Union Black

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Union Black
Skindred - Union Black.jpg
Studio album by Skindred
Released 25 April 2011 (2011-04-25)
Recorded Britannia Row Studios
Genre Alternative metal, ragga, electronic rock, nu metal
Length 46:01
Label BMG
Producer James Loughrey
Skindred chronology
Shark Bites and Dog Fights
(2009)
Union Black
(2011)
Kill The Power
(2014)
Singles from Union Black
  1. "Warning"
    Released: 6 April 2011
  2. "Cut Dem"
    Released: 1 July 2011
  3. "Doom Riff"
    Released: 31 January 2012
  4. "Game Over"
    Released: 18 May 2012

Union Black is the fourth album from Welsh reggae metal band Skindred. It was released on 25 April 2011 in the United Kingdom and on 1 July 2011 in Europe. The album is notable for featuring more usage of dubstep, hip hop and drum and bass elements than previous works.

Background[edit]

The album was produced by James Loughrey at Britannia Row Studios.[1] Benji Webbe stated in an interview with Kerrang! that he wanted to get some collaborations on the new album and had originally hoped to get Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour to sing on the album, but due to other commitments this was not possible.[2] He went on to say that after sending an incomplete version of the song "Warning" to friend Jacoby Shaddix (of Papa Roach), Shaddix flew into the studio to record some extra vocals for the track. After the alterations, "Warning" was released as the first single from the album, was debuted on BBC Radio 1's Rock show with Daniel P Carter and has subsequently received airtime on BBC 6 Music and BBC Guernsey,[3][4] being played by Don Letts and Bruce Dickinson. The video debuted on YouTube on 6 April.[5] The album's art is contributed by graphic artist Tim Fox.[6] The album was promoted with a UK tour, with support acts Chiodos and Me Vs Hero. On 30 June, the band's official Facebook page released "Doom Riff" as a free download, and the day after, on 1 July, the video for "Cut Dem" was released as the second single from the album. On 6 September the band announced a deal with Australian Record label with 3 Wise/Sony Records to release the album on 23 September, along with the announcement of their tour with Hollywood Undead after the cancellation of 2011's Soundwave Revolution.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[7]
Rockfreaks.net 6.5/10[8]
Rock Sound 8/10[9]
The NewReview 4.5/5[10]

The album has been well received. The NewReview gave the album 4.5 out of 5, remarking that "there is nothing similar to Union Black".[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Union Black" (Intro) 1:10
2. "Warning" (featuring Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach) 3:50
3. "Cut Dem" 3:51
4. "Doom Riff" 3:48
5. "Living a Lie" 4:26
6. "Guntalk" 4:01
7. "Own You" 3:32
8. "Make Your Mark" 3:41
9. "Get It Now" 4:58
10. "Bad Man Ah Bad Man" 3:30
11. "Death to All Spies" 5:05
12. "Game Over" 4:09

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Charts (2011) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[11] 54

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SKINDRED: 'Union Black' Track Listing Revealed". BlabberMouth. 
  2. ^ Kerrang! Podcast: Skindred on YouTube
  3. ^ "Daily Dred". Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Skindred info – BBC". BBC. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Skindred Warning on YouTube
  6. ^ "Skindred.net". Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  7. ^ O'Brien, Jon. "Union Black - Skindred". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Pertola, Petteri (13 September 2011). "Skindred - Union Black". Rockfreaks.net. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Skindred - Union Black". Rock Sound. 26 April 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Velliquette, Josh (17 April 2011). "Skindred – Union Black". The NewReview. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  11. ^ Chart, UK. "UK Chart 2011". Retrieved 2 May 2011.