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Posted by THE DUKE on March 5, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Slander- Upcoming Careless Talk Costs Lives 2CD set

2011 Stormspell Records

Review

A few months ago I wrote a review praising a 1991 release by a British band named Slander. The release was titled “Careless Talk Costs Lives,” and was a limited edition, private vinyl pressing of the best of the band’s demos. The sound on the release was so decidedly N.W.O.B.H.M. that metal fans of the genre could do nothing but praise the release. The record was on many metal websites as one of the top ten most sought-after metal rarities. However, the record was only ever released on CD in bootleg format transferred from the original vinyl.

Well Slander is back up and running, and sounding better than they ever have. The band has a new self-titled CD on Stormspell Records with a tentative release date in April. The CD will consist of twelve tracks. Ten of the tracks will be updated recordings of songs off of the “Careless Talk” release, and two will be brand new tracks. The recording of the old tracks makes perfect sense based on the idea that “Careless Talk” was basically a collection of demos. Technically, this is the first time that these 10 tracks are being released in an official, non-demo capacity.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on 5 or 6 of the tracks from the upcoming release, and I have to tell you that they blew me away. The versions of the old songs are not merely re-recordings with a flashy production. Older songs like “Fighting Talk,” “Colour Of Your Money,” “Lonely Nights,” and “Cry Of The Wolf” have been reworked with additional guitar parts and extra riffing. Some purists may be a little concerned, but don’t be. The songs still stay true to the original versions, while the new production smokes, and the added parts just seem to elevate the songs to that next level. There is a song titled “Hangman” on the upcoming release. It’s a song about a man named Albert Pierrepoint, who was the most famous member of a family that provided the United Kingdom with three of its official hangmen in the first half of the 20th century. The track has an infectious gallop that will stay with the listener long after the track has been turned off. As for the new tracks, well, they are equally outstanding. The song “Ends of the Circle” has a driving riff throughout, and a straight-ahead impetus to it that is undeniable. “Land Of Darkness” is a hook-laden metallic journey that showcases guitarist Andy Saxon-Lamb’s melodic dexterity.

In conclusion, I could write all day about the relative virtues of the forthcoming album, but readers would tire of reading all the text. Needless to say, all of the tracks that I have had the privilege to hear from the forthcoming release are absolutely outstanding. The production is stellar, and the updated versions and new tunes smoke 98% of everything out there in the metal community right now. It, also, doesn’t hurt that the new disc will be released in a double CD format as the second disc coupled with a remastered version of “Careless Talk Costs Lives.” The “Carless Talk” CD in the set will be remastered from the original DAT tapes. Therefore, I now call upon all owners of the Greek bootleg version to prepare to upgrade. All in all, it looks to be another outstanding release from Stormspell Records. Stay tuned, and prepare for an April assault.

Categories: The Duke's Classic Metal Journal