Robert P. Beveridge | Cleveland, OH | 08/02/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Skin Chamber, Wound (Roadrunner, 1991)
Imagine my surprise to find out that Skin Chamber were actually a Controlled Bleeding side project recently. Skin Camber have far more in common with early Godflesh (back when they were still a sludge metal band) than they do with Controlled Bleeding. But there they are, the ultra-prolific Paul Lemos and sidekick Chris Moriarty, pounding out a weird upside-down cross between late-eighties industral (think harder-edged Nitzer Ebb here, rather than the more danceable stuff, or early Chemlab) and slow, brutal metal (Celtic Frost's more introspective material, maybe). One thing it is that Controlled Bleeding too often weren't is listenable. If you're into that sort of thing, of course. A friend of mine, back when Wound came out, had it recommended to her because she was into nine inch nails and Master/Slave Relationship. I don't think she ever patronized that record store again...
Lemos sounds as if he's gargling nails while being burned alive by lava. It's a beautiful thing. *** ½"