Sound — 9
Skid Row are an iconic hard rock band from the '80s, who alongside original lead vocalist Sebastian Bach forged a number of highly hailed rock classics, such as "Youth Gone Wild", "I Remember You", and "Monkey Business". After three continuously classic records, the band parted ways with Sebastian Bach due to creative differences, and just as Sebastian left, it was as though the band's sound went with him. Skid Row went on to create two more records with replacement Johnny Solinger, however they both lacked that powerful sound and vibe that was proudly showcased on the band's earlier record, and instead showed the band taking on a more significant punk metal musical style. Fans had already had major doubts about how well Skid Row would continue without their original vocalist, but combine a new singer who just doesn't have as broad a range and a new musical style, and most people boycotted the new lineup of the once highly hailed group.
For those fans who weren't close to pleased with Skid Row's latest efforts, prepare to crank it up, because their new release is just as good as their older material. It's a 6 song EP, titled "New World Rebellion: Chapter One", and it shows Skid Row masterfully returning to their classic style of sound. The album is kicked off with the instant classic "Kings Of Demolition", which is filled with crunching guitar licks and a standout passionate vocal performance. It's only up from there, with such additionally standout tracks as "This Is Killing Me", a dynamic acoustic ballad; and the riff rocker "Stitches". Overall, it's a killer return-to-form that shows Skid Row finally moving back in the right musical direction.
Lyrics — 9
It seems that all those nights of performing the classic Bach-era material has strengthened lead vocalist Johnny Solinger's singing voice, as he is now easily able to maintain his upper register and help provide an unignorable classic Skid Row-vibe and style. This helps drive this new EP well above the band's previous two albums, and lead to a perfectionistic listening experience with very few weak points.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall, "New World Rebellion: Chapter One" is a powerful comeback for Skid Row, that shows them embracing their roots and creating six standout tracks that can easily sit amongst the band's classics. Any fan of their earlier works, as well as any hard rock or hair metal fan, should look into purchasing this album for themselves.