Picks and Pans Review: Subhuman Race

updated 04/10/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/10/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Skid Row

Duck for cover, kids. Something strident this way comes. Skid Row is back with their first album in four years—their most raucous, intense and impressive effort yet. From the raging opener, "My Enemy," a slab of hard rock striated with punk, to the wild abandon of "Remains to Be Seen," this is a sonic juggernaut, driven by guitar hellions Scotti Hill and Dave "Snake" Sabo and by singer Sebastian Bach and his venomous attitude.

Credit for making Subhuman the tightest and cleanest sounding of the band's four releases goes to producer Bob Rock, known for his work with Metallica and the Cult. That it's better played and better written? Well, Skid Row can take all the credit for that. (Sabo's "Breakin' Down," with its yearning tone, is easily the most evocative song the group has ever recorded.) Subhuman sure ain't pretty, but then, assault and battery never is. (Atlantic)

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