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Slave to the Grind [Clean version]
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I'm encouraged by seeing the other reviews of Slave to the Grind, and I'm glad to see I'm not alone in thinking this album survived the sunken "hair band" ship of its era. It really transcends the glam metal emblem it has unfairly been given. Almost 20 years later, I'd put up as one of the greatest records of the time, for sure.

I hadn't heard it for probably 10 years until I recently heard "Wasted Time" on Hair Nation (Sirius Radio) and immediately I was singing along to every note and really appreciating its greatness. Then I had to go listen to the whole album. Every track deserves its place on the record, and while some are better than others, the album as a whole is consistently solid. Even some of the 'deep tracks' (Quicksand Jesus, Riot Act, Mudkicker) are better now since they weren't played to death (Monkey Business, Slave to the Grind, Wasted Time) on radio/MTV. So they seem fresher and a lot of fun to listen to.

Also, it needs to be mentioned: the band really evolved and matured from their first record. You can almost feel that their hand was forced to make a more pop friendly record with their debut in order to get it produced (Youth Gone Wild, I Remember You). But after they were established, they let loose on what they felt "Skid Row" should sound like. Slave is a much more mature and emotionally real and raw is Slave to the Grind.

The top tracks for me are: Slave to the Grind, In a Darkened Room, Wasted Time, Quicksand Jesus, Riot Act (while my brain's still in-t-t-t-t-tact). But listen to the album start to finish for the proper effect.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2007
Evidently meaning business this album is a serious play for critical acceptance and a shift of intent for the band after their debut. Skid Row was hair meta, albeit excellent hair metal. But Slave to the Grind is just excellent metal and very much in keeping with the bands stated heroes like Judas Priest. Almost every tack here is a winner, the rockers atacking with bite and the ballads "taking you to dark unsettling places where reflection collides with worry" to quote Martin Popoff.

rather than go through a track by track synopsis for this release I'll cherry pick a few tracks and discuss them.

Monkey business - Excellent metal, excellent. From a brooding intro to a blazing metalfest led by a visceral Bach this is top notch metal no matter what era you grew up in.

Slave to the Grind - Probably the heaviest musical track recorded by Skid Row. Not my cup of tea but certainly a heavy duty attack. Add silly grunt/gargled vocals and you've got a metalcore song!

Quicksand Jesus - One of the three disturbing ballads on display here. Playing this track followed by In A Darkened Room and Wasted Time in an unlit room is something only to be done by experts. Just make sure you don't have any sharp objects close to hand...

Get the **** Out - The only really whimsical track here and a welcome relief. The only track here that could easily be imagined slotting onto the debut. Which makes sense as it was first played live at the Hordern Pavilion, Sydney Australia on the bands tour to promote the debut, so was perhaps the first tune written for this album.

Mudkicker - After Monkey Business this is probably my favourite of the metallic tunes, psychologically driven along a regular theme with the passion of the bands attack.

This album is a classin and the fact that it's not regarded as such appears to be due to the way the band are preceived in hindsight due to their breakup/disintegration. And perhaps because of hte bands image prior to this release. But if your not sure about buying a disc by Skid Row then ditch your worries and pick this up now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2009
WHAT A GREAT CD!!!!!
A MUST HAVE..!!
THIS IS WHAT GOOD MUSIC SHOULD SOUND LIKE...
HEAVY GROOVES..... KILLER RIFFS.... GREAT VOCALS!!! SMART SONGWRITING.... CATCHY MELODIES... AND ATTITUDE!!!
MOST TRACKS ARE COHESIVE AND FORM AN ALBUM THAT CAN BE LISTENED TO ALL THE WAY THROUGH... ITS FULL OF DYNAMICS
HEAVY STUFF AND ALSO LIGHTER MELODIC SONGS.....
SOME GREAT TOPICS THEY WROTE ABOUT TOO... NOT YOUR RUN OF THE MILL ROCK LYRICS HERE...THEY MATURED REALLY QUICKLY AS A BAND THAT WAS GOING TO GO PLACES......BUT DIDNT :(
"CHAIN GANG" KICKS ASS.....
BEST SONG- "MONKEY BUSINESS" ONE OF THE BEST HEAVY SONGS OF THE 90'S BY A MILE.....!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2013
If you like heavy metal and big hair band from the 80's this is the album for you. Right from the beginning the album starts out with some major hard rock/ metal which will blow your socks off. It then goes into a slow song or 2 which are the best on the album. Very good buy for $5.99, but I like all the songs which made it an easy decision.

Hope you like the Album as much as I do.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2009
Slave to the Grind is an all-out hard rock/metal album! Skid Row's first album was of course in the pop-metal vein. But, they pulled out all the stops on this one and created a classic album. The guitarwork is supurb, the lyrics are meaningful, and sung by one of the all-time greats in rock.

Released in 1991, this album will always be overshadowed by other releases of that year (The Black Album, Use Your Illusion(s), Badmotorfinger, and Nevermind). But, Slave to the Grind is just as equal in my opinion. Check it out for yourself!
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on January 14, 2013
After Skid Row's first album this one was probably a little different than what was expected from them. It was more heavy metal and less 80's hair rock than there debut album. Also the lyrics here have a deeper meaning. Sebastian Bach brings the noise with some fantastic vocals. This album also signals the end of 80's rock. Just take a look at Warrant's album next year Dog Eat Dog as a good example of an 80's band taking on a harder edge. As grunge began to dominate the 90's bands like this started to fade away. Go grab this album and Skid Row debut album as well. You won't regret it.
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on December 10, 2008
Every time I go back and listen to "Slave to the Grind" I am reminded that this is the greatest hard rock record ever made. Think I am kidding? I'm not. It is a tour-de-force from start to finish. The songs are killer, the guitar in your face, the vocals unreal. It does not get any better than this for this genre. Whatever your opinions of Skid Row or "hair metal", it doesn't matter. It is that good. If you don't own it; you need to!
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on May 12, 2009
One of the greatest hard rock albums ever made. The band is top notch here. Bach sounds amazing. The song writing is superb! Monkey Business, Slave to the Grind, Wasted Time, In a Darkened Room, Quicksand Jesus, Living on a Chaingang, Riot Act, Mud Kicker... and so on. All perfect songs... perfect!

Seriously, they don't get any better than Slave to the Grind. Get it now!
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on June 28, 2012
SLAVE TO THE GRIND is a great collection of HEAVY METAL ROCK songs !!!! The title track, THE THREAT, PSYCHO LOVE, BEGGARS DAY, CREEPSHOW, MUDKICKER....All the songs are great!!!! It[s in a more HEAVY METAL feeling than the great debut from SKID ROW...GREAT album!!!! The next SUBHUMAN RACE is GREAT too!!!!! the first 3 with Sebastian Bach are some of the best!!!! WELL DONE!!!!
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on July 28, 2014
This is one of my top 10, stranded on a Island, albums. It holds up after all this time. Not a bad track here. When I saw a "best of" recording, I figured it would be this album with a few other singles. Sebastian Bach ' vocals never quit and the sound hits you like a brick wall.
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