Album Title: Only the Ruthless Remain
Genre/ Subgenre: Death Metal
Label: Relapse Records
It's been forever since the last album, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead, from South Glen Falls, NY death metal act Skinless came out in 2006. They had disbanded in 2011, but thankfully got back together in 2013. Last year, some nine years later, they finally gave us a follow up in the form of Only the Ruthless Remain. Is it worth the wait? You bet your ass it is!
In fact this album surpasses that solid album, in almost every manner. It is extremely technically efficient with amazing musicianship from all involved. There are lots of tempo changes within each track as they go between fast and shredding to slow and grinding. The excellent drumming by Bob Beaulac are accompanied by a full sounding bass and alternately blistering and soaring twin guitar work that will have you headbanging along to the point that your fucking neck my snap right off. The vocals from signer Sherwood Webber are brutal and add to the pounding sound.
Songs like the killer opener "Serpenticide", the grinding "Skinless", and the appropriately named "Barbaric Proclivity" simply decimate. It makes for an album that is impossible to sit still while listening to. The cool as fuck cover (one of my favorites from last year!) completes a package that fellow death metal fans simply need in their collection. Welcome back Skinless, you were missed but have more than delivered the goods!
**** out of *****