Skeletons (Nothingface album)

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Studio album by Nothingface
Released April 22, 2003
Recorded Armoury Studios (Vancouver, B.C.)
Genre Alternative metal
Length 48:07
Label TVT Records
Producer Bill Kennedy
Nothingface chronology

Skeletons is the fourth and final studio album by the Washington, D.C.-based alternative metal music group Nothingface. The album was released on April 22, 2003, via TVT Records, their second as well as last album released on the label. Its title, according to Matt Holt, refers to "skeletons I've left behind in my life."

Background and musical style[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

During the 2001-2002 interval between their previous album Violence and Skeletons, Nothingface experienced significant turmoil with lead singer Matt Holt (who was going through substance abuse issues) seeing his house burn down, Tom Maxwell's mother dying and bassist Bill Gaal divorcing his wife, leading to the band nearly breaking up.[1]

In an interview with Tom Maxwell he stated," I don't think "Skeletons" has a musical direction. I've said it before but it sounds to me like a band imploding and losing focus. The next record will redeem the sound I believe was lost during the Violence/Skeletons cycle. Too many cooks in the kitchen can sometimes create a mediocre meal. Especially when the cooks come from different schools."

The album is considered the band's most diverse, featuring some of their heaviest as well as most melodic material, with it's songs drawing influence from hardcore, rock and thrash metal.[2] The album's lyrics are also more politically motivated than on previous releases.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Matt Holt

No. Title Music Length
1. "Machination"   Bill Gaal, Tom Maxwell 4:00
2. "Beneath"   Tommy Sickles, Maxwell 3:33
3. "Murder Is Masturbation"   Maxwell 3:55
4. "Ether"   Gaal 3:43
5. "I Wish I Was a Communist"   Gaal, Maxwell 4:03
6. "In Avernus"   Maxwell 3:28
7. "Patricide"   Gaal 3:56
8. "Here Come the Butchers"   Gaal, Maxwell 2:59
9. "I Am Him"   Maxwell 4:05
10. "Scission"   Gaal, Maxwell 3:06
11. "Big Fun at the Gallows"   Gaal 3:56
12. "Incarnadine"   Maxwell 3:45
13. "All Cut Up"   Maxwell, Sickles 3:38

Bonus tracks (Japan and UK special edition only)[edit]

  1. "Down In Flames" – 2:27
  2. "Bleeder" – 3:39