Skindred blend reggae and dancehall with searing thrash and punk influences for a striking hybrid of heavy metal. The group emerged from Wales in 1998, after the dissolution of vocalist Benji Webbe's previous band, Dub War. Rehearsals for a new project featuring other Dub War veterans didn't work out, but soon Webbe had hooked up with bassist Daniel Pugsley, guitarist Mikey Dee, and drummer Dirty Arya, and Skindred were officially born. The debut LP, Babylon, first appeared in 2002 and 2003, with sporadic success in parts of Europe and the U.S. metal underground. But it wasn't until a year or so later and Lava Records' involvement that the album really took off. Skindred re-released Babylon in August 2004. Lava's version featured different cover art, and included newly recorded material in addition to the original Howard Benson-helmed songs. The band released Roots Rock Riot in 2007, followed by Shark Bites & Dog Fights in 2009. Two years later, they released fourth album, Union Black, which did not have a U.S. release. After releasing Kill the Power (which included the Rasta-rocking shredder "Ninja"), they left BMG and signed with Napalm Records for the release of their sixth album, Volume in 2015. ~ Johnny Loftus

    Newport, Wales

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