Welsh "ragga metal" act SKINDRED has set "Union Black" as the title of its fourth album, due on May 2, 2011. The CD is currently being recorded at Britannia Row Studios in London with producer James Loughrey.
Commented SKINDRED frontman Benji Webbe: "This is the first album we have written and recorded in the U.K. It's a big departure from our usual sunny California or Florida surroundings; it's bloody freezing!
"The album will be darker and heavier than any of our previous recordings and I've not been this excited whilst writing since I was a kid! 'Union Black' is bringing the darker side of the 'DRED out, for sure!"
SKINDRED will perform its first shows of 2011 as the special guest on the now-sold-out ROB ZOMBIE U.K. tour in February. These dates are ZOMBIE's first in the U.K. after a 12-year hiatus.
SKINDRED recently inked a worldwide publishing deal with BMG. The deal takes into account all songs written by all four band members to date as well as their individual work as writers with frontman Benji Webb also penning cuts on BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's last album and new Roadrunner Records signing REVOKER, whom he is also producing.
"Shark Bites and Dog Fights", the latest mini-album from SKINDRED, sold around 2,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD landed at position No. 21 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"Shark Bites and Dog Fights" was released on September 22, 2009 via Bieler Bros. Records. The record contains eight songs, including "Who Are You?" and "Calling All Stations". It was produced by Matt LaPlant (SIKTH) at Bieler Bros. Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida.