Skinless are an American Brutal Death Metal
band, known for their cynical take of comedy, generally with Death Metal
as a whole being the center of said grim comedy.
They disbanded in 2011, with Noah Carpenter saying that though he wanted to continue with the band, that there was "No fire left" to do so, and played their last show at the Maryland Deathfeast 2011. Then they went to do their own thing with other bands, such as Jason Keyser joining the highly acclaimed Origin
They reunited in 2013 with the lineup seen on Progression Towards Evil
- Noah Carpenter - guitar (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, drums (1994-2004, 2010-2011, 2013-present)
- Progression Towards Evil (1998)
- Foreshadowing Our Demise (2001)
- Miscreant (EP, 2002)
- From Sacrifice to Survival (2003)
- Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead (2006)
This band exhibits examples of the following tropes:
- Affectionate Parody: Of general Death Metal lyrics, while the lyrics are by no means child-friendly, they certainly are darkly amusing.
- Black Comedy: And HOW!
- Brutal Death Metal
- Cover Song: Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead ends with a cover of Black Sabbath's "Wicked World".
- Darker and Edgier: Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: Progression Towards Evil is almost exclusively focused on Toilet Humor and Gorn. Foreshadowing Our Demise has a few tracks of that type, but leans more on the Humans Are Bastards and/or political themes that make up the bulk of their last two albums.
- I'm a Humanitarian: "Crispy Kids".
- I Am the Band: Noah Carpenter
- Intentionally Awkward Title:
- Check the track listings for Progression. They're everywhere. Although the crowner is probably "Tampon Lollipops".
- A few examples show up on Foreshadowing Our Demise, too, like "Pool of Stool" and "Tug of War Intestines".
- Ironic Name:
- "Merrie Melody", in which the usual power dynamic of your favorite Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry shorts are flipped to Gornerrific effect.
- "The Optimist" also counts, since it's about the death of civilized society, and the Title Drop manifests as "Kill The Optimist!". See also the sample:
- Misanthrope Supreme
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Hard 10/Solid 11, par for the course of Brutal Death Metal.
- Sampling: The majority of their songs open with these, although they're absent on From Sacrifice to Survival.
- Shout Out: "Merrie Melody" takes its name from a sub-brand of the Looney Tunes line which took the characters and put them in what amounted to animated music videos.
- Voice of the Legion: Frequently. Usually manifests as simultaneous death growls and Black Metal-esque screams.