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Dead Men

by Eric Slater

Rocker Eric Slater has released his newest single, “Dead Men.” The track is an introspective, triumphant, yet darkly bleak rock waltz that plays on mortality for its theme.
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Rocker Eric Slater has released his newest single, “Dead Men.” The track is an introspective, triumphant, yet darkly bleak rock waltz that plays on mortality for its theme. The light and airy nature of this early material shares few characteristics with the lurking and sinister, “Dead Men,” except that both are quality works of music from the same artist. In many respects, though, “Dead Men” is the superior result.

Slater’s guitaring, though he is capable of playing in a wide variety of styles, is slowly strummed for this track in a black and blue tone that contains goth and punk-rock tendencies, reminiscent of Nick Cave’s work, or of TSOL’s mellower side (“Weathered Statues,” for instance). The song is crooned out by Slater in an intimate, cracking voice that sounds like a shadowy and more masculine Neil Young with a tinge of David Bowie, like The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft, although more mid-west American in the delivery.

It is to the track’s benefit that Slater’s vocals are way out front in the single’s mix, too, because his performance is a studied, yet natural perfection, showcased plainly here where he can be enjoyed without too much ornamentation to get in the way. The real show-stopper, though, is almost certainly Slater’s songwriting. His lyrics are poetic, precise, and use a mixture of repetition and creative phrasing that keeps the narrative of “Dead Men” interesting from turn to turn; however, it is important to note that the vocals and instrumentation, together with a groove that tit-tat’s along like the wheels of a carriage on cobblestones, are more than enough to keep a music fan’s interest alone.

(S. McCauley, Indie Music News Worldwide)

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