I listen to roots/70 aor/and some modern rock. Picked this one up through the recommended list and customer referral line here @ CDNOW. I have discovered some of the greatest cds through this valuable on line tool (and no, I am not a CDNOW employee)and this one did not let me down. I never write mediocre reviews, hell anyone can make a cd like that. To make a CD that is listenable from beginning to end with little or no filler, that deserves a review. This is an outstanding modern rock CD that rocks and can slow down and not enter the crappy power rock ballad territory. These guys are great muscians. Never heard of them either-don’t matter-get it.
”We wanted to make music without knowing what to expect and with boundaries left open,” says drummer Scott Rockenfield of SLAVE TO THE SYSTEM. Rockenfield (QUEENSRŸCHE), along with vocalist/guitarist Damon Johnson (BROTHER CANE, ALICE COOPER BAND), guitarist/vocalist Kelly Gray (ex-QUEENSRŸCHE) and bassist Roman Glick (BROTHER CANE), set out to invent a new concept in rock music: music without rules or corporate influence that is not part of ”the system”. On their self-titled Spitfire Records debut the band members combine their various influences and pool their talent to create something that any listener can appreciate. Their sound is both reminiscent of hard rock veterans like The Who, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Thin Lizzy, as well as a younger breed of music akin to Audioslave and Velvet Revolver. From the powerful buildup of the opening riff on the first single ”Stigmata” to the somber tone of ”Walk The Line”, SLAVE TO THE SYSTEM grabs you by the ears and doesn’t let go. Other powerful songs like ”Cruze Out Of Control”, ”Ruby Wednesday” and the title track make this band a force to be reckoned with.
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Or should I say “Sleeper SuperGroup”! These guys deliver the goods! You have the driving force behind Brother Cane (vocals & guitar) Damon Johnson and on bass Roman Glick. The drums from Queensryche Scott Rockenfield. A famous producer who also plays some guitar/vocals Kelly Gray. Put it together and you have a true SUPERGROUP. This is good from begining to end. It’s got a heavy 70’s feel (Zepplin, Skynyrd) with some 80’s guitar punch, some 90’s Metal/Grundge drive (Soundgarden, Guns n Roses) and still sounding fresh with 2k bands (Velvet Revolver, Audioslave, Nickelback). If you liked Brother Cane just infuse some metal punch to it and you have “Slave to the System. If that sounds good don’t pass this up!
…and what Damon does is record good stuff. If you are familiar with Brother Cane, this disc will come as no surprise. If you are not familiar with Brother Cane and you like this disc, then I HIGHLY recommend you check them out (especially Wishpool and Seeds).
Regarding this disc, it’s excellent. If you like good rock, look no further.
Worth buying for: Abyss, Walk the Line, Ruby Wednesday, Will you be there
Icing on the cake: Stigmata, Slave to the System, Ragdoll, Leaves, Cruze Out of Control, Live this Life
Could have done without: Disinfected
Dear Slave to the System,
Thank you for creating an album worth listening to! I have grown SO tired of the mindless, dull, and boring “new rock” sound that the past decade has produced.
Finally, a band enters the scene with nothing to lose and they have won, musically. In their self-titled debut, Slave to the System has produced an album worthy of industry award recognition. From the opening riff of Stigmata to the ghostly melody of Walk the Line, Slave to the System has found a sound that is both unique and modern. They have harnessed a multitude of styles and talents and blended them into something original this reviewer has not heard in years.
Damon Johnson is the quintessential rock n’ roll frontman and he shares the microphone with stage counterpart, Kelly Gray, who wails a mean (and by mean, I mean great) voice on Cruise Out of Control and Ragdoll. This album is like a playground for lovers of great rock n’ roll.
Slave to the System’s debut album has left this reviewer wanting more. I hear a follow up album is already near completion…and I can’t wait to pick it up!
First of all’The Moaner’ is just plain crazy!!! (They obviously do not know a good thing when they hear it!!!) This cd (which has actually been out since 2001 independently) is one of the BEST releases in Rock for 2006! STRAIGHT FORWARD ROCK AND ROLL!! Damon Johnson (Brother Cane) is just phenomenal in what he does with the guitar and his vocals are amazing! Besides being one of the best producers out there, Kelly Gray likewise, is also great on guitar. Add Queensryche’s Scott Rockenfield doing what he does best on the drums and Brother Cane’s/Jackyl Roman Glick on bass and you have SLAVE TO THE SYSTEM!!! This is by far one of my favorite cds to listen to! Oh yeah! If you havn’t caugh this band live…you’re totally missing out. Their performance LIVE is one you will not forget anytime soon…so catch them on tour this summer. Besides being the highlight of my year, Slave to the System is definately one band that I hope to see around for a long time!!! AAA++++