Guns n’ Roses and Skid Row were by far and away my two favorite bands during the late 80s/early 90s. In truth, Skid was a distant second, but second nontheless. They toured together in the summer of 1992 and I got the chance to see them when they came to my hometown. Wow! What a show. I had their first one and was expecting more “18 and life”, and “I remember you” type stuff. “In a Darkened Room”, “Quicksand Jesus”, and “Wasted Time” are in that same mold. But, the rest of this disc is heavy metal at its absolute finest.
“Monkey Business”, “Slave to the Grind”, “Living on a Chain Gang”, and “Mudkicker” are some of the heaviest and best songs ever recorded. Heavy doesn’t always make it good. Hard rocking doesn’t always make it heavy. But it all comes together – completely together – on Slave to the Grind. What these guys did on this disc is absolutely amazing. This is no doubt a timeless classic.