Skeleton

I Hate I Skate (Super Secret)

Texas Platters

A one-sided, three-song flexi disc shouldn't match up with a box cutter. Local fivepiece gathered by Ziolkowski bros David and Victor – and counting Residual Kid drummer Ben Redman among the guilty – Skeleton lashes out harder than a flash mob. Produced by OS scholar Orville Neeley, I Hate I Skate grinds a metallic density that drops into hardcore tempos as exhorted by a deep, croaking, prison nihilism ("Locked Up"). The death vox gallop of "Change Me" clears momentarily for an unencumbered backbeat, but "Torture" caps the trio of tunes with a lo-fi Scandinavian evisceration as black as metal.

***.5

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