16 Volt ‎– Skin

Re-constriction Records ‎– REC-012
CD, Album

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Skin 3:17
2 Perfectly Fake 5:10
3 Uplift 3:51
4 Slow Wreck 4:45
5 Skin Graft
Recorded By, Mixed By – Keith Auerbach
6 Stitched 4:45
7 Built To Last 2:59
8 Bottle Rockets
Drums, Percussion, Effects [Feedback] – Tony Lash
9 Downtime II
Synthesizer – Tony Lash
10a Flick
Synthesizer – Tony Lash
10b Dead Skin 6:24

Companies, etc.



Track 10 has 15:59 amount of time, including appoximately 6:14 worth of silence between the two tracks.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 23248 40372 2
  • Barcode (Scanned): 723248403722
  • Matrix / Runout: Technicolor C1.1 116756-01
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L891
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 2T01
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MET 773 16Volt* Skin(CD, Album, RM) Metropolis MET 773 US 2012 Sell This Version
SPV 084-22212 16 Volt Skin(CD, Album) Off Beat SPV 084-22212 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
none 16 Volt Skin(10xFile, MP3, Album, RE, 192) Not On Label (16 Volt Self-released) none US 2009



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May 14, 2012
It's kind of a shame that talented groups like 16 VOLT are living in the shadow of the Master, but it's undeniable that NIN not only terraformed this genre, but also wrapped it up by creating the perfect 'pop' songs for Industrial Rock, the most risky mixes (and remixes, it must be said), and some of the harshest, most in-your-face and slash-your-throat thrash sounds of anyone. After a decade their sound is still as popular, and how often do you see 16 VOLT tee shirts passing you in the street? Yet they create a blistering, fiery, lean Rock sound which should appeal to anyone who wants to as it were 'cross-shop' for the NIN style. Unfortunately, it's all there - they could almost be a tribute band, from the ever-so-slightly distorted shouted vocals to the plethora of Industrial noises and the smattering of synthesiser thrown in for your enjoyment. The squeaks from the "SE7EN" soundtrack to the almost sotto-voce confessions of dark, destructive inner thoughts; from abstract, drifting segues to sudden crescendos, even to the 'hidden' extra track at the end (a remix of "Skin"). It probably wasn't conscious - you have to stand back from where you are to see the whole picture, but the comparison is undeniable.

I guess by reviewing this, rather tasty album, the way I have, I open myself up for criticism. "Why Don't You Judge Them On Their Own Merits?" I (fail to) hear you say. Well, say the BOOTLEG BEATLES were to put out material they themselves had written, in the style which they are adept at playing. Would you judge that sound on it's own merits? I think you know the answer, and I'm sure that, as good as their songs might be, anyone, BEATLES fan or not, would say they were standing in a penumbral Nowhere, shining a penlight torch, and expecting it to be as bright, or brighter than the sun. Good album, yes, but....

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.