Ok first off, i have been a huge fan of the original Skid Row for some time now, classic albums like the self-titled debut, slave to the grind and even subhuman race have been long time players in my playlists over the years and often get cranked still to this day in my truck.
Just like pretty much everyone else out there, I wish the band would reunite with Sebastian Bach, but It just don’t seem like it's going to happen. And as hard as it is to listen to a band after changing singers, sometimes it is possible to do so and make it actually work. It's rare but it can happen I mean, Anthrax, Pantera, Black Sabbath … well at this moment that is all I can think of. I am sure there are more examples but anyway. They made it work.
I was open to giving the Skids a shot with this new guy, so I clicked play on the video and I must admit the band sounds on fire! The energy is there! The guitars sound chunky! The bass is pounding and the drums even sound great! The singer starts doing his thing by getting the crowd pumped up and everything is great!
Then he starts singing the words to the song. Now it's hard to expect anyone to sound just like Bach and why should they, (as I noted earlier about other bands successfully changing singers). They all had completely different vocal approaches and sounded nothing like the predecessor and somehow it worked! But this is absolutely fucking horrible! This sounds like a drunk guy at a karaoke bar singing for the first time, pitchy as all hell and his voice cracks almost every time he tries to reach a note! I don’t know maybe it's just me. Maybe he was just having a bad night. Maybe I am being biased because I am a fan of Sebastian Bach. But that’s just my own opinion. You tell me let me, hit play and let me know what you think in the comments section below!
- Zach Moonshine
Duke TV has uploaded professionally filmed video footage of SKID ROW's May 23 performance at Empreinte in Savigny-le-Temple, France.
0:41 - "Sweet Little Sister"
4:03 - "Piece Of Me"
SKID ROW has collaborated with several other artists, including members of SLIPKNOT and HALESTORM, on the songwriting process for the final installment of the band's "United World Rebellion" trilogy. The follow-up to 2014's "Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two" and 2013's "United World Rebellion: Chapter One" will mark the band's first release with the South African-born, British-based vocalist ZP Theart (DRAGONFORCE, TANK, I AM I), who officially joined SKID ROW last year.
In a recent interview with Australia's Heavy music magazine, SKID ROW bassist Rachel Bolan confirmed that the group's next release will be "a full-length record" which will tentatively arrive in 2019.
According to Bolan, SKID ROW also collaborated with songwriter-for-hire Marti Frederiksen, who has previously worked with AEROSMITH, DEF LEPPARD, Jonny Lang and Sheryl Crow.
SKID ROW's upcoming release will see the band reunited with famed rock/metal producer Michael Wagener, who worked on SKID ROW's first two albums, 1989's "Skid Row" and 1991's "Slave To The Grind", as well as 2006's "Revolutions Per Minute".
Rachel said that he is especially thrilled to once again be making an album with Wagener, whom he called "one of my best friends." The bassist said: "We worked together on other stuff [since 'Revolutions Per Minute'], and if he has an artist come in [for a recording session at his studio], he's, like, 'Hey, you wanna play bass on this,' and I'm, like, 'Yeah.' I mean, we're literally 25 or 30 minutes apart in Tennessee, and he's got a badass studio out there. And he actually helped me build my studio at my house."
Despite having played sporadic shows with SKID ROW for a year, Theart wasn't officially announced as the band's new frontman until January 2017.
Theart stepped into the group following the departure of Tony Harnell, the former TNT frontman who joined SKID ROW in April 2015 as the replacement for Johnny Solinger, the band's singer of 15 years.