Founding members Mark Slaughter and Dana Strum were in a little band called Vinnie Vincent’s Invasion. When that imploded due to its namesake, they decided to form a new band and they liked Mark’s last name and so it became Slaughter. The decision was easy because the VVI label, Chrysalis, just transferred the Invasion contract to them and let them form a band. Pretty easy!! They added guitarist Tim Kelly who has since passed away in 1998 and drummer Blas Elias.
The band put out 5 albums over their career from 1988 to today. The band showed up on the scene with their first album in 1990 and their second came in 1992. The problem was not the albums, but the timing. The market was so oversaturated with these 80’s Rock bands that the tide was turning. Grunge showed up on the scene and wiped them out of existence on MTV and the radio. But they didn’t stop. The continued to release albums throughout the 90’s and maybe someday we will get a new one. For now, we will discuss and rank their 90’s output. I hope you enjoy.
THE WORST – ‘FEAR NO EVIL (1995):
The band’s third album was called “Fear No Evil” and released in 1995. I had already checked out by this time and didn’t even know they had an album. Listening to this now, it really isn’t that bad. They don’t really have a terrible album. This one sounded like the first two, but I think the biggest problem was Mark’s vocals were a little more shrill then usual. Mark’s vocals are a little different and not for everyone. They never really bothered me except this one was a little too much. Continue reading “Slaughter – The Albums Ranked Worst to First”
My Sunday Song #91 is “Fly to the Angels” by Slaughter. The song was off their debut album ‘Stick It To Ya” and was there biggest selling single which charted #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart. It was the band’s only million selling song and was one of the best power ballads to come out of the 80’s Hair Metal scene. The funny thing is, the band isn’t an 80’s band. All of their albums were released in the 90’s starting with this one in 1990. To be fair, the 80’s Hair Metal scene hadn’t fully died off yet, that came a couple years later.
The song features Mark Slaughter’s unique vocals which were a little raw and scratchy which fit perfectly for the sound they were going for and helped them stand out on their own from other bands. The slow groove of the guitar heavy song hypnotically takes you through the story of the loss of someone that the person of the song truly loved. You can really feel the loneliness and the pain this person is feeling at his loss. It is a really touching song when you break it down and explore it.
I am sure everyone has lost someone at one point in time so that is probably why the song connected with so many people at the time. If you haven’t heard it in awhile, give it a listen.
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It is the last Friday of the month and Monday is Memorial Day here in the States which means we have a 3 Day Weekend. Sadly, it is never a big week for new releases, but there is one I am excited about…Mark Slaughter solo album!! That is really the only and it is highlighted in Blue!!
- Mark Slaughter – Halfway There – (EMP Label Group): Mark Slaughter is back with another solo album and I am so glad to have him back with new music. If Slaughter is not putting out albums, at least he is. If this first song, “Hey You” is any indication of what is to come, then strap in and be prepared to have your ass rocked off!!
- Foreigner – 40 – (Atlantic Catalog Group) – Yet another greatest hits release…as if there wasn’t enough of those out for the band.
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For those new to the site, I have a page that contains a list of the New Releases out now or coming in the very near future. I update it weekly (mostly weekly). The list is of all albums I am interested in, albums I have heard about, or albums that are getting a lot of buzz. Hopefully you can find something you can’t wait to get your hands on.
I also post the Friday New Releases every Friday for those great releases that are coming out that day to keep you in the loop. Keep an eye out for those.
There is a link at the top of the home page that you can go to every time you visit. Or you can just click right here on NEW RELEASES. Below is the current list as of this morning. I recently added Kenny Wayne Shepard Band, George Thorogood, Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons, Styx and so many more…I hope you enjoy
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