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Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2014
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My expectations for Skid Row's new EP "United World Rebellion: Chapter Two--Rise of the Damnation Army"(2014) were low. Simply put, I have disliked pretty much everything that the Jersey natives have released since their superb (and underrated) swan-song with singer Sebastian Bach "Subhuman Race" (1995). My main gripes with Skid Row 2.0 aren't all about the absence of Bach. Singer Johny Solinger is a decent, albeit somewhat generic singer. While Bach has certainly been missed, the main problem that I've had with the post-Bach era is that the music simply hasn't been very good. I somewhat liked "Thickskin" (2003) the bands first album with Solinger (although it was far from their best album), but the follow-ups were all very disappointing. "Revolutions per Minute" (2006) was thoroughly mediocre and while "United World Rebellion: Chapter One" was an improvement, it still wasn't great. I bought the new EP expecting another let-down, but I was surprised.

"United World Rebellion: Chapter Two--Rise of the Damnation Army" is the best thing that Skid Row have released since the departure of Bach. The reason that this EP is such an improvement over their last several releases is that the songwriting is just far superior. With the bulk of the Solinger-material, the band sounded tired and the songs sounded rehashed or they sounded like half-baked attempts to sound contemporary; with this new EP the band actually has come up with a collection of good songs. Like the first EP, "United World Rebellion: Chapter Two--Rise of the Damnation Army" sounds like a continuation of where the band left off with the melodic hard-rock of "Slave to the Grind," (1991), it's just that the quality of the material is a lot better.

Solinger is no Bach, but he is a competent vocalist and does a good job here, although he will never really be the true lead singer of Skid Row as far as I'm concerned. The rest of the band--Snake (guitar), Scotti (guitar), Rachel (bass) and Rob Hammersmith (drums) sound very impressive. They are aware that some fans will never accept the fact that Bach isn't there and that it's been over 20 years since they were relevant and they don't care. They tried to make the best Skid Row music that they could and under the circumstances, they succeeded.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2014
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1) We Are The Damned- Skid Row Nail it with this fiery ode to rebellion. This song chugs along at a lively pace before hitting you with a tasty chorus. They played this song live just a few weeks before releasing this album in Burlngton, VT and it went down a storm.
2) Give It The Gun- An excellent song about throwing caution to the wind and going for the brass ring. Definitely has an old school Judas Priest vibe. J.D. kills it with his vocal delivery. If this song doesn't make you move, nothing will.
3) Catch Your Fall- I think a ballad is an inevitable consequence of a Skid Row release. Luckily, Skid Row put real craft and style to every one of them. To my ears, J.D. is the star here, as Sebastian was on their first three releases. J.D. sounds less the rebel here than an uncomfortable, awkward man making up his mind to stay the course with his love. As with the rest of the songs here, this song positively scortches once it picks up.
4) Damnation Army-This song kicks off with a short bass intro before the guitars storm in to kick your teeth in. This song is catchy as hell, and it continues the theme of rebellion. Thiis is the definitive battle cry that sums up the album perfectly.
5) Zero Day- This one reminds me of Radiation Day by Monster Magnet because of it's name. Zero Day is kind of the oddball on this album, This song lurches along in comparison to the others. Despite the slower pace, this stomp and shuffle is just as much fun as the outright sprint heard on some of the previous songs. Rachel Bolan's bass sounds damn good on this song, too.
6)Sheer Heart Attack- I know I'm supposed to get off on the fact that Skid Row is covering a Queen song right now, but I was way more excited because This reminded me of Sam Black Church's versoin, which is equal if not better than Skid Rows version. I HIGHLY recommend you get both versions.
7)Rats In The Cellar- An excellent cover of an Aerosmith classic. At this point I'm aching for a covers album from Skid Row. I'd never think to compare J.D. to Steven Tyler but he absolutely nails it here. The rest of the band do too, bringing this blitzkrieg to a close and leaving us (orb me, at least) drooling in anticipation for U.W,R. Chapter 3!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2014
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The United World Rebellion returns with another set of amazing songs. My personal favorite being Give it the Gun! Johnny knocks it out of the park. Listen to the sample tracks and put this in your work out mix for some great cardio.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2014
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From the 1st listen I'm in love with this album. Skid Row is definitely the best of the old school rocker still making new music today.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2014
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I'm a fan of skid row along with johnny's old band called solinger. So to have johnny in skid row is double awesome. But most complian about not having bach. Well I saw johnny solinger with skid row last year, and I hae say he is just as good if not better than bach. The material skid row has been putting out since thick skin, is something on johnny could accomplish. Of course thick skin and revolutions per minute were panned well the first ep returned to their original roots. And met with better receptions but most bach fans still can't get over bach not being in skid row. Bach for one sounds better solo so I rather it stay that way. This ep has a different direction than the last ep but showcases some fimiliar styles that skid row was known for when bach was in the band. Johnny's vocals are just as similiar to bach yet has his own bit of flavor added to the mix. You can hear a lot of great melodies, hooks, riffs, and emotion on these tracks. The production is even better than the last ep was. If you don't like johnny well, buy this out of the nolstalgia. But if your a musical optimistic person well this is your anthems by skid row. The effort on making this ep was 100%, you can tell when listening. They took this record very seriously.
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on February 23, 2015
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This album is short but sweet. 7 songs total, including 2 cover songs from Aerosmith and Queen. The best song is the title track (Damnation Army), I cannot get tired of hearing this song! It rocks, hard! major head banger! (if you do that). The other songs are good too, one slower song was my least favorite . This album has made me a fan of the new "Skid Row" ,(with the guy who replaced Bach as vocalist). actually not so new anymore. I did see this band live last year at Mcgraws in Manhattan Kansas. Hope they come back again this year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2014
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Good album, but it would be better if Sebastian Bach was back.
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on November 19, 2014
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forgetable .. this is exactly what I think about when older bands like this release new music ..
its not bad rock and roll, it is just not inspiring .. everything sounds right .. the guitars are good, the vocals are good, the drums pound ... but 2 days after it comes out of the cd player i cannot remember one song from it.
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on August 5, 2014
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Skid Row picks right up where they did with their last E.P. And that's kicking ass. Stop asking for their old singer back, because Johnny Solinger does an excellent job. Great kick ass music on this E.P and 2 bonus tracks. If you liked their last effort you'll like this one. One listen & I'm hooked.
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on October 20, 2014
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Attention, attention, attention. Skid Row's Latest audio cd release titled ( Rise of the Damnation Army ) is by far the most powerful exciting well written audio CD of skid Row's entire musical career. Put on your helmet and uniform and prepare for musical battle.
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