The beast called SKINLESS was brought forth in 1992 by guitarist Noah Carpenter with one goal: to be the heaviest band around. SKINLESS play brutal death metal with a heavy and catchy groove, influenced by pioneers such as Obituary, Suffocation, Broken Hope, Deicide, and Cannibal Corpse. After a variety of personnel changes and the release of two demos, SKINLESS established a solid, dedicated lineup in 1997: Noah Carpenter on guitar, Sherwood Webber on vocals, bassist Joe Keyser, and Bob Beaulac on drums. This version of the band would later become known as the band’s classic lineup.
In 1998, SKINLESS released their full-length debut Progression Towards Evil, which stunned the underground, showcasing the energy that the band had become known for via its intense live performances. An independent release, Progression Towards Evil received frenzied acclaim the world over and saw remarkable sales. A deal with Relapse Records ensued and three more bludgeoning platters of death metal were served up between 2001 and 2006: Foreshadowing Our Demise, From Sacrifice To Survival, and Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead.
Despite a few lineup changes during that period the band remained as brutal and busy as ever. SKINLESS toured the globe extensively in support of these offerings and gathered a growing horde of metal miscreants. Besides their recorded output, SKINLESS have also had the pleasure of defiling stages around the Earth with Slayer, Pantera, Slipknot, Shadows Fall, Exodus, Overkill, Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Six Feet Under, Misery Index, Deicide, Immolation, Origin, Gorguts, Hatebreed, Chimaira, Mortician, Incantation, Obituary, Cannibal Corpse, Entombed, Vader, Cattle Decapitation, Brutality, Grave, and many more.
After several years of laying low, SKINLESS returned to action with their classic formation in 2013 and also added a second guitarist, Dave Matthews, into the mix. A fifth full-length album, and the band's first in eight years, detonated via Relapse in June 2015. With Only The Ruthless Remain, SKINLESS have returned stronger than ever with a prime slab of brutal death. Chock full of their signature, skull-crushingly heavy grooves and technical, blasting severity, Only the Ruthless Remain has already seen widespread positive reception from publications like Decibel, MetalSucks, and Terrorizer, and is sure to be one of the most talked about death metal albums in years. SKINLESS are back, and they're as ready to flay you alive as they've ever been!