Metal band scrapes for
fans on 'New Killer America'
New Killer America
By Shiley Carter
Daily Cougar Staff
In a world where heavy metal is currently
making a big comeback, there are a lot of bands fighting to be at the top.
However, as we often see and hear on our
radio stations, a lot of the bands that make it do so with little talent
Skrape, on the other hand, puts a new meaning
to the struggle to "make it big."
All the members of Skrape (Billy Keeton,
vocals; Mike Lynchard, guitar; Brian Milner, keyboards/guitar; Pete Sison,
bass; and Will Hunt, drums) have been struggling for
years just to simply live.
Courtesy of RCA Records
Florida-based heavy metal quintet Skrape
released an oddity with their debut album, New Killer America. The band
actually incorporates melodic undertones in their metal.
By the age of 18, each of these heavy metal
musicians was out on their own, working and fighting for everything they
were to eventually receive.
And their work paid off.
Skrape's debut album on RCA Records, New
Killer America, is a truly awesome new addition to the heavy metal scene
in the world.
New Killer America brings to heavy metal
what it has been lacking for so long … a true feeling of aggression with
intelligent, positive lyrics and a unique sound that still has
the components that make heavy metal what
Their message is positive because the members
of Skrape believe everyone should make something out of themselves.
Skrape says, "Get up! Make a difference
in your own life."
The members of Skrape did some other fighting
in their hometown as well.
They were outcasts for their style of music
in Orlando, Fla. Will Hunt describes their situation as, "Orlando was in
a time warp. We like it that way because when people hate
us, which they did, that fueled us."
New Killer America starts out hard, with
"What You Say."
Following the brutal sounds of their first
track is the more melodic sound of "Waste," proving Skrape's ability to
carry a tune and harmonize together rather than always
releasing the ferocious guitar riffs and
With several interludes going between the
hardcore sounds of metal to a more melodic, moody feel, "Blow Up" is a
great ending to the 12-track album.
For the past several months and currently,
Skrape can brag about their line-up on the Pantera Extreme Steel Tour.
New Killer America promises a great sound
for the sometimes repetitive heavy metal scene.
With this album just being their debut,
Skrape is definitely on their way to the top.
I do not see much more struggling for this
band in the future so keep your eyes and ears open.