|Review: Skinflint - Nyemba|
Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2015
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: May 16, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
The African continent isn't really known for its Metal scene, is it? There are a handful of Metal bands from that region of the globe that have made an international breakthrough, at least on a small scale. One of these bands comes from Gaborone, Botswana, and is called Skinflint. Skinflint was formed in 2006 and have had three earlier albums released on a small independent label called Metal Records. Skinflint's fourth album, Nyemba, was originally released independently in September 2014 then Germany's Pure Steel Records reissued it for a wider audience.
Nyemba contains roughly played but very enthusiastic Heavy Metal that is inspired by the origins of African black magic from West Africa during the late 18th century. This Gaborone-based trio sounds fresh and energetic and more than willing to kick our asses with their minimalist and stripped down Heavy Metal that has influences from Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath permeating the songs. There's a warm and positive feeling around their Heavy Metal manifestos and Skinflint also pull off their performances convincingly enough to win listeners to their side. Bassist Kebonye gets a lot of space within the songs making me think of Steve Harris from time to time while vocalist/guitarist Giuseppe brings in a massive amount of energy with his snarly and raspy vocals. Drummer Sandra does what is necessary to keep the songs interesting especially on the song "The Wizard and His Hound" where the whole team gets a very relaxed and bluesy vibe going.
African Heavy Metal combo Skinflint is absolutely worth checking out if Nyemba is anything to go by.
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