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United World Rebellion: Chapter One
Released: 2013, UDR Music
Reviewer: Celtic Bob
UNITED WORLD REBELLION: CHAPTER ONE is the first release of a three part series of EP’s by Skid Row. EP’s appear to be the new ‘Thing’ in the music world at the moment. They can be looked at in a few ways and one being that we get new music more often and another is that it will cost more in the long run to get an albums worth of material. By the time that Skid Row release all this series we will get slightly more than a standard album’s worth BUT we will have spent more $$ to get it. Is it worth it? Let the old Aerosmith song sum it up for you and “Let The Music Do The Talking”.
Skid Row have not been the same since the departure of Sebastian no matter what way you look at it, be it positive or negative. As with one of the versions of Queensrÿche, Skid Row is still 3/4’s of the original band and they are missing the singer that the people identify the band with. In this case Johnny Solinger has been with the band longer than Bas was but the comparisons will never go away. Johnny is a great singer but in places you cannot help but think to yourself; ‘I wonder how this would sound with Sebastian singing it?’ or ‘I bet Bas would sound amazing here’...etc. This can be taken as a compliment as there is some really great material on here and dare I say that Solinger is slightly reminiscent of Bach in a few instances? Either way it does not take away from the release. UDR:C1 is a solid EP anyway you look at it. All of the tracks are worthy of inclusion on a full length album.
While it cannot be compared to SLAVE TO THE GRIND or the self titled debut we will try. Skid Row are a different band now and once we accept that we will enjoy the new music they are releasing. I am looking forward to hearing the next chapter.
Kings Of Demolition
This Is Killing Me
Snake Sabo (guitars)
Rachel Bolan (bass)
Scotti Hill (guitars)
Johnny Solinger (vocals)
Rob Hammersmith (drums)
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