There’s been tons of buzz brewing about The Lion’s Daughter all over on social media after watching multiple reviews on YouTube just to hear and understand the band’s history and whatnot. But after giving some songs a whirl, I learned to realized that this band is extremely unique, engaging and highly entertaining which surely makes me want to revisit their older albums and I think it’s safe to say that I was intrigued by how artistic their soundscapes and atmospheres they’ve created full of imaginative ideas and very well structured and cohesive their sound really is. The Lion’s Daughter been around since 2007 from St. Louis, Missouri and their style is basically taking elements of progressive, blackened, and sludge metal almost like if you were to take elements of Lord Mantis, Coffinworm, Slugdge put it in a nice blender and you get The Lion’s Daughter in a nutshell.
Released this year on Season Of Mist, this is the follow-up to 2018’s Future Cult and Skin Show is the band’s fourth full-length and its needless to say, this is perhaps the most diverse, experimented and well driven albums I’ve heard from a band that’s very new to my ears. Musically, The Lion’s Daughter have songs containing such breathtaking atmospheric passages, commendable compositions, natural and complimented arrangements sounding strained and tormented at times, this album really demonstrated the growth and maturity from these musicians who are extremely talented and know exactly what they’re capable of both musically, sonically and mentally speaking that a band like The Lion’s Daughter who’s style isn’t for anyone’s taste, but rest assure the music and lyrical content is what really struck a chord to me.
From the moments you hear songs such as Werewolf Hospital, Neon Teeth, The Chemist and the opening track of Become The Night to the fascinated and progressive style melodies of Sex Trap, these tracks takes melodic and artistic intelligence that showcases progression and decorated structures that’s not insanely technical but does have some incredible moments both calmly, aggressively and successively craves the listener’s mindset to have knowledge and paralleled to the mid 2000’s era of extreme metal making Skin Show filled with originality and creativity. Skin Show takes its toll to combine blackened sludge and progressive metal to new heights as the craftsmanship, musical structures and the atmosphere passages that penetrates the album’s presentation is undeniably fresh and absolutely natural.
Overall Score: 9.0/10
Review by Jake Butler