6309For this weeks Album Of The Week, I wanted to go back and cover a record from a band that I always thought were underrated and if they reunited, all holy hell will be unleashed. The band I am talking about is Skid Row of course and the album I am covering is their third studio album Subhuman Race. The album featured Sebastian Bach (Vocals), Dave “The Snake” Sabo (Guitar) Scotti Hill (Guitar), Rachel Bolan (Bass), and Rob Affuso (Drums). This was the last full length studio album Skid Row would ever record with both Sebastian Bach and Rob Affuso as the band would eventually break up. It was produced by Bob Rock (Motley Crue/Metallica) and even though it would go Gold, it wasn’t their best selling album at the time. The album even peaked at number 35 on The Billboard Top 200 charts as well as going five in Australia, six in Japan, and eight in the UK. After the release of the record the band had been criticized for every little change they made in their sound. In an interview with Circus Magazine in 1995 Bach said, “Heavy metal and hard rock have always beaten up. When I was selling four million copies of a record in ‘88-‘89, all I heard was, ‘Hey, pretty boy, blah blah,’ so that was no good. Then when Slave to the Grind debuted at No. 1, ‘Oh, that’s too heavy,’ so that was no good. It’s always something. I think hard rock stands the test of time more than any other genre.” Rachel remembers the time period a little differently and all the differences within the band saying in an interview with Metal Exiles, “That record was a nightmare. Internally the band had fallen apart, but we were forced to go in and do another record.”

mi00000704671. My Enemy– A track with a killer groove that reminds me a little of Vulgar era Pantera in a track about people hating, but you don’t care enough to let it bother you. 5/5

2. Firesign– Another in your face track with a cool bass riff that drives the song from Bolan are key in this track about having a fire inside you that drives you through no matter what life brings. 4/5

3. Bonehead– The track has a punk feel to it courtesy of Bolan I can imagine, but it’s a hard charger. The lyrics could be about TV evangelists that were popping up every where back in the 90’s. 4/5

4. Beat Yourself Blind– A big and thick bass riff opens up this sledgehammering track that Bach has said it’s one of his favs live. 4.5/5

5. Eileen– a very eerie mid-tempo track whose lyrics seem to be speaking about someone who can see the dead (I hate to be cliche with that, but take a better guess). 4/5

6. Remains to be Seen– A cool drum riff opens this track that showed the kind of promise these guys had for the heavy metal scene. 4.5/5

5deb5bd32936ae91564e638e11ff8242_full7. Subhuman Race– The title track is the band diving head first into the metal genre with all guns a blazing double bass beats and all. 4/5

8. Frozen– An Alice In Chains sounding like track with a very heavy bass riff before it bounces back and forth with a melodic riff. 5/5

9. Into Another– One of my favorite tracks on this record, a power ballad that showcases the amazing voice of Sebastian Bach. 5/5

10. Face Against My Soul– Another cool drum beat opens the track before we get the chugging guitar and bass riffs from the band in a track that seems to be about a guy trying to convince a woman to let him in. 4/5

11. Medicine Jar–  An awesome sledgehammering metal riff from the band that will definitely have you headbanging in a track about drug use. 4/5

12. Breakin’ Down– A very melodic track about Sebastian wanting a girl to let him in because he feels he can protect her. 4/5

13. Iron Will– What a way to close out the album with the bass heavy, groove laden metal track that is absolutely slammin. The bass riff during the verses is so thick sounding it’s awesome. It’s why I love Rachel Bolan’s playing. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This may not be Rachel Bolan’s favorite Skid Row record, but I really enjoy this more than any album that has come out after this. Slave To The Grind is still number one in my book, but this has some kick ass tracks. It was Skid Row continuing to move in the right direction. Unfortunately as history will have it, we will never know what else they could have done with at least Sebastian Bach. I am going to give the album four stars out of five for a final grade.

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