SKINFLINT - DIPOKO (Pure Steel Records/H'Art)


                               (Review by Officer Nice)

Out of Africa? Not the movie, a Metal band! If you were convinced that the entire world except Africa is into Metal you are wrong. Well, in Africa there’s Metal too and that’s the misunderstanding. Yes, yes, from out of Botswana… I couldn’t hold myself searching more information about this country and I found out that it is a big land, just above South Africa. Pretty far and I suppose the rehearsals will leave many people over there with eyes wide shut but we don’t care, especially not because this band just released a new album. Yes, yes, a new album because as far as I can see on their biography they have released two albums and an EP before.

This band is a trio, two male and one female. We have Giuseppe Sbrana on guitars and vocals, Kebonye Nkoloso on bass and Sandra Sbrana on drums. It is clear that the NWOBHM has found their way to this land and even the US Epic Metal is adored by these lads. It is clear that Skinflint is inspired by the Eighties Metal movement, adding their own ideas into their arrangements.

Skinflint delivers good Heavy Metal with an epic touch and maybe I expected a bit more of their African roots into their music. The band adds a constantly special atmosphere into their music, just like they would have been and old school Metal band themselves. Anyway this is the kind of stuff for fans of those old obscure NWOBHM bands like Witchfynde, in a blender with for example Warlord and even the oldest Iced Earth. The three instruments have an equal role in importance and the production is pretty good.

I don’t know what the future might bring for this band but for some reason I expect them one day in Germany… And I have a dream travelling to this part of the world to make a trip into their safari parks. It would maybe give me the unique chance to see this band over there… And after a few spins this band has an unique sound. We want more! Check it out at

My Points: 84 / 100 


95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish