SLANDER - CARELESS TALK COSTS LIVES
Metal To Infinity
rather unbelievable when we talk about NWOBHM that so many bands were formed in
the early eighties, too many to mention. We know the most famous ones and we
know most of the classics from bands that werenít able to break through.
Believe me when I say there were much more gems to be discovered, albums from
band we hardly know. And no, I didnít discover all of them either, I can be
still surprised by hearing a formation I had never heard about before. One of
those bands is Slander, a UK band that thanks to Stormspell Records prove that
they were surely overlookedÖbut not in the Eighties because the band was
formed in 1990.
Records by the way is becoming more and more a label that is specialized in the
wide range of genres that we adored back then. Not only US Metal, also Doom,
Thrash and NWOBHM bands are offered a chance to start a second live. For Slander
this statement really counts because on this double disc youíll find out how
the band sounded many years ago and how they sound nowadays. I have chosen to
review the new recorded album because it is easier to convince you when I say
this album is pretty well produced. Not that the original sounds bad, the new
one only sounds betterÖ
has anything to do with NWOBHM and can be considered as a perfect example of
what this ancient style is all about. If youíre into bands like Blitzkrieg,
Satan, Cloven Hoof, Jaguar, Elixir etc. youíll have pretty soon the idea how
Slander sounds. Pure hard hitting Heavy Metal in which rather melodic
arrangements and awesome guitar are frequently used. Slander contains that dark
touch, the kind of songwriting that enlightens me and gives me that Heavy Metal
kick! This band is flashing you back into this era but itís no surprise this
band stayed unknown. I suppose we all know what happened with Metal in the early
nineties, NWOBHM was already dead, not mentioning the mainstream exceptions.
is at least as good as bands Iíve mentioned before. I am quite sure they could
have become popular if we imagine this record should have been released in for
example 1983. As a matter of fact this isnít actually an album as we call it;
itís a compilation of demos the band recorded in the early nineties. The
second CD contains the same songs, recorded last year.
least it makes clear why Slander wasnít a name a few years earlier, they
didnít even existÖ. Slander isnít at all influenced by what happened
between the days of success of NWOBHM and the period they recorded their demos!
It seems they lost time, were out of this world literally. We can pity the
history of Slander or we can enjoy what Stormspell Records offers us now!
Letís take time for this one and fans of old and obscure Heavy Metal should
really try this one out! Iím sure that every Eighties Metal fanatic, everyone
who actively lived in the NWOBHM era will adore this band! The production is a
bit dated on CD 1, is better on CD 2 but I donít really care! There are some
differences between both CDís, discover it yourself but at least enjoy this
album! I really did and I presume the band is active again so I canít wait to
see this band on stage! Check http://www.stormspell.com.
My Points: 82 / 100 (Review by Officer Nice)
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