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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 powerfull tracks, 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.
Skid Row released an incredibly powerful debut album, successfully combining a lot of elements on it, seemingly not very compatible and even opposite. Balancing on the verge of heavy and glam, heavy and commercial music, aggression and melodiousness, Skid Row took the bull by the horns in the very first album.1989, most glam bands took the path of lightening the sound, clouds of ballads and commercialization in general.Skid Row gave out a hurricane, uncompromising, moderately aggressive an album that stood out among glam bands.
Many songs became hits (the action movie Big Guns, the slow-paced I Remember You and the mid-tempo 18 and Life , which can be called a slow one too) and you can even say the anthem of the generation (Youth Gone Wild). One of the best albums to get acquainted with glam. And those who already know this album for sure know this album as one of the best in the genre.
By releasing their first album Out of the Cellar Ratt they made such a great start for themselves that they could not even dream of. Triple platinum in the US (taken in 1991), #7 on the Billboard 200 and a huge fan base. The secret behind the success that singled out Ratt glam crews and placed them on a stepping stone to Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot, Hanoi Rocks, Kix, KISS was that the album didn't feel like a debut album or low-grade. It was a mature, well-produced album with good sound and great material.
Instantly catchy tunes have given the world many hits: Wanted Man, Round and Round, Lack of Communication, Back for More . But the great thing about this album is that if these hits were removed from it, we would also write and talk about it but using other songs talking about hits: You're in Trouble, She Wants Money, I'm Insane for example. The fact is that this album is completely hit. All songs are powerful, memorable, driving, after any of them you will sing along to them all day long. Moderately heavy and energetic Out of the Cellar is one of those albums that you need to get acquainted with glam rock '80 and one of those albums that you will turn on with desire from time to time "Something familiar that you can listen to without flipping through the tracks"
02 April in Music History
Lake (original, guitar, background vocals)
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