|Review: Slander - Resolution Defiance|
Label: Stormspell Records
Year released: 2017
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: June 21, 2018
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)
Now this is pretty cool. Slander is a British band, originally active for a couple of years in the early 90s and reformed in '09 and Resolution Defiance is their second full-length. In spite of being from the U.K., Slander plays a hard and heavy U.S. metal in the style of Forrester-era Riot, complete with some wicked lead work and a dash of Maiden circa Bruce's second tour. Rough and powerful vocals ride over booming riffs on tracks like "Machine Keeps on Rolling" and "When We Die," punctuated by solos worthy of the late Mark Reale. Some of the choruses get a little repetitious, notably the title track which is also the worst song on Resolution Defiance, but it isn't a deal breaker. Stormspell has a winner with Slander and I hope they keep making the kind of metal with a hint of hard rock that I cut my teeth on back in the 80s.
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