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  • Skinlab - Bound, Gagged, and Blindfolded

    Skinlab - Bound, Gagged, and Blindfolded
    1997 Century Media Records


Skinlab - Bound, Gagged, and Blindfolded

1997 Century Media Records :: Reviewed by rofreason on 2005-07-08

There's not denying that Buond, Gagged and Blindfolded is one of the best debut's I've heard, but then again, how could it not be? Having a multitude of advantages due to previous band experience (Defiance, among many others), being located in the cradle of metal (the Bay Area), and an ability to write and perform some of the best industrial metal I've heard, Skinlab are destined for something big. While many could argue that BGB is a guitarists show, everybody shines here, and my ears are particularly drawn to Hopkins's drum performance, a powerful display which also highlights the fact that this guy didn't grow up solely on blastbeats. It's this sense of synocpation coupled with the incredibly heavy tones and Esquival's powerful voice which keep this disc spinning. I swear, there's not a weak spot on the album, my only complaint being that even at almost 45 minutes, the album seems short! Strong points are definitely When Pain Comes to Surface and the slow yet movement oriented Race of Hate, yet as I said before, every track is strong, offering something different to the listener. One of the more important metal albums of the 1990s.