Skinflick – Self Harm Smiley Face EP

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Skinflick – Self Harm Smiley Face EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 27/03/2021
Running Time: 26:02
Review by Beth Jones
9/10

You know those days where your brain falls into the blackness, and you need a soundtrack to accompany your trip down the rabbit hole. Well, that soundtrack is here, in the shape of another EP from the dangerously seedy uncle of Industrial Electronica, Skinflick. The deprived brainchild of Lullaby for a Unicorn’s frontman, Justin Williams, “Self Harm Smiley Face” is another trip into the night, where the depraved do play. Littered with noises, echoes, and part-whispered, part-growling vocals, it will create an uncomfortable fear in the sane, and manic appreciation in everyone else.

Opening with the title track, this 6 track EP’s ambient sounds and pulsing beats take your mind’s eye on a journey of debauchery and filth. You’ll find yourself instantly transported through a beaded curtain into a musty back room, the air acrid with thick, sickly-sweet smoke, lit only by a malfunctioning pink neon light, with some dubious stains on the wall, and a fraying couch that’s gone even further than seeing better days. It’s a dangerously exciting place, the world of the depraved, right?

Musically, this is by far and away my favourite release from Skinflick to date. It’s catchy, well structured, and ominous. It creates a presence, which melds heavy sounds with floating violins, and ethereal synth, layered with ambient effects, and synth backing vocals that give it an extra chill factor. And, as I’ve now come to expect from Justin’s solo work, it’s very well produced. There’s some brilliant panning early on, which acclimatize you to the new surroundings you find your mind in. And the positioning of each sound gives it a massive depth, which adds to the horror of it. Like staring into the void. It’s clever, and I simply can’t stop listening to it. I’ve had it on repeat for days. Proceed with caution into the world of Skinflick because it’s very addictive.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Self Harm Smiley Face
02. The Thin White Puke
03. Cock Botox
04. Puritanical Satanical
05. Rise Of The Incels
06. Fat Fleshlight

LINE-UP:
Justin Williams – Synths/ Vocals/ Depravity

LINKS:

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Skinflick – The Dead Evolved (Mini Album)

Skinflick – The Dead Evolved (Mini Album)
Self-Released
Release Date: 31/10/2020
Running Time: 32:19
Review by Beth Jones
8/10

‘Tis All Hallows Eve, the night is dark, and ye spirits of olde awake from their immortal slumber to roam free upon the land, searching for their portal to the next realm. The Samhain sacrifices are high, and the symbolic feasting of the darker half begins. Also, some shit hot music gets released! Namely, here, in the shape of a special Halloween release by Bangor’s favourite solo psychotic industrial metal project, Skinflick. To be fair, he’s probably Bangor’s only psychotic industrial metal project, but that doesn’t make him any less important!

This 7-track mini album is a special release, to coincide with Halloween, which charts the end of the world leading to the dead rising. In fairness, that’s a pretty good description of certain areas of our little country, too!

As we have now come to expect with Skinflick (AKA Justin Williams, Lullaby For A Unicorn), this release explores electronic soundscapes, with heavy low-end bass sounds, and dirty, sludgy noises mixed into pulsing drum rhythms, and atmospheric synth sounds. Atop of that discordant mindfuck sits half sung / half whispered vocals, just at the level where you begin to question if the voices your hearing are actually on the recording, or just the ones in your head. Shush now damn you! I’m trying to write a review!!!

All in all, this is a pretty nifty release, put together by Justin in his little cave of madness and depravity, and engineered superbly to capture the atmospheric dread and despair of the apocalypse. If you like anything industrial, or electronica, this is worth a spin. And at 32 minutes, it beats watching a Halloween special of any TV series! I don’t have a favourite track, because I feel it needs to be listened to as one whole piece.

Sleazemeister, as I will now lovingly refer to Justin, has again managed to throw down some thumping drums, fat bass, twinkly synths, and freaky vocals, to create a very competent industrial indulgence. Lovely job Sleazemeister, lovely job. And even if it’s not your cup of tea, chuck it on loud on your stereo, as it will certainly freak out any little terrors who come knocking on your door expecting treats! That’ll teach them to mess with ancient rituals they don’t understand. Mwahahahahahahaaaaa!

Anyway, sleep well my pretties. Don’t have nightmares.

TRACKLISTING:

01.The Sun Shines On The Sinners
02.The Sinkhole Sky
03.The Death Surprise
04.The Dead Rise
05.The Dead Insane
06.The Dead Evolved
07.The Dead Crushed

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Skinflick – The Year Of The Fuck EP

Skinflick – The Year Of The Fuck EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 19/07/2020
Running Time: 12:32
Review by Beth Jones
8/10

It’s review day here at EMHQ! Or it is for me anyway – Rick’s posting news! Next up for my listening pleasure, a jaunty little three-track EP from industrial techno project, Skinflick! I, and many others, know this crazy one-man artist for his work in another one of our favourite bands (It’s Justin Williams, vocalist with Lullaby For a Unicorn), but Skinflick is his little side project, delving into the sleezy world of dirty techno. As this is only a small release, I’m going to give you my take on each track.

The EP title track is up first. It reminds me of the sort of music that is always playing in ‘trendy cybergoth/steam punk’ clubs in futuristic edgy films – you know the ones; always in a basement, through an unmarked door, lit purely with UV light, which conveniently hides all the dark corners! It’s obviously very synth driven, but it has a real punch to it. Vocally, it’s early Marylin Manson-esque, which also doesn’t displease me! Kind of a whispery scream, which gets the message across with enough mystique and sleaze!

Track two, ‘Kustom Kar Kollision’, has quite a Gary Numan feel about it musically – I’m guessing from the title, this may be deliberate! Again, its full of fuzzy bass and synth wizardry, and a continuation of the tortured vocal style. It goes off into a breakdown halfway through which is massively 80’s synth inspired, but I love it!

The final track, ‘Bootlickers’, is slightly faster, and probably my favourite of the three. With a nice pulsing beat, and bass driven melody, we get to hear the full tormented delights of the vocals, and it peaks and troughs just in the right places. This is definitely the tune playing in the back rooms of the aforementioned clubs, where you’ll likely find a dominatrix and some dude in a gimp mask and leather straps!

This little EP is pleasingly very well produced, too. The balance of sounds is spot on, and the instrumentation is great, considering it’s a solo project. My main criticism is that I want more of it! Three tracks isn’t enough!

If you like anything remotely techno/cybergoth/industrial/Gary Numan, then you’ll like this!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Year Of The Fuck
02. Kustom Kar Kollision
03. Bootlickers

LINKS:
www.skinflick.org.uk/
www.facebook.com/skinflickx
www.skinflickx.bandcamp.com/
www.soundcloud.com/skinflick
www.reverbnation.com/skinflickx
www.youtube.com/skinflickinc

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