Only The Ruthless Remain is the imminent new full-length from recently reactivated New York death metal kings, Skinless. Boasting their classic late '90s lineup of founding guitarist Noah Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac, with the recent addition of second guitar gun, Dave Matthews, Only The Ruthless Remain is an unrelenting, seven-track symphony of sonic sickness as only Skinless could compose.
Captured by Tom Case at Edie Road Studio and Doomsday Bunker Studio, both in upstate New York, with vocals tracked by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, and the entire monster mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails, Integrity etc.) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon, Skinless returns, triumphant and thirsty. Brandishing their signature fusion of punishing, war-waging grooves and, blast-laden mayhem delivered with surgical precision, Only The Ruthless Remain is cruel, sadistic, andpoised to stand among the most addictive death metal offerings of the year.
Today, Skinless is pleased to officially unleash the gut-wrenching sounds of opening psalm, "Serpenticide" for public inebriation. Relays Webber, "[Illustrator] Ken Sarafin summed it up best when he said that upon listening to the new Skinless, his balls exploded and bigger ones grew in their place. That's how we felt when making it! 'Serpenticide' was the song that got us into the flow of creating this album. This track has the grind, dirge, and vengeful bludgeoning that makes it a slicing cross cut of Only The Ruthless Remain. You've heard the live version; here is the final in all its ruthlessness. The countdown is on. Much more to come. As the old saying goes, it's time to stop the teasin' and start the pleasin', ha!"
Skinless will wage their audio war upon Baltimore this May as part of this year's Maryland Deathfest as well as Hellfest in France this June with further live conquests to be announced in the coming weeks. Stand by for future hearing loss opportunities.
Skinless Show Dates:
5/21/2015 Maryland Deathfest @ Soundstage - Baltimore, MD 6/20/2015 Hellfest Open Air - Clisson, FR
Forged in 1992 by guitarist Noah Carpenter with the sole purpose of being the heaviest band ever, Skinless established a solid, dedicated lineup from 1997-2001 in the form of Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac. This version of the band would later become known as the "classic" lineup. By 1998, the band released their now-iconic Progression Towards Evil debut. Showcasing the visceral onstage energy the band had become notorious for, the independently-released offering reaped the adoration of fans and critics globally and remains a cornerstone release in the annals of death metal. A union with Relapse Records ensued and from 2001-2006 three more bludgeoning platters were served with Foreshadowing Our Demise, From Sacrifice To Survival, and Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead. Despite various lineup shifts, the band remained as brutal and busy as ever, touring the globe with the likes of Slayer, Pantera, Slipknot, Exodus, Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Suffocation, Immolation, Misery Index, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Entombed and so many others consequently spawning an ever expanding horde of devout metal enthusiasts.
Motor City thrashers Battlecross have announced that they will join Crowbar and Lord Dying on The Summer of Doom Tour, with the devastation beginning May 28th and ending July 3rd in Crowbar's home state of Louisiana.
"I am beyond excited to tour with one of my favorite bands, Crowbar. Ever since I heard Odd Fellows Rest, I've been a fan. Kirk Windstein is such a monster guitar player. His riffs are inspiring. It's an honor to be able to hit the road with these guys and I'm thankful and excited for the opportunity. We're excited to get back out there, especially Western Canada (it's been too long!) See you all soon!" says Battlecross Guitarist, Hiran Deraniyagala.
The Summer of Doom is the first tour for Battlecross since finishing the production of their third Metal Blade release, produced by Mark Lewis and engineered by Jason Suecof at Audiohammer Studios. The tour also puts an end to the band's search for a permanent drummer, announcing that the bay area's Alex Bent will sit behind the kit. After performing with the band on two 2014 headliners and in South America, Alex joined the band in the studio for the next album. He can be seen below performing 'Ghost Alive' last winter on the Winter Warriors Tour.
Battlecross also appears at the 2015 Heavy MTL in Montreal on August 8th. Summer of Doom Tickets went on sale April 3rd, 2015.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
5/23/2015 - Bogota, Colombia - 4 Extranos Fest* 5/28/2015 - Shreveport, LA - Riverside Warehouse 5/29/2015 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey 5/30/2015 - Austin, TX - Dirty Dog 5/31/2015 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar 6/2/2015 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad 6/3/2015 - Tempe, AZ - Club Red 6/4/2015 - San Diego, CA - Til Two 6/5/2015 - Long Beach, CA - DiPiazzas 6/6/2015 - Los Angeles, CA - Whisky A Go Go 6/7/2015 - Oakland, CA - Oakland Metro 6/8/2015 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater 6/9/2015 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon 6/10/2015 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater 6/12/2015 Calgary, AB - Republik 6/13/2015 - Edmonton, AB - Pawn Shop 6/14/2015 - Saskatoon, SK - Obrians 6/16/2015 - Winnipeg, MB - The Zoo 6/17/2015 - Minneapolis, MN - Amsterdam 6/18/2015 - Cudahy, WI - The Metal Grill 6/19/2015 - Detroit, MI - Shelter 6/20/2015 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's 6/21/2015 - Columbus, OH - Alrosa Villa 6/22/2015 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom 6/23/2015 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club 6/24/2015 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks 6/25/2015 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa 6/26/2015 - Worcester, MA - Palladium 6/27/2015 - Albany, NY - Trickshot Billiards 6/28/2015 - Philadelphia, PA - Voltage 6/29/2015 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus 6/30/2015 - Frederick, MD - Cafe 611 7/1/2015 - Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern 7/2/2015 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade 7/3/2015 - Baton Rouge, LA - Varsity Theater
The ECT-1 is a ground-breaking modular cymbal system, allowing you to re-purpose your cymbals for different sounds, even during a performance.
Crash and ride rings from 12" - 20"
Includes 2 cymbal bases
Additional effects cymbal rings optional
Mix and match rings for unique cymbal tones
Using patent-pending proprietary Expandable Cymbal Technology ™, The Creative Cymbal Company (also known as The CCC) have developed a unique cymbal system to suit each and every drummer.
At the heart of the ECT-1 system is a 10" brass cymbal base, designed to mount various additional cymbal rings, the largest ring taking the cymbal right up to 20 inches. Either ride or crash rings can be added, or a mixture of both types for unique cross-cymbal tones. Additional effects cymbal rings will be available in the near future including riveted rings, gong rings, splash and china rings.
The ECT-1 standard kit comprises two cymbal bases, 5 ride rings and 5 crash rings, and each ring adds another 2 inches to the cymbal. This unprecedented flexibility allows any combination of rides or crashes, from 12" to 20". Attaching the ECT-1 cymbal rings could not be easier – simply place each ring on top of the previous ring, and the proprietary magnetic graphene lip will locate and hold firm each successive cymbal expander, transferring 99.9% the energy to each successive ring.
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