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|Origin||South Glens Falls, New York, United States|
|Genres||Death metal, Grindcore|
|Years active||1992–2011, 2013–present|
|Associated acts||Armor Column, Streetsweeper, Enemy Reign, Disciples of Berkowitz, Mucopus|
|Website||Skinless Facebook page|
Skinless was formed by Ryan Wade and Noah Carpenter in the town of South Glens Falls, New York. After relocating to various New York towns and cities such as Saratoga, Clifton Park, and Cohoes, the band settled in Troy, New York.
Skinless is known for its consistently intense performances, as well as for its lyrical mix of end-of-the-world cynicism and comedy, which at times satirizes well known death metal lyrics from bands such as Carcass and Cannibal Corpse, and death metal in general. These lyrical themes are demonstrated in songs such as "The Optimist", about a crumbling human society, and "Tug of War Intestines", which depicts children playing schoolyard games with a surgery patient's internal organs. The band has occasionally brought the "Skinless Girl"[clarification needed] on stage and let her be roughed up, covered in fake blood, while the band performed. Earlier in the band's career, Skinless handed out long tubes of foam for the moshers to beat each other while the band played. These tubes were nicknamed "The Logs of Brutality".
Skinless's 1998 debut album, Progression Towards Evil, was an independent release which garnered the band high praise by fans and critics. Skinless has released four albums, the most recent being Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead in 2006. In June 2010, Skinless played a reunion show with the line-up from the first 2 full-length albums. Guitarist Noah Carpenter wanted Skinless to continue in this formation but the band's "fire" wasn't there anymore. In April 2011, Skinless officially split up, but soon after announced a farewell performance at Maryland Deathfest 2011. All the members are continuing as musicians in other bands.
Skinless is currently working on a new album, which is due for release in early 2015.
- Noah Carpenter – guitars (1992–2011, 2013–present)
- Joe Keyser – bass (1997–2011, 2013–present)
- Bob Beaulac – drums (1997–2002, 2003–2011, 2013–present)
- Sherwood "Thunder Wheel" Webber IV – vocals (1994–2004, 2010–2011, 2013–present)
- Dave Matthews – guitars (2013–present)
- Dan Bell – vocals (1992)
- Ted Monsour – bass, vocals (1992–1994)
- Ryan Wade – vocals, drums (1992–1996) (on Demo, Swollen Heaps)
- Jeff Vanloan – bass (1993)
- Mike Levy – vocals (1993–1994) (on Demo)
- Martin Oprencak – vocals (1994)
- Adam P.Lewis – bass (1995–1997)
- Joe Clark – drums (1996)
- George Torres – drums (2002) (on Miscreant)
- John Longstreth – drums (2003) (on From Sacrifice to Survival)
- Jason Keyser – vocals (2005–2009) (on Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead)
- Chris Mahar – drums (touring; 2006–2009)
Albums and EPs
- Progression Towards Evil (1998)
- Foreshadowing Our Demise (2001)
- Miscreant (EP, 2002)
- From Sacrifice to Survival (2003)
- Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead (2006)
- Only the Ruthless Remain (2015)
- Demo (demo, 1994)
- Swollen Heaps (demo, 1995)
- Frozen Dawn (compilation, 1996)
- Common Ground: A Compilation of Upstate NY's Hardest (split, 1997)
- Maledictive Pigs / Skinless (split, 2001)
- Skinflick (DVD, 2004)
- Regression Towards Evil: 1994–1998 ("best of" compilation, 2007)
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- "Skinless: Performance Footage Of New Song 'Serpenticide'". Blabbermouth.net. January 30, 2014. Retrieved February 23, 2014.