I’ve always thought it was cool when band
members from multiple bands get together to create a new project. Slave
To The System is a hard rock or modern rock band with members from Brother
Cane and Queensryche. Drummer Scott Rockenfield is from Queensryche and
Kelly Gray used to be in Queensryche. Daymon Johnson who does vocals and
guitar for the band is also in Brother Cane along with Roman Glick who is
the bassist for both bands. Scott Heard is also in Slave To The System and
he shares guitar and vocal duties with Damon Johnson. As I was listening
Audioslave came to mind along with STP and Soundgarden. There are twelve
tracks lasting nearly forty-eight minutes; everything is three to five minutes
and is convenient for radio play. Which is good since this seems to have
a lot of radio potential. The songs have that radio presence. Aggressive
riffs can be found on the CD but most is mid-paced and uses melodies throughout.
The acoustic songs aren’t bad, they just aren’t as lively as
the other songs, but still can carry the passion and feeling as needed.
And as a surprise to me, the vocals have a similar approach to Chris Cornell
or Layne Staley. This self-title disc kind of reminds me of a mix of things,
different songs have their own feel. Within three weeks the band wrote and
recorded the album. You can chalk that up to experience. If this album had
a little more energy at times I could find myself liking it a little more.
Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins