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SKID ROW UNITED WORLD REBELLION CHAPTER TWO REVIEW

 

SKID ROW - RISE OF THE DAMNATION ARMY

UNITED WORLD REBELLION:  CHAPTER TWO

MEGAFORCE RECORDS

AUGUST 5 2014

 

 

Skid Row showed with 2013’s ‘United World Rebellion Part One’ that there was still plenty of life and power in the band, and at times the new material had all the look and feel of those classic eighties releases that still mark a high watermark in Hard Rock to this day. All the signs were there that the band was taut, toned and back to its best and Chapter Two just goes to confirm those feelings: Skid Row is on fire!

 

‘We Are the Damned’ that kicks off the EP has all the power and groove of classic Skid Row and the real flavour of that classic first album. Driven along by pounding drums and driving bass, Solinger’s vocals cut in to deliver a powerful chorus that distinctly screams that Skid Row has reclaimed its hard-rocking past. This sounds like a band that has put any demons it might have behind it and is no longer afraid to return to the sound that made them one of the greats of eighties Hard Rock.

 

‘Give It the Gun’ has a guitar line that you can imagine emanating from Joe Perry’s Gibson Les Paul, it’s a delicious seventies-flavoured hard groove that you can’t get enough of; before ‘Catch Your Fall’ takes it down a notch, brings in the acoustic guitars and delivers a nicely paced, thoughtful ‘almost-ballad’ that has an uplifting feel to it before it flies away with a cascading solo.  

 

If you thought that you were going to get time to catch your breath ‘Damnation Army’ is there to kick your ass, riding a chugging riff that has both Metal and Punk DNA it turns into a real fists in the air anthem just the sort of song Skid Row was built on. Closing out with ‘Zero Day’ there’s more of that classic sound and twin guitar attack. After a few years without much from the band this EP and its predecessor sound like game- changers. Skid Row is back to their best and back to the sound that made them so essential.

 

The EP also has a couple of treasures added as bonus tracks in covers of Queens ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ and Aerosmith’s ‘Rats in the Cellar’ it’s almost say ‘we’re back and we’re ready to rock’. With material like this Skid Row should be gaining a whole new legion of fans and the faithful should be grinning from ear to ear.

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

SKID ROW UNITED WORLD REBELLION CHAPTER TWO REVIEW 2014