Slave to the System

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Ever wonder what it would sound like if members of Queensrÿche and Brother Cane got in a room together and let it rip? Well, that's how listeners got Slave to the System. Comprised of longtime Queensrÿche drummer Scott Rockenfield, ex-Queensrÿche guitarist Kelly Gray, and Brother Cane singer/guitarist Damon Johnson and bassist Roman Glick, the only wild card here is mystery guitarist/singer Scott Heard. And in a battle between both bands, Brother Cane wins here, as there's very little of Queensrÿche's prog metal to be heard. Instead, there are heaps of radio-friendly rock with a classic rock edge -- think of a more straight-ahead Stone Temple Pilots with shredding guitar ...
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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Ever wonder what it would sound like if members of Queensrÿche and Brother Cane got in a room together and let it rip? Well, that's how listeners got Slave to the System. Comprised of longtime Queensrÿche drummer Scott Rockenfield, ex-Queensrÿche guitarist Kelly Gray, and Brother Cane singer/guitarist Damon Johnson and bassist Roman Glick, the only wild card here is mystery guitarist/singer Scott Heard. And in a battle between both bands, Brother Cane wins here, as there's very little of Queensrÿche's prog metal to be heard. Instead, there are heaps of radio-friendly rock with a classic rock edge -- think of a more straight-ahead Stone Temple Pilots with shredding guitar solos and you're not far off. And unlike Rockenfield's full-time band, which is known to take extended periods of time in the recording studio, the 2006 self-titled debut from Slave to the System was written and recorded in a mere three weeks. Included is the title track that features Johnson warning of "vicious barracudas" and a chorus that is slightly reminiscent of Earth, Wind & Fire's "Shining Star," as well as "Love This Life," which momentarily cools the rock fury. While it's certainly a detour from the "thinking man" sounds of Queensrÿche, there's not much here that you haven't heard before on mainstream rock radio.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/14/2009
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5036369526320
  • Catalog Number: 859323
  • Sales rank: 185,451

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stigmata (3:14)
  2. 2 Ruby Wednesday (3:02)
  3. 3 Slave to the System (4:34)
  4. 4 Live This Life (4:04)
  5. 5 Cruise out of Control (3:54)
  6. 6 Abyss (4:13)
  7. 7 Disinfected (3:29)
  8. 8 Gone Today (4:37)
  9. 9 Will You Be There (3:38)
  10. 10 Leaves (4:45)
  11. 11 Walk the Line (3:35)
  12. 12 Rag Doll (4:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Slave to the System Primary Artist
Roman Glick Bass, Group Member
Damon Johnson Guitar, Group Member
Scott Rockenfield Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Technical Credits
Roman Glick Composer
Damon Johnson Composer
Scott Rockenfield Composer
Peter Tsakiris Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Slave to The System not just another supergroup

    Slave to The System has put out a tremendous debut on Spitfire Records. This reissue was well worth the wait. The band's sound shows many different influences. Some of the songs sound similar to that of Brother Cane (Damon Johnson and Roman glick's former band). Others such as "Abyss" and "Rag Doll" sound a lot more like Queensryche. There is even a Rush-esque song in "Gone Today." Other songs could fit into either band's catalogue. The music is very commercially accessible without all the expected catchy hooks and choruses. It is mainstream level music without being overly mainstream, which is a breath of fresh air in today's music industry. This is a band that could actually have a future if it made into more than simply a side project.

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