The opening title track has a slight HOUSE OF PAIN - “Jump Around” sound to it, before the nu-metal style riffs kick in. It shifts between reggae-hop and heaviness every so often not really allowing the track to take-off, however it’s not a bad start. “Ruling Force” follows up with more focus on guitars this time round, building up to what potentially seems like a huge sounding rock track, but it quickly switches to a PRODIGY style electronic piece. Everything swaps so freely from verse to chorus, multiple genre shifts make it an interesting listen but, it lacks fluidity as a song.
“Playing With The Devil” begins with this really mellow, ambient reggae feel, some brief interludes of dub-step fueling the songs chorus but it’s generally one of the albums more laid back numbers. “Worlds On Fire” has a similar approach, just more up-beat and the dub-step has been replaced by guitars and a rockier vibe, it’s grittier and one of the albums better tracks. “The Kids Are Right Now” is another highlight, a quality melodic rock track, nothing over complicated here, while “Open Eyed” features some fresh sounding guest vocals from the multi-talented JENNA G, before “Saturday” then throws in some American punk-pop influences to the already eclectic mix.
Essentially, Benji Webbe and co have again, written and recorded a decent album, but still haven’t managed to capture the spark they have on the live stage. It goes to show really that Skindred are, for all intents and purposes, a real band. Playing to a live crowd with no safety net, no 2nd takes or restarts is where these guys excel, and that’s rock ‘n’ roll. It’s raw and it’s real. Buy yourself a copy of “Kill The Power”, learn the words, then book a ticket for their next tour. THAT is where you’re going to fully appreciate what Skindred are all about. [6.5]
Download: “The Kids Are Right Now”, "Open Eyed"