Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Rating: 4/10

Label: Frontiers 2011

Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Alloy??? Hmmm... the opening song (Machine Gun) blast through my loud speakers and all I can think about is Skunk Anansie and how "original" and fun they sounded back in the days. Well, it's all relatively speaking of course, however, in comparison to Amanda Sommervile and the Trillium project, Skin and co. were truly originals with groundbreaking style and music. Not to mention their remarkable clit power agenda and overall weird messages.

The result of this very project is very hit and miss indeed. Individual moments aren't too shabby and Amanda can certainly be breathtaking in both person and vocal performances. But, it's eventually the songwriting that really confuses everybody from the posh to the weary. You obviously have the early twenties 'Goth-rock' sound on several tracks and it's a bit too late to jump that particular bandwagon in the very late twenty eleven. Clinical and exact executed metal and I'm afraid it's a rather one dimensional affair without any real highlights. It's the old 'been there, done that' story where Skin may indeed also be the latter nowadays for that matter. Final verdict: pretty much like any other female fronted act ever since the second wave of 'Goth' in the early 00's.

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