American hard rock band Skid Row have been icons in the scene since the 80s. Despite having fallen from grace slightly after they parted ways with their vocalist, Sebastien Bach, the band’s latest EP, ‘United World Rebellion: Chapter One’, proves that the band are still there to impress.
It could be asked whether or not their style of music is outdated, it’s hard to listen to this new EP (their first one since 1992) without having a feeling that it’s not all that ‘new’; but, with this EP, Skid Row prove that they’re still just as relevant today as they ever were.
‘New World Rebellion: Chapter One’ is an EP that is reminiscent of the band’s earlier years. Opening with the massive ‘Kings Of Demolition’, a song that immediately raises the bar for the EP, with its powerful energy and classic guitar riffs, it’s a strong opener, and luckily the rest of the EP follows suit.
‘Get Up’ is another stand out song that is fuelled by frustration and anger. Vocalist Johnny Solinger spits out the lyrics: “Every religion has it’s drunkards and whores” and “you drag our dead bodies through your piss laden streets”. During these lines, the passion and emotion that the band harbour is undeniable.
Skid Row have had time to grow as a band and have now produced something that will make even previously unconvinced listeners admit that the band have something. They’re lyrically talented, musically talented, and the vocals have definitely improved. With this EP, Skid Row have ensured that their comeback is not forgotten, as the title suggests, this is just chapter one, and there’s much more to come. It seems that Skid Row really are back, and they’re back to stay.
Written by Orla Conway
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