Top positive review
on 24 March 2016
I have been on a quest, to find any forgotten metal genius from the 1980s and 1990s, songs which went under the radar...secret ballads and disregarded anthems. This album isn't from 1992, it's from 2014, but sounds like it has been time-machined from then to now; the production, songwriting, musicianship, singing and even album cover...it's all perfect. I didn't even know Seb was solo, and haven't listened to anything Skid Row did apart from '18 and Life' and 'Youth Gone Wild.' So this comes as a wonderful surprise, one of the best metal albums of the twenty-tens.
His voice sounds amazing. We hope our metal gods sound like they always did, but the voice is often the first casualty. Bach still has it, and he's using it. And Duff McKagan is on bass guitar for the whole album, which is a priceless bonus.
All of the songs are short, or relatively short...no overblown epics, just metal...from start to finish. Some of the highlights: The way 'Harmony' goes from hard and heavy to melody with an effortless grace, 'All My Friends Are Dead' which broods over the verse before lifting up into a wonderful chorus, 'Push Away' with its 1980s synth underlining the track...very 'Terminator' like something from the TechNoir club...Skid Row meets Depeche Mode, 'Dominator' which is a great song about S&M (succeeds where other bands have failed), 'Had Enough' because ALL metal albums need a ballad, 'Gun to a Knife Fight' because the lead guitar reminds us it's not all about Seb...his band are superb, 'Rock n' Roll is a Vicious Game' for turning things Country Metal for four minutes, 'Forget You' because it's such a good song to end the album with...not too fast, not too slow...with beautiful guitars and a brooding menace which leaves the listener slightly disturbed.
I read some stuff on YouTube, where the Haters have put the boot in and said Sebastian has changed...no, it's YOU who have changed. I have been listening to metal since '87...and this is one of the best albums in the genre since the mid nineties, relevant yet true to the spirit of rock.