Bassist/vocalist Steev Esquivel of reactivated San Francisco Bay Area metallers SKINLAB has issued the following update:
"Just thought I would let you know that Century Media has honored our request to be released from the label. We having nothing bad to say about CM. Everyone there did a great job and helped us out along the way a much as they possibly could have.
"We would like to thank Marco and everyone at Century Media for their hard work over the past 10 years.
"Our last release for CM will be the 10-year anniversary reissue of our debut album, 'Bound, Gagged and Blindfolded'. They've been cool enough to speed up the manufacturing process so we could have 'em for sale on the Face Of Aggression Tour… very fuckin' metal of them!!
"So that's it for now. We're fuckin' excited about the future of SKINLAB. We're felling stronger than ever nowadays. The new tunes are coming out slammin'. I have no doubt SKINLAB will find a new home sooner than later."
SKINLAB will undertake the "Face of Aggression" headlining tour beginning on May 5 at The Kennel Club in Sacramento and ending on June 2. Support will come from WILL HAVEN and ANKLA, while the first three spots will be rotated by HOSTILITY, APIARY and PAIN PRINCIPLE (the latter two bands will appear in select markets only). The first announced dates are as follows (venue details to follow):
May 08 - Denver, CO
May 11 - Minneapolis, MN
May 12 - Millwaukee, WI @ Milwaukee Metalfest
May 14 - West Springfield, VA
May 17 - Cleveland, OH
May 24 - Farmington, NM
June 01 - Seattle, WA
June 02 - Portland, OR
As previously reported, SKINLAB is working on its first-ever DVD, tentatively due before the end of the year.
SKINLAB 2007 lineup:
Paul Hopkins - Drums
Glen Telford - Guitars
Steev Esquivel - Bass/Vocals
Snake - Guitars
SKINLAB's last studio album, "ReVolting Room", came out in 2002. A double-disc set, entitled "Nerve Damage", featuring alternate versions of studio tracks, several live tracks recorded on the band's "ReVolting Room" tour, plus two new songs, came out in 2004.
RE:IGNITION — the band featuring Esquivel on guitar, Snake on bass, Dave Moore (ex-MINDBENDER) on vocals, Tim Howell (ex-FUELED, SACRILEGE B.C.) on guitar and Mark Hernandez (ex-TECHNOCRACY, TORQUE) on drums — released its debut album, "Empty Heart Loaded Gun", via Corporate Punishment Records.
"Empty Heart Loaded Gun" features guest appearances by guitarist Phil Demmel (MACHINE HEAD, ex-VIO-LENCE) and vocalist Brock Lindow (36 CRAZYFISTS).