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Slaughter 6/29/1999

Review

Encouraged by their continued success as a touring unit, Slaughter reorganized following the tragic death of guitarist Tim Kelly with Back to Reality, which introduces new guitarist Jeff Blando. Regardless, it's still the same old Slaughter, albeit a touch heavier than they were in their hit-making prime -- they're catering to hard rock radio rather than power-ballad-hungry Top 40 programmers (which actually serves them well). Still, it's knowing their audience that's kept Slaughter around this long, and that audience wants straight-ahead, melodic, meat-and-potatoes hard rock. So even if most of the music on Back to Reality will sound somewhat rote and by the numbers to listeners who have no appetite for '80s-style pop-metal in 1999, it simply wouldn't pay for the band to take any chances or alter their sound -- and, actually, as Back to Reality proves, they're still pretty good at it, delivering decent songs and convincing performances demonstrating that they aren't just phoning it in. There's nothing earth-shattering here, but the level of quality is pleasantly surprising, and certainly not that far below their commercial heyday. ~ Steve Huey
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Killin' Time Slaughter 3:57
  3. 2 All Fired Up Slaughter 4:31
  4. 3 Take Me Away Slaughter 4:3
  5. 4 Dangerous Slaughter 3:46
  6. 5 Trailer Park Boogie Slaughter 3:15
  7. 6 Love Is Forever Slaughter 5:57
  8. 7 Bad Groove Slaughter 3:30
  9. 8 On My Own Slaughter 4:59
  10. 9 Silence of Ba Slaughter 2:32
  11. 10 Headin for a Dream Slaughter 4:54
  12. 11 Nothin' Left to Lose Slaughter 3:40
  13. 12 Shufflin' Slaughter 2:19

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