Slaughter - Hard Times (EP) (Japan Edition) (1995)

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Slaughter - Hard Times (EP) (Japan Edition) (1995)

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Slaughter - Hard Times (EP) (Japan Edition) (1995)

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Year : 1995 (Japan Remastered Edition)
Style : Melodic Hard Rock
Country : United States
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans
Size : 55 mb


Bio:

Slaughter is an American hard rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada by lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Mark Slaughter and bassist Dana Strum. The band reached stardom in 1990 with their first album Stick It to Ya, which spawned several hit singles including "Up All Night", "Spend My Life", "Mad About You" and "Fly to the Angels". The album reached double platinum status in the United States.The band remains a steady act in national tours, mainly in the Rock Never Stops Tour which features several bands of the same era.Slaughter formed in Las Vegas, Nevada, in late-1988, out of the ashes of lead vocalist Mark Slaughter and bassist Dana Strum's previous band, Vinnie Vincent Invasion. Vinnie Vincent Invasion's record company, Chrysalis Records, took the $4 million contract away from Vinnie Vincent for overexceeding his credit line with the label, and transferred the contract to former members Slaughter and Strum. By 1989, Slaughter and Strum completed the lineup by recruiting lead guitarist Tim Kelly and drummer Blas Elias.Slaughter's debut album Stick It to Ya had three hit songs in the Billboard Hot 100: "Fly to the Angels" (#19), "Up All Night" (#27), and "Spend My Life" (#39). During this time, they were signed by Orion Pictures to record a song for the film Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey. The song, titled "Shout It Out", was accompanied by a music video and received heavy airplay.In 1992, they released their second album, titled The Wild Life. It had the Billboard Hot 100 hit "Real Love" (#69) and was certified gold. The band planned to record their third album in early 1994. However, in 1993 guitarist Tim Kelly was arrested for charges of drug trafficking, while bassist Dana Strum had a motorcycle accident that injured his playing hand. The delayed album was completed in February 1994 and a video for the first single "Searchin'" was financed by Chrysalis. Due to the changing musical climate and Chrysalis' absorption by EMI Records, Slaughter was dropped from the label in a massive cleaning house that included dismissals of other previously popular acts such as Billy Idol and Huey Lewis and the News.The band negotiated to be released from their label and signed with CMC Records, a new label that was working to keep hard rock bands on the scene. In 1995, they finally released Fear No Evil. Despite little success in the United States, the album did well in Japan. Guitarist Dave Marshall (ex-Vince Neil band) had to fill in for Kelly at times, due to his legal problems. Kelly's legal troubles ended and the band committed to their next album. In 1997, they followed it with Revolution. The album featured a more eclectic and psychedelic sound, but failed to make an impact. On February 5, 1998, tragedy struck when guitarist Tim Kelly was killed in an auto accident in the Arizona desert. This deeply affected the band, but they were committed to continue with the band. Dave Marshall briefly performed as a touring guitarist for Slaughter in Japan. In 1998, they hired Jeff Blando as Kelly's replacement and began working on their next album. A live album titled Eternal Live was released featuring some of the band's last performances with Kelly.In 1999, they resurged with Back to Reality, featuring Blando as the new guitarist. Blando was previously in Left For Dead and Saigon Kick. Slaughter continues to play many rock package tours with other acts that saw prominence during the glam era of the 1980s and early 1990s. During the summer of 1999, while on its own "Rock Never Stops Tour" (which included Ted Nugent and Night Ranger), Slaughter enjoyed a brief commercial resurgence, with the "#1 Track" on the VH-1 CD "Power Ballads" with "Fly To The Angels", "Up All Night" became the "#1 Track" on Rhino Records "Hard Hitters," and also took part in the Summer 2000 "Poison, Cinderella, Dokken and Slaughter" tour.In 2001, Slaughter was a part of the "Voices of Metal" tour featuring Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe, Ratt, and Vixen. Mark Slaughter and Dana Strum's former Vinnie Vincent Invasion band mate Bobby Rock played as a touring drummer for Slaughter, filling in for Blas Elias on some shows of the Rock Never Stops Tour. In April 2004, Slaughter released a DVD-A entitled Then and Now that features 12 songs and 50 rare photos of the band over the years. Slaughter also released a DVD that features all of the music videos and behind the scenes footage during the 2004 season. On July 13, 2007, Slaughter performed at glam metal festival Rocklahoma. However, Strum and Blando were not present during the band's performance, though they did perform with Vince Neil the following night. At the end of January 2008 Slaughter performed a show at Motley Cruise, a 4-day cruise in the Caribbean with Vince Neil, Skid Row, Ratt, Endeverafter, Lynam.Slaughter performed a show in Pocatello, Idaho on July 11, 2008, with Mark Slaughter and Jeff Blando were the only members from the recent lineup of Slaughter, Blando, Strum, Elias and Christian that was integrated as guitarist and vocalist in 2008. Slaughter performed a show in Fargo, North Dakota on June 12, 2010, with Mark Slaughter, Dana Strum, Jeff Bland and Blas Elias performing. Slaughter will perform a show at Halfway Jam festival in Royalton, Minnesota in July 2011, with Lita Ford, Cinderella, Skid Row, Stephen Pearcy, Kix, Quiet Riot and Firehouse. Slaughter performed at the DreamMakers Theater at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on February 24, 2012 along with Stryper and Lynch Mob. Slaughter performed at RockUSA in Oshkosh, Wisconsin July 18, 2013 with Great White, Queensrÿche, Anthrax, and Twisted Sister.

Album:

SLAUGHTER‘s Japanese-only released EP “Hard Times” includes the single taken from the full length plus 3 non-album songs as bonus tracks, all recorded during the same sessions in 1994 – their record label dropped the band and the release resulted mere than a year delayed.But well worth the wait, as Fear No Evil is one of SLAUGHTER’s best, more diverse and mature albums.This “Hard Times” release should work as single as includes the title track and ‘Searchin’, both taken from the main album, but collectors and fans of the band / genre will be delighted by the bonus tracks exclusives to this out-of-print CD.Among these is a great cover of Elton John’s classic ‘Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting’ done in a rocking way with sharp guitars.‘Knows How To Rumble’ is really cool party rocking tune, classic SLAUGHTER with driving riffs, tongue-in-cheek vocals, a catchy chorus and of course, cowbell.The other bonus, ‘Rain On’, is quite different – showcasing how the band explored other territories still faithful to themselves. The song is a dense midtempo with vibrant guitars / atmosphere, with a bluesy feeling but ‘on acid’. Really cool hearing SLAUGHTER doing a song like this one. Listen it with headphones and be rolled by the multi-track, crazy left-right guitar pan / mix.Rare and good EP from one of the most underrated melodic hard rock bands, and complements nicely the “Fear No Evil” album.

Line-Up:

Mark Slaughter – Lead Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Dana Strum – Bass, Backing Vocals
Tim Kelly – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Blas Elias – Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals

Tracklist:

01. Hard Times
02. Searchin’
03. Saturday Night (Japan Bonus Track)
04. She Knows How To Rumble (Japan Bonus Track)
05. Rain On (Japan Bonus Track)


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