minutes allows the band to develop the songwriting to its fullest extent.

The second half of the album may not be as diverse as the first one, but this more homogenous approach makes it more accessible in my opinion. Especially the concluding White Trash gives the musicians ample room to let it all out, and while the band may never sound progressive, their primal stoner thrash sound should appeal to fans of vintage metal from a time when emotions were more important than virtuosity. …And There Comes The Steamroller! initially suffers a little from lack of direction, but the second half makes up for that little deficit, and if the guys keep at it hard enough, they certainly have the stamina to build up a respectable fan base.

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