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The first album of the Swiss Gotthard as a whole does not carry any unique feature, it is classic hard rock a la AC/DC, Whitesnake etc, but on the other hand this feature is everything there is. This is amazing quality and professionalism. Incredible and mesmerizing vocals by Steve Lee, very powerful and driving riffs and catchy melodies of choruses. At the beginning of the decline of hard rock, Gotthard released their debut album, which became very successful largely due to these qualities. The start of the album is set by one classic for him "Standing In The Night". Then we will hear ballads (All I Care For) and covers (Hush) and powerful action movies (Hunter). If we talk about this album in terms of pluses and minuses, then the second ones are absent on it at all. There is absolutely nothing to complain about. This is the case when the band took a lot of the best from other bands in their genre and served it up with a superbly prepared dish. For fans of classic hard rock, both this album and the band as a whole are highly recommended.
When I first heard this album, I thought: “damn it, this is exactly the glam, this is exactly very heavy metal glam that I always tried to find in different groups”.
Skid Row gave IMHO their best creation, it seems to me that this album personifies the group. Slave to the Grind turned out to be extremely strong. Glam-rock, filled with hooks and sometimes metallic sound, with powerful riffs, long solos, and a cherry on the cake - an incredible vocal by Bach, crawling through with his head.
This album has everything. Technical, aggressive action-songs (Monkey Business, Livin 'on a Chain Gang, Slave to the Grind) are again fighters, but less diverse but more speedy (Get the Fuck Out, Riot Act) bordering between funk and groove Psycho Love, The Threat, Creepshow, Mudkicker and the three most powerful ballads Quicksand Jesus, In a Darkened Room, Wasted Time. As in the Hollywood canons, the second part (album) is the apotheosis of creativity. This is a technical, powerful, aggressive, stylish and drive album. What can I say, in my understanding, this particular album is pure drive.