Bold, divergent, determined, on the real, and empowering. Skindred’s eighth studio album,
Volume, will be released on October 30th with Napalm Records. Are you ready to turn it up? We
are at Echo Asylum.
Stages and crowds come alive when Skindred takes the stage with a blend of heavy metal, punk
rock, hip hop, ska, electronica, and reggae. Confused with what sounds like a disaster yet? Don’t
be. You will listen, stop, and listen more to the sound of masterfully meshed genres.
Volume features 14 tracks of pure adrenaline.
Benji Webbe: Vocals
Mikey Demus: Guitar
Dan Pugsley: Bass
Arya Goggin: Drums
Dan Sturgess: DJ
Push play on this album and Under Attack will grab you! Mikey seizes his moment with the
guitar and Benji quickly nails it down with his lyrical explosion. This is a great start that helps
set the overall tone and feel for Volume. BAM! You are now hooked. You’re welcome.
Next, you hear Volume. If you can remain still during this track, keep turning it up! Warning,
watch your speakers. It has an insane beat and is, simply put, the sound of Skindred.
I, II, and III are all under one minute. This is where you will hear Dan take over with his talent as
a DJ. These short tracks are likely strategically placed to keep our attention. What am I hearing?
Not quite sure, but the consistent mix-ups are enjoyable.
Arya takes front and center with the drums and then Dan seamlessly adds to the layers in Straight
Jacket. Benji takes the weight of his voice down a notch in this song, but listen for the shifts. His
vocals hit hard and he writes lyrics that have personal meaning to him. I think it is safe to say we
all feel stressed at times. “Bombs going off in my brain and a strait jacket.” This is likely
relatable for most fans.
Volume doesn’t disappoint with its hard riffs, heavy hits, and diverse vocals. It is the Skindred
we have come to love to hear. I had my picks, but the entire album is SICK! They are constantly
evolving to bring fans energy packed, uplifting vocals and awesome, instrumental layers.
Let us know what you think about Volume with a show of horns!
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