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Slaughter, Mark - 2017 Halfway There

ARTIST: Slaughter, Mark
ALBUM: Halfway There
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Mark Slaughter - vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, orchestration * Josh Eagan - drums * Jaymi Millard - bass (# 2,3,6,7,8,10) * Bill Jordan - piano #4

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hey You * 02 Devoted * 03 Supernatural * 04 Halfway There * 05 Forevermore * 06 Conspiracy * 07 Reckless * 08 Disposable * 09 Turn It * 10 Not Here



Here's another bloke who seems to be severely under-represented at GDM. Much like the recent attention we've given to glam metal king Davy Vain, we now do the same with Mark Slaughter. He was that singer with the helium-induced vocals from the days of the Vinnie Vincent Invasion and of course his own hair-metal outfit Slaughter which operated through the 90's. Mark has had a fairly prolific career in the hard rock world since at least the mid 80's, but more recently, has turned his attention to his own solo career, with an independent CD last year for Escape Music, and this year a new set called 'Halfway There' on Dave Ellefson's label EMP. Ellefson is better known for his association with Dave Mustaine and Megadeth, but there's no such thrash metal influencing going on here for Mark's album. Despite the perception, this is some very solid sounding musical chrome.

The Songs
'Hey You' gets off to massive dose of 80's styled metal, with chant-a-minute gang choruses and beefy guitar work. Think Kane Roberts in his prime.. 'Devoted' also features a thick sludge of guitar, holy geez! This one sounded like Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society at their meanest. First change-up juncture is 'Supernatural', which has a 30% funk element added to this mostly metal tune. The title track follows, and moves into power-ballad territory, with a piano arrangement included within. 'Forevermore' is another observed change, this time to 80's melodic MTV hair metal. Take your pick.. Firehouse, White Lion etc. You get the picture. The next two tracks 'Conspiracy' and 'Reckless' keeps things heavy, but the last part of the album falls away somewhat. 'Disposable' is a sort-of power-ballad, 'Turn It' doesn't quite capture the energy that went before, while the finale 'Not Here' is a hybrid of different things.

In Summary
'Halfway There' is another example of an album split into two halves. The first half is exceptionally good up to track 5, the second half less so. An apt album title then? Regardless, a worthwhile listen is required.

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#1 | gdazegod on June 14 2017 03:26:33
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#2 | gdazegod on June 14 2017 03:27:38
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