Skinless was an American death metal band that was formed in 1992 and disbanded in 2011.
Skinless was formed by Ryan Wade and Noah Carpenter in the town of South Glens Falls, New York. After relocating to various New York towns and cities such as Saratoga, Clifton Park, and Cohoes the band settled in Troy, New York. Skinless is known for its consistently intense performances, as well as for their lyrical mix of end-of-the-world cynicism and comedy, which at times satires well known death metal lyrics from bands such as Carcass and Cannibal Corpse and death metal in general. These lyrical themes are demonstrated in songs such as "The Optimist," about a crumbling human society, and "Tug of War Intestines," which depicts children playing schoolyard games with a surgery patient's internal organs. Recently, the band has occasionally brought the "Skinless Girl" on stage and let her be roughed up, covered in fake blood, while the band performed. Earlier in their careers, Skinless handed out long tubes of foam for the moshers to beat each other with while the band played. These tubes were nicknamed, "The Logs of Brutality". Their 1998 debut album, Progression Towards Evil, was an