Origin San Francisco, United States
Genres Groove metal, nu metal[1]
Years active 1994–2003
since 2016
Labels Crash Music, Century Media
Associated acts Re:Ignition, Defiance
Members Steev Esquivel
Steve Green (Snake)
Paul Hopkins
Past members Mike Roberts
Gary Wendt
Scott Sargeant
Julian Peach
Glenny Telford
Brian Jackson

Skinlab is a metal band formed in 1994 in San Francisco, California by vocalist/bassist Steev Esquivel (who used to sing in the Bay Area thrash metal band Defiance) and guitarist Mike Roberts, now with San Francisco Bay Areas RAZE the STRAY, guitarist Gary Wendt (who played for the Bay Area thrash band Sacrilege B.C. and currently fronts alt/metal band The Ghost Next Door), and drummer Paul Hopkins (the lineup having since been altered). After releasing 3 full-length studio albums and an EP, they disbanded in 2003 following the departure of two core members.

Following the band's demise, vocalist/bassist Steev Esquivel and guitarist Steve "Snake" Green went on to form Re:Ignition. The band's debut album, Empty Heart, Loaded Gun, was released in November 2006 through Corporate Punishment Records.

After a three-year hiatus, the band featuring line-up of Steev Esquivel, Snake, Glen Telford and Paul Hopkins had reformed and were currently rehearsing with plans for a new album in 2009.

Following the 2009 release of Skinlab's latest effort, The Scars Between Us, according to Esquivel, performed badly sales-wise,[2] guitarist Glenny Telford once again left the band.[3] He was replaced by Brian Jackson (formerly of the Las Vegas band Kreep). As of June 2011 Ex-Rikets guitarist Provo took over Guitar duties opposite Snake. Having failed to produce any new material, Skinlab has disbanded.[4] On September 22 2016, it was announced that Steev Esquivel and Paul Hopkins had reformed Skinlab, with former members Mike Roberts and Gary Wendt returning to the band as well. The band would perform their debut album in full at various shows in late 2016.


Skinlab's sound can best be described as groove metal. They have been extensively compared to Machine Head. Both originated in the Bay Area, were formed at approximately the same time, and are said to have similar-sounding debut albums. While Machine Head has since changed their sound from their debut (returning to the groove metal sound on their 2003 album Through the Ashes of Empires), Skinlab is still generally credited with having stuck to their original sound, though their album Revolting Room, received lukewarm reviews and accusations of being nu metal by some critics.


Current members

Former members


Studio albums
Other releases


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