Slave to the Grind was
more a triumph of sound than song: while the writing had certainly sharpened
since Skid Row’s first album, neither Dave “the Snake” Sabo nor Rachel Bolan
were truly capable of composing the genuinely gritty and grimy punk metal they
aspired to. But Michael Wagener’s
redlined production more than made up for some of Bolan’s more preposterous
lyrics, as well as the moments where Sabo’s riffing veered back towards hair
metal, by focusing on the full fury of the band’s performance, especially the
astounding pipes of the otherwise monumentally irritating Sebastian Bach. “Psycho Love”, with its tale of a murderous
prostitute, would’ve been laughed out of the room were it not for Bach’s
incredible wail and unerring conviction.
And Wagener’s mix beefed up Rob Affuso’s drumming along with Sabo’s and
Scotti Hill’s crunchy guitars to brilliant effect, making “Psycho Love” a
ridiculous but fun headbanger that allowed Skid Row to transcend the hair metal
tag, even if not to the degree they were expecting.
Is this new?? My memory seems to be going these days, or maybe it’s because I have a whole folder dedicated to the Skids with more than 800 pictures and I can’t keep up? Anyway, that’s a really nice pic damn 😍🙏