This beast called SKINLESS was brought forth in 1992 by guitarist Noah Carpenter with one goal, to be the heaviest band around. The band's style can best be described as Brutal Death Metal, with a heavy/catchy groove. Early influences include Obituary, Suffocation, Broken Hope, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse etc. After a variety of lineup changes and two demos, SKINLESS established a solid, dedicated line-up from 1997-2001: Noah Carpenter(guitar), Sherwood Webber(vocals), Joe Keyser(bass) and Bob Beaulac (drums). This version of the band would later become known as the "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 from press the world over and saw remarkable sales. A deal with Relapse Records ensued and three more bludgeoning platters were served from 2001-2006: 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
After several years of laying low, SKINLESS returned to action with their "Classic" formation in 2013 and have added a second guitarist Dave Matthews (No, not that shitty acoustic guy). A fifth full-length album, and the band's first in eight years,is set to detonate via Relapse in June 2015. Titled Only The Ruthless Remain, SKINLESS have returned stronger than every with a prime slab of brutal death metal. Chock full of their signature, skull-crushingly heavy grooves and technical, blasting severity, Only the Ruthless Remain is sure to be one of the most talked about death metal albums in a long time.
SKINLESS has 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 tons more.
Noah Carpenter- Guitar
Dave Matthews- Guitar
Joe Keyser- Bass
Bob Beaulac- Drums