Maybe the best of Slaughter
W. Jarkousky | 10/19/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This cd is loaded with a bunch of really good tracks. The best part is that there is veriety here, unlike the rest of their stuff. This was always a talented band from day one, but never one to spark a ganre of music. These guys are pure rock. There is a reason that they made it past the early 90's unlike so many of their contemperies. From the opening Live Like There's No Tomorrow, to the bluesy Breakdown n' Cry, to the best Slaughter song of all time (Unknown Destination) Give me the Fear No Evil Album and I'll be happy"
Slaughter's hardest album
Some Gravity | Indiana, USA | 01/08/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As 1989 became 1990, new music arrived from new bands and old bands, and Slaughter proved to be one of the most popular bands of the early 90's. At the beginning of their career, they were #1 on Dial MTV, and even though their second album, "The Wild Life" was a top ten album and featured "Real Love", a hit song/video which, in the music video, featured Shannon Doherty, a then famous actress, it failed to live up to the band's expectations that their first album, "Stick It To Ya" had made for them. Their third abum, "Fear No Evil" is not the best Slaughter album, but it is Slaughter's hardest album-ever. Track one, "Live Like There's No Tommorow" is one of the hardest rock songs I have ever heard, and at the beginning of the song, you hear police officers speaking as dialogue on the song, and for sound effects, you hear both sirens on police cars and police helicoptors. One ballad on here, "It'll Be Alright" is very pretty and sounds a lot like The Beatles, and while you can tell that "Yesterday's Gone" is also Beatles influenced, the song could have been better. The only disappointment on this album. My personal favorite ballad on this album is "Searchin'", and I will never know why this song was never a hit. Both the song and the video are very good. Another good track on this album is "Hard Times", a song which is a step-up from Slaughter's lighter material, and at the beginning of this song, there are replay clips of a bunch of old horror movies, Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream Speech", Richard Nixon's "I Shall Resign From The Presidency Affective At Noon Tommorow" speech, and a few other things. Here we also have Slaughter's "real" blues song, "Breakdown N' Cry". If you think Aerosmith's blues work sounds good, you should hear Slaughter's blues song. At first it is hard to like, but it grows on you after a few times. Other Blues artists out there should be jealous by the fact that they didn't write this song. There will probably be some people who won't like "Fear No Evil" because of the fact that it is dark, unlike the lighter Slaughter albums. But if you like Slaughter, and you are willing to give new things a try, you should give this album a listen."
Times they change
Justin Gaines | Northern Virginia | 02/16/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"By the time Slaughter got around to releasing their third studio album, 1995's Fear No Evil, the musical climate in America had undergone a major upheaval. The Hollywood hair metal and AOR bands that dominated mainstream radio and MTV for the past decade had been swept away en masse by the arrival of grunge and the so-called alternative scene. Some bands tried to adapt to the new sound (Dokken), others walked away completely (Cinderella). Slaughter, top-selling act just a few years earlier, decided to ignore trends and stick with what they knew best.
On Fear No Evil, Slaughter rocks like they've never heard the name Nirvana. It's the kind of upbeat, melodic hair metal album that no one on their right mind would have released in 1995, but God love `em, that's what Slaughter did. Just as The Wild Life was a step forward from Stick It to Ya, Fear No Evil is an improvement over The Wild Life. The band seems to have moved in a more mature melodic rock direction with this album, while at the same time bringing a heavier overall sound. Another plus is that aside from a couple of throwaway instrumental tracks, there's really nothing on Fear No Evil that I would consider filler.
Of course none of this did the band any good. Fear No Evil went largely unnoticed by radio, MTV, and a large chunk of the people who bought the band's earlier albums. Still, my hat's off to Mark and the boys for sticking to their guns and serving up what may be their finest album, regardless of how many people were paying attention.