I have to admit that I am not the biggest Theory of a Deadman fan, but I kind of like the new song “Lowlife”. Let us know what you think about this song. “Lowlife” is one of the new tunes on the soon to be released album, The Truth Is… .
After non-stop touring in support of BLACK TIDE’S 2008 debut release, Light From Above, the band is back and ready to release their sophomore album, Post Mortem, on August 23rd, 2011 via DGC/Interscope Records. The album features the first single, “Bury Me,” which is currently streaming on the band’s MySpace page.
In support of the new release, Black Tide will join the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival starting August 26th through October 15th featuring Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine, and more. Revolver called the tour “one of the most electric tours of the year” in 2010. For more information on the tour including tour dates soon to be announced, visit the Festival’s official website at www.rockstaruproar.com.
For more information on Black Tide and their new release, check into their official website, www.blacktidemusic.com, as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages. Look for Post Mortem in stores everywhere August 23rd!
02. Drop The Bomb
03. The Ones We Left Behind
04. Reflections Of Evil
05. In For The Kill
06. Together We Fight
07. The Dark Side Of Life
08. Brothers Of War
09. Message From Hell
10. In The Dead Of Night
11. Unholy Cross
05. House Of The Setting Sun
06. Behind The Green Door
08. Out Of Control
09. Taste of Hell
10. Midnight Madness
FAIR TO MIDLAND are offering a brand new track titled “Amarillo Sleeps on My Pillow” as a 100% free download exclusively via TOPSPIN today.
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The band recently released some behind the scenes studio footage for their lead single “Musical Chairs” to give fans an inside look on their newest track they recently shot a music video for. The song is also available on iTunes.
FAIR TO MIDLAND will release their brand new full length entitled “Arrows and Anchors” on July 12th, 2011. This is the band’s follow-up to the highly acclaimed record “Fables from a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times Is True” released in 2007.
Check out the new video clip, “Pressure and Time” from the California rockers Rival Sons. This song is from the band’s new album, Pressure & Time, due out via Earache Records on June 20th.
One performance that I was most looking forward to at this year’s M3 Music Festival was Slaughter. I’ve always been a huge fan of the band dating all the way back to Mark Slaughter and Dana Strum’s Vinnie Vincent Invasion days. I was the first kid on my block to own All Systems Go and I was one of the first to own Slaughter’s debut, Stick It To Ya.
I had not seen Slaughter in a live setting since 2000, so I was overly excited about their appearance. I even determined that I would skip Hurtsmile’s set so that I could enjoy every moment of Slaughter. There was even a part of me that desperately wanted to believe the band was going to slip in a performance of “Love Kills” from the aforementioned Vinnie Vincent Invasion days. I knew that was highly unlikely, but I was still hopeful.
When Slaughter took the stage, I was giddy as a school girl with a crush. I couldn’t wait to start singing along with the band and reliving the glory days of my youth. Then the music started. At first I could not recognize what song was being performed. I thought that the band needed a moment to adjust the soundboard. Then Mark Slaughter started to sing. It was all downhill from there.
Mark Slaughter had no voice. That was apparent from the very beginning of their set. And how did Slaughter try to make up for that fact? They raised the volume on their guitars to a level of distortion that destroyed their music. It wasn’t until the chorus when I realized that the opening song was “The Wild Life.”
I’m not saying that I expected Slaughter circa 2011 to sound like Slaughter circa 1990 or even Slaughter circa 2000, but at some point as a band you have to ask if you are delivering a product worth charging the public. Mark Slaughter looked heavy and had no voice. It’s not that he just couldn’t hit the high notes, he couldn’t hit any notes. He could barely be heard.
As a band, Slaughter owes it to their fans to determine if they are able to perform or not. I’m not sure how the band could give a performance like they did at M3 and honestly think that they are ready to go on the road (Slaughter will be doing select festivals and a couple of shows with Whitesnake this summer). Sometimes it’s best to examine your band and ask if you are truly able to continue on.
Every proud athlete and entertainer comes to this point in their career and they all want to labor on. Some even believe that they can. Then they get out onstage and are unable to produce. Unfortunately, that is the position Slaughter is in. While the music still sounded decent, it was far from great. And it was painfully obvious how Mark Slaughter was straining behind the microphone. Perhaps it’s time for the band to say goodbye and hang it up. Perhaps it’s best for the past to be left in the past and remembered for nostalgic purposes only.
I will still listen to my Slaughter (and Vinnie Vincent Invasion) albums with fondness, but I don’t think I could ever see the band live again. Their set was so disappointing, that I was almost upset with myself for sitting through the whole thing. I wanted to believe that it was going to change and that Mark’s voice was going to kick in strong at any moment. Perhaps he was saving it for “Fly To The Angels.” He wasn’t. Unfortunately, there was no voice left. This is something that Slaughter should consider and examine before they take the stage again later this year. Sometimes you have to hang it up and move on.