"THIS ALBUM IS SO DIVERSE IN SLAUGHTERS MUSIC THAT IT'S A WONDER WHY THIS ROCK AND ROLL BAND IS NOT AS POPULAR AS SOME OTHER ROCK ACTS? THE HARD ROCK SIDE OF THE CD IS GREAT BUT THE SOFTER SIDE IS EVEN BETTER! CASE IN POINT: "LOVE IS FOREVER" IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL SONG THAT I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF LISTENING TO IT! "ON MY OWN" IS ANOTHER GREAT SONG! AND OF COURSE THE LED ZEP TAINTED "HEADIN FOR MY DREAM" IS SO CLASSIC! THAT YOU KNOW THEIR ROOTS HAVE BEEN DUG DEEP IN ROCK AND ROLL! PLEASE IF YOU HAVE'NT PICKED THIS ONE UP, DO SO RIGHT NOW! I GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL NEVER GO WRONG WITH THIS ONE! MARK,DANA,BLAS,JEFF ROCK OUT! BIG TIME!"
Tired of no talent boy bands? Come BACK TO REALITY!
firstname.lastname@example.org | Arizona | 01/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Slaughter is on the lines of a heavy metal/hard rock band that really can be classified as either. But no matter what you classify them as, you must put them under the "talented musicians" category. They are truly a band that has it all. A great guitarist, bass player, drummer, and a lead singer with a powerful and distinct voice. This is an EXCELLENT CD and is well worth any true fan's collection. The song Dangerous is one that I personally have taken under my wing and have made it a song that I listen to quite frequently. This CD truly is excellent and if you are tired of listening to little boys sing love songs they didn't write and dance around the stage instead of playing instruments, come back to reality and listen to one of the best bands int he world. Slaughter!"
Slaughter gets down and dirty!
William Matson | Maine | 01/19/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Slaughter's third album in three years "Back to Reality" features their strongest group of songs since 1995's excellent "Fear No Evil." This is the first cd with new guitarist Jeff Blando who replaces the late Tim Kelly, who passed away in early 1998 in a car accident. Jeff, while not as melodic as Tim, shreds on this cd. `Killing Time' is by far the heaviest song Slaughter ever did and is a must-listen not only for Slaughter fans but critics who have lambasted the four for being just another hairspray band. `All fired up' and `Take me away' are classic Slaughter minus some of the studio polish present in some of the bands previous efforts while `Dangerous' makes one think of AC/DC. The first single off "Back to reality" `Trailer Park Boogie' features the distinct vocals by Mark Slaughter and really showcases Jeff's sleazy, raw guitar sound. "Love is forever' is the first of three ballads from the cd and is reminiscent of the band's hit from the early 90's `Fly to the angels.' This is followed up by `Bad Groove' a song that sounds like it came off Slaughter's 1997 cd, "Revolution," a disc while still rock, sounded more like Enuff Z'Nuff than Slaughter. The second ballad `On my own' is a slightly generic "I want you back" song one might send out to an ex. As is commonplace on Slaughter studio albums, "Back to Reality" features a brief instrumental and this one segues into the song `Heading for a dream' which starts out very slow then goes full tilt near the end, the song is an underrated gem and has been compared to Zeppelin in some circles. The last full-length song and best of the three ballads is `Nothing left to lose' which has a great chorus and is one of the best on the disc. Like with the band's debut "Stick it to ya," this cd closes out with a hidden track of the band fooling around in the studio, this cd's track `Shufflin' is the unofficial sequel to the track `Winging it' from that first cd. All in all, this is in the top three of the bands best albums, which is quite an achievement looking at the eight Slaughter has in their catalog. This is ideal for those who were either into Slaughter or don't mind rock that is good, clean fun even if it is slightly cliched. "Back to Reality" is unashamed hair rock at it's finest and if released ten years ago, would have been huge."
"Back to Reality"...and Right on Track!
Antoinette Avalon | USA | 03/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Slaughter's newest offering is definitely appropriately named. This band has not shown this degree of energy since their debut album "Stick It To Ya". ALL the tracks are solid! I would go so far as to say this album is probably superior in many ways to their debut. Mark Slaughter's voice has matured for one thing. It makes him sound like he's singing more from the diaphragm instead of his nose. It isn't quite as high. Overall, this gives his singing better tonal quality. It will probably be a plus in the eyes of critics who felt his voice was too squeaky originally. Having survived the dismal late '90's and the personal tragedy of the untimely death of their former guitarist, Tim Kelly, Slaughter has clearly bounced back and come back full throttle. Their new guitarist, Jeff Blando, is a worthy replacement for his predecessor. I think that this album is one of the forerunners of the melodic hard rock, "heavy metal" albums, that will once and for all prove that this sound is NOT just "80's metal". The sound that exemplified "80's metal" is the exact same melodic hard rock formula that bands like Aerosmith, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, and other long term contenders in the rock and roll genre have used for years. Slaughter is here with "Back to Reality" to prove this theory. It's their way of saying "Hey, it's the year 2000 and we are here to stay." They are not the only ones. If you liked Slaughter at their best you'll like this album. If you like other bands within the genre, go take a look at your favorite "80's metal band" on Amazon today and you may well find they also have a new release within the past few years and that it is being well received by the fans. Need a memory jog? The bands I'm talking about are all either reviewed or at least mentioned on my Amazon home page so feel free to click on over and take a peek! Don't forget to add "Back to Reality" to your shopping cart before you go!"
Their latest and BEST album since their first!
Noah Broessel | Mesa, Az | 05/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When this album came out I thought it might be a small revival for the hard rock genre....sadly it went way under the rader! I bought it within a month of the release and was blown away despite the lame cover.
The first song unfortunately is one of the weakest on the CD but #2 ALL FIRED UP starts to pick it up and then #3 TAKE ME AWAY drives it home! DANGEROUS is another great rocker & LOVE IS FOREVER is a great rock/ballad. The album mellows a bit later on but doesn't get sappy at all.
For a band most presumed "dead" this ranks #2 of all their cds! If you liked the first one and don't have this GET IT.