Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Ear Candy Classic: Skid Row "Slave To The Grind"

The other day, my friend's Facebook status was the lyrics to Skid Row's monster hit "I Remember You" and the song instantly got stuck in my head. While their self-titled debut was a great album, their second album "Slave To The Grind" was a more balls out, hard rockin' affair that holds the distinct honor of being the first metal album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts in the Soundscan era. If memory serves, then I recall the band claiming in the press that record label execs forced them to have a softer edge on their debut album, but after the huge sales of that album they were allowed more artistic freedom for the follow-up and hence went with the heavier sound and more mature lyrics that they had desired to be playing all along. The band further drove this point home by taking Pantera out as openers on their headlining tour (which I unfortunately and shamefully was not able to attend). The record is solid from start to finish with no throw away tracks, but the singles that were released were definitely some of the better songs on the album. Check out some videos below and enjoy!

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