|Classic Review: Slauter Xstroyes - Winter Kill|
Year released: 1985
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: February 24, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.76/5 (75.14%) (37 Votes)
Upon first listen, one would think that Slauter Xstroyes' Winter Kill was released by some British band in the late 70s, not in 1985 by an American band. Very 70-ish sound - a little on the Hard Rock side with a rough edge, not particularly polished, and gimmick-free. Yep, this might just as well have been some NWOBHM release from the late 70s. This has a progressive style to it - not the kind of wankering we're used to nowadays - which mixed with some rough, garage-like bare-bones Heavy Metal makes this album a rather diversified and very catchy affair. It's not particularly heavy by today’s standards, but you do get your dose of distortion and solos - again "70s style", a style which you really have to like to enjoy this album - it really doesn't sound like the typical 80s metal release. This is mostly mid-paced and "rocking", the type of metal you "ride on" rather than "slaughter with" (yeah, that kind of clashes with their name, I guess.) A few acoustic parts are thrown in during the calmer, rock-ballad moments - see "No Idea" where the band mixes both for a very pleasant and soothing result, tip-toeing between calming and depressing.
The vocalist may not be the best I've heard, but his voice is catchy, even when it sounds a little shaky on the side (which is more "charming" than annoying). Very clean style, sometimes using a King Diamond-ish high pitched voice - he doesn't sound like K.D., but the "maneuver" is remotely similar. His regular vocals remind me a lot of J.D. Kimball (Omen) - they just stick in your head long and haunt you all day long (also thanks to some damned catchy vocal melodies, of course.)
Winter Kill is a good little piece of progressive-tinged, hard rock-ish Heavy Metal that in terms of sound throws you back 30 years into the past - before its release even. :) Too bad these guys waited 10 years for their next release (which I have yet to hear) and then disappeared. They're apparently active again, but only time will tell if they'll release something else and whether it'll be nearly as good as this.
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