Skreaming Naked

Skreaming Naked

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In 1995, Philippine rock band Skreaming Naked released its debut album, the self-titled Skreaming Naked, on the fledging JML Records label of the then-newly established Vinta Music Corporation. Skreaming Naked has five members and consists of vocals, guitars, rhythm guitar, bass and drums. The band displays good instincts, and the songs are rough-hewned and flavorful. This includes the opening "Superman," fueled by a Led Zeppelin-like guitar riff and a distinctive hook in the chorus, the reggae-tinged "Bangungot" (trans: Nightmare), and the emotive "Gardo 2," which boasts a powerful guitar-propelled chorus. A major revelation is the vocals of lead singer Edgar Saban, who possesses a strong voice with much depth, which provides a vital edge to the music. The band is cohesive and exhibits much enthusiasm. Also displayed is impressive creativity in the various arrangements: "Mang Boro" (mang is slang for old man and Boro is a name), for example, contains a fanciful take on the music associated with the Marlboro cigarette commercials (from the "Grand Canyon Suite"). The slow-paced and intense "Para Sa Iyo" (trans: It's For You) contains tender harmony vocals as well as a blazing chord progression and searing lead guitar. The album suffers slightly from an amateurish feel, heard most noticeably on the ballad, "EZ," which is ruined by formless rhythm guitar and an irritating tapping throughout the song, as though someone is knocking on a tin can. Nonetheless, the instincts exhibited on Skreaming Naked bode well for the future.