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A Classic From The Lords Of Blackpool

Posted by THE DUKE on December 31, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Slander- Careless Talk Costs Lives

1991 Self-Released


There has been a great deal of debate among metal experts regarding what constitutes N.W.O.B.H.M., and during what time period the prestigious movement spanned. Most agree that the New Wave of British Heavy Metal began in 1978/79. The first wave extended from the aforementioned date to 1981/82. There was then a second wave that ran from 1983 to 1985 with some extending the date to 1986. Everyone would agree that the movement had ended by 1990. Somehow, Slander did not get the memo, which you will find out is a great thing. Slander is a band from Blackpool, England. It was put together by guitarist Andy Lamb in 1990 to compete in a local battle of the bands. He had 24 hours to put a band together, and the response was so great that the band became permanent. They recorded a group of demos from various sessions, and then created an album comprising the best of the band’s demo recordings. The end result is the album “Careless Talk Costs Lives.”

When I first heard this CD, I thought that this was indeed a band from the N.W.O.B.H.M. that I had not yet heard. I found it strange that, with the Internet and other sources, there would be any bands from the movement that I had yet to hear. I then discovered that the band was gigging across the pond in the early nineties. What we have in Slander’s album is perhaps the greatest N.W.O.B.H.M. album ever made, nine years too late. Believe me, I do not make this comment lightly. I’m a huge fan of Diamond Head, Tygers, Saxon, and Angel Witch as well as lesser-known legends like Trespass, Dark Star, Chevy, and Quartz. The list is too long to mention, and would definitely take up more than another review. Slander brings the best of what made the N.W.O.B.H.M. legendary, and brings it in droves. Their sound is straight ahead, no frills, rock n’ roll/heavy metal. The singer Steve Slater has a voice that fits the genre like a glove. The backing vocals and vocal harmonies recall the 1970s. What really shines, however, is the guitar playing of Andy Lamb. I mean this guy dishes the most tasty guitar solos that I have heard in some time. His guitar solos are plentiful and always done with a great deal of feeling. Almost, every song has that feeling that following a build up in the song, there will be this masterful guitar solo that recalls everything that was great about late 1970s and early 80s British metal.

I can honestly say that there may not be a CD in my collection that I like any more than this release. Listen to “Lonely Nights,” “Colour Of Your Money,” and “Cry Of The Wolf,” and you will fully understand what I am saying. I purchased this disc a month ago at a store that specializes in metal in Lebanon, Pa., and I have been spinning it religiously since. The CD doesn’t contain a weak moment. The CD, also, does not have a record label listed on it, so it is either a private release financed by the band itself or a boot, probably of Greek origin. Either way, I’m glad that I found it, because it is very unlikely that I would have heard it otherwise. Original vinyl copies of this release are scant, and those that can be found are brandishing price tags that would strip a metal fan of his or her mortgage payment for a month. But gladly with a CD release like this, a twenty-dollar bill will purchase you some of the best British metal that you will ever hear. Unlike their namesake, there’s nothing false about Slander. Slander is the real deal. Listen and Enjoy!

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