Friday, November 5, 2010
Imagine that you had a time-machine. Imagine that you went back in time, Bill & Ted style, and shanghaiied The Melvins, circa 'Ozma/Bullhead', Einstürzende Neubauten, circa 'Kollaps', and Swans, circa 'Public Castration Is A Good Idea', gave them all rabies and then made them record two albums.
Now imagine that there was a band back in 1991 that did what Khanate and Gnaw have been doing over the last few years, but BETTER.
Congratulations, you have just imagined Skin Chamber.
Formed in 1991 by Controlled Bleeding members Paul Lemos and Chris Moriarty, Skin Chamber were a literal rendition of the idea of 'Industrial Metal', as opposed to the EBM-with-guitars style that exemplified many of the other bands that were lumped into that bracket. Skin Chamber were a full-on ASSAULT of filthy grinding guitars, lurching, dragging tempos, bestial howling and collapsing scrap metal SCREEEEEEEEE.
Just like every other musical form that Controlled Bleeding members turned their hands to, Skin Chamber totally OWNED Industrial Metal. Next to their apocalyptic sludge, Godflesh sound weak in comparison, and it's a damn shame that they only recorded two albums.
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...and 1993's Trial
Sadly, they never performed live - although Lemos wanted to, talking in interviews about wanting to play behind walls of fire - and any chance of more music from them was scuppered in 2008 by Moriarty's death. Still, better to make two - IMHO - perfect recordings and no more than to carry on and embarass yourself like so many other bands have done, and continue to do, right kids?
Posted by The Thing That Should Not Be at 11:13 AM