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|1.||Hell Or High Water|
|2.||The Gang's All Here|
|3.||Not Dead Yet|
|7.||When The Lights Come On|
|8.||Tear It Down|
|10.||World's On Fire|
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|From: Doghouse Reilly||Date: September 12, 2022 at 13:47|
|Surprise, surprise—the new Skid Row album, featuring their fourth post-Bach singer, is actually ... pretty fuckin' good! It definitely leans more toward the first album, as you might expect. After all, that was their biggest seller and contained most of their hits. Plus, Erik Gronwall comes from that Sweden scene that takes Skid Row's debut as one of its chief influences. But as I've noted elsewhere, my love of Slave To The Grind has caused me to sometimes undervalue its predecessor—I forget how good it was in 1989. So here we have ten tracks with only one ballad, lots of energy from everyone, a great voice up front, and terrific production. How 'bout the songs? On my first couple trips through, they're all pretty catchy, with the closer "World On Fire" standing out most. Might need a little more time to really get into the songs individually, but for now, I'm just enjoying the overall high quality of the sounds.|
|From: Doghouse Reilly||Date: September 12, 2022 at 13:59|
|It's just sad that this has to be released in 2022, when most people won't hear it. The band, like so many of their contemporaries, have wasted so much fucking time. There's a case to be made that America doesn't get younger bands like H.E.A.T., Crazy Lixx, Bombay Black, etc., etc., because oldsters like Skid Row and their contemporaries are still playing at every casino and state fair that'll have them, so older fans don't discover new bands they might like. (And maybe that has to do with all of us getting older and not hanging out in bars watching bands on weeknights and living for rock 'n' roll anymore.) But with The Gang's All Here, Skid Row finally makes a strong argument for their continued existence.|
|From: MetalllianStallion||Date: September 13, 2022 at 10:47|
|This album isn't due to be released till mid October but I found a copy floating around. The scale has been set so low with the Skids post Bach albums that it needs some clarification. Skid Row has had a revolving door of lead singers in recent years, as Tony Harnell (TNT) was in the mix for 15 minutes, but not long enough for a release. Is this better than a majority of POST 'Subhuman Race' albums? Yes, Does it come remotely close to the Bach era? NO, Gronwall does comes from the Sweden scene, but has a boy band past as he was a contestant on the equivalent of American Idol in Sweden and released a solo pop album. IMO he's a square peg trying to fit into a round hole. As his voice/stage persona looks like a pop vocalist singing rock in HEAT. The old rocker motto applies. "This isn't a look, it's a way of life". Stand out track "October's Song". Visual... Did Sabo's nephew join the band? Skid Row 'Tear It Down' Video 'The Gang's All Here' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM5m_zRTBzw|
|From: Doghouse Reilly||Date: September 13, 2022 at 11:49|
|The Stallion is not wrong. It's rue that the first two albums will always be the gold standard for Skid Row, but at this late date, that's at partly because those albums have lived in our blood for three decades now. How could anything else compare if you were there the first time around? And it is also true that the new record doesn't have the nasty edge that even the debut had, and in that regard has a lot in common with the Swedish scene that loves early Skids but struggles to capture the menace. I'm not gfffault the guy for not being in his 50's—I don't really want to see Jizzy Pearl or Robert Mason fronting Skid Row. (Just using those guys as examples—I think they're both great at what they do.) I appreciate Erik's youthful enthusiasm, and don't think a solo pop album should bar him for life from our little club.|
|From: Doghouse Reilly||Date: September 13, 2022 at 12:01|
|Apologies for the typos—doing this on my phone, as will do these-here days. I think my point got through. However, will I still be spinning this disc in six months or a year, or will I revert back to the self-titled and Slave To The Grind? I suspect the latter, just based on familiarity and history. I'm getting older too, you know. But I still say that this on.is a damn good effort from a band I'd pretty much given up on. And on a slight tangent, I don't have nearly the attachment to the early material of many thrash and death-metal bands that I do with the pop-metal of my youth. Is that really because bands Overkill, Immolation and Paradise Lost are making some of the best music of their careers, or is it just because I wasn't listening to them hardly at all growing up?|
|From: Doghouse Reilly||Date: September 14, 2022 at 14:15|
|Erik Gronwall kinda reminds me of Terry Ilous with an attitude problem, with the European accent, the frequent leaps into Steelhearted shriek territory, and the general tone of his voice. Of the songs, "The Gang's All Here," "Not Dead Yet" and "When The Lights Come On" are crowd-pleasing anthems that hearken back to the debut, while "Tear It Down" and especially "Time Bomb" try for more aggressive sounds. The whole "Tick tick tick tick tick tick tick—BOOM!" thing in "Time Bomb" has the potential to be really cheesy, but somehow works. The ballad "October's Song" is on the moody side, with a surprisingly loud bass conpeting with the clean guitars, and picks up speed and weight about halfway through, so it's not really an '80's-style "monster ballad." And "World On Fire" rips!|
|From: i****i||Date: November 8, 2022 at 15:06|
|Good CD IMO. Not on the level of 1 or 2. But good.|
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