RATING: 8.5 / 10
Genre: Rock, Modern Rock
Songwriting: 8 | Music: 10 | Vocals: 7.5
Location: Montreal, Canada
For fans of: Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Rise Against
The “gods” of rock have summoned Slender to lead a Revival that will shake the foundation of today’s rock music scene! Cut from the same cloth as legendary bands like Pearl Jam and Guns N’ Roses, Slender’s music will awaken the old school MTV junkie in us all and restore faith in that real rock and roll is not dead. If you’re looking for a reason to be optimistic about the future of rock music, here’s where you need to start.
LYRICALLY: I am a lover of great rock and roll songwriting, and the songs contained in the 10-track Revival LP possess the elements needed to be classified as such. While I did find the subject matter to be somewhat typical for the genre – drama heavy – I still feel that Slender’s songs are meaningful and important to helping establish the period of rock music in which we live. The melody writing is awesome and provides catchy cadences that make each song worth the time we spend listening to Slender’s work.
MUSICALLY: This is where Revival shines. The overall production value in the music – compositions, performance, and post-production – can best be described as “stellar,” from the guitar work to the drums and bass play. Sure, rock music has seen just about every possible combination of riffs, but not everyone has heard these riffs played the way Slender has done it here. Most of the release is uptempo and borders on the hardcore/modern side of the rock genre, but there are a few downtempo tracks like “Ebony”, “Like I Do”, and “Last Goodbye” that add a lighter acoustic sound to help round out the LP. You should definitely check this out if you’re looking for an authentic rock and roll album.
VOCALLY: Comparable to the singing you’d hear from classic bands like Def Leppard and White Snake, you’re sure to get your fill of singalong performances that get the adrenaline flowing, especially if you’re an 80’s / 90’s rock fan. I wasn’t exactly blown away by the singing, personally, but could definitely hear how Slender’s vocal delivery might resonate with an established audience of old school rock fans.
Overall, Slender is a great band whose Revival album is an excellent example of just how awesome these guys are.