US death metal veterans SKINLESS has shared a brutally hilarious new music video for “Skull Session” to celebrate the release of their new album Savagery, out TODAY view Relapse Records.
Issues the band, “Stylistically, our new video is Evil Dead, meets Tales From The Crypt, meets the A-Team! SKINLESS finds a way to infiltrate the mind of the hippie and torment behind the point of return. If you enjoy this even a fraction as much as the fun we had making it, mission accomplished. This is as homegrown as it gets with most of the budget being spent on beer, booze, and lumber! ENJOY THIS FINAL CUT! heeee heeeeee heeee haaa [CryptKeeper voice].”
“The ‘Skull Session’ video has a lot of fun little brutal Easter eggs in it,” the band continues. “It was a team effort between friends dating over twenty-five years. It’s an honor to be able to bring this to life, or death, rather, with not only a talented team, but great friends. Wayne Ordon, our ‘best boy’ and guillotine designer/constructor has been a major supporter of the band and great friend since the mid ’90s.”
Watch the full video here:
SKINLESS’ pulverizing sixth studio offering, fittingly titled Savagery was recorded by Tom Case at Doomsday Bunker Studio in New York and by Dave Otero (Primitive Man, Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage) at Flatline Audio in Colorado. The record embodies ten slabs of rotting, aural remains across thirty-seven minutes of titanic slams, untouchable grooves, mauling riffs, and bestial growls. Savagery sees SKINLESS at the top of their game, more than twenty-five years into an untouchable reign of terror and comes swathed in the stunningly sick cover art of renowned tattoo artist Jesse Levitt.
SKINLESS has announced three East Coast live dates in support of their Savagery full-length. The weekend tour runs from June 7th through June 9th and features support from Ringworm, Churchburn, and Outer Heaven. Additionally, SKINLESS will perform at California Deathfest and Quebec Deathfest in October. See all confirmed dates below.
6/07/2018 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA w/ Ringworm, Churchburn, Outer Heaven
6/08/2018 Brooklyn Bazaar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Ringworm, Churchburn, Outer Heaven
6/09/2018 Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY w/ Ringworm, Churchburn, Outer Heaven
10/13/2018 California Deathfest – Oakland, CA
10/20/2018 Quebec Deathfest – Montreal, QC
The beast called SKINLESS was brought forth in 1992 by guitarist Noah Carpenter with one goal: to be the heaviest band around. SKINLESS plays brutal death metal with crushing, infectious groove, influenced by pioneers such as Obituary, Suffocation, Broken Hope, Deicide, and Cannibal Corpse. After a variety of personnel changes and the release of two demos, SKINLESS established a solid, dedicated lineup in 1997: Noah Carpenter on guitar, Sherwood Webber on vocals, bassist Joe Keyser, and Bob Beaulac on drums. This version of the band would later become known as the band’s classic lineup.
In 1998, SKINLESS released their full-length debut Progression Towards Evil, which stunned the underground, showcasing the energy that the band had become known for via its intense live performances. An independent release, Progression Towards Evil received frenzied acclaim the world over and saw remarkable sales. A deal with Relapse Records ensued, and three more bludgeoning platters of death metal were served up between 2001 and 2006: Foreshadowing Our Demise, From Sacrifice To Survival, and Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead.
Despite a few lineup changes during that period, the band remained as brutal and busy as ever. SKINLESS toured the globe extensively in support of these offerings and gathered a growing horde of metal miscreant fans. Besides their recorded output, SKINLESS has also had the pleasure of defiling stages around the Earth with Slayer, Pantera, Slipknot, Shadows Fall, Exodus, Overkill, Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Six Feet Under, Misery Index, Deicide, Immolation, Origin, Gorguts, Hatebreed, Chimaira, Mortician, Incantation, Obituary, Cannibal Corpse, Entombed, Vader, Cattle Decapitation, Brutality, Grave, and many more.
After several years of laying low, SKINLESS returned to action with their classic formation in 2013 and added a second guitarist, Dave Matthews, into the mix. A fifth full-length album, and the band’s first in eight years, detonated via Relapse in June 2015. With Only The Ruthless Remain, SKINLESS was stronger than ever with a prime slab of brutal death. Chock full of their signature, skull-crushingly heavy grooves and technical, blasting severity, Only the Ruthless Remain garnered a positive reception from multiple publications.