Skrape On Unknown Sundays 2024


Hey “Jojo!”  Not exactly an endearing title to call out for an alternative metal band forming in the late 1990s (1997 to be exactly).  The landscape of music in the genre was definitely going through some changes and re-inventions, so it would be easy to get lost or frustrated for niche airplay on radio stations (remember Sirius doesn’t come along until 2002).  With the likes of Live, Soundgarden, Prodigy, Foo Fighters, Our Lady Peace, Blur and Radiohead pushing sounds in all kinds of directions, where is nu-metal and alternative metal in this mix?  Don’t forget that sounds from Fiona Apple, Tonic, Counting Crows, Matchbox Twenty, Beck and Sarah McLachlan are pushing the radio pop charts.  So, who’s in this right now that’s going the nu-metal direction?  Well, Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, Pantera, Obituary and Incubus. and possibly argue Helmet?  So, the landscape is undulating, unpredictable and the bend for single that has pop-metal and grungy elements seems to maybe have the opportunity to shine brightest?  However, there’s absolutely no filter or rhyme or reason to sustainment beyond the live show and opening acts utilizing each other within the common goals of the broad metal scope.

So, they did the fist reasonable thing.  Drop that name.  I agree.  However, in hindsight of my music knowledge, it would be a few years before I would realize the connection to a very cool and worthy unknown, cast aside band called, Stuck Mojo, that some of these fine metalists (apparently not a word — needs to be) were involved in.  So, we can talk about that on another episode!  On to the band now called, Skrape!  Orlando, Florida, home of Mickey Mouse and that obnoxiously overpriced theme park that is a destination the world over.  So, how do you get your following there in the land of kiddies and families seeking that wholesome entertainment and teen pop?!  Well, in actuality, at the time, they were one of the only metal acts from Orlando, so that maybe made them unique enough.  Unique sort of helped in their native area because of what people were surrounded by.  Want to cut loose and here something heavy and metal — they were a cult following so to speak, and so that drew enough attention to get them signed (probably under the unique ‘give them a try’ label).  The music they were putting down, cultivated more to nu-metal than grunge or alternative rock, so when they did start to go to some shows to test it out, it was not well received.  So, probably a little unnerving, but you got your record deal and let’s see where you land.

Well, New Killer America, was released March 20th of 2021, and let’s just say that I don’t think anyone understood the power of that thumb, and what they were trying to state with it.  But now, it’s all about the power of these really smart kids that have power to basically torche conventionalism, and the album’s production and nu-metal pitch definitely drew a lot of attention.  When you open from Slayer, Pantera, Soil, Static-X (there’s one outside the realm of standard metal) and Morbid Angel, you’re going to add to your audience and get noticed as long as you’re good and different — and they were (and they were modestly accessible, too).  The vocals and passion for metal construct with reaches to alternative bands like Deftones were certainly a steady foot hold in both genres.  The riffing was pure and very much in the wheelhouse of getting the crowds into the mosh!

So, where do things go wrong?  Old establishment.  It’s hard for old people to accept new things.  It’s why we do this channel.  Clive Davis, while very much a mogul of the industry, and a man who influenced generations of listeners and musicians, he didn’t apparently like the scene or the conceptual design of the label after purchasing it, and firing people handling such bands that didn’t fit what was successful by his definition.  Somewhat understandable, but unreasonable (probably), considering there was never enough time to properly push the bands that had this kind of sound.  So, basically, pioneering, would not be something Clive Davis was willing to do.  So, Will Hunt, the drummer for Skrape and the guys would have not move on, and the second album, Up The Dose, would fall on it’s own, even though it was a very very good follow up recording, and it managed to gather some alternative steam.  Sam Hunt would go on to be in Dark New Day and with Evanescence, as well as touring and filling in for Static-X, Tommy Lee, Black Label Society to name a few.  So, I’m sure he’s not as upset as he previously was at the time.  And, he also had a stint with Dark New Day and a brief stint with Disturbed vocalist, David Dramian’s side project called Device, which I dug as well.  The rest of the band’s musicians went on to bands like Dope, Blessed in Black, Audiotopsy, and Slaughter just to name a few.

Nu-metal would make a deeper impression as years moved on from these two albums.  In fact, there’s now a new Skrape name in the music industry, which is not anywhere in the wheelhouse of alternative metal/nu-metal.  It is in fact an electronica band of sorts, so don’t fall into that bad streaming match trap that is happening across platforms.  So, if you were and are a Deftones fan, this band has the more metal side of that anchor, but has a lot of material you will dig.  Mudvayne, Slaves On Dope, Lifer, One Minute Silence and Darwin’s Waiting Room could be others to compare to, if you plan to give these two albums a go.  The record label and the band certainly gave up way to early on this, as they certainly were in the right frame of metal mind for what was there and coming.  It’s too bad they could not have Skrape(d) out another record somehow.

Albums in my collection by Skrape

Albums in my collection from members (most of them being Sam Hunt) of Skrape

  • Dark New Day – Twelve Year Silence (2005)
  • Dark New Day – New Tradition (2012)
  • Evanescence – Entire Catalog  (although Hunt didn’t join band until, 
  • Dope – Felons and Revolutionaries (1999)
  • Dope Life (2001)
  • DopeGroup Therapy (2003)
  • Dope American Apathy (2005)
  • DopeNo Regrets (2009)
  • Device – Self Titled (2013)  [Tom Morello, Lzzy Hale, Serj Tankian, and Glenn Hughes guest on that record]
  • Black Label Society – Order of the Black (2010)
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