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Easily the most accessible album to the uninitiated (have even caught the missus singing along to it) and, in my opinion, the best album to date!
Album kicks off with a 'remix' of our national anthem followed by the infamous Jacoby Shaddix's cameo in Warning, which just gets more rocking the more I listen to it, and the louder you play it the better it sounds. The dub-step/metal cross over for Cut Dem is brilliantly executed and in general the increased reggae influence on the album is noticeable, especially with Guntalk - a pure reggae track which then slips smoothly into a bit of dance. Bad Man Ah Bad Man is probably my favourite track on the album to generally listen to, although Doom Riff live is just a pleasure. Basically, it's impossible to listen to this album without cranking it up and jumping around the house.
If you love Skindred, then you'll love this. If you don't love Skindred, give this a go and it will change your mind, and if you've never heard any sort of `raggametal' before, then this is the introduction you need.
More than anything else though - GO SEE THEM LIVE!
The album has relevant messages to emote, and lyrically it is brilliant, but let's move past that and focus on the overall sound of each song.
"Union Black" is an electronic subverted British national anthem. A great intro.
As this ends we are thrown into the starkly contrasting atmosphere of "Warning". The opening riff carries so much energy, and Webbe's voice sounds fantastic. The song gives "Nobody" some serious competition. Jacoby Shaddix's input only strengthens the melody. It's also a blast to hear live.
"Cut Dem" - a perfect example of how Skindred incorporate electronic sounds into their music. They have mastered it, and made it work wonderfully. I'm hooked.
"Doom Riff" is the most catchy song I have heard in ages. It's one of the heaviest, but also one of the most melodic. This will be essential on the set list.
"Living A Lie" - This is where it gets interesting. It opens with an electronic sound, and then breaks into raw metal. It even has rap, and it works. The aggression comes across very strongly, and the melody breaks the song up. Fantastic. One of my favorites.
"Guntalk" is pure reggae. Despite the disturbing veracity of the lyrics, it's a relaxing song. I've never heard anything like it. The slow reggae rhythm changes to an upbeat dance rhythm, and you realise what a unique track this is.
"Own You" is the heaviest track on the album.Read more ›
Union Black certainly seems to take more of a step back towards their earlier releases, but keeps some of the better aspects of the previous album.
When i first heard the term 'Reggae Metal' I cringed as it made me think of 'Nu-metal' and 'Rap Metal' which I really can't stand.
However, it works very well in everything Skindred have produced so far and in my opinion it works better than ever here. The Reggae aspect is minimal at times to be honest but it's in their enough to make it distincitive and unique.
The songs are well produced, catchy and mostly fairly heavy.
I'm not a huge fan of Metal these days as I found the genre to go veyr stale over the years but it's albums like this which will keep me going back to the genre to see what I can find.
Having listened to the album in full a few times, I enjoy each and every song. Their doesn't appear to be a weak point which is nice.
Overall, Union Black feels like natural progression for Skindred because although it goes back towards an earlier sound, this was probably required. I really enjoyed the previous album, but if they had continued in that direction this album would have suffered.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Superb. Love the live version of rat trap. Worth the money for this track alone.Published 16 months ago by By the Beach
I saw these live at Reading festival and this is the first album of theirs I bought and instantly fell in love! So many great songs on this album.Published on 10 Oct. 2013 by Richie Wilson
Watched them live at Leeds fest 2013 and they were awesome! Had never heard them before, great album, even better live!Published on 3 Oct. 2013 by Nicho89
Saw Skindred live in Weymouth last year, they were the best live act i've seen for quite a while, so went out and bought the CD , which is brilliant, and reminds me of the gig tooPublished on 18 Jun. 2013 by K. Green
Perfect stuff, just what I expected! Very good quality and also the extras are awesome. Highly recommended for all Skindred fans!Published on 24 Feb. 2013 by VSz
Pretty much every song is a spiced with amazing riffs and reggae melodies. A piece of art.
A must buy for whoever appreciates Skindred.
If ever there was proof that bands that are associated with the metal genre are unfairly ignored by the mainstream it is here. Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2012 by Loz
Love the Skindred! Another great CD.
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