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Skid Row - Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two

Published August 04 2014

=Staff's pick

We Are The Damned
Give It The Gun
Catch Your Fall
Damnation Army*
Zero Day
Sheer Heart Attack
Rats In The Cellar*

Genre Heavy Metal
Johnny Solinger
Tracks 7
Scotti Hill
Running time 29 Min.
Dave 'Snake' Sabo
Label UDR/ADA/Warner
Rachel Bolan
Release 04 August 2014
Rob Hammersmith
Country USA
Producer Skid Row
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The second installment of Skid Row's 3 EP project United World Rebellion. A concept created to have continuous activities instead of releasing full length records years apart and then nothing in between. It has been around fifteen months, depending on territory, since the release of Chapter One, so it's not like they've been rushing into things too fast to write and record five new songs and make cover versions of Sheer Heart Attack and Rats In The Cellar, originally recorded by Queen and Aerosmith, respectively.

Being a longtime fan of the 1991 album Slave To The Grind, I want so badly to fall in love, from the bottom of my heart, with this new Skid Row music as well, but at the very end of the day, I really can't, no matter how hard I try. I have listened to Chapter Two for around fifteen times and I still can't find something that comes out even close to what this unit achieved in the past. There is really nothing wrong with the actual performance, since it has both energy and guts, but the songs overall don't have any crucial impact on me or something that makes them captivating, vital and alive.

I think that the title track is rather enjoyable though, with its push forward and faster approach, but in fact the album contains a bunch of miscellaneous songs, which the band's audience hardly will applaud or appreciate. Even though I, with a little benevolent attitude, eventually managed to find something at least a little appealing, I don't believe that people generally are patient enough to give it as many spins as I did. Most people will probably dismiss this record after listening to it casually a few times and therefore I believe that 4 chalices is a fair rating.

See also review of: United World Rebellion: Chapter One , Revolutions Per Minute , Thickskin








4 chalices of 10 - Tobbe

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