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Review: Ruttenskalle - Skin 'Em Alive
Skin 'Em Alive

Label: Gruesome Records
Year released: 2021
Duration: 38:42
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: August 17, 2022
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)

I’m generally wary of one-man acts, as they often accomplish little more than giving me a headache as someone embarrasses themselves by trying and failing to be the equivalent of a full band, but Paolo Soares’ Ruttenskalle (Swedish for Rotten Skull) proves to be the exception to that rule. Unsurprisingly, Skin ‘Em Alive works in the very familiar vein of Swedish Death Metal that we all know and love, and while he doesn’t do anything to elevate the genre, he sure as hell does a damn good job of greasing the wheel he refuses to reinvent with sharp musicianship and brutal, engaging songwriting. The biggest challenge for a one-man band is to, well, be a band, to be skilled enough to handle all aspects of the music being made to sound like it could be done by a project with more members, and Soares passes that test perfectly as he overcomes the derivative nature of his music by making it as solid as a rock tossed at your head to spill your brains. If he keeps up the quality for his next release, I certainly won’t complain.

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