August 10, 1996

Swedish artist Skold is the latest in a string of Nordic hard-rock acts blowing their chilly winds into the U.S. With a background that includes collaborations with Prong, Drown, Howie Beno (Ministry, Drag), and Billy Kennedy (Nine Inch Nails, Danzig), Skold throws a heavy hat into the industrial angst-rock ring, melding rapid drum loops with an assortment of guitar riffs and vocals screams. While he stands in danger of being lumped in with Nine Inch Nails, Gravity Kills, Stabbing Westward, and the rest of the industrial ilk, it would be a shame to see this talented performer slip through the cracks unnoticed.