This popular American rock band is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada. Slaughter formed in 1988 and has been touring on and off since their first hits in 1990. They regularly appear as part of the Rock Never Stops tour featuring bands of the 1980s and 1990s.
Their frequently sold-out shows are pure pleasure for long-time fans. With performances that have been compared to "a rabid pack of wild animals," every aspect of the show is a high-energy display put on by powerhouse musicians.
Blas Elias is well-known for his animated drumming style. Fans enjoy the occasional cover of much-loved tunes like Black Sabbath's "Heaven and Hell" as well as tried-and-true Slaughter originals "The Wild Life," "Burnin' Bridges" and "Mad About You."
Slaughter is actively touring with several scheduled concerts, including an appearance on the Monsters of Rock cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean's Navigator ship traveling from Miami to Jamaica. They also regularly participate in Rocklahoma, a three-day hard rock festival in Pryor, Oklahoma.
Slaughter's current band members include founder Mark Slaughter who sings lead vocals, plays rhythm guitar, keyboards, piano and tambourine. The other original member of Slaughter is bassist Dana Strum. Together, Mark Slaughter and Dana Strum recruited drummer Blas Elias and guitarist Tim Kelly. After Kelly's death in 1998, the band hired replacement Jeff Blando.
As a band, Slaughter is a frequent contributor to compilation albums and group tours. In 1999, they toured with Night Ranger and Ted Nugent as part of the Rock Never Stops Tour. In 2000 they toured with Poison, Dokken, and Cinderella. Over the years, they've appeared with Skid Row, Ratt, Lynam, Vince Neil, Vixen and Motley Crue.
Slaughter's most popular song, "Fly to the Angels" from their debut album, Stick It to ya, hit No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Up All Night", also from that album, made it to No. 27, and "Spend My Life" made it to No. 39.
The hit movie, Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, featured "Shout It Out," and the band made a music video to accompany the song.
Their 1992 album, The Wild Life, got to No. 8 on the US Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and was certified gold. After signing with CMC International, a new label focused on the metal and hard rock genre, Slaughter released their 1995 album, Fear No Evil. It was a great success in Japan.
In 1999, Slaughter was featured on VH-1's album, Power Ballads with their hit, "Fly to the Angels." Shortly after, Rhino Records included "Up All Night" on their compilation album, Hard Hitters.
Similar to Slaughter
Fans of Slaughter may also enjoy Avenged Sevenfold, a metal band that come onto the music scene in the late 1990s. For a more laid-back vibe and an exciting country-rock sound, Little Big Town is also a popular option.
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