The million selling hair metal boys of Skid Row are back in recording business for the first time since 95 but this time without "Big mouth" Sebastian Bach who left the band and has his new project The Bach Tight 5,Skid Row?s new album "Thickskin" features the new singer Johnny Solinger which sounds like a mix between Bach,Blackie Lawless and John Corabi. After a couple of huge hits "18 to life" and "I remember you" from the debut in 89,the classic 2nd album "Slave to the grind" that didn?t contain any hits but made it to the no:1 position on the billboard charts anyway and the 3rd postgrungemetal effort "Subhuman race" that went a top 40 album...many fans will probably turn their backs to this new more modern sounding metal album. It?s not as bad as you can read in many reviews on the net but it?s no classic metal album either,I think the lack of heavyweight drums is too obvious with this lowbudget production but the songs are okay. The title track "Thick is the skin" has that old sound we?re used to hear and "See you around" is a good melodic rocker that should be on a best of album with these guys. The opening track "New generation" won?t make anyone happy though....talk about boring and ordinary metal that only makes me tired,I can listen to this album without complaining but if you want the truth and nothing but the truth....I?d rather play "Slave to the grind" again before hearing this one more time.
Hard driven, cutting edge, extremely modern with constant catchy riffs and sounds that remind you of (but blow away in stuck in your headness) Staind, Fuel, or any other modern rock band. The new lineup kicks ass. Go Skids!