Label: Inside Out Music – SPV 80001087 PRCD
Format: CD, Album, Promo, Cardboard Sleeve
3 Swept Away
5 Another Planet
9 Give It Up
10 Red Road
Notes: Catnr. of the finished release will be SPV 79352 CD / IOMCD 271.
SLAVIOR, the new band featuring former FATES WARNING/WARLORD drummer Mark Zonder, has inked a worldwide deal with Inside Out Music for the release of its self-titled debut album in early 2007. A versatile, melodic hard rock/metal act, SLAVIOR debut album features elements familiar to Zonder progressive metal past, but also introduces a wide array of influences including reggae, hip-hop, and modern rock. Rounded out by MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP guitarist/keyboardist Wayne Findlay and ex-TRIBE OF GYPSIES singer Gregg Analla, SLAVIOR is a band that has been a long time coming for Zonder. “”For a long, long time, I’ve always wanted to put something together that was based on the drum parts,”” states Zonder. “”It is very difficult to take a crazy drum idea and try to apply it to someone else idea. Most of the time it turns into a mess. If you start with the drum part, and build from there, it seems to work out. With SLAVIOR, the songs are so accessible and groove-oriented, after 15 seconds, anyone should be able to lock into it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Impressed
I’m a long-time fan of Fates Warning and Tribe of Gypsies. If you are looking for a disc that sounds like FW or TOG, the influences are very subtle, but they’re there. I am very impressed with this disc. I rarely change it out in my disc player. Wayne Findlay is one of the best guitarists I’ve never heard of. Mark is especially adventurous in this project. Gregg is an extremely underrated singer and song-writer. I hope they get the play they deserve.
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it is not that progressive… and that is GOOD.
I think its a really really solid album. I do not love every song, but the songs I do love, I LOVE. Very interesting beats, good guitars, and very unique vocal tone. They stand out. I can see where fans of full on progressive wouldn’t find enough of what they like in it… but if you are a fan of metal… old or new school there is definitely something here for everyone. I find this much MUCH more listenable than things like Dream Theater or Fates Warning, because the songs are good, catchy, melodic and memorable. The skill of the playing is there but the songs are the focal point. Another Planet alone is worth the purchase… great song.
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated release
Prog metal fans unite!Has to be heard to be believed. I can’t believe this slipped under my radar.