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CD review MARK SLAUGHTER "Halfway There"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Slaughter, Mark Slaughter, Hardrock, News, CD Review, EMP Label Group, Sleaze Rock, roc, Glam Metal, Melodic Rock, Melodic Metal

(8/10) Slaughter was a band that was swinging a hot bat in the early 90’s. The guys supported Kiss and Cinderella on tour, all based on their successful first two long players “Stick it to Ya” and “The Wild Life”. Slaughter released three more records with the last one being out there in 1999. The quartet had to face some bad luck with the grunge era coming up which basically made life difficult for sleaze metal bands. From then till now Slaughter played some live shows in different line-ups without releasing new material.

Instead of having a new Slaughter album out on the market it was the band’s name giver Mark Slaughter who published a solo debut in 2015.

“Halfway There” is the sophomore record of the American musicians and it will be released via EMP Label Group. I have to say that my expectations haven’t been too high. We have seen too many disappointments over the last years. The more I was surprised of what reached my ears. This longplayer features ten new songs and all of them are pure and powerful hardrock. The catchy rock anthem “Hey You” opens up an album that is full of great songs. Slaughter doesn’t reinvent the wheel with “Halfway There”, but he takes the best of hardrock, glam rock and sleaze rock for creating an album that comes with an excellent vibe and a cool groove.

“Halfway There” includes everything you expect from a rock solid hardrock album. Catchy tunes like “Supernatural” are present as well as heavy grooving tracks such as “Conspiracy”, a song that reminds me to the earlier Alice In Chains days. More ballad-like stuff needs to present on such an album too and you get these moments. The soulful “Disposable” is one of them and also the bluesy closer “Not Here” is build on more quiet parts with a gently singing guitar.

“Halfway There” combines exciting hardrock with a more than solid production. This album fires on all cylinders and should be checked out by fans of 80’s hard rock. You will be no disappointed.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Hey You
  2. Devoted
  3. Supernatural
  4. Halfway There
  5. Forevermore
  6. Conspiracy
  7. Reckless
  8. Disposable
  9. Turn It
  10. Not Here

 

Label: EMP Label Group

Genre: Hard Rock

Release Date EU: May 26th, 2017

CD review MARK SLAUGHTER "Halfway There"
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CD review CASABLANCA "Miskatonic Graffiti"

Veröffentlicht am 2. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Casablanca, Hardrock, Rock, News, CD Review, Classic Rock, Roc

(8/10) That Casablanca is more than just the Moroccan capitol is something you might know as being a metal fan. The guys from Sweden have released already some quite good classic rock records and the next one stands in line in order to be released.

"Miskatonic Graffiti" is the cryptic name of this record that contains 10 songs. This time Casablanca decided to release a concept album that is all based on the Chuthulu mythology.

Casablanca starts very brave into their new album. An opener with ten minutes length isn't something you meet daily. It takes courage to take such a step. But Casablanca did it very well. "Enter The Mountains" is an outstanding hardrocker with an excellent melody. Furthermore the tune has enough twists to keep the level of excitement up high. This epical introduction is great piece of music that takes you into the another world and is a perfect start.

Part two of the story begins with the galloping "Closer"; a song that doesn't need any warm-up. The melody just catches you from the first note.

"This Tomorrow" falls back into a moderate pace, combining classic rock with some bluesy parts. It comes with a cool guitar sound that interacts with a cool hammond organ.

The slower "My Shadow Out of Time" can easily keep the high level and also listening to the swinging rocker "RE: Old Money" is pure fun.

If you have a need for some faster stuff you can move to "Name Rank Serial Killer" which is thrilling. The title track instead is a melodic rocker that sounds good. I miss a bit the edges here and it became a bit too much mainstream for my taste.

"She Was the One" shows the impact of Led Zeppelin before the eight minutes long third chapter "Exit the Mountain" closes the book/album.

"Riding a Black Swan" was already a good release and with "Miskatonic Graffiti" the band from Stockholm, Sweden made a next step in their development. The new longplayer contains a lot of great melodies and catchy tunes while never getting cheesy. Good stuff for your ears.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Enter The Mountains
  2. Closer
  3. This is tomorrow
  4. My Shadow Out of Time
  5. RE: Old Money
  6. Sister
  7. Name Rank Serial Killer
  8. Miskatonic Graffiti
  9. She was the one
  10. Exit The Mountain

 

Label: Despotz Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: September 25th, 2015

CD review CASABLANCA "Miskatonic Graffiti"
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