Austin, TX, US
The monster comes alive; SKATENiGS!
MiNiSTRY frontman Al Jourgensen must be a descendant of King Midas because everything he brushes with his fingers turns to gold. The Jourgensen-produced SKATENiGS record "Stupid People Shouldn't Breed" is no exception. Like Rick Rubin, Jourgensen imparts bits of accumulated wisdom on all his projects, and although he may not have actually written the SKATENiGS' riffs (then again, he might have), he turns them into his own with the twist of a knob or addition of a spokenword bit. Much of "Stupid People Shouldn't Breed" sounds pretty similar to Jourgensen side ventures like 1,000 HOMO DJs, LARD and REVOLTiNG COCKS, which is understandable since he worked with SKATENiGS' Phil Owen in REVOLTiNG COCKS and shares Owen's warped, esoteric mindset. Like MiNiSTRY and a handful of other industrial-metal acts, SKATENiGS fuse soundbites with roaring, barked vocals, barbed guitar riffs and straight ahead drumming. But while MiNiSTRY creates angst-filled symphonies, SKATENiGS would rather take a cue from such groups as SUiCiDAL TENDENCiES and flex its muscles for fun instead of railing with blind rage. Even the political samples on "Fight Da Suckas" and "Loudspeaker" take a back seat to the macho, fist-pounding riffarama. Test your IQ with "Chemical Imbalance," "Horny For Evil" and "Roadkill."