After a series of lineup and label changes,  the alternative rock  band Slaves is back with their third studio album “Beautiful Death” on SBG Records.  The new record is a step in a different direction for  the band with a much more pop feel to it than the first two Slaves’ albums.

Led by frontman Jonny Craig and produced by Erik Ron (Panic! At the Disco, Hands Like Houses), “Beautiful Death” is an introspective journey  of overcoming adversity.  The hard hitting “I’d Rather See Your Star Explode” leads things off followed by “Patience Is The Virtue,” which has Craig experimenting with some rap in addition to his normal soaring vocals.  Bassist Colin Vieria and guitarist Weston Richmond are technically proficient but it’s Jonny’s voice that is the most powerful instrument on the record.  Stand out tracks include the haunting tale of betrayal in “True Colors” and the high intensity track “I Know a Lot of Artists” which shows the band’s ability to balance the heavy with the melodic.  The closing song “The Pact” is a powerful ballad full of raw emotion with Craig giving a truly vulnerable performance.

With “Beautiful Death,” Jonny Craig lets his feelings of heartbreak and loss out in full force and the result is a magnificent Slaves album that is both powerful and passionate.

About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978. My top five live shows ever are: 1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome. 2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours. 3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 - The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked! 4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live. 5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.