Slavior - 2007 - Slavior [VBR HQ] (Promo)
Genre: Progressive rock
BAND and ALBUM info:
Slavior is the new band from former Fates Warning/Warlord drummer Mark Zonder, and their debut album also features guitarist/keyboard player Wayne Findlay (Michael Schenker Group), and ex-Tribe of Gypsies singer/bassist Gregg Analla. Originally signed to Greece's Black Lotus Records before the label crumbled to oblivion, Slavior now find themselves on InsideOut Music, a good home for progressive rock and metal bands.
On the initial listen to Slavior, you can hear all sorts of music influences, most of which are not common with bands on the InsideOut label. First and foremost, this is not a progressive metal or prog rock album. Slavior is bubbling with hard rock class, as well as scents of heavy blues, metal, reggae, hip-hop, and modern alternative rock. Zonder's always impressive drum chops are very evident throughout, as are the meaty guitar riffs and flashy solos from Findlay, who was obviously very well hidden from the masses while playing alongside guitar god Michael Schenker the last few years. This guy also has some quality skills. The key to the whole project is singer Analla, who has a wonderfully melodic voice, giving the songs that commercial appeal that is the final piece to the puzzle. Think Sevendust meets Living Colour meets Disturbed and you have somewhat of a reference point. Irresistible hooks meet crunchy riffs on "Swept Away", a song that is sure to appeal to lovers of modern heavy rock, as it has just enough angst to go along with the memorable & catchy melodies. Zonder and his intricate and colorful layers paint the landscape on the mellow mix of reggae, pop, and Rush-like prog on "Altar", complemented by Analla's passionate vocals, while "Another Planet" might just be the heaviest piece on the CD, featuring insane drum fills from Zonder and plenty of beefy guitar licks from Findlay. This one also sees Analla turn in a venomous vocal performance that will have fans of Disturbed howling with delight. The intense "Dove" kicks off with some furious, almost prog-metal type heavy riffs, then morphs into a reggae inflected groove, before the beefy riffs, synths, and energetic vocals come back into the mix. To call this band a chameleon is an understatement! The title track is a great example of dark modern metal with just a hint of Sevendust, and "Give It Up" mixes metal with hip hop and funk, and is a real fun piece, littered with Findlay's gritty licks, Zonder's intricate drum work, and Analla's multi-faceted vocals. The band finally moves into somewhat of a progressive vibe on the last two pieces, the textured and lengthy "Red Road" and the experimental "Come Alive", each one a real gem of progressive tinged modern rock.
With the right amount of promotion and some live shows, there's no reason why Slavior shouldn't be a big hit with the modern rock crowd. InsideOut should be happy that Zonder and his cohorts have fallen into their lap, and with their past successes with many other bands, let's see how far the label can take these guys.
01. Origin 03:55
02. Shatter 04:40
03. Swept Away 05:07
04. Altar 04:49
05. Another Planet 04:57
06. Deeper 04:23
07. Dove 05:02
08. Slavior 05:37
09. Give It Up 04:47
10. Red Road 08:49
Total Time: 52:06
- Gregg Analla (Tribe of Gypsies/Seventhsign) - Vocals
- Mark Zonder (Fates Warning/Warlord) - Drums
- Wayne Findlay (M.S.G./Vinnie Moore) - Guitars, Keyboards and Bass