Anyway, back to the music because that's what we're here for. SKW is an Italian band, formed way back in 1989. I really wonder why I haven't heard from them before, and frankly, I wonder how they sounded in those days. Today, they sound like a very modern metal band, perhaps nudging towards the nu-metal scene. Yet, that scene hasn't been around for that long. On the other hand, maybe SKW was a big influence for those bands.
The album opens with 'Light', immediately showing what SKW stands for. Raw hard rock music, inspired by bands like Metallica, Disturbed and Pantera. Yes, you do know what that means: brutal metal riffs, pounding drums and an rough but sometimes emotive voice. There also seem to be somewhat of a Southern rock influence, dirty, grinding and filthy rock 'n roll, which obviously isn't bad. In fact, it's searing hot at times.
My personal favorite songs on this album include title track 'Signs' and follower 'Fail'. Both show that this band isn't weary of some electronics and some experimentation, which is a good thing if you want to evolve as a band and keep up with the current reigning scene. In, that aspect, these guys have done a real good job with this album. On 'Never To Close' they also show how to write a decent metal ballad, something that's becoming quite rare these days.
In all, this really is a strong album by a well-attuned band that stubbornly goes their own way. But what would you expect from a band with more than twenty years of experience. My advice? If you're into anything from the bands I mentioned before to acts like Channel Zero, Guns 'n Roses to Poison or Linkin Park, you should check this out. It's simply a good album from a band that certainly deserves more followers...