Review: Doll Skin – In Your Face – EMP Label Group – Release: Out Now.
As an introduction I simply want to put here what ‘metal famous’ guy David Ellefson had to say: “The first time I saw Doll Skin perform was in 2014 at a talent contest my son asked me to attend. I was totally blown away by their energy and great songs and that prompted me to take them into their studio this past summer to produce the “In Your Face” EP. They are young and fresh, but are not a novelty teenage act. They are totally absorbed in old school punk roots, while writing forward thinking songs. I was a fan from day one!”
Doll Skin is:
Sydney Dolezal (16) – Vocals
Alex Snowden (16) – Guitars
Nicole Rich (17) – Bass
Meghan Herring (19) – Drums
In Your Face
The all-girl punk rock ensemble Doll Skin kicks off this EP with raw riffs during ‘Family Of Strangers’. Singer Sydney is only 15 years old but shows a lot of energy and anger. ‘Wring Me Out’ has a more radio friendly sound and Nicole lets her bass roar! You can spot some early 70’s rock influences as well here.
‘Let’s Be Honest’ is a teenage pop rock song with some crispy guitar riffs. The middle instrumental part is rather wild and gives the song an extra energy boost.
The long ballad ‘Blind’ brings the sensitive side of this quartet to the surface.
‘So Much Nothing’ introduces a more metal edge to the sound and closing track ‘Weatherman’ lets you hear how the band sounds on stage. Their sound rocks big time and it seems the girls just wanna have fun.
This album screams girl power all the way! Doll Skin is just as much The Runaways (the energy), as they are Josey and the Pussycats (the glamor). Doll Skin is far from just a gimmick with a pretty face, these girls really know how to rock, pounding out heartfelt glitter punk, crafted with a skill well beyond their young years.
Score: 3,5 out of 5
1. Family Of Strangers
2. Wring Me Out
3. Let’s Be Honest
5. So Much Nothing
6. Weatherman (Live)
Text by: Rik Bauters