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Slavior - s/t (5/10) - USA - 2007

Genre: Modern Rock / Nu-Metal
Label: InsideOut
Playing time: 52:24
Band homepage: Slavior

Tracklist:

  1. Origin
  2. Shatter
  3. Swept Away
  4. Altar
  5. Another Planet
  6. Deeper
  7. Dove
  8. Slavior
  9. Give It Up
  10. Red Road

SLAVIOR is NOT Metal and has nothing to do with Prog. This is modern Alternative Rock which flirts with Nu-Metal so in other words, this is pure crap. I can see any of their songs being played on the radio or MTV and having a solid fan base consisting of 14 year old SLIPKNOT fans who think they are "heavy" and "non-conformist".

The music is rarely technical and very simple. Musically, Iíd compare them to TOOLís shittier moments, CREED and the always horrible, DISTURBED. I have no idea why they have labeled themselves Prog as this music is far from proggy. It isnít technical, the riffing is boring and Iíll be damned if itís original. You can turn on the radio and youíll hear something similar to this. Iím wondering how they got on InsideOut Records as they sound nothing like what this fine label usually offers us.

I suppose they consider themselves original because they flirt with different sub-genres of the musical spectrum. Mainly, we can hear Rap, Hip-Hop, Reggae all contributing to the main modern Hard Rock genre, I donít find it original...they have a genre for this sound, itís called Nu.

Everything sounds modern on this album including the vocals. The vocals are well-done but not my type of voice, they can mainly be compared front-man Scott Stapp of CREED and the growls that sometimes arise remind me of SLIPKNOT. The rougher vocals bring to mind DISTURBED.

This is SLAVIORin a nutshell and I donít think itís the type of music that should be featured on TMO as Modern Rock actually offends most Metalheads. Iíll give them the benefit of the doubt and say that fans of CREED, DISTURBED and SEVENDUST will probably eat this up and love it. The songs are undeniably catchy and have a nice groove to them but I hate these bands with a passion and I donít even know what to say to back up my claims. Iím a Metalhead, Iím not into this junk. Basically, SLAVIOR can be seen as a top band in a very shitty genre, however you take that is up to you.

(Online May 26, 2007)

Brent Chayka



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